WarnerMedia has issued a statement saying it will reconsider Georgia as a filming site should the newly signed abortion law go into effect, joining Netflix and Disney in taking a stance on the issue.
“We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by a state or a country and their leaders, we do respect due process,” said the entertainment giant in a statement Thursday. “We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”
Netflix was the first Hollywood player to issue a statement on the issue, with Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos telling Variety exclusively in a statement that the company would work with the ACLU and others to fight the legislation 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,” he said. “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
Disney chief Bob Iger then told Reuters on Wednesday that the company, which now comprises 20th Century Fox as well, would likely abandon Georgia as a production site should the law remain in place. He said it would be “very difficult” to remain.
WarnerMedia, which includes HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros. among its subsidiaries, currently has a few productions in the state, including HBO’s “The Outsider” and “Lovecraft Country,” and Warner Bros. film “The Conjuring 3.”