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NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and Other Top Content Companies Take Stands on Georgia Abortion Bill

May 30, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Many of the top Hollywood media companies have broken their silence on anti-abortion legislation that’s in the works in Georgia and other states, Variety reports.

Among the latest to take a position is NBCUniversal, which issued a statement Thursday saying: “We fully expect that the heartbeat bills and similar laws in various states will face serious legal challenges and will not go into effect while the process proceeds in court. If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”

Variety notes that the NBCU statement came on the heels of a statement earlier Thursday by WarnerMedia saying it would “watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions.”

The report quotes a spokesperson for AMC Networks saying: “If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia. Similar bills — some even more restrictive — have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.”

Variety adds: “That network’s flagship series ‘The Walking Dead’ benefits greatly from Georgia’s 30% tax incentive program, and in turn has entirely resuscitated the rural town of Senoia, where it shoots.”

Netflix took a stand against the legislation earlier this week, as we reported previously, and Disney’s Bob Iger has said it would be “very difficult” for his company to continue to do business in Georgia if the new law goes into effect.

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