House of Cards, which is an adaptation of a BBC original series, focuses on a Southern Democrat who begins a political scheme to get himself to the top after he has been looked over for the lucrative position of Secretary of State. The show, which airs on Netflix, has been a success both in terms of viewership and critical reception. The following are 4 things you probably didn’t know about this political drama.
Netflix outbid numerous networks for the show
Netflix, who ultimately won the rights to host the show, was not the only organization who had its eyes on the potentially hit series. The show was put up for bid, and multiple networks—including HBO, AMC, and Showtime—bid for the rights. However, it was Netflix who outbid them all, securing their hold on the show—and, ultimately, their own success.
Production costs were subsidized for tax credits
The show is primarily produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Maryland has lucrative tax subsidizes that makes it a popular choice for TV and film producers. The production for House of Cards was partially subsidized through tax credits, which are based on the show’s production budget as well as the estimated economic gain to Maryland due to the production; for example, the benefit to local businesses, local actors, and so on.
The first season of the show resulted in $11.6 million being subsidized by the state of Maryland; season 2’s tax credit has yet to be revealed, however, estimates suggest that the state will pay about $15 million this time around. Season 3 has yet to begin filming, but the series show runners have indicated that they
It’s been nominated for dozens of awards
The show has been a huge success critically as well as financially and subsequently it has been the recipient of dozens of award nominations.
Its nominations (but not wins) include the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; a 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series; and a 2014 Writers Guild of America nomination for Television: Dramatic Series.
And it has won awards, too
The show isn’t just raking in nominations. Its awards include the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.