Walt Disney Co. is after Netflix Inc.’s cause threatening to depart Georgia if a contentious anti-abortion law takes effect.
Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger told Reuters on Wednesday it could be”very hard” to keep film production from the country when the law becomes law next year. An agent for the firm declined to comment further to Bloomberg.
“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,” he said. “Right now we are watching it very carefully.”
Netflix Inc. said earlier this week that it might reconsider its”whole investment” in Georgia, where it’s filmed”Stranger Things” and”Ozark,” whether the law prohibits legal challenges.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said on Tuesday. ““Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
Georgia has some of the very generous movie and TV subsidies from the nation, and it has turned into a favorite hub for a generation. Disney shot a number of its largest recent strikes there, such as”Avengers: Endgame” and”Black Panther.”
The legislation would prohibit abortions after the physician could detect a fetal heartbeat — normally about six months into a pregnancy. It makes an exclusion to avoid death or severe injury to the individual or in cases of rape or incest in which a police report has been filed.
In reacting to this legislation, the Motion Picture Association of America has pointed out that similar laws was challenged in other nations. It is keeping a wait-and-see strategy.
“The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process,” the organization said. “We will continue to monitor developments.”