Disney may stop filming movies and television shows in Georgia if the controversial new state abortion law goes into effect, said today CEO Bob Iger Reuters .
Reuters asked Iger about the company's plans to continue filming some of his biggest films in Georgia following an abortion ban that would prevent women from undergoing the procedure as soon as a doctor can find a doctor. heartbeat of the fetus. It is a controversial prohibition, especially considering that the detection of a heartbeat can occur as early as six weeks after pregnancy, when women do not even know they are pregnant.
The loss of Disney would be a big blow to Georgia's annual tax credit income it receives by allowing studios to film in different locations. Disney is one of the most outstanding studios, as it filmed some of its biggest Marvel films in Georgia, among them Black Panther Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: War of Infinity . Those productions helped Georgia raise about $ 2.7 billion in direct spending in the state in 2017, according to the Governor's office.
That unexpected annual gain will soon begin to fall dramatically. Iger told Reuters that "it would be very difficult" to continue filming in Georgia, adding that he did not believe they would continue if the law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. "I think a lot of people" who work for us they will not want to work there, and we will have to take care of their wishes in that sense, "said Iger Reuters ." At this moment we are watching him very carefully. "
Disney is not the only company that threatens to stop filming in Georgia if the law approves it, Netflix content director Ted Sarandos said the company would "reconsider all our investment in Georgia" if the law goes into effect.
"We have many women working in productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law, "Sarandos said in a statement to Variety earlier this week." Since legislation has not yet been implemented do, we will continue filming there, at the same time that we will support the partners and artists who choose not to do so ".
Both companies spend a lot of time in Georgia. Netflix films Stranger Things and films like the next Holidate in the state, while Disney also plans to use Georgia for some Disney + shows like the new series by Kristin Bell Encore .