A Little About Us...
Big Island Music, Inc. primarily is a music-publishing firm. The performance of its works is registered and monitored by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Mechanical licensing of Big Island copyrights is through the Harry Fox Office. Big Island is a member of the National Music Publisher's Association and a signatory to the Directors Guild of America.
In addition to its music and recording properties, Big Island Music, Inc. is sole owner of the intellectual properties described below.
In a career twice interrupted by military service, Zabka's compiled a record of achievements and peer awards in many diverse fields of the entertainment industry. Returning from Europe as military news chief of the American Forces Network during the Korean War, he continued his music studies in New York and earned recognition as a composer of memorable theme music for various Pulitzer, Christopher, and Emmy-award winning television specials. He's co-composer with Al D'Artega of "Chimes", the original Tonight Show theme, the marching band version of which later became the signature theme of NBC Network Sports for many years. Possibly his best known popular work is "Christmas Eve In My Home Town" which he co-wrote with Don Upton when they were Pages at NBC.
Zabka's 22 years as Associate Television Director with that network included five years with the Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" and the Perry Como "Kraft Music Hall". He received an Emmy as a Director of the daytime serial, "The Doctors". His credits as an Assistant Director in motion pictures include "Midnight Run" (Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin), "Bronco Billy" and "Any Which Way You Can" (Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke), "Romancing The Stone" (Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner), "A Change of Seasons" (Anthony Hopkins, Shirley MacLaine and Bo Derek), "Forced Vengeance" (Chuck Norris), "Streets of L.A." (Joanne Woodward), "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (Helen Hunt), plus, "Love Boat", "The Eddie Capra Mysteries", "Dallas".
Straight out of Centenary College in New Jersey, Nancy signed on with NBC, New York, in the production management of various television game shows, coordinating facilities, people, and budgets. Later she became assistant commercial producer and liaison between advertising agencies on the "Merv Griffin Show". But it was as production assistant on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show that she took on a lifetime assignment by marrying the show's associate director.
Nancy and Stan recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. They have two sons, Billy and Guy, a daughter, Judy, and three grandchildren. Away from the hustle and bustle of New York and Los Angeles, they now call Grass Valley, California, their home.
Billy launched his film career starring as the main antagonist in 1984's classic movie "The Karate Kid". He spent the next fifteen years acting in more than thirty feature films, including "Back To School", "European Vacation", "Just One Of The Guys" and had a four-year recurring role on the "Equalizer".
In 2001, Billy wrote and produced his first film, "Most" (a 33 minute Czech language live-action short film). "Most" had it's world premier at the Sundance Film Festival 2003 and went on to win numerous awards from prestigious film festivals, including the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival and Best of Festival in the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film ultimately earned Zabka an Academy Award® Nomination in 2004.
In 2007, Billy wrote, directed and starred in a short film/music video called "Sweep The Leg" for Astonish Records and the band, "No More Kings". The video spoofs his character from "The Karate Kid" and reunites many of the original cast. This video has had more than 2.5 million unique Interent views since it's release. VH1's Best Week Ever says, "Zabka has created a brain-shattering symphony of 80's awesomeness that will blow your ever-loving mind - this is nothing less than the Citizen Kane of online comedy videos."
Billy is currently working on various projects as an actor and filmmaker.
Graduating from Belmont University in 1992, Guy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music theory and religion. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Aaron Geoffrey, Plus One, Joy Williams, Kristy Starling, Evidence of Mercy, Natalie Grant, Kenny Rodgers, and Brian Littrell, among others.
He has also written music for several short films, ... Left Behind "The Movie", MOST (2003 Academy Award Nominee short film), and in 2006 had the title cut in an animated European feature film entitled "Asterix".
Formerly Creative Director with Centricity Records, Guy is now an Artist Representative/Account Executive for World Vision Artists.