As we previously reported, Georgia’s film industry is facing a boycott following the gubernatorial election of Brian Kemp as governor.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers, actors, models, and talent are calling for a boycott of Georgia’s booming film industry. For example, Frank Rich, the executive producer of HBO’s VEEP, said, “If Kemp wins in Georgia, Hollywood should put its money where its mouth is and pull all production out of the state,” Rich tweeted.
Alyssa Milano, said on Twitter “There are over 20 productions shooting in Georgia. Is the entertainment industry willing to support the economy of a totally corrupt state that suppresses democracy; where the winner isn’t the best choice for the people but the best schemer or crook?”
Ron Perlman from FX’s hit TV series Sons of Anarchy tweeted, “To all my friends who are studio and network executives if you choose to shoot movies and tv in Georgia, don’t bother to call me.”
Now, New Mexico’s film industry is betting on their film industry and believe Hollywood’s boycott could lead to more opportunities in the state.
“Georgia has been a powerhouse in the film industry so if some of those productions come here, we are ready and willing,” said Alicia J. Keys, Director of the Albuquerque Film, TV and Media Office told KRQE.
Keys explained since Netflix announced they are planning on opening a production hub in Albuquerque, New Mexico, many other companies have expressed interest in the state. She explains the possibility of entire companies moving out of Georgia could boost New Mexico’s film industry.
“I think we need one or two more big studio, production, distribution houses to make Albuquerque their home,” said Keys.
Keys added “Albuquerque has always welcomed any and everyone and we will continue to do that.”