Lionsgate Films, founded in Vancouver and now in Santa Monica, Calif., has roared its disapproval of North Carolina’s controversial new law discriminating against members of the LGBT community, opting to move one of its big budget television productions to Vancouver.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the new show called “Crushed” and starring Regina Hall, was initially slated to start in May. Signed on March 23, the new law bypasses the privacy concerns of transgender people with respect to washroom access, while simultaneously excluding individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender from anti-discrimination protections. Also blocked is the right of municipal governments to enact anti-discrimination policies that protect LGBT members within their communities.
Lionsgate isn’t the only company that has registered concern. In addition to the loss of over 100 jobs resulting from the decision, other companies have vowed to pull their business out of the state, including Apple, Google, Facebook, the NBA, and American Airlines.
Red Ventures, a major marketing firm, is also re-evaluating a decision to expand its labour force by 500 people in Charlotte.
Several other original streaming series are currently in production in Vancouver, including Hulu’s Shut Eye, Amazon Video’s The Man In The High Castle, and Netflix’s Haters Back Off and A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
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