Donald Glover, Aaron Sorkin, 600 other men, join female producers seeking abortion protections for studio employees

Male showrunners like Larry David, Norman Lear and Donald Glover signed a letter asking Hollywood production companies to provide women protections in states where abortion is severely restricted or banned. AP

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Male showrunners like Larry David, Norman Lear and Donald Glover signed a letter asking Hollywood production companies to provide women protections in states where abortion is severely restricted or banned. AP

The letter features a who’s who of showrunners like Norman Lear, Chuck Lorre, David E. Kelley.

Nearly 600 male Hollywood TV showrunners have signed a letter seeking abortion protections for employees at major Hollywood studios in states like Georgia and Texas where abortion is severely restricted or banned.

This letter comes on the heels of one signed by 411 female TV showrunners last week that detailed what they wanted from companies like Netflix, Amazon and Disney: clarification on how they plan to handle various scenarios regarding pregnancy and the health of their employees in states identified as “anti-abortion.” In June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing individual states to ban abortion if they choose.

“Abortion access doesn’t only affect people who can become pregnant. It affects us all,” said the letter, procured exclusively by Variety magazine.

The letters don’t say what will happen if the showrunners are unsatisfied with the responses, though they may be less likely to want to work in Georgia.

Courtesy of very generous tax credits for production companies passed in 2008, Georgia is currently the third most popular state for TV and film production behind only New York and California, both states which offer relatively unrestricted access to abortion services.

The letter features a who’s who of TV showrunners and film producers including Steven Levitan (”Modern Family”), Norman Lear (”Good Times,” “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons”), Aaron Sorkin (”The West Wing”), Marietta native Alan Ball (”True Blood”), Carlton Cuse (”Lost”), Chuck Lorre (”The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men”), David E. Kelley (”Boston Legal,” “Picket Fences”), Larry David (”Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Cameron Crowe (”Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous”), Atlanta native Ed Helms (”Rutherford Falls”), Fred Armisen (”Portlandia”), Greg Daniels (”Parks and Recreation,” “The Office”), Matthew Weiner (”Mad Men”), Seth MacFarlane (”The Orville,” “Family Guy”) and Phil Rosenthal (”Everybody Loves Raymond”)

Many have worked in Georgia including Kevin Williamson (”Vampire Diaries”), longtime Atlantan Donald Glover (”Atlanta”), Glen Mazzara (”The Walking Dead”), Russel Friend (”Ordinary Joe”), Greg Berlanti (”Doom Patrol”), Mike O’Malley (”Survivor’s Remorse”) and Scott Gimple (”The Walking Dead”).

Notable TV producers from Atlanta not on the list: Tyler Perry and Will Packer.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR FEMALE, TRANS & NON-BINARY SHOWRUNNER COLLEAGUES

In demanding a coordinated and timely response from our employers regarding the imminent workplace-safety crisis created by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion access doesn’t only affect people who can become pregnant. It affects us all.

1. Aaron Cooley

2. Aaron Daniel Harberts

3. Aaron Ginsburg

4. Aaron Korsh

5. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

6. Aaron Shure

7. Aaron Sorkin

8. Abe Sylvia

9. Adam Chase

10. Adam Conover

11. Adam Countee

12. Adam Goldberg

13. Adam Horowitz

14. Adam McKay

15. Adam Milch

16. Adam R. Perlman

17. Akiva Goldsman

18. Al Madrigal

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21. Alan Yang

22. Albert Kim

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24. Alex Anfanger

25. Alex Barnow

26. Alex Berger

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30. Alex Gregory

31. Alex Herschlag

32. Alex Kurtzman

33. Alexi Hawley

34. Allan Heinberg

35. Andrew Black

36. Andrew Chambliss

37. Andrew Green

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39. Andrew Reich

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