Netflix May “Rethink” Investment in Georgia If Abortion Law Takes Effect

While other studios remain silent, Netflix has become the first Hollywood playmaker to speak out against Georgia’s controversial anti-abortion law. 

According to The New York Times, Georgia has become a giant for television and film, generating 92,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in annual revenue. However, if the May 7 signing of the fetal heartbeat bill by Gov. Brian Kemp goes into effect, Georgia may lose their relationship with Netflix.

The streaming platform currently produces original content such as “Stranger Things” and “Ozark” in the state, but chief content officer Ted Sarandos says Netflix may “rethink” investments in Georgia if the law goes forward.

“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 an exclusive statement to Variety on Monday. “It’s why we will work with the A.C.L.U. and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

Apparently, conservatives in support of the law are “unmoved” by the potential Hollywood boycott. The New York Times reported that Gov. Kemp went as far as calling those in opposition, “C-list celebrities.” The head of the National Right to Life Committee believes Hollywood has too much invested in Georgia to walk away.

If the heartbeat law is passed, the abortion ban will become effective January 1.

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About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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