States Race To Poach Ga. TV, Film Projects

A $9.5  billion industry hangs in the balance ahead of a potentially “crippling” boycott over an abortion law as California, Illinois and New  York entice producers to yank the state’s 455 productions for a less hostile environment.

 

More Studios Against Ga. Abortion Law

A slew of major Hollywood studios with business in the state finally spoke up about how the “highly restrictive legislation” may require them to reevaluate taking productions there. Following similar announcements by Netflix, Disney and WarnerMedia were Viacom, CBS, Sony, AMC and NBCUniversal.

WarnerMedia To ‘Reconsider’ Production In Ga.

WarnerMedia has joined the chorus of industry voices speaking out against Georgia’s new abortion law, which was signed by the governor on May 7. WarnerMedia is currently filming The Conjuring 3 in the state and will soon shoot the Suicide Squad sequel there. On the television side, Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams’ show Lovecraft County and The Outsider, executive produced by Jason Bateman, are both in production in Georgia for HBO.

Netflix Will ‘Rethink’ Georgia Shoots If Abortion Law Holds

“Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

Disney May Dump Georgia Over Abortion Law

Walt Disney Co-Chief Executive Bob Iger says it would be “very difficult” for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the state. Disney has filmed blockbuster movies in Georgia such as Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, and it would be a blow to the state’s efforts to create production jobs if the entertainment giant stopped filming there.

Netflix Says It Will Join Fight Against Georgia Abortion Law