ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)— Maryland’s top brass spent the day with an A-list actor Tuesday.
Jessica Kartalija reports Governor Martin O’Malley visited the set of “House of Cards” to talk about new jobs.
Maryland’s close proximity to Washington makes it a very attractive location for politically-based shows and films and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey says he loves it here.
After announcing the Netflix series will be back for another season, Kevin Spacey joined the governor to talk about the impact the show has had here in Maryland.
“All the locations we go to and all the vendors we employ and work with has had an instrumental effect on how the show is looked at and perceived,” Spacey said.
That’s a big reason they’re staying—not to mention the state’s film production tax credit.
“The ability to be able to attract not only movies, but I think more importantly a series, like this series,” O’Malley said. “`House of Cards’ employs some 2,000 Marylanders.”
People like Kenneth Morton, who has worked on several productions.
“By being a Baltimorean, I promote Baltimore,” he said. “As long as you are willing to work and have a good work mentality, I can get you a job. I can teach you everything you need to know.”
“House of Cards” generated $140 million its first season, providing 2,200 jobs and using 1,800 vendors. Maryland hopes to match the revenue generated by the series last year.
“I am having the time of my life. We’re enormously pleased that we have landed here in the state of Maryland and have been given such a tremendous welcome,” Spacey said.
The comedy series “VEEP” was also renewed for a third season. Ten new episodes will air next year.
Spacey is the star and executive producer of the Netflix drama series.