WGA: Georgia Voting Law Could Hurt Production Jobs In State

Restrictive Voting Laws Threaten To Turn Peach Of A Location Venue Into Pariah

New Jersey may be the first state to pitch itself as an alternative to Georgia production but won’t be the last amid national furor at the Peach State’s restrictive new voting law. Atlanta’s booming entertainment infrastructure has so many advantages from rebates to infrastructure, yet the state is making itself a liability again less than a year after passing a highly controversial state abortion law (struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional).

MLB Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia In Response to Voting Law

The league said it would remove its midsummer showcase and its annual entry draft as a response to the state’s new voting law.

ViacomCBS Publicly Opposes Georgia Voting Rights Law

ViacomCBS has taken a stance in opposition to the Georgia voting rights law that restricts voting access, making it the first major entertainment media corporation to do so and part of a group of vocal big businesses that include Delta and Coca-Cola. “We unequivocally believe in the importance of all Americans having an equal right to vote and oppose the recent Georgia voting rights law or any effort that impedes the ability to exercise this vital constitutional right,” reads the statement.

Tyler Perry Among Industry Power Players Slamming Georgia Voting Law

Amid the backlash to Georgia’s sweeping overhaul of voting rights, Hollywood heavyweights are threatening economic consequences for the production-friendly state and calling for a federal investigation. On Tuesday, Tyler Perry became the latest filmmaker to speak out, encouraging the the Department of Justice to evaluate the law and saying that it “harkens to the Jim Crow era.” Perry’s ascent as an independent mogul during the past two decades has paralleled Atlanta’s rise to prominence as a TV and film production hub.

TV Ads Debut In Georgia Senate Runoff

Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia unleashed her first full-scale TV attack ads on Democratic challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock on Thursday, as the final battle for control of the U.S. Senate intensifies ahead of their January runoff.

Georgian, American Media Work Together

Although most international travel is on hold during the pandemic, Georgian and American media outlets have continued to work together by taking their partnerships online. Participants of the Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) joined in a series of digital dialogues and virtual partnerships to help each other adapt during the crisis. TV stations collaborated to broadcast a message of hope and solidarity to viewers.

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Eastern European Country Inspired By Richmond’s ‘Together’ Promo Campaign

When four news-producing TV stations in Richmond, Va., joined together in a promotional campaign pledging solidarity to the people of their city during this coronavirus crisis, little did they know that they would end up influencing “journalism on the other side of the globe.”

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.

Georgia Might Tax Netflix And Downloads

Georgia lawmakers, coaxed by dozens of lobbyists swarming the state Capitol, are pushing for a tax on digital video, books, music and video games.

Disney To Leave Georgia If LGBT Bill Enacted

Disney says it will halt TV and film production in Georgia if the governor signs a controversial piece of legislation giving religious officials in the state the option to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and for tax-funded groups to deny services to gay people. 

Georgia Governor, Press Go Head-To-Head

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s pride in  his office’s ability to bypass traditional media to get his message out via social media is just one point of contention putting Deal and the local media at odds. “There’s no group of editors or news directors who can prevent me from communicating directly with a mass audience,” Deal reportedly said at a recent gala.

Hollywood Boosts TV, Film Spending In Georgia

Georgia Passes TV-Film Incentives Revisions

A Steady Hand Guiding ABC’s Sales

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s pride in  his office’s ability to bypass traditional media to get his message out via social media is just one point of contention putting Deal and the local media at odds. “There’s no group of editors or news directors who can prevent me from communicating directly with a mass audience,” Deal reportedly said at a recent gala.