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When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a bill banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat, some major production companies claimed they were considering boycotting the state. Months later, however, it's business as usual for the Georgia film industry.
Major companies like Netflix and AMC, which film popular television shows in Georgia, were among companies threatening a boycott during the days and weeks of outrage over pro-life laws. Now that the furor has died down, those shows are staying put.
When the Georgia pro-life heartbeat bill was going through the state legislature, AMC expressed serious concerns.
"If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia," an AMC statement read. "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."
But Season 10 of "The Walking Dead" was filmed in Georgia over the summer, and AMC has not indicated any intention to pull out of the state in the future.
Netflix also issued a statement over the summer about Georgia's abortion law.
"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 a May 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."
According to a database tracking productions on Georgia.org, six Netflix shows are currently, or preparing for, production in the state, including "Ozark," one of the streaming service's most well-known shows.
Project Casting reported that "Stranger Things" will remain in Georgia as well.
The abortion ban in Georgia is facing legal challenges, but is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
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