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Writers Guild Awards Change Guidelines, Netflix's 'House of Cards' Now Eligible for 2014 TV Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2013 at 2:47PM

With the just-announced revisions to the Writers Guild Awards guidelines, Netflix's "House of Cards" has become eligible for the 2014 TV awards, to be held on February 1. The guidelines now include series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media, permitting them to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.
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Kate Mara in "House of Cards"
Kate Mara in "House of Cards"

With the just-announced revisions to the Writers Guild Awards guidelines, Netflix's "House of Cards" has become eligible for the 2014 TV awards, to be held on February 1. The guidelines now include series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media, permitting them to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.

Writers Guild of America Presidents Christopher Keyser and Michael Winship stated: “Whether you’re watching content on a TV screen, online on a laptop, or with a hand-held device, outstanding writing and great storytelling deserve the same recognition. These changes in eligibility and submission guidelines reflect the evolution of distribution models in the entertainment industry.”

They did not specify whether "House of Cards" -- which along with the fourth season of "Arrested Development" recently made history as the first digital series to be nominated for Emmys -- was the deciding factor in the guideline changes.

This article is related to: Television, Writers Guild Awards, Writers Guild of America, Netflix, TV News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.