With word that Netflix is rethinking investing in film and television production in Georgia if the abortion law goes into effect, another major company is reportedly thinking about the same thing.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the media conglomerate may cease production in Georgia if the abortion law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Some of the more memorable Disney films shot in Georgia include Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.
“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,” he said, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
On May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a state bill that would outlaw abortion after six weeks into a pregnancy. Since the controversial decision, many major Hollywood power players, such as Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams. Recently, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the streaming service may pull out of filming its content in Georgia if the law goes into effect.
As producers Rashad Mubarak and Jazmen Darnell Brown detail in their op-ed against the #BoycottGeorgia movement for Shadow And Act, the state has the fourth-greatest Black population of any state, and the city of Atlanta is widely considered to be the epicenter of its film and television industry.