Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Netflix was the first Hollywood studio to weigh in on the new abortion bill that was passed in Georgia, which has sparked outraged in the entertainment industry.
Due to his state tax incentive, many Hollywood movies and TV shows are filmed in Georgia, including Netflix’s original series ‘Stranger Things’. In the wake of the bill’s signing, major companies in Hollywood remained mum about the issue except for Netflix, which was the sole company to respond to Variety’s request for comment.
“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, told Variety. The company vowed to work with the ACLU and other organizations to fight the bill in court. As the abortion bill has not come into force, the streaming giant will continue to film in the stage. The company also showed their support to partners and artists who refuse to work there.
“Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” Sarandos said.
After Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law what is being dubbed as the “heartbeat” abortion bill, projects started pulling the plug for film shoots in the state. Emmy-winning director Reed Morano told Time that they will no longer film the Amazon series ‘The Power’ in Georgia.
Kristen Wiig and her ‘Bridesmaids’ collaborator Annie Mumolo have also cancelled shoots in Georgia for their upcoming comedy ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar’.
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