Kemp Lauds Georgia Film Industry Success, Despite Calls For Boycott Over Anti-Abortion Law

Gov. Brian Kemp celebrated Georgia being named the top state for business by Area Development magazine at the Capitol Tuesday. He also touted the state’s record year for the film industry.

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Georgia just saw a record-breaking year for film and television despite calls for a boycott over a controversial anti-abortion law signed earlier this year.

Just under 400 productions with about a $2.9 billion impact have filmed in the state since last summer, Gov. Brian Kemp said at the state Capitol Tuesday.

“There’s no doubt that Georgia remains the Hollywood of the South,” he said. “We appreciate those who have invested in our state, and respect our values and our way of life.

“This industry has created new opportunities for local business, students and hardworking Georgians.”

Kemp and other Georgia leaders faced pressure from the film and television industry earlier this year after signing the anti-abortion law.

Some producers and actors threatened to leave Georgia if the law goes into effect. But those threats and the law are mostly on pause because of an ongoing court challenge.  

Kemp pointed out the state saw 26 feature films, 214 television series and 91 commercials last year.

He also highlighted the record year of the Department of Economic Development’s global commerce team, which brought in more than 300 projects, 74% of which were outside Atlanta. The new projects comprise nearly 29,000 new jobs.