- Netflix in a statement to Variety became the first major US studio to speak out against Georgia’s antiabortion law.
- “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said.
- The company has filmed series such as “Stranger Things” in the state, which is a popular filming location for TV shows and movies.
- In 2018, 455 TV and film projects were completed in Georgia, adding about $US9.5 billion to the economy.
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Netflix is the first major US studio to speak out against the antiabortion laws that are making their ways through states such as Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri.
In Georgia, a major US production hub for TV and film, Netflix said it would consider pulling its productions from the state if the “heartbeat bill,” which was signed into law in May, went into effect.
Georgia’s heartbeat bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into the pregnancy, when women may not yet know they are pregnant. The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to challenge the law, which goes into effect in 2020. The law has raised concerns that women who seek abortions or miscarry could face criminal charges.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement to Variety. “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.”
Netflix has filmed series such as “Stranger Things” in Georgia, which is a popular place to film movies and TV shows because of the tax breaks offered by the state.
Other major US studios approached by Variety would not comment on Georgia’s antiabortion law, the publication wrote. Many of the studios film in Georgia, including Disney, which has shot Marvel movies such as the box-office topping “Avengers: Endgame” in the state.
In 2018, 455 TV and film projects were completed in Georgia, adding about $US9.5 billion to the economy, according to state officials.
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