Disney May End Productions In Georgia If The State Passes Abortion Law
Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Atlanta, Georgia has become the hub of entertainment production. Based on the Georgia.com site, 68 projects have been or are currently being produced there, and 188 titles have been produced in 2019 alone. So it’s more than just a few notable TV shows and major films. But the state is at risk of losing all of that if they pass their abortion law.
And one major studio might just do that. Walt Disney Studios CEO Bob Iger spoke about how it would be “very difficult” for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the U.S. state. More on the report below.
Speaking to Reuters, Iger talked about how it would be difficult for Disney to continue production on some of its films if the abortion law is implemented. Films like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame are just some of the Marvel Studios productions that were filmed in the state. If Disney does end up pulling its productions from Georgia, it would hit the state’s economy pretty hard.
That’s because other productions are considering the move as well. All of this comes after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is usually the amount of time that a doctor can detect a heartbeat.
Many have called upon studio execs to reconsider working with states that have very similar laws, but much of their attention is focused on Georgia considering the number of productions that take place there because of all the tax incentives that the state has to offer.
Of the issue, Iger said:
“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.”
Currently, Georgia is one of eight states that have passed the “heartbeat” law, which is trying to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.
Kristen Wiig’s Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, David Simon’s Blown Deadline, Duplass Brothers Productions, Nina Jacobson’s Colorforce, and Neal Dodson’s CounterNarrative have either pulled their productions or called for boycotts. Netflix has also announced that they are reconsidering productions in the state should the law pass.