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Georgia communications officials say "production companies will continue to come to the state"

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California Governor Gavin Newsom called on Hollywood to pull productions from Georgia due to its restrictive anti-abortion policies in an ad published in Variety in early August.

"California is the best place in America to create. For 100 years, we’ve been the home for storytelling and storytellers. Together we built a creative community that includes unrivaled cast, crews, craftspeople, infrastructure, and technology. Robust tax credits and other incentives. The best culture," the ad read. "Most importantly, we share your values. So now, it’s time to choose."

Newsom is also endorsing $1.65 billion in state tax credits through 2030, which is meant to entice studios to stay in California or poach projects from states like Georgia.

"People are going to say things and have been saying things for years, but our goal and our focus is to really encourage folks in the industry to keep pressing on," Em Fergusson, marketing and communications chair for Georgia Production Partnership, said.

Fergusson said the organization's focus will remain on filmmaking.

"I do feel that production companies will continue to come to the state and continue to create content here," she said.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that the state's film industry brought in a record $4.4 billion in the fiscal year 2022.

"Georgia is a top location for film and television production," a spokesperson for Kemp said, "and we'll continue to focus on the things that have brought us success and led to record-setting results."

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