Battle Begins Between State And Industry

Tensions between one state and a prominent industry have reached a breaking point as new legislation goes into effect. 

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The state of Georgia is facing backlash from the film industry after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat” abortion ban into place.

Many production companies hailing from Hollywood have condemned the ban and threatened to pull future projects from the state in response. 

David Simon owns the company Blown Deadline which created HBO’s “The Wire” and “The Deuce.” He announced on Twitter that he would no longer include GA as a filming location. 

“Can only speak for my production company,” Simon tweeted. “Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.

“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies,” he continued in a subsequent post. “I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this.”

Following shortly after Simon’s announcement, Killer Films CEO Christine Vachon also stated that her company would boycott filming in Georgia unless the law was overturned.

While Hollywood is kicking and screaming, Gov. Kemp has declared that he won’t be swayed into giving up the state’s values just to attract lucrative film deals. 

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