The HB2 Fallout Continues: Fox, A&E to Boycott NC
A&E and FOX currently have productions for shows in NC but once they wrap, the producers plan to boycott the state in a stand against Governor McCrory's discriminatory law. This withdrawal from NC by the studios and major networks will affect jobs and our economy. So much for the "Carolina Comeback."
"Production on Six is already under way, however we will not consider North Carolina for any new productions," said an A&E spokeswoman to Variety.
As for Fox, which also began production on Shots Fired already, the network stated, "On behalf of our creative partners and colleagues who made commitments to shoot in North Carolina prior to this bill being signed, we join the growing coalition of businesses that hope to see this act repealed. In addition, we will reconsider future filming commitments in North Carolina if the Act is not repealed."
Similar legislation was halted in Georgia (whose governor vowed to veto the bill) when pressure mounted from major Hollywood studios, including Disney and its lucrative Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Both claimed they would stop filming in the state should the legislation pass. While North Carolina doesn't host as much production as Georgia, the loss of major studios and networks would still affect jobs and publicity for the area. A repeal is also much harder than preventing a law from being signed in the first place as the state legislature will have to vote to undo the new legislation.