Representatives in offices for Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development had no comment on the matter.
As tension escalates over a controversial abortion bill in Georgia, the state film office has called off a Los Angeles celebration touting its industry ties, numerous individuals familiar with the event set for next week told Variety.
Producers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele will remain in the state to film their HBO series "Lovecraft Country," but will donate their producer fees to charitable causes supporting the suppression of HB 281 becoming law, which is set for Jan. 1 lest a higher court strike down the measure.” />
In a statement last week, the MPAA estimated that film and television production accounts for 92,000 jobs in Georgia. In the meantime, Kemp will pivot to local strategy, the insider added, by embarking on a tour of state production facilities and vendors in efforts to "reaffirm" his commitment to the industry.
Georgia's film office rescinded invites to studios including Disney, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and Netflix. The May 22 event was to mark an annual cocktail party, known as "Georgia Night," in industry circles. Former governors including Kemp's predecessor, Nathan Deal, have attended the mixer in previous years.
Outspoken creators in Hollywood view the legislation as threatening to women's reproductive rights, like producers Christina Vachon and Mark Duplass, and actors like Alyssa Milano (a vocal proponent of women's issues, who is living in Georgia on the set of her Netflix series "Insatiable").
C-suite executives do not typically attend Georgia Night, one insider added, rather heads of production and other vendors who have enjoyed Georgia's generous 30% production tax rebate for years. While Georgia made the move to call off the event, another knowledgeable insider said the studios have been struggling internally over supporting the state.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is pushing that event, dated for May 22 at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower hotel, and his previously reported meetings with top studio executives to the fall, an individual with knowledge of his plans said. The changes come as show business weighs boycotting Georgia as a production hub, following Kemp's signing of HB 481 — a bill that seeks to outlaw abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

An MPAA spokesman declined to comment on salary compensation.
WASHINGTON — Chris Dodd collected $3.4 million in base salary and bonus in his final year at the MPAA, and almost $500,000 in additional compensation, according to newly released documents submitted to the IRS.
He also had $459,838 in other compensation and about $36,000 in other benefits. At the end of a tenure, organizations typically pay out benefits to departing executives for things like unused vacation time. Dodd, the MPAA's former chairman and CEO, who left the organization at the end of 2017, had base compensation of $3,164,703 and $275,000 in bonus and incentives in 2017, in line with previous years.
Other contributions run the political spectrum, including grants and donations to the Democratic and Republican governors associations, Americans for Tax Reform, American Conservative Union, the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies, Third Way, the American Action Forum, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hudson Institute, the Internet Society, the Technology Policy Institute, the National Urban League, Voto Latino, the New Democratic Network, the Free State Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League.” /> The form also discloses the MPAA's grants and contributions to other organizations. The largest was $1 million to Carnegie Mellon University, which has conducted research on piracy.
The IRS form showed that the MPAA took total revenue of $76.2 million in 2017, an increase from $57.8 million a year earlier. The trade association is retaining a 20% condominium ownership in the building, and is in temporary space as the office structure is being redeveloped. The large increase in revenue was due to the sale of the MPAA's headquarters on prime real estate on Eye Street in Washington, the organization said.
After expenses, the MPAA had a $4.4 million surplus in 2017, from a deficit of $8.8 million a year earlier.
Dodd's compensation put him in the upper rankings of trade association salaries, but not at the top. Thomas Donahue, the president and CEO of the U.S. He collected $5.6 million in compensation in 2016. Chamber of Commerce, has been at the top or near the top of the list in years past.
Dodd joined the MPAA in 2011.
Trade associations and other non-profits are required to file IRS financial forms that are available to the public on request.
Charles Rivkin, Dodd's successor, collected $712,688 in 2017, but that figure is only for part of the year. He joined the MPAA in September, 2017, serving first as CEO and then taking the title of chairman after Dodd's departure. His compensation includes $100,000 in bonus and almost $5,000 in non-taxable benefits.