Friday, May 31, 2019
Studios Not OK With 'Heartbeat Bill'
WarnerMedia have now joined Disney and Netflix, as they threaten to pull film productions out of the lucrative tax credit State of Georgia, dead-set against a pro-life 'Heartbeat Bill' that will outlaw infanticide abortions after six weeks of pregnancy:
"We have many women working on productions in Georgia," said Netflix, "whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this 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."
According to Disney's Bob Iger, "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. I don’t see how it'’s practical for us to continue to shoot there..."
"We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time," said WarnerMedia, "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. 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."
Netflix has previously shot TV films in corrupt South American drug cartel countries including Columbia.
Disney has filmed movies in Middle East countries with stricter abortion laws than the Georgia bill, including Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and continues to profit from a Chinese partnership, opening the $5.5 billion resort, "Disney Shanghai".
Warner Bros. and China Media Capital have also formed a joint venture focused on producing and releasing Chinese films.
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Posted by Michael Stevens on Friday, May 31, 2019