Duckers & Diving: JJ brings down the curtain on film career
THIS week our dedicated diarist explains why a stalwart of the Birmingham business community is bidding a fond farewell to dreams of Hollywood fame.
That old card John James has lost his film producer’s card.
A sorry blow which seems sure to cramp his style with the acting fraternity.
For several years now, our man has been a director of Intandem Films but latterly the company has undergone a big shake-up.
Founder – and the Midlands’ only movie mogul – Gary Smith has gone and now JJ too has stepped down from the board.
Tragic – you could almost make a film about it. Anyone know a good scriptwriter?
Anyway, the one-time lawyer used to go about with a business card describing himself as a film producer. Even though very sensibly they never let him remotely near a piece of celluloid.
A sort of consultant cum finance adviser, and with more penny shares than you could wallpaper a bedroom with, this apparently justified being credited as ‘executive producer’ – very handy for meeting star struck maidens and wannabe actresses.
Now working on new ‘opportunities’, the business-executive-around-town is clearly still intent on developing ways of bringing the bright lights to the eyes of the populous.
Our man is nothing if not resourceful, so watch this space.
I fear Hollywood hasn’t seen the last of him yet!