Production of Hulu comedy moved out of North Carolina
The production of a Hulu comedy series has been moved out of North Carolina over the state’s new anti-LGBT law.
Last month North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed law which voids all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights, as well as permitting businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.
The new law also bans transgender students in public schools from using their preferred bathroom.
McCrory’s decision has attracted a legal challenge as well as a growing boycott of the state, with over 100 companies slamming the decision.
Now the Lionsgate-produced Hulu comedy pilot ‘Crushed’ will be moved out of the state.
The production company previously warned of a possibly boycott after McCrory signed the bill into law.
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Starring Bashir Salahuddin and Regina Hall, reports suggest Lionsgate will move production of the series to Vancouver.
The series follows African-American siblings who run a winery in the Napa Valley. Writer Tina Gordon Chism is executive producing with Stephanie Allain.
Lionsgate and Hulu are by no means the first companies to implement the promised boycotts.
A statement from internet payment giant Paypal yesterday announced that a planned new HQ in the state would be scrapped.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman explained he could not move to the state in good conscience. Governor McCrory had previously personally championed the opening of the HQ.