Disney CEO Bob Iger may pull his multibillion studio out of Georgia if the state’s new abortion law is upheld. The law, which was passed on May 7 and is set to take effect January 1, essentially bans abortions.
On Wednesday night, he told Reuters: “I think if it becomes law, it’ll be very difficult to produce there. I rather doubt we will. I think many people who work for us will not want to work there and we’ll have to heed their wishes in that regard.”
He continued, “Right now we’re watching it very carefully, there’s some speculation it could be enacted sometime after the first of the year. I think it’s also likely to be challenged in the courts and that could delay it. We’re being careful and cautious about it, but if it becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Disney shoots most of its films in Georgia, including Marvel films like Avengers: Endgame.
This week, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos also spoke out against the bill.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” he said in the statement. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU 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.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the film industry generated a $9.5 billion total impact in Georgia in 2018 alone.