Georgia has been the recent center of Hollywood consternation, Variety reports, as the entertainment industry tries to balance its majority disdain for new restrictive abortion legislation there with its desire to keep business going in the bustling production hub.
But, as Daily Report covered recently, Louisiana is now coming into focus as a secondary, albeit smaller, battleground for the issue, after lawmakers voted to ban abortion after the detection of a so-called fetal heartbeat.
So far, no productions have left Louisiana over the issue, according to Chris Stelly, the executive director of Louisiana’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development.
But that doesn’t mean that an exodus would not happen. “NCIS: New Orleans,” which was just renewed for a sixth season, might pull out of its namesake city if reproductive rights are threatened.
And Director Tate Taylor and exec producer John Norris of the upcoming series “Filthy Rich,” starring Kim Cattrall, indicate that they’ll choose to advocate for women in a different manner. The series begins filming in New Orleans in September.
“While we appreciate anyone’s right to bring attention to this cause and create momentum to protect this constitutional right, our choice is to do it through creating jobs and protecting the families that live here,” said Taylor and Norris in an exclusive joint statement to Variety. “We think both paths lead to the same goal, and respect everyone’s right to choose how they join the fight.”
The film and TV industry created about 7,400 jobs in the state last year, according to a joint report from Camoin Associates and Louisiana’s economic development agency, adding nearly $946 million in new spending. Louisiana has approximately 18 projects in progress, including “Queen Sugar,” “The Purge,” and “Bill and Ted Face the Music.”
Louisiana’s popularity as a filming locale has already taken a hit in recent years, according to locals, in the wake of revisions to the tax incentive system that had producers fleeing to other states. Read the full story from Variety.