Two big studios have finally spoken out on the anti-abortion legislation signed into law in Georgia.
Netflix is the first major studio to speak out about the recently signed law. Other smaller ones have threatened boycotts or enacted them. Netflix has produced shows like Stranger Things and Ozark in the state. They said they would “rethink their investment in the state.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger also spoke out this week saying it’d be “very difficult” for the company to continue filming in Georgia as well following up with “I rather doubt we will.” He cited the fact that many people wouldn’t want to work in the state. Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame were both filmed in the state. Kristin Bell‘s upcoming Disney+ series Encore was to film in the state.
I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully.
I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.– Bob Iger, Disney CEO
The law doesn’t go into effect until January and faces numerous court challenges. Disney said they will currently continue production there but also said they will support partners and artists who choose not to do business with the state.
In 2016 when Georgia signed a religious freedom bill that was criticized as anti-gay, Disney was vocal when it came to a proposed boycott of the state.
Dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” the law signed by Governor Brian Kemp bans abortion after six weeks, a short time period that many don’t even know they’re pregnant. It also would allow the prosecution of anyone who seeks an abortion out of state and anyone who helps them. It’s one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.
The movie industry brought more than 92,000 jobs to the state in 2018 through 455 productions infusing around $2.7 billion into the local economy. The state offers tax incentives up to 30 percent back which has drawn production to there.
The state is already losing money over the law. The Kristen Wiig upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar has pulled out of the state and will no longer be filming there. J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele are donating their salaries from productions in Georgia to help fight the law.
The MPAA hasn’t taken a stand and is waiting to see how court battles play out.