On Tuesday, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company supports a legal challenge against Georgia’s new heartbeat law, WTHR News 13 reports. If the courts allow Georgia to enforce the law, however, Netflix may stop its protections there, Sarandos said. “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos in a statement to CNBC.
He said the company is working with the ACLU and other #abortion advocacy groups to fight the law. “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,” he said.
Netflix would be the first major filming group to boycott the pro-life state, Fox Business reports. Actress #AlyssaMilano has been pushing for a boycott for months, but, until now, only a few small film and TV projects have stopped working there.
Here’s more from the report:
The streaming service is the first major studio to take a stand on the controversial abortion bill that prompted several #Hollywood stars to threaten to boycott the state. Netflix has filmed several projects in Georgia, including “The #HauntingofHillHouse,” “#StrangerThings,” the first two seasons of “#QueerEye” and “#Ozark.” … At least two projects have already reconsidered filming in Georgia since Gov. Brian Kemp signed #HouseBill481 into law earlier this month, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano immediately stopped scouting locations in the #PeachState for her #Amazon series “#ThePower” following the May 7 signing of the bill.
The upcoming comedy, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” by Kirsten Wiig and Annie Mumolo, also pulled out of filming in Georgia.