TEXAS FILM INDUSTRY, SO FAR: The DMN provides one of its ‘industry snapshots’ (pay wall) on TV and movies made here — 13 last year in North Texas. Conclusions: Dallas has surpassed Austin in total production spending but that fell 40 percent last year because of the economy and the loss of such shows as The Good Guys. Video game production spent more ($60 mill) than feature films ($28 mill) or reality shows ($17 mill), and 97 Dallas-area companies benefited from Texas’ film incentive grants, mostly for commercials for companies like Whataburger.
THE DMA — EVEN MORE ONLINE: Understandably, the attention paid the Dallas Museum of Art’s online presence has been on its new data-display Dashboard site (some attention has been tackier than others — you were seriously expecting a discussion of drunken artists?). But since new director Maxwell Anderson’s arrival, the DMA’s Uncrated blog has also way-upped the backstage photo posts (physically assembling the popular Mourners tour, re-installing the Arts of Africa gallery). If this is the future, a re-design of the site would be welcome. Scrolling down through 32 images is no fun. But, loved the cougar story. Cougars, always a good angle in Dallas.
STUFF: The Lexus Broadway Series was announced. We already knew War Horse is coming, but the big news in the rest of the offerings is the arrival of Fela! in May 2013. Expect season announcements from the Dallas Theater Center and Theatre 3 later this week … Scott Cantrell was impressed (“very impressive”) by the Dallas Bach Society’s St. John Passion (pay wall). Now, on to the Dallas Symphony’s St. Matthew Passion this week.
THE VERY IMPORTANT CULTURAL DOWNSIDE TO ALL THOSE EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT-BUDGET AUSTERITY MEASURES ORDERED BY BANKS AND CREDITORS: The tours coming over here are getting fewer and smaller.