Way back in the day, 1995 to be precise, Robert Brooks, founder of Eastern Foods, Naturally Fresh Foods, owner of the Hooters trademark and the largest franchise operator of Hooters restaurants in the world decided he wanted to start his own television production company in his spare time.
Conveniently as it turned out, a little girl who grew up across the street from him and adored him just happened to have a degree in television production. Over lunch one day at the TARA Boulevard Hooters it was agreed between the two that a joint venture and $5000 seed money would cause the creation of HallBrook Productions–Hall for me, Brook for him–HallBrook! In lieu of immediate compensation top billing was given to the only one who ever showed up at the office–me!
The first HB crib was a trailer inside the warehouse of the merchandise company Brooks owned to supply Hooters Girls with orange shorts and patrons with cool Hooters Gear. All known pictures have been destroyed.
After toiling in a single-wide for three years, an expansion was planned and a hallway with 1500 sq. feet and 6 offices was built to house HallBrook and her fledgling staff. The next seven years saw Anita and “her Boys”, as they were collectively known, traveled the U.S. of A producing a short track race series, a golf series, a drag racing series and the ever popular Hooters Swimsuit Pageant. Not seeing much office time nor sleep time for that matter, HB produced quite a body of work doing a whole lot with very little. And the Boys stayed out of trouble more or less.
As the years flew by, Anita, being a frugal person, saved her pennies and hid them from Mr. Brooks so in time she could purchase more respectable digs. HallBrook is now housed in a 6000 sq ft building that sits right on Piedmont Park and next door to a martini bar—a much needed diversion most days!
“The Boys” have come and gone and new ones have taken their place, but HallBrook continues surviving the passing on July 15, 2006 of its mentor and founder, Robert H. Brooks. God broke the mold when Bob came along and he is no doubt sharing his thoughts on how to improve heaven with his maker!
For fifteen years the little Production Company that could has persevered and weathered the storms. Today HB remains on course to steer through these rough economic times.
If you are looking for a place to call home for your production needs give us a try. We’ll leave the light on. Anita says no we won’t and bring a sweater–she doesn’t turn the heat on either!
How do you think I pay for this place??