In its early stages, the reviews (and audience response) to House of Cards has been a huge hit, and -- at this point -- seems to have admirably gotten around my wariness. (That wariness, to be clear, covers it sustaining the hurdles through 26 episodes). But I'm thrilled for its success, not just for what it means for writers, but audiences, as well. Because it opens up a new distribution arm to provide a kind of product that audiences aren't getting, and done with creative freedom, no network interference (at least in the case of House of Cards). The Writers Guild website has a short, but interesting look at this future,
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.