“CBS and Showtime have issued a statement on the recent abortion legislation in Georgia and other states, saying that they ‘may not be viable locations for our future production’ should the law take effect,” Variety reports.
The companies released a statement Thursday saying: “Creative voices across our industry have expressed strong concern about the recently signed bill in Georgia. The ability to attract the best talent is the first step in producing great entertainment content and is always an important consideration in where we film any series. We are monitoring the legislative and legal developments in Georgia with the full expectation that the process in the courts will play out for some time. For now, we will continue producing our series based there that have production orders for next season. If the law takes effect in Georgia or elsewhere, these may not be viable locations for our future production.”
As we reported Thursday, a growing number of major media companies, including NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Disney and Netflix, have expressed similar sentiments about the so-called “heartbeat” bills.
Variety notes that Georgia “boasts about 92,000 jobs in the film and television industry, with a reported economic impact of about $9 billion.”