29th May 2019

Netflix Will Pull Production In Georgia If Anti-Abortion Bill Is Passed

Netflix is the first major US company to speak out against the recent “heartbeat bill” happening in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri.

The studio said in a statement to Variety said they will continue to work there, however if the bill is passed, they will reevaluate their work in the southern state.

“Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement to Variety.

Alabama became the latest place to put forward an anti-abortion ban, set to be the strictest ban if the bill is passed.

If the “heartbeat bill” makes it through the courts, it will go into effect from January 1st 2020.

Netflix pledged its support to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who plan to challenge the law.

“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.”

Three independent production companies have also retracted any future plans to work in Georgia, until the legislation is reversed.

Netflix filmed hit TV series such as “The Haunting of Hill House”, “Stranger Things” and “Ozark”‘ in Georgia, however future episodes of these, and others, could be halted should the bill be passed.

Ozark’s Jason Bateman joined the show’s producers in denouncing the law, vowing to cease production in Georgia if the law goes into effect

The state attracts production companies due to its tax incentives, coining the name ‘Hollywood of the South.”

What effect could this have on the state?

Well, a spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America said television and film production supports more than 92,000 jobs in Georgia, and the economic impact of such boycotts could have a huge impact on families.

Within the report by Variety, Charles Bowen, an entertainment lawyer and founder founder of the Savannah Film Alliance, says it is “absurd” for Hollywood to start a boycott.

“Let’s let a federal court throw this thing out,” he said.

“If it went into effect, you’d have a much bigger problem here. The Republican legislators don’t care at all about whether you say you’re going to come and film here.”