×

‘House Of Cards’ Eligible For Writers Guild Of America TV Awards

WGA ceremonies taking place Feb. 1

House of Cards” will be eligible for Writers Guild of America awards, with the WGA revising guidelines to allow series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media.

The WGA did not name the Netflix series, which received nine Emmy nominations last week, as the specific reason for the decision.

“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,” said WGA West President Christopher Keyser and WGA East  President Michael Winship. “These changes in eligibility and submission guidelines reflect the evolution of distribution models in the entertainment industry.”

The WGA awards will be presented Feb. 1. The new guidelines will permit online series to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.

House of Cards” scored nine Emmy nominations. Another Netflix series, “Arrested Development,” made history as the first digitally distributed series to earn major nomination.

SEE ALSO: Emmy Nominations Announced: ‘House of Cards’ Makes History

The WGA also said the new guidelines will allow several daytime serials, which have moved to media platforms, to compete in the daytime drama category. Under the old rules, those serials would have placed them in the separate Derivative New Media award category.

Additionally, the WGA’s original and adapted new media categories remain intact but will be limited to programs 15 minutes or less in length — and renamed “short form new media”  — and will be open to new media programs based on any source material, whether TV series, motion picture or written work.

The WGA said its three TV series awards categories – drama, comedy and new series – will be open to all programs over 15 minutes and under one hour regardless of the platform for which they were created.

The guild is also introducing a new “quiz and audience participation” category for the work the writing of questions and answers, as well as other material such as quizzes, stunts and host copy. To be eligible, scripts must be under WGA jurisdiction.

 

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa - The

    'Walking Dead' Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix

    Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla, Variety has confirmed with sources. The series was announced back in December and is described as a coming of age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching [...]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs for Screens: 'American Horror Story' Makes 'Suddenly Last Summer' Sizzle Again

    FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘AHS 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody “Suddenly Last Summer” plays as aerial footage of an [...]

  • Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star

    Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Multi-Camera Comedy Series for Netflix

    Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are headed to Netflix. The streamer has ordered a multi-camera comedy series starring the two comedians titled “The Upshaws.” The series centers on a working-class Africian American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it. Sykes will executive produce and [...]

  • Vader Streams Shuts Down

    Vader Streams Shut Down by Hollywood Studios

    A coalition of Hollywood studios and streaming companies announced on Tuesday that they have shut down Vader Streams, which was once a popular source of pirated TV content. The service went offline in early May under mysterious circumstances, leading to speculation that the operator had either absconded or been forced out of business. The Alliance [...]

  • Søren-Sveistrup

    Netflix Teams With 'The Killing' Creator for Crime Thriller 'The Chestnut Man'

    HAUGESUND, Norway  — Further expanding its Scandinavian footprint, Netflix has announced its second Danish original series, “The Chestnut Man,” a police thriller based on “The Killing” creator Søren Sveistrup’s popular novel. The streaming giant will team with Sveistrup’s SAM Productions, minority owned by Studiocanal, part of Vivendi Canal Plus Group, to deliver this noir-influenced literary [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    ICM Blasts Writers Guild Over Withdrawal of State Lawsuit

    ICM Partners has slammed the leaders of the Writers Guild of America over its decision to withdraw from its state court lawsuit in favor of refiling the action in federal court. The agency, which was sued in April by the guild and eight WGA members over charging allegedly illegal packaging fees, issued a statement Tuesday [...]

  • succession

    'Succession' Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

    “Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO. The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series. “We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content