Disney may stop recording movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state's new controversial abortion law comes into force, CEO Bob Iger told Reuters today.
Iger was asked Reuters about the company's plans to continue recording some of its greatest films in Georgia following a ban on abortion that would prevent women from having the procedure performed as soon as a doctor can find one fetal heartbeat. It is a controversial ban – especially considering that a heartbeat may appear as early as six weeks into a pregnancy when women may not even know they are pregnant.
Losing Disney would be a huge blow to Georgia's annual tax credit income it receives from allowing studies to film in various locations. Disney is one of the most prominent of these studies, which has filmed some of its greatest sub-films in Georgia, including Black Panther Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War [1
The annual stormfall can soon begin to fall dramatically. Iger told Reuters that "it would be very difficult" to continue recording in Georgia and added that he did not believe they would continue if the law came into force on 1 January 2020. "I think many people working for us will not work there and we will have to comply with their wishes in this regard, "said Iger Reuters . "Right now we see it very carefully."
Disney is not the only company that threatens to stop filming in Georgia if the law passes. Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said the company would "reconsider our entire investment in Georgia" if the law actually comes into force.
"We have many women working on 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. "As legislation has not yet been implemented, we will continue to film there while supporting partners and artists who choose not to."
Both companies spend quite a bit of time in Georgia. Netflix shoots Stranger Things and movies as the upcoming Holidate in the state, while Disney also plans to use Georgia for some Disney + shows such as Kristin Bell's new series Encore .