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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Aug 2012 7:29 AM

Today in the roundup: A local newsman’s Hollywood dreams, advice on music licensing and the affects of Fort Worth’s potential budget cuts.


HOLLYWOOD DREAMS: You know Jay Gormley. For nearly 15 years, he’s been a reporter with CBS11. But when he’s not covering murders and wrecks, he’s writing screenplays with his producing partner, John Venable. The pair have collaborated on a number of films and have more in the works. Gormley talks to about how he’s come thisclose to breaking into Hollywood and his current idea that might finally break down the door.

LEGAL ADVICE: If you’re a dancer or theater group or movie producer, you’ve probably dealt with the headache of music licensing. When you want to use a song in your production, where do you begin? Brian Landa is a local attorney who specializes in entertainment law (he’s also a big Dallas Film Society supporter – if you’ve ever been to a DFS event, you’ve seen him there). And he’s written a primer on music licensing that should give anyone navigating this tricky area a headstart.

QUOTABLE: “Many of us wonder why the arts are always a boasting point for the city when it advertises to potential tourists and businesses looking at Fort Worth. Yet, potential city funding sources are closed doors to us. This city is so rich in cultural assets, imagine what we could do if given support!”

– Rose Pearson, executive director of Circle Theatre, in a story looking into the City of Fort Worth’s proposed budget cuts and how they affect the arts.