California governor targets Georgia film industry

DORAVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he’s offering incentives to TV and film executives who pull their productions out of Georgia and other “anti-abortion states that rule with hatred.”

In an ad in Variety magazine, Newsom tells the film industry, “We share your values. So now it’s time to choose.”

On Monday, the Georgia governor’s office announced that TV and film productions generated $4.4 billion for the state. That’s a new industry record.

The report says that Georgia hosted 412 productions over the last year, including 32 feature films, 36 independent films, 269 television and episodic productions, 42 commercials, and 33 music videos between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

In a recent tweet, Newsom said, “You can protect your workers, or you can continue to support anti-abortion states that rule with hatred.”

Republican National Committee Spokesman Garrison Douglas issued the following statement:

“The Peach State already has one failed Democrat using Georgia as a platform to run for President; Georgians don’t need another. Gavin Newsom can learn a lot from successful Republican governors like Brian Kemp, who has made Georgia the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”

Rebekka Schramm

Rebekka Schramm

Emmy award-winning journalist Rebekka Schramm reports weekdays on Wake Up Atlanta from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and on CBS46 News at Noon. She also reports from 7–9 a.m. on Peachtree TV.