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  • 34 Entertainment Industry Leaders Threaten to Leave Georgia if Governor Does Not Veto Anti-Gay Bill

    'We Will Plan to Take Our Business Elsewhere if Any Legislation Sanctioning Discrimination Is Signed Into State Law'

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    Georgia is known as the Hollywood of the South. There's incentive for them to keep the moniker.

    34 leaders in the entertainment industry – actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, and more – have signed a letter from the Human Rights Campaign urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto an anti-gay "religious freedom" bill that sits on his desk. And they're willing to walk away for the sake of equality.

    The names on the letter are well-known, like Greg Berlanti, Matt Bomer, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Daniels, Anne Hathaway, Seth MacFarlane, Julianne Moore, Ryan Murphy, Rob Reiner, Aaron Sorkin, and many more.

    "As you know, Atlanta is often referred to as the Hollywood of the South," the letter, dated today, reads. "During the last fiscal year, at least 248 films and television productions were shot in Georgia, adding at least $1.7 billion in direct spending to the state's economy. Additionally, the entertainment industry helped to bring more than 100 businesses to Georgia through relocation or expansion in the past fiscal year. Only two states -- California and New York -- have a larger entertainment industry footprint and both have statewide non-discrimination laws on the books. Unfortunately, Georgia not only lacks such a law, but could soon move from a bad situation to worse with H.B. 757."

    RELATED: Georgia Lawmakers Send Contentious Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill to Governor's Desk

    "We urge you to veto H.B. 757 and send a strong message that Georgia will not tolerate discrimination against citizens, employees and visitors to the state."

    They conclude, "we will plan to take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law."

    Here is the full list of signatories:

    Ali Adler, Writer and Producer
    Greg Berlanti, Writer and Producer
    Matt Bomer, Actor & Simon Halls, Publicist
    Dustin Lance Black, Screenwriter and Filmmaker
    Bradley Bredeweg, Executive Producer and Showrunner 
    Kristin Chenoweth, Actress and Singer
    Diablo Cody, Writer, Producer and Director
    Bruce Cohen, Producer
    Lee Daniels, Producer and Director
    Dana Fox, Writer and Producer
    John Goldwyn, Producer
    James Gunn, Writer and Director
    Anne Hathaway, Actress
    Alan Hergott, Entertainment Attorney
    Nina Jacobson, Producer
    Dan Jinks, Producer
    Kathy Kennedy, Producer
    Zoe Kravitz, Actress
    Bryan Lourd, Talent Agent
    Seth MacFarlane, Producer and Filmmaker
    Laurence Mark, Producer
    Frank Marshall, Producer and Director
    Neil Meron, Producer
    Julianne Moore, Actress
    Ryan Murphy, Producer
    Peter Paige, Executive Producer and Showrunner
    Rob Reiner, Actor, Director and Producer
    Sarah Schechter, Producer
    Adam Shankman, Director and Producer
    Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter and Producer
    Marisa Tomei, Actress
    Gus Van Sant, Producer and Director
    Harvey Weinstein, Producer and Film Studio Executive
    Craig Zadan, Producer and Director 

    Georgia is quite proud of its status as the "Hollywood of the South," as the Georgia Department of Economic Development shows



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    Image: Screenshot via GeorgiaBusinessUSA/YouTube
    Hat tip: Joe.My.God.

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