It began with only a few stars and a handful of production companies. Now, Hollywood’s fever to boycott Georgia for protecting its unborn children has spread to nearly every major studio.
On Thursday, following Disney and Netflix’s vow to boycott filming in the state, WarnerMedia, CBS, Showtime, NBCUniversal, AMC Networks, Sony Pictures, STX and Viacom all said they would boycott the state of Georgia if the recently-enacted fetal heartbeat bill is allowed to stand, according to Deadline.
In a statement on Thursday, WarnerMedia said that the studio will be watching the “situation closely” in Georgia and will consider withdrawing productions if Georgia does not strike down the law.
“We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by a state or a country and their leaders, we do respect due process,” WarnerMedia said. “We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”
CBS and Showtime issued a joint statement in which they vowed to stand with “creative voices” across the industry who have voiced their disapproval for the Georgia law.
“Creative voices across our industry have expressed strong concern about the recently signed bill in Georgia,” said the two companies. “The ability to attract the best talent is the first step in producing great entertainment content and is always an important consideration in where we film any series.”
Once again, CBS and Showtime both said that they will be “monitoring” the legislation in Georgia to see if it gets struck down by the courts. They will continue shooting in the state until further notice.
NBCUniversal also promised to monitor the legislation, hoping that a serious court challenge will keep it from going into effect.
“We fully expect that the heartbeat bills and similar laws in various states will face serious legal challenges and will not go into effect while the process proceeds in court,” said NBCUniversal. “If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”
AMC Networks has long relied on Georgia’s generous tax plan for its hit series “The Walking Dead.” They too have also threatened to cease filming in the state should the fetal heartbeat bill be allowed to stand.
“If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia,” AMC Networks said. “Similar bills – some even more restrictive – have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.”
The boycott against Georgia took an ugly turn this week when both Netflix and Disney promised to withdraw filming in the state if the heartbeat bill remained.
“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,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”