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Heartbeat Law: How Disney productions impact the state of Georgia

First Netflix...now possibly the house of the mouse! Disney joins the push to stop Georgia’s controversial "heartbeat" abortion law.

ATLANTA — Georgia and the movie studios track every dollar spent - even down to dry-cleaning bills - and it's fascinating. The same is true for Disney, whose films, under its Marvel umbrella, have left a global impact.

The economic punch the state gets hits harder than a superhero, but that could all come to a close come Jan. 1, 2020 if the controversial “heartbeat” abortion law is upheld.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Reuters if the law takes effect, it would make filming in the state "very difficult." That would also leave Georgia without serious film industry funds.

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The comments come on the heels of Netflix's announcement that it, too, could pull all projects from the state in the wake of the bill, which prohibits abortions in Georgia after a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically about six weeks into pregnancy.   

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the sequel to the 2015 film “Ant-Man & The Wasp” brought in more than $63 million to Georgia. But those are just some of the numbers - for “Spiderman Home-Coming,” Marvel spent $66 million in Georgia making the film.

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The costs don’t end with lights and cameras, more than $3.5 million was spent in lodging, $1 million on catering, which employed 5,000 people alone.

Here’s a look at some of the tabs for the films:

Avengers: Infinity War

Georgia-filmed "Avengers: Infinity War" generated more than $182 million in local economic activity. Filming took place in Georgia from January 2017 to April 2018. The Marvel movie employed more than 3,000 Georgians, who were paid more than $65 million in wages.

The production also supported a wide array of in-state vendors, including numerous small businesses, such as:

  • $11.3 million on grip and electric rentals and purchases
  • Over $4 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration
  • More than $6.6 million on camera rentals and purchases 
  • $4.2 million on catering, bakery goods and other food items
  • Over $6.7 million on hardware and lumber supplies, and equipment
  • More than $7.2 million on transportation, including truck and car rentals

Antman & The Wasp

  • More than $15.7 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies
  • More than $4.4 million spent on lodging
  • More than $4.4 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $4.1 on hardware and lumber supplies
  • More than $1.3 million spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew
  • More than $589,000 spent on local wardrobe, including dry cleaning

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Filming for “Spider-Man: Homecoming" took place from June 20, 2016 to Sept. 21, 2016.

  • Lodging (Hotels, Condos, etc.) $ 3,688,336
  • Catering, Other Food - $1,075,660
  • Hardware/Lumber/Supplies - $7,576,962
  • Camera Rental and Purchase - $2,065,311
  • Grip/Electric Rentals and Purchases - $6,094,907
  • Georgia Cast/Extras - $1,113,579
  • Georgia Security Hired - $ 408, 236
  • Georgia Crew Hired - $20,731,348
  • Off Duty Personnel (police, fire, etc.) - $314,795


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