'House of Cards' economic impact put at $140 million for Maryland

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday announced something that had been widely known in Baltimore at least for the last two weeks: That the Netflix series "House of Cards" was back in town to film its second season.

The White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington Saturday night opened with a spoof featuring Kevin Spacey that was filmed on the "House of Cards" set.

And crew members have been working for the last two weeks inside the Baltimore Sun building on Calvert Street rebuilding the "House of Cards" newsroom set.

But principal photography on the the second season officially started today, according to the Maryland Film Office.

“We are pleased that House of Cards, a critically-acclaimed and ground-breaking series has returned to Maryland,” O’Malley said in a statement Monday.

“Season One had an economic impact of over $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."

O'Malley is also quoted in the statement saying "House of Cards" "purchased or rented goods or services from over 1,800 vendors, many of which were small Maryland businesses.”

“We’re grateful to Governor O'Malley and the State Legislature for encouraging film and TV production in Maryland," Beau Willimon, an executive producer, said in the same statement. "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."

According to the release from the Maryland Film Office, "VEEP," the HBO comedy that also films in the Baltimore area, hired 978 Marylanders and did business with more than 1,100 Maryland vendors during its first season.

The Maryland Film Office self-describes as follows:

"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."

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