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Virginia Passed On 'House Of Cards,' Citing Incentives, Tax Breaks

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Virginia lawmakers may be immune to Frank Underwood's charms.
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Virginia lawmakers may be immune to Frank Underwood's charms.

With the Netflix series "House of Cards" threatening to leave Maryland, you might expect the state of Virginia to step in, but Richmond is giving the cold shoulder to Frank Underwood.

When Virginia first heard about House of Cards, the state was interested, but when producers explained the incentives they wanted, Richmond said no thanks. Film Office Director Andy Edmund says his state provides no more than $6 million in grants and tax breaks to individual productions, and it expects something in return.

“With National Geographic when they did 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kennedy' here, we worked out an arrangement that as part of our incentive arrangement that they would produce at their expense they would produce a commercial that would advertise Virginia tourism to inspire people to come to Virginia and learn more about Civil War tourism on the 'Killing Lincoln' show,” Edmund says.

Likewise, AMC agreed to make an ad and provide free time between episodes of its Revolutionary War Thriller "Turn," shot around Richmond, Petersburg and at Plantations along the James River.

“That’s the deal, and we are the only state that’s doing that," Edmund says.

Virginia hopes tourism will continue long after production companies go home. As for House of Cards, Edmund sincerely hopes Maryland can reach an agreement with the producers, since some people who work on the production actually live in Virginia.

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