Frank Pugliese Trapped As New Showrunner for House of Cards

March 16, 2016

TV Writing Professor Frank Pugliese has been tapped to become the next showrunner of the critically and commercially acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, partnering with fellow writer Melissa James Gibson’91 GS. Pugliese and Gibson will be taking over for the original showrunner, fellow Columbia graduate Beau Willimon ’03, who received his Theatre MFA with a concentration in Playwriting. Willimon helmed the series for seasons 1 through 4, helping to put media giant Netflix on the streaming map.

Pugliese, who has been a senior writer on House of Cardssince its third season, is no stranger to the world of television. In the past he was written for Homicide, for which he received a WGA Award, Law & OrderThe BorgiasCopper and Fallen Angels, for which he received a Cable Ace nomination. He has also written a number of successful plays, including Aven'U Boys, which received an Obie Award, The King of ConnecticutThe Talk andThe Alarm. He is a member of Naked Angels, for which he has served as co-artistic director, and Drama Dept., and co-founded both The Writer's Group and The Screenwriter’s Collective.

The fourth season of House of Cards premiered on Netflix on March 4; all seasons are now streaming on the service.