“House of Cards” Season 3 is taking a cue from the pages of its scripts — production on the new season of the hit Netflix series is being delayed until June due to two bills involving TV production tax breaks being debated in the Maryland legislature.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the show’s production company, Media Rights Capital, is threatening to leave Maryland and shoot Season 3 somewhere else if the state does not come up with $15 million in tax credits for the production. The show received $11 million in credits for Season 1 and about $15 million for Season 2.
State lawmakers have not yet agreed to increase the cap of $7.5 million in tax credits currently available for production, and two separate bills, one that would increase the ceiling to $11 million and one to $18.5 million, are currently in committee.
According to economic development officials, “House of Cards” has “created nearly 6,000 jobs and pumped more than $250 million into the state economy,” the WSJ reports.
“I wanted you to be aware that we are required to look at other states in which to film on the off chance that the legislation does not pass, or does not cover the amount of tax credits for which we would qualify,” writes Media Rights Capital senior vice president Charlie Goldstein to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The June start date would allow time for either the new bills to pass or the production to find a new, more economically feasible shooting location.