B.C. looks to be the big winner of a controversial new North Carolina law targeting transgender people.
In the wake of the bill, the Charlotte Observer reports Lionsgate Films has pulled up stakes on the pilot for Crushed, a new program for streaming service Hulu, and has set its sights on Vancouver.
Pre-production of the comedy about an African American family and their Napa wine business was meant to start this month, with filming to kick off in May.
But the local production office coordinator is reported to have told staff late last month that the plan was being scrapped.
Other Lionsgate productions, like Dirty Dancing, which are already underway, will stay put.
House Bill 2, signed into law March 23 by Governor Pat McCrory, blocks cities from allowing transgendered people to use bathrooms other than those matching the sex on their birth certificate.
It also blocks cities from passing their own non-discrimination laws.
However, the bill has faced a major backlash, with major companies like American Airlines, Apple, and even the NBA condemning it.
It comes on the heels of a similar backlash against the State of Georgia, which had put forward a bill allowing faith-based groups to discriminate based on sexuality.
Georgia offers lucrative film tax credits, but big names like Disney/Marvel threatened to boycott the state if it went ahead. In the end, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the legislation.