Netflix Threatens to Leave Georgia If Abortion Law Stands

  •  Company says it will ‘rethink’ its investment in the state
  •  Legislation is set to take effect in 2020 barring challenges

Netflix Inc. plans to reconsider its “entire investment” in Georgia if a law restricting abortions takes effect in the state, where it films shows such as “Stranger Things” and “Ozark.”

The new legislation, which is set to become law in 2020 if it survives legal challenges, has roiled Hollywood, with several filmmakers saying they would refuse to work in the state. But large companies have remained silent, making Netflix’s remarks significant.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Chief Content Officer Ted 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.”

Variety previously reported on the comments.

Georgia has some of the most generous film and TV subsidies in the country, and it’s become a popular hub for production. Shows like AMC Networks Inc.’s “The Walking Dead” are filmed there. And it’s been used for several of Walt Disney Co.’s recent hits, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Ant-Man” and “Black Panther.”

Source: Bloomberg

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