Gavin Newsom Wants Hollywood To Stop Filming in Red States

Newsom also endorsed a bill proposal that would extend California’s film and television production tax credit program by $1.6B over five more years.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Credit: Getty Images
Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Credit: Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting pressure on Hollywood filmmakers to produce their work in his “freedom state” instead of states like Georgia and Oklahoma, where conservative lawmakers have moved to restrict abortion.

Newsom made the plead in an ad in the Hollywood trade publication Variety, where he called out the states for implementing “a cruel assault on essential rights” on Americans following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling. He also called those red state lawmakers out for limiting basic human rights such as the freedom to love, a reference to the ongoing rollback of LGBTQ+ rights in many conservative states.

In hopes to get more filmmakers to set up shop in California, Newsom endorsed a bill proposal that would extend that state’s film and television production tax credit program by $1.6B over five more years.