Glenn Beck to Build Studios in Las Colinas

Facilities would include live event seating, studios

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    Glenn Beck will build his new studios in Las Colinas.

    Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck's multimedia company, will build its new studios at The Studios at Las Colinas complex in Irving.

    The studios are planned to include a television and radio station including seating for more than 500 audience members for live tapings and other events.

    Justin Muller, president of Muller Entertainment, which manages The Studios at Las Colinas, said it is exciting news for Irving.

    "It's going to create hundreds of jobs," he said. "There's going to be a huge economic impact to the city."

    Muller said Beck's production staff would begin working out of Soundstage C in early January.

    "We're going to be shooting Mondays through Thursdays," he said. "We'll be dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which will lend itself to us designing a new public tour."

    In March, Beck and his crew will move into the much-larger Soundstage A. It's roughly a 15,000-square-feet studio with a fully motorized rigging system and 34-foot working clearance heights, Muller said.

    In a press release, Beck said, “I have come to know and respect the people of Texas and could not be more excited about GBTV studios -- the future home of GBTV and a multiplatform destination for the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment. We are proud to become part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are eager to become good neighbors and members of the local community," Beck said in a press release.

    Muller is currently hiring for new positions in anticipation of Beck's arrival.

    Tiffany Southerland said she was hired on to be special projects, as well as to oversee some of the tours and some of the initial startup for Glenn Beck TV.

    She said she and her family have been fans for a long time.

    "Already I've got family that are wanting to fly in and see if they could try to be on the show," Southerland said.

    Beck's first broadcast from Las Colinas will on Jan. 18.

    Beck's company previously considered building its studios in Southlake on the former site of Gateway Church. Beck withdrew the bid to build on that property in November.