NBC, Netflix & Many More Threatening Boycott of Georgia Following Abortion Law
Many film productions and Hollywood studios recently came forward threatening to boycott filming in Georgia if the controversial abortion ban, which was signed by Governor Brian Kemp last month, goes into effect next year. Georgia is currently one of nine U.S. states that have passed strict new limits on abortion this year.
The bill, which is set to go into effect on January 1, 2020, if it survives court challenges, bans any abortion to take place after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with the exceptions of rape, incest, and the risk of the mother’s health.
A few months ago, several actors and actresses threatened to boycott the state if the bill was signed and went into effect, and now multiple studios are following in their footsteps.
NBC made a public comment stating, “If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.” The company also stated they “fully expect” the bill to face “serious legal challenges” and will not go into effect at the beginning of next year.
Disney CEO Bill Iger also made the statement, “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there [Georgia], and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard.”
Two of Disney’s highest-grossing films in the last year and a half, Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, were both filmed in Georgia.
A joint statement given by CBS and Showtime stated, “Creative voices across our industry have expressed strong concern about the recently signed bill in Georgia. The ability to attract the best talent is the first step in producing great entertainment content and is always an important consideration in where we film any series.
“We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time. For now, we will continue producing our series based there that have production orders for next season. If the law takes effect in Georgia or elsewhere, these may not be viable locations for our future production.”
Another major network AMC, whose television show The Walking Dead has been filming in Georgia since 2010 and is currently shooting their tenth season in Atlanta, made the comment, “Similar bills – some even more restrictive – have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight, and we are watching it very closely.”
Other major productions, including STX, Netflix (who has recently been filming two of its hit television shows in Georgia), Sony Pictures, Showtime, CBS, and Viacom have also stated they would consider moving their productions out of Georgia and not returning if the law passes.
According to online reports, in the last decade, Georgia has brought in an estimated 92,000 jobs to the state and $2.7 billion in revenue.
At the time of press on Tuesday, Governor Brian Kemp had not made a statement regarding the boycott.