Georgia politicians shut down abortion rights. Netflix will answer by shutting down production.


Click to enlargeJoeff Davis

❝ Netflix has become the first major Hollywood company to take a stand against Georgia’s recent passage of a strict abortion law, with chief content officer Ted Sarandos saying Tuesday that the streaming giant would “rethink our entire investment in Georgia” if legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” became state law…

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos said in a statement. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia…”

❝ The bill’s passage earlier this month comes as Georgia has become a vital production hub for the film and TV industries. The region known “Y’allywood” is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in the state, according to the MPAA. State officials said that for the fiscal year ending June 30 film and TV production generated $2.7 billion in direct spending.

Boycotts are a time-honored tool against racism in the Confederacy and across the United States. The tactic is overdue IMHO against bible-thumping bigots who would impede women’s rights. They deserve the same opportunity to feel the hurt where they care the most. In their wallets.

6 thoughts on “Georgia politicians shut down abortion rights. Netflix will answer by shutting down production.

  1. Filmer says:

    A day after Disney CEO Bob Iger said it would be “difficult” for the media giant to produce TV shows and films in Georgia given its strict new abortion law, a handful of major media companies have added their voices to the chorus in a series of Thursday statements. Following reservations expressed by Iger, Netflix and others, CBS, Showtime, NBCUniversal, AMC Networks, Sony Pictures and WarnerMedia all said they would consider withdrawing from the state if the law survives legal challenges. https://deadline.com/2019/05/warnermedia-nbcuniversal-georgia-abortion-law-reaction-hollywood-productions-1202624336/ By offering rich tax incentives in recent years, Georgia has joined the front ranks of states for film and television production. More than $2 billion in economic activity is generated through production, according to the state film commission. That spending has been threatened by the Republican-controlled state legislature’s decision to craft a law designed to challenge the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. As a result, a range of productions have pulled out or reconsidered the state and Netflix has vowed to steer clear.

  2. Predictable says:

    “Conservatives are calling for a Netflix boycott after it threatened to pull out of Georgia” http://vt.co/news/us/conservatives-are-calling-for-a-netflix-boycott-after-it-threatened-to-pull-out-of-georgia/ “Other mentions of boycotts followed both the announcement last year that Netflix would be making a range of different programs with Barack and Michelle Obama and that former Obama and Clinton official Susan Rice was joining the company’s board of directors.”

  3. Ante up says:

    “AMC could serve a major blow to Georgia’s thriving entertainment business if it follows through on a threat to pull production on its films and TV shows — including the wildly popular series “The Walking Dead” — from the state. AMC Networks joined more than half a dozen media and entertainment companies in saying it would “reevaluate” its investment in Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial “fetal heartbeat” bill into law last month. (CBS News 6/3/19) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amc-to-reevaluate-producing-the-walking-dead-in-georgia-if-abortion-law-takes-effect/ The Walking Dead is one of 32 film or TV productions from HBO, Warner Bros., Netflix and other studios with production hubs in the state. Georgia offers incentives that include a 30% tax credit for projects filmed locally.

  4. Cannibal Village says:

    “States Race to Poach Georgia Film and TV Projects Amid Hollywood Boycott Calls” (Hollywood Reporter 6/4/19) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/states-race-poach-georgia-film-tv-projects-boycott-calls-1215532 “…New Mexico’s film office, for its part, has already been receiving calls from productions that had been planning to shoot in Georgia, including Reed Morano’s Amazon drama series The Power.
    There would be plenty of film and TV projects to go around should a major boycott ensue. Georgia last year was home to 455  film and television projects that generated $2.7 billion in direct spending and an estimated total economic impact of $9.5 billion. The state handed out north of $800 million in production tax credits in 2017 — more than California ($330 million) and New York ($420 million) combined — making it the most expensive film incentives program in North America. But for TV shows that have roots in Georgia — the most notable is AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has settled in the town of Senoia, a half-hour south of Atlanta — relocating would be both troublesome and costly.”

    • eideard says:

      Working folks in Georgia – those most thoughtful – must realize it’s time to move from reactive to proactive. Get into local politics and throw the 19th Century idiots running state government out of office.

      • Local yocal says:

        A recent poll conducted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the University of Georgia found that 57 percent of Georgians believed that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, with only 10 percent of respondents in favor of a total ban. Seventy percent of those surveyed also opposed overturning Roe v. Wade, an outcome many experts believe new abortion laws in Georgia, Alabama, and elsewhere are intended to trigger. https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/interactive-poll-georgia-voters-april-2019/UNhiJklHIc4Uf84ZKjJtML/ The poll was conducted March 24-April 8 for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the School of Public and International Affairs Survey Research Center at the University of Georgia and included a total of 774 registered voters in Georgia. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

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