TV, film productions not coming to Georgia due to 'heartbeat' bill

This is the impact of the film, TV industry in Georgia

The industry fuels billions of dollars to Georgia’s economy and thousands of jobs.

Since April, several production companies and filmmakers have spoken out against Georgia’s controversial abortion law.

» RELATED: Netflix becomes first major studio to take a stand on the ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill

The bill, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in May, is one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills. It outlaws most abortions once a doctor can detect a fetus’ heartbeat. That’s usually around the six-week mark and before some women know they’re pregnant. 

After the bill was signed, Killer Films, Blown Deadline Productions and Duplass Brothers Productions vowed to not film in the state. Two major film studios, Netflix and The Walt Disney Co., also opposed the bill. Both companies said they would rethink filming in Georgia if the bill goes into effect.   

Georgia has become a popular location for filmmakers over the last 10 years. Here’s a look at the state’s growth in the industry by the numbers:

$9.5 billion: The industry’s total economic impact on Georgia, according to the state economic statistics.

$800 million: The state handed out this much in tax credits to film production companies in FY2017, according to the Georgia Performance Measures Report. Georgia gives the second-most film tax credits in the world behind only the U.K. at $820 million. 

$4.6 billion: The total wages in Georgia that the motion picture and television industry is responsible for generating, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

92,100: The number of jobs in Georgia the motion picture and television industry is responsible for, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

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300: The number of new businesses that have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support the industry since 2010.

105: The count of active or upcoming TV productions in Georgia as of April 18, 2019, including TV or streaming movies but not counting potential theatrical releases.

Some shows include FX’s “Atlanta,” CW’s “Black Lightning,” BET’s “Boomerang,” We-TV’s “Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta” and OWN’s “Greenleaf.”

5:The number of film studios that have spoken out against Georgia’s abortion bill. While Killer Films, Blown Deadline Productions and Duplass Brothers Productions said it would not film in the state, Netflix and Disney said it would rethink filming in Georgia if the bill goes into effect. 

Netflix produces several productions in Georgia including “Ozark” and “Stranger Things.” Disney has shot several pricey Marvel movies at Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville including some of the biggest blockbusters in recent history such as “Avengers Endgame.”

Additionally, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Gabrielle Union, Uzo Aduba, Don CheadleRon Howard, Jason Bateman, Alyssa MilanoJordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are among the celebrities who have spoken out against the law. 

» RELATED: Disney CEO said it would be ‘very difficult’ to stay in Georgia if anti-abortion law goes into effect

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