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Hollywood takes a stand against Georgia’s religious liberty bill

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Billions of dollars are at stake in a battle between Hollywood production companies and  Georgia lawmakers.

Georgia governor Nathan Deal has until May 3 to sign into law a religious liberty bill that would shield faith-based groups refusing to provide services that they argue would violate their beliefs.

The law would effectively provide greater legal protections for people opposed to same-sex marriage. Entertainment giants like Disney, Marvel, Time Warner, and HBO are threatening a boycott on film production in the state if the bill becomes law.

A spokesman from Disney gave this statement, “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”

The economic impact on both film companies and Georgia are massive as the state has attracted a large portion of entertainment industry production in recent years through lower tax incentives.  

The state’s film industry ranked third only to California and New York for feature film production, according to a 2014 study by research group FilmL.A.. Several Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, IBM, and Verizon have also joined in coalition urging Governor Deal to not to sign the bill.


Greg Bluestein, a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who’s been covering the story

Gregg Kilday, Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter who's been following the story