Disney CEO Bob Iger says that he is considering the idea of pulling filming from Georgia over its recently passed, restrictive abortion law.
What did he say?
During an interview with Reuters, Iger said that it would be “very difficult” for Disney to continue production within the state if the new law takes effect.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the bill into law earlier in May. The measure is set to go into effect on January 1.
“I rather doubt we will,” Iger said of filming in the state. “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now, we are watching it very carefully.”
He added, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law,” he said during a recent news conference. “I’m fine with that. We’re elected to do what’s right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.
“We value and protect innocent life,” he said, “even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”
According to Reuters, blockbuster hits like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther” were filmed in Georgia.
Netflix voiced a similar position earlier this week, and insisted that the company is also considering pulling production out of the Peach State.
In a statement, Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, said, “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this. It’s why we 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.”