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The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013

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    Beau Willimon
    House of Cards (Netflix)

    Netflix has Willimon’s House of Cards to thank for making it the most desirable, and lucrative, locale in town. The work of the Oscar-nominated screenwriter (The Ides of March) was bolstered by A-list Oscar talent — Emmy-winning director-producer David Fincher and Emmy nominee/producer Kevin Spacey — which helped his political thriller (based on the limited British series of the same name) instantly engage as a water-cooler hit. It also posed the most serious Emmy threat in history to mainstay contenders like Mad Men and Breaking Bad via the most in-your-face — L.A. residents’ political yard signs included — awards campaign. The world may very well never know how many people watched House of Cards — thanks, Netflix! — but its ratings were irrelevant considering the impact it made as the streamer’s debut series, earning nine Emmy nominations and two wins for directing and casting along the way.

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