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Disney CEO on Filming in Ga.: 'Don't See How It's Practical'

Bob Iger says it will be 'very difficult' to do production there if abortion law goes into effect
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 7:23 AM CDT
Disney CEO Bob Iger arrives at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – First Netflix said it may "rethink" filming in Georgia over a strict new abortion law. Now another big entertainment company is expressing similar doubts. Reuters reports that on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted his company filming in the Peach State could be up in the air if the "heartbeat" bill takes hold, saying it would be "very difficult" to do so. "I rather doubt we will," he said. "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. ... I don't see how it's practical for us to continue." Iger added they're watching the situation in Georgia "very carefully."

In addition to balking from Netflix and Disney, which shot Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther in Georgia, director Reed Morano's Amazon series The Power has already announced it's moving production out of Georgia, as has Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's Lionsgate film Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, per the Hollywood Reporter; multiple producers, including Mark Duplass and David Simon, have said they'll also keep Georgia off their radar. "There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there," Morano tells Time. Per the Motion Picture Association of America, more than 450 productions took place in Georgia in 2018, and 92,000 jobs have been created by the film and TV industry there, spurred by generous tax incentives. (Read more anti-abortion laws stories.)

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