Netflix will 'rethink our entire investment' if Georgia abortion law takes effect

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Sarandos says the streaming giant will rethink their investment in Georgia if the state's recently passed abortion law goes into effect.

Sarandos's comments were first reported by Variety.

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.

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While it's not yet clear if it will hold up to legal challenges, the May 7 law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected has had many in Hollywood protesting the measure, which is set to take effect January 1.

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo said they would relocate their Lionsgate film "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" and Reed Morano made a decision to cancel plans to scout locations in Georgia for Amazon Studios' upcoming series "The Power".

National Basketball Association legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently called for boycotts of states that have enacted pro-life legislation in recent weeks, while Kristen Wiig and director Reed Morano both relocated projects that were originally slated to film in the Peach State.

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Netflix's move comes as other production companies, actors, and actresses are reconsidering using Georgia for productions. The state attracts movie shoots through a 20% base transferable tax credit. Shows like AMC Networks Inc.'s "The Walking Dead" is filmed there.

The new legislation, which is set to become law in 2020 if it survives legal challenges, has roiled Hollywood, with several filmmakers saying they would refuse to work in the state. Numerous studios film in Georgia, such as Disney, which shot Marvel movies including the box-office topping, "Avengers: Endgame", in the state. Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are continuing projects in the state and are vowing to donate their salaries to the American Civil Liberties Union and abortion rights groups.

"Georgia is one of the world's top destinations for film production and communities across the state are seeing the benefits of welcoming the industry", said outgoing Governor Nathan Deal in a statement made in August past year. The law looks to forbid women from receiving an abortion after 6 weeks or right around the time a heartbeat is first detected on an ultrasound.

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