Netflix and Disney are pledging to fight Georgia’s abortion ban by saying they might halt production in the sate if the law takes effect.
“I think if it becomes law, it’ll be very difficult to produce there. I rather doubt we will,” Disney CEO Bob Iger stated. “Many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we’ll have to heed their wishes in that regard.”
Disney blockbusters such as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame” were filmed in Georgia thanks to the state’s tax breaks for film. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was also filmed there for that reason. But Netflix’s CCO says it will “rethink” their investment in Georgia should the ban successfully survive legal challenges.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Variety. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court.”
Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings reportedly gave $143,000 to 73 Republicans in Missouri, which passed a bill banning abortion after eight weeks in May, 2019. Hastings also reportedly gave $10,700 to Missouri Democrats.
State Republicans are weighing new tax cuts for film companies.