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
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.