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Netflix will 'rethink' GA investment if 'heartbeat law' goes into effect

Familiar faces in new, original offerings arrive to Netflix in May. (Source: MGN)
Familiar faces in new, original offerings arrive to Netflix in May. (Source: MGN)
Published: May. 28, 2019 at 12:38 PM EDT
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- Netflix will continue to produce and shoot shows and movies in the Peach State, but it will "rethink" its investment in Georgia if the "heartbeat" law goes into effect in January.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in the CNBC statement. “It’s why we will 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. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

Netflix's move comes as other production companies, actors, and actresses are reconsidering using Georgia for productions.

The Peach State has leveraged 30 percent tax credits to lure production companies from Hollywood.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed the "heartbeat bill" into law several weeks back. 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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