Disney is the latest supergiant to take a stand against Georgia’s rule against abortion. Earlier this month, the governor signed off on the “Heartbeat” Bill, banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
On Wednesday, Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger told Reuters it would be “very difficult,” for the company to keep filming in the state if the new abortion law goes into effect.
During his interview, he said, “I rather doubt we will. 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 continued, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Some of Disney’s big box office hits such as “Black Panther,” and Avengers: Endgame,” have been filmed in the state of Georgia.
As we previously reported, Netflix said that it would “rethink” its investment in the state if the bill were to go in effect. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos vowed in a statement, “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.”
As you all know, Georgia has become the location where many films and television shows are filled. According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the film industry is responsible for more than 92,000 jobs in the state and about 455 productions were shot in the state during 2018.