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Governor O’Malley Announces House of Cards Back in Maryland to Film Season Two

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 29, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced that Media Rights Capital started filming today the second season of the Netflix series House of Cards in Maryland.

“We are pleased that House of Cards, a critically-acclaimed and ground-breaking series has returned to Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “Season One had an economic impact of more than $140 million and provided jobs for more than 2,200 Marylanders. Together with our leaders in the General Assembly, we’ve expanded the Film Production Tax Credit, and as we welcome the cast and crew back, we also look forward to more job creation and economic opportunity to come.”

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack, American Beauty, Seven) and was developed by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March). David Fincher, Joshua Donen (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Academy Award®-winner Eric Roth (Forrest GumpThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network, 21), Willimon, David Manson (Saved, New Amsterdam), Emmy Award-winner Andrew Davies, and Michael Dobbs, who produced the original BBC series, are Executive Producers forHouse of Cards.

In addition to Spacey, the series stars Robin Wright (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Forrest Gump), Kate Mara (American Horror Story), Michael Kelly (“Person of Interest”), Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods), Sakina Jaffrey (The Domino Effect) and Constance Zimmer (“Entourage”).

“We’re grateful to Governor O’Malley and the State Legislature for encouraging film and TV production in Maryland. The state’s vendors, crews, diverse locations and government support make it an ideal place to film. We are proud to call Maryland our home and to participate in its vibrant economy,” said Willimon, the series’ developer.

The passage of legislation to enhance and extend the Film Production Activity Tax Credit in the recently completed session of theGeneral Assembly secured the second season of House of Cards for Maryland.

The announcement of the start of production on House of Cards second season comes soon after the premiere of the second season of the award-winning HBO series VEEP, which was also filmed in Maryland. Season one of VEEP hired 978 Marylanders and did business with more than 1,100 Maryland vendors.

The Maryland Film Office, located in Baltimore and part of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is an agency of the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development. It provides location scouting and pre-production research, in addition to acting as a government and community liaison throughout film production. For more information, visit www.MarylandFilm.org

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