Meet the Man Who Built 'House of Cards'


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015)  The Student Activities Board's Pop Culture Committee announces that Beau Willimon, creator, writer and showrunner of the popular Netflix series "House of Cards," will be the star of the third annual "Behind the Lens" event at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


Tickets are free and are now available from the Singletary Center Ticket Office.


The campus community will hear from Willimon himself about his work and successes in the film industry and also have the opportunity to ask him questions. Willimon will also be giving attendees the inside scoop on what the upcoming season will hold.


“We are excited to announce that Beau Willimon, a talented creator and writer, will be our speaker for our 'Behind the Lens' event,” Brenton Smith, director of the Pop Culture Committee, said. “I believe he will provide great insight on his nontraditional, but highly popular Netflix series. We hope this will inspire the campus to pursue their dreams and never be afraid to think outside the box.”


House of Cards was the first streaming format show to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series serves as the perfect example of how the television industry has started to evolve from traditional broadcast to streaming formats.


"Behind the Lens" was created to bring actors, directors and writers to campus to discuss their experiences in the film and television industry. These experiences include how they got started, their creative processes and an idea of what goes on behind the lens.

SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

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