Beau Willimon

House of Cards writer making doc special for Nat Geo

Beau Willimon, the writer of Netflix’s House of Cards, is making a one-off doc for National Geographic US about one man’s solo walk across the US. Willimon and music producer Jordan Tappis are making The Walk Around the World through their US prodco Westward Productions. Karl Bushby, a former British paratrooper, is walking from Los […]

Kevin Spacey: $100m House of Cards ‘more cost effective than traditonal TV’

Actor Kevin Spacey has attacked the cost of the pilot season model and claimed it makes Netflix’s reported US$100 million double-season commission of House of Cards “look cost effective”. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Spacey, who stars in House of Cards as double dealing politician Francis Underwood, claimed that of the […]

Counting Cards: viewing numbers for Netflix’s House of Cards

Netflix’s original series House of Cards launched February 1 and while the streaming service does not provide any viewing numbers, new data seen by TBI gives an insight into how the series has performed and how people are consuming the MRC-produced political drama. Procera Networks estimates that between 5-10% of Netflix US subs have watched […]

Is House of Cards Netflix’s ace in the pack?

Netflix is hoping that House of Cards is its ace in the pack. Kevin Spacey and the show’s writer, Beau Willimon, talk to TBI about the series, which has just launched around the world in its entirety, and about how Netflix is rewriting the rules of making content.     House of Cards is the […]