From Netflix Content director Ted Sarandos said the streaming service (which is spending billions of dollars on an ever-growing catalog of original content) will “rethink” [its] All investment in Georgia “if a recently signed abortion law goes into effect.
Sarandos’ statement was first published in Variety. The industry publication said it reached out to major studios for comment on the matter, and contrasted their position with a lack of response from The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox and Amazon Studios. .
“We have many women working in productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos said. “That is why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight in court. Since the legislation has yet to be implemented, we will continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. If it ever came in. effective, we would reconsider our entire investment in Georgia. “
Here come the stars of two Netflix shows, Jason Bateman from “Ozark” and Alyssa Milano from “Insatiable,” have said they would stop filming in the state if the law goes into effect.
Other filmmakers took the route of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who said they are proceeding with plans to shoot their Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy” in Georgia while making a donation to the ACLU to fight anti-abortion legislation. (Howard and Grazer also said they will boycott the state if the law goes into effect.)
The law in question, which was signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on May 7, prohibits abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, something that usually occurs after six weeks of pregnancy. It is widely seen as part of a larger effort to get the Supreme Court to overturn or weaken the protections against abortion set out in Roe v. Wade.
Thanks to state tax incentives, Georgia has become a center for film and television, with productions bringing the state an estimated $ 2.7 billion in revenue in 2017.