The television and film industry struck back this week at the state of Georgia, whose governor just signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.
But the reaction was slower and smaller than in 2016, when a “religious rights” bill that would have allowed discrimination against LGBTQ persons provoked a boycott threat that led then-Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the measure.
Five production companies announced Thursday that they would no longer work in the state, which has attracted high-profile productions in the past decade with generous tax incentives. Blown Deadline Productions (run by David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and “The Deuce”), Killer Films (the production company behind “First Reformed” “Carol” and “Vox Lux”), Duplass Brothers Productions (the Mark Duplass-helmed company with a four-film deal with Netflix), Color Force (“Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Hunger Games”) and CounterNarrative Films (Netflix’s “Triple Frontier”) all said they would stop work in Georgia as long as the law stood. More than 100 actors, including major stars, have pledged to boycott productions in the state as well.