Company 3 is an American |post-production| company founded in 1997 by colorists Stefan Sonnenfeld and Mike Pethel and visual effects artist/supervisor Noel Castley-Wright. Rob Walston brought the team of artists together and funded Company 3 under 4 Media Company (4MC). Company 3 provides post-production, color grading, and location services for feature films, commercials, music videos, and television.
Sonnenfeld and Pethel opened Company 3 in Santa Monica, CA in 1997 and launched a New York, NY location in 2002. In 2010, Company 3 New York moved into a new facility located in Chelsea, Manhattan which houses both Company 3 and its sister visual effects facility, Method Studios. Other offices are located in London, Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit.
In 2000, Company 3, which was then a part of Four Media Company, was acquired by Liberty Media Corporation. In 2010, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc. acquired Company 3 along with its sister companies Beast Editorial, Encore, Level 3 Post, Method Studios, RIOT, and Rushes.