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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who is governor of California, urged the Hollywood film industry to come back production that had been relocated to Georgia and Oklahoma due to anti-abortion laws despite pandemic lockdowns and increased crime in a new advertisement that appeared in Variety.
The Newsom campaign paid for the full-page spread, which is captioned “Hollywood: Your values, Your choice.”
“The best state in America for creative work is California. We have been the home of storytelling and storytellers for 100 years. Together, we created a creative community with the best cast, crew, artisans, infrastructure, and technology available. tax credits and other incentives that are strong. exemplary culture, “, it reads. “We share your values, which is what matters most. So, make a decision now.
Newsom, who is apparently secretly considering running for president in 2024, wrote: “Over the past several years, the legislatures in states like Georgia and Oklahoma have mounted a vicious attack on vital rights.” Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court, those same states are moving fast to restrict reproductive liberties.
On July 15, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom engages in a press conference following a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California. (Image credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) )
This occurs at the same time that Newsom declared on Wednesday that he was in favor of legislation that would allocate $1.65 billion to the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program in order to prolong it by five years, to 2030. For the industry, this scheme allots $330 million in tax credits each year.
In a statement, Governor Gavin Newsom said that although some states are rolling back people’s rights, California “will continue to preserve fundamental liberties for all and embrace businesses that stand up for their employees.” By maintaining strong jobs and a diverse, inclusive workforce, the program’s extension helps ensure that California’s famous entertainment sector continues to generate economic growth.
Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia and a Republican, previously reported on Monday that the state received $4.4 billion in revenue from the film and television industries.
Georgia served as the filming location for four of the top six highest-grossing films in the country, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Black Panther,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.””
At his primary election watch party in Atlanta on May 24, 2022, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp makes a speech after winning the Republican primary. He is joined on stage by his wife Marty Kemp. By Dustin Chambers for Reuters
Kemp pointed out that popular television shows from streaming services and limited series continue to be produced in Georgia, such as season four of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which set a Nielsen streaming record in July with more than 7 billion minutes of viewing time for the first half of the season. In July, it received 13 Primetime Emmy nominations, together with the Netflix sensation “Ozark,” which was shot in Georgia. There have been 46 nominations for works produced in the state, including nods for HBO Max’s “The Staircase,” Disney’s “Loki,” and FX’s “Atlanta,” among others.
Kemp said in a statement, “When the pandemic hit, we worked hard in Georgia to connect with our partners in the Georgia film, TV, and streaming sectors. “Together, we developed a safe and proper way to enable the film industry to resume operations and provide Georgia Made productions to eager consumers all over the world even when some states continued to remain shut down and hamper the sector’s return to normalcy,” the statement reads.
On July 10, 2021, Dallas will play host to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt will speak. (Image courtesy of Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty)
According to a statement obtained by the New York Times, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt responded to Newsom’s commercial by saying he was “proud to name Gavin Newsom Oklahoma’s Economic Developer of the Year Award in 2021, and I’m thrilled to see he’s making a run for two years in a row.”
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Stitt’s spokeswoman added, “Perhaps Gavin Newsom should focus on addressing his states income tax, which is the highest in the nation, out-of-control energy costs, endless violent crime, people shooting up drugs in the streets, chronic homelessness, high cost of living, gridlock traffic, and rolling blackouts, instead of criticizing strong conservative leadership in red states like Oklahoma. “He should call Governor Stitt if he needs advice on how to really operate a state,” said the governor.
According to Newsom’s argument in the Variety advertisement, attacks by conservative states like Georgia and Oklahoma “are not occurring in secret,” but rather are carried out “brazenly and with the intent to cause pain in the communities they target, many of whom are essential to the success of your industry.”
When conducting business in certain states, “you have a responsibility to take stock of your principles and those of your employees today more than ever,” the ad advises. “California is the state of freedom.”
The freedoms to “share your experiences,” to obtain healthcare, including abortions, to “love who you love,” and to “ensure that your LGBTQ friends, family, and colleagues may proudly be who they are,” according to Newsom, are all guaranteed in California.
In the advertisement, it is stated that living in California offers freedom “from authoritarian state governments who want to tell you what to believe and threaten you with felonies if you dont toe their line.”
Therefore, it reads, “We in California say: Walk the walk to those in power to decide where to film, where to hire, where to open new offices.” “Choose liberty. Decide on inventiveness. Decide on California.”
Fox News Digital correspondent Danielle Wallace covers a variety of topics, including politics, crime, and the police. Send story ideas to email@example.com or @danimwallace on Twitter.