Austin Business Journal (02/13/2006)
The former director of the Texas Film Commission has been inspired by a muse.
Tom Copeland, who worked 22 years for the Austin-based Film Commission, joined Austin's Villa Muse Studios as senior vice president of the film division.
Copeland led the Texas Film Commission as director from 1995 to 2005. Bob Hudgins, former deputy director of the Illinois Film Office, replaced Copeland in December.
In addition to joining Villa Muse Studios, Copeland will continue to teach his Business of Film class at Texas State University-San Marcos.
"Tom is one of the most highly respected figures in the Texas film industry, and we are thrilled to have him onboard," says Jay Aaron Podolnick, founder and CEO of Villa Muse.
"His experience, expertise, reputation and relationships are far-reaching and unparalleled, making him an invaluable addition to our studios."
Copeland says he is looking forward to helping grow the new film studio, which he says will "allow us to attract more and bigger productions, create more jobs and enable sustainable industry growth for the region."
Villa Muse will provide an array of production and post-production services in Austin. Groundbreaking for the 200,000-square-foot studios is expected later this year.