Netflix, Disney, NBC, CBS & more threaten to leave Georgia over new abortion law

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Netflix, Disney, NBC, CBS & more threaten to leave Georgia over new abortion law
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Netflix, Disney, NBC, CBS & more threaten to leave Georgia over new abortion law
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Several major studios are considering leaving the state of Georgia due to a controversial new abortion law. Netflix was among the first organizations to threaten to leave the state, but Bloomberg is now reporting that numerous other major companies have joined the boycott.

WarnerMedia, Disney, NBC, CBS, and the AMC Network have all announced a potential exodus from the state. The new law is set to take effect in January of next year.

Georgia, Alabama, and several other states have taken aim at Roe v Wade in an attempt to overturn the decades old legal decision. Pro-life advocates hope President Trump’s recent additions to the Supreme Court might provide an opportunity to put abortion restrictions back in the hands of individual states.

Alabama’s new law outlaws nearly all abortion, except in rare cases involving risks to the mother’s health. Georgia’s new law would outlaw most abortions after six weeks.

Georgia’s film industry presents itself as a southern alternative to Hollywood. Fondly referred to as Y’allywood by some, the state brings in a significant amount of money as a result of film and television production.

2018 was a record setting year for Georgia. The state hosted 455 film and television productions, with some estimating the economic impact at over $9 billion.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, film and television productions are responsible for nearly 100,000 jobs in the state. The organization also claims the industry provides over $4 billion in wages to those living in Georgia.

Georgia’s film tax credit program is often cited as one of easiest and most generous programs throughout the country. Filmmakers are reimbursed 20% of their total spending in the state, with an additional 10% provided if Georgia is advertised in the credits. The tax credits can even be sold for cash to any businesses that pay taxes in Georgia.

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