Hollywood: studios threaten to abandon filming in Georgia because of anti-abortion law |

Hollywood: studios threaten to abandon filming in Georgia because of anti-abortion law |



The relationship is now threatened by the abortion bill, signed May 7 by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, which prohibits termination of pregnancy after six weeks of gestation.

Activists, actors and other members of the entertainment industry either appealed or even announced the boycott of the state, but it seemed as if the big studios were preparing to stay out of the controversy and leave the battle to politicians and courts.

That changed dramatically after Netflix and Disney (which includes Fox) reported on Monday and Wednesday that they would reconsider the state's production if the law came into effect: "Stranger Things" and "Ozark" series may be involved, as well as the Marvel movies, shot mostly at the Atlanta studios.

WarnerMedia (which includes Warner Bros. studio and HBO station, but also CNN and Turner Sports, which have been operating in Atlanta for decades), NBCUniversal (which and CBS & Showtime, AMC Networks (which uses Atlanta to shoot "The Walking Dead") and STX.

According to studio sources heard by the Los Angeles Times, over the past three weeks the studios were facing serious pressure from artists (actors, producers and directors) to take some sort of position as each state approved its version of the law.

These companies also have to take into consideration their employees, as Bob Iger, CEO of Disney has implied.

"I think many people who work with us will not want to work there and we will have to respect their desires in this situation. At this moment, we are analyzing very carefully," he explained.

"I do not see how it will be practical for us to continue filming there" if the law comes into force, he added.

All releases include the same type of language: no studio announces a formal boycott, but a reassessment of the relationship if the law comes into force.

"We will closely monitor the situation and if the new law remains, we will reconsider Georgia as the venue for any new production," WarnerMedia announced.

NBC Universal said it hoped these laws would face "serious legal challenges" and not come into effect "as long as those lawsuits continue in court."

"If any of these laws were ratified, it would have a strong impact on the decision-making process of the places where we will produce our content in the future," he added.



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