The Chief Content Officer for Netflix is speaking out against Georgia’s planned anti-abortion laws.
Netflix was the first major studio to publicly take a stand against anti-abortion bills, according to Variety. The streaming service defended women’s rights to autonomy over their own body in a statement to the publication.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “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,” Sarandos added. “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
CBS, WarnerMedia and Disney followed up with their own statements after Netflix spoke out.
“If the law takes effect in Georgia or elsewhere, these may not be viable locations for our future production,” a statement from CBS read. ” We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time. For now, we will continue producing our series based there that have production orders for next season.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger told Reuters that it would be “very difficult” to continue filming in Georgia should the law pass. “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.”
“Black Panther”, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” were all filmed in Georgia.
The film business brings around $2.7 billion in direct spending to the state.
“If the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions,” WarnerMedia added to the conversation. “As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill on May 7 aiming to outlaw abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
A large number of movie and television productions take place in Georgia thanks to favourable tax incentives.