The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013
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.