First San Francisco banned non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State. Now TV and movie production companies are continuing their exodus out of North Carolina over a new law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. Filming for the Hulu comedy Crushed was to kick off in May in Charlotte, reports the Charlotte Observer. However, employees say Lionsgate canceled production on March 24—a day after Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law. The company will move filming and about 100 jobs to Vancouver, Canada, per the AP, though filming of a Dirty Dancing remake will wrap up in the Asheville area. House Bill 2 is "deplorable and discriminatory, and it runs counter to everything we stand for," Lionsgate says.
A&E Studios says it will finish filming military drama SIX in Wilmington, but "we will not consider North Carolina for any new productions," per the News & Observer. Miramax, 21st Century Fox, and the Weinstein Company have also voiced their opposition to the new law. One film industry rep says it's only adding to the damage started with the removal of a state tax credit program in 2014. "I lost my work," she says. "We were just starting to trickle back. And now when (McCrory) signed that bill, he tainted the film industry all over again." Director Rob Reiner is also refusing to work in North Carolina until the "hateful" law is repealed. "I encourage my colleagues in the entertainment industry to vow to do the same," he says. "Enough is enough." (Read more North Carolina stories.)