Atlanta, GA (CBS46) Billions of dollars are at stake in what's shaping up to be a Hollywood backlash against the state of Georgia.
The state's film and television industry employs more than 92,000 people in Georgia, pumping our economy with nearly $10 billion every year.
Now some Hollywood activists are threatening a boycott, worried about Brian Kemp's victory in the governor race.
It comes down to another Religious Freedom bill, which critics believe is a license to discriminate.
Two and a half years ago, Governor Nathan Deal said no to a Religious Freedom bill.
Kemp's spokesperson says the governor-elect fully supports the film tax credit and would sign a Religious Freedom bill that mirrors federal statute, which protects people of faith and does not discriminate.
"If people feel that's being attacked they will pull out. They won't stand for it.
Hollywood is known to set strong boundaries in that regard," said Rowan Bousaid, co-owner Frat Pack productions.
"Dry cleaners restaurants, hotels who would immediately have less business if this industry wasn't here," said Daryn Kahn, also a co-owner Frat Pack productions. "Just to have the threat of our governor having the infinity gauntlet that like a snap of the fingers could half the industry overnight, that's scary."
Local film professionals CBS46 talked with say they're hopeful the industry will continue to thrive here.
Meanwhile, Brian Kemp's spokesperson sent CBS46 this statement regarding the issue:
"Governor-elect Kemp has been crystal clear for the past two years. He fully supports the film tax credit and would sign a religious freedom bill that mirrors federal statute, which protects people of faith and does not discriminate."
Georgia lawmakers will meet on January 14 to talk about it.
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