Beau Willimon is a showrunner, screenwriter, producer and playwright. He is the creator of Netflix’s Golden Globe and Emmy winning original series House of Cards for which he served as showrunner and executive producer during the first four seasons. He currently serves as creator and executive producer of the upcoming drama series The First to star Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. He wrote the screenplay for the upcoming feature film Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. He has written and staged numerous works for theater, including his play Farragut North, which was the basis for the film Ides of March, starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. Willimon co-wrote the film with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film earned Willimon Academy Award®, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. His play The Parisian Woman starring Uma Thurman recently ran on Broadway. In addition to his work as a writer and producer, Willimon is proud to serve as the current president of the Writers Guild of America, East.