With Hollywood’s future in Georgia very much up in the air after Brian Kemp, the governor, signed into law one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bills in recent history, AMC is joining the likes of Netflix and Disney to reevaluate its creative relationship with the state. Per Forbes, the network is threatening to permanently uproot its most lucrative show, The Walking Dead (and its various spin-offs), out of Georgia to another state. “If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia,” an AMC spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
Forbes notes that Georgia has been the primary filming location for The Walking Dead since its very first season, with many of the show’s cast and crew choosing to make the state their home base. Other companies that have threatened to leave Georgia now include NBC, CBS, Viacom, and Sony.