Netflix is going strong against Georgia’s recent passing of the strict bill about ending pregnancies, as they suggested that they will no longer use the state as a filming location if the controversial legislation comes into effect.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that Netflix would “rethink their entire investment in Georgia if the legislation is known as the “heartbeat bill” comes into effect”.
Netflix currently has five projects filming in the state: Season 3 of Ozark, Season 2 of Insatiable, The Liberator, Christmas on the Square and Holidate.
Stranger Things, one of the most popular series, has previously been filmed in Atlanta and Jackson.
Georgia will probably lose billions in revenue with the withdrawal from the state.
Sarandos said in a statement that they have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by the law.
That’s why they will work with the ACLU and others to challenge it in court. If the legislation is not implemented, they will continue to film there, while supporting artists and partners who choose not to.
However, should it ever come into effect, they would rethink their entire investment in Georgia.
Georgia remains a very important production hub for TV and movie industries, and it acts as a backdrop for AMC’s most popular show, ‘The Walking Dead’.
The region, often playfully called “Y’allywood”, is the workplace for more than 92,100 employers and more than $4.6 billion in total wages in the state, according to MPAA.
According to state officials, TV and film production generated more than $2.7 billion in direct spending for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The “heartbeat bill” is expected to face legal challenges in the country, with a similar bill recently struck down in court in Mississippi.