POLITICAL SOAP OPERA House of Cards has won an Emmy Award for film and TV streaming outfit Netflix.
The show, which is a remake of a BBC drama and features Kevin Spacey, won a director's Emmy, which was awarded to David Fincher.
Fincher, who directed Fight Club and Seven and the film The Social Network, is a pioneer in the field.
"For the first time, an Emmy in the Primetime telecast also was awarded to a program not seen on either broadcast or cable," said the Emmy organisation in a statement. "David Fincher won for directing the political thriller House of Cards, shown on Netflix."
The show has already won a brace of gongs at the earlier Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Then, last Sunday, the firm was commended for its casting and cinematography.
"We are so proud that both Casting and Cinematography were recognised with these historic Emmy wins for House of Cards and Netflix," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
"Laray Mayfield, July Schubert and Eigil Bryld's [cinematography] work was truly exquisite, and the Academy's acknowledgement for this work is richly deserved."
The firm has not commented on its win last night, but it did tweet its pleasure at having received an award for its self-funded show.
House of Cards is not the only TV show that is associated with both Netflix and the Emmy awards, and the meth cook soap opera Breaking Bad - the last episodes of which are being shown on Netflix - has also been applauded. Breaking Bad won the outstanding drama series award and picked up a best supporting actress gong for Anna Gunn. µ
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