Money Wins as Production Studios Continue to Film in Georgia, Despite’s State’s Pro-Life Policies

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Money Wins as Production Studios Continue to Film in Georgia, Despite’s State’s Pro-Life Policies

By Movieguide® Staff

In 2019, the entertainment industry threatened to boycott Georgia over its strict abortion laws.

Now, with the recent Supreme Court decisions, which overturned Roe v. Wade, individual states are equipped with the authority to legislate abortion as they see fit.

Despite Hollywood’s historic roots in California and the present democratic politics ensuring access to abortion for its residents, production companies continue to look elsewhere—even in pro-life states like Texas and Georgia.

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This begs the question, why? When it comes down to it, even studios will buck the tide of the entertainment industry’s virtue-signaling culture if it means they can save money.

Economist and professor at Kennesaw State University J.C. Bradbury point out that Georgia’s $1.2 billion tax credit for film and TV production means it’s an attractive destination for production companies despite its restrictions on abortion.

“The subsidies to filming in Georgia are so great,” Bradbury said. “I think it’s going to be very hard for movie companies to turn down filming in Georgia no matter what the political ramifications are.”

However, as Georgia looks to mirror Texas with the establishment of a “heartbeat bill,” some cast and crew members fear that a boycott could become a reality.

Despite the conservative values of the state of Georgia as a whole, the film community in Atlanta said that legislators could expect a boycott from individual filmmakers as opposed to entire studios—a strategy evidenced in 2019 when BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR “relocated out of Georgia due to the abortion bill,” Variety reported.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Georgia’s tax laws and credits have been the subject of much discussion over the last few years.

“All this political hubbub, however, overlooks a major question about the whole issue. Why are states like Georgia giving ANY tax benefits to these rich Hollywood companies anyway?” Movieguide® staff wrote in a previous op-ed.

Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr said, “The unintended consequence of not redeeming Hollywood is a loss of the voting base to keep conservative and Christian ideals at the forefront of our political structure. Failure in Hollywood will without a doubt result in a devastating loss in Christian representation in the government.” Movieguide® doesn’t support schemes to create tax havens for Big Media companies in Hollywood in states like Texas or Georgia. Especially since so much of the entertainment coming from Hollywood contains so much offensive politically correct content, foul language, extreme violence, substance abuse, and explicit sex.

“If we lose the hearts and minds of the voting base by failing to inspire and uplift the good, the true and the beautiful, we will only have ourselves to blame as well as the gross self-indulgence and arrogance of the politicians who left God behind and put themselves in the role of the savior and messiah,” Dr. Baehr added. “Without the redemption of Hollywood, the conservative politicians and parties are the walking dead.”