’Walker, Texas Ranger’ lassoes film vet

DALLAS: CBS’s Walker, Texas Ranger is gaining a new sidekick next month when a veteran film commissioner takes over the PR reins.

DALLAS: CBS’s Walker, Texas Ranger is gaining a new sidekick next month when a veteran film commissioner takes over the PR reins.

DALLAS: CBS’s Walker, Texas Ranger is gaining a new sidekick next

month when a veteran film commissioner takes over the PR reins.



Nancy Cunningham, associate director for the soon-to-be-dissolved Irving

Film Com- mission (IFC), has already been spotted on the Walker set,

although her new PR role doesn’t officially start until next month.



Cunningham worked in healthcare PR before becoming involved with film

commissions 12 years ago. She replaces Debra Voss, who left Walker last

spring to work for series star Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs Out of America

foundation.



Cunningham’s duties will include media relations, coordinating set

visits and working closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants

special requests from children with life-threatening illnesses.



’The show is very popular with families, and so a lot of kids are fans,’

said Cunningham, who arranged for a child to visit Norris last week.



The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau recently budgeted the

two-person IFC out of existence. Although Cunningham noted that ’the

movers aren’t coming until (today),’ the organization has been referring

producers wishing to pursue film and TV projects in the region to the

Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Film Commission since mid-summer. Former

director Ellen Sandoloski Mayers has been tapped to fill a vacant

assistant director slot with the DFW commission.



Walker, the locally filmed chronicle of a karate-kicking cowboy crime

fighter, recently premiered its seventh season.



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