Disney CEO Bob Iger warned it would be "very difficult" to continue shooting in the state should the ban come into effect, while Netflix chiefs said they would "rethink" their whole investment there should the law pass.
It is unclear whether Iger, whose company owns the Star Wars franchise, knows that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a 2015 movie that Disney distributed, was filmed in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which outlaws all abortions except when the mother's life is at risk or when the baby has a fatal "abnormality".
If the legislation goes into effect there in January, Iger said he didn't see "how it's practical for [Disney] to continue to shoot there".
"We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time".
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Ferguson also played in Australia after high school and was selected 21st overall by Oklahoma City in the 2017 NBA Draft. One of the highest-ranked uncommitted recruits in the 2019 basketball class is uncommitted no longer.
Meanwhile, Lovecraft Country producers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele said their companies, Bad Robot Productions and Monkeypaw Productions respectively, would continue film their show in the state for now but planned to donate their production fees to Georgia's ACLU branch and Fair Fight Georgia. "I rather doubt we will".
Netflix and Disney are threatening to pull their filming and production operations from Georgia in protest at the U.S. state's new abortion law, however both companies are refusing to comment on the situation in Northern Ireland. "We fully expect that the heartbeat bills and similar laws in various states will face serious legal challenges and will not go into effect while the process proceeds in court", NBCUniversal said in a statement to AFP. NBCUniversal said the laws could ultimately affect its decisions over where to film.
"We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law", Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told Variety.
Georgia is a popular location for numerous film and TV productions as the state offers a tax credit to companies who spend $500,000 or more on production or post-production. Two recent Disney movies that were shot partially in Georgia included the monster hits "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame".
Some entertainment industry figures have cautioned against boycotting Georgia because of the economic toll it would take on ordinary workers and have instead backed other forms of protest. According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), 455 productions were filmed in Georgia just in 2018 alone. Georgia is among more than a dozen states that have adopted or are moving toward similar restrictions on abortion.