Maryland To Pay ‘House of Cards’ Show $11.5 Million This Year

House of Cards #HoCoPolitics First let me start by saying that I love the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” News broke on Friday that the O’Malley administration had reached an agreement with Media Rights Capital, the producers of the popular show.

The O’Malley administration said the following in a press release “Spoiler alert: we’re going to keep the 3700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that House of Cards generates right here in Maryland.”

I can’t help but wonder is it worth it? I can’t imagine that there are perpetually 3700 jobs that are created by this show. That figure must count every single employee at every catering shop in town, even if they only delivered one meal to the set. There are certainly hundreds of workers, some of which are from other states, that work as actors, producers, technicians, and extras. But to claim that “HoC” is going to keep 3700 jobs seems like an O’Malley’s fantasy.

I will certainly agree that having a major film production here in Maryland has some benefit in terms of workers trained and hired locally. Not all of the workers come from out of town, and having those jobs available locally allows our residents a chance to enhance their production careers.

This agreement will send $11.5 Million dollars to the network in 2014. According to Yahoo, this is on top of the $11 Million that the series received for season 1, and up to $15 Million that was allocated for season 2. The show has definitely helped the network as House of Cards is reportedly part of the reason why Netflix gained 4.1 Million new subscribers in the first quarter of this year. The company passed $1 Billion quarterly income for the first time in Q1 as well.

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