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Entertainment Netflix and HBO's WarnerMedia are latest to nix SXSW plans in wake of coronavirus

19:16  06 march  2020
19:16  06 march  2020 Source:   ew.com

Facebook and Twitter Back Out of SXSW Due to Coronavirus Worries

  Facebook and Twitter Back Out of SXSW Due to Coronavirus Worries Citing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, Facebook and Twitter have both pulled out of the 2020 South by Southwest festival, scheduled for March 13-22 in Austin, Texas."We will no longer be participating in SXSW this year out of an abundance of caution related to the health risks presented by Coronavirus," a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.

The latest are Netflix , WarnerMedia , and Apple, EW has learned. Netflix pulled screenings of the film Uncorked and documentaries A Secret Love, L.A There are 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Texas, and Travis County in Austin is testing at least one patient for the respiratory illness.

AT&T’ s WarnerMedia is no longer participating in SXSW 2020 in Austin, Texas, joining a growing list of companies cancelling plans to attend the annual fest Among WarnerMedia ’ s planned activities at SXSW this year had been a session on HBO Max with Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia

Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. © Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. UPDATE: Ozzy Osbourne announced he is bowing out of SXSW in a statement from his rep released on Thursday. He was scheduled to attend the world premiere screening of A&E's Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, a two-hour documentary special.

"Following recent cancellations by major corporations, artists, record companies, and studios because of the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, Ozzy Osbourne has likewise decided to cancel his upcoming appearance at SXSW," the statement from his rep reads.

Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus fears

  Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus fears Google has cancelled I/O, its annual developer conference, citing coronavirus concerns. The tech giant has sent out an email to all attendees informing them of the decision. I/O 2020 was set to be held from May 12th to the 14th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. According to the email, all guests will receive a refund by March 13th, and will be automatically granted an option to purchase a I/O 2021 ticket. "Due to"Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre," the email states.

Netflix and HBO ’ s Warner Media are the latest companies to back out of the annual film festival Netflix and HBO ’ s WarnerMedia are latest to nix SXSW plans in wake of coronavirus https The company also nixed a March 15th panel with Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones on the series “Black

WarnerMedia ’s planned sessions at SXSW had included panels for TBS’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”; HBO ’ s “Watchmen” with Damon Lindelof, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; and HBO ’ s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” with creator Robin Thede. Also scheduled were premieres of TNT’s “Snowpiercer”

Around the same time, Starz and Lionsgate joined the other studios dropping their plans. Screenings of The Quarry and Arkansas will continue at SXSW as planned, but Lionsgate Home Entertainment will no longer be sending staff or talent. Starz pulled the Power panel and a screening of series Hightown.

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After Amazon announced it would pull out of the SXSW Film Festival this month in Austin, Texas, other studios are now following suit in the wake of coronavirus fears. The latest are Netflix, WarnerMedia, and Apple, EW has learned.

Netflix pulled screenings of the film Uncorked and documentaries A Secret Love, L.A. Originals, Mucho Mucho Amor, and Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics. The streamer also canceled its March 15 panel with Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones on the series Black Excellence.

AFI Postpones Life Achievement Award Gala Due to Coronavirus Concerns

  AFI Postpones Life Achievement Award Gala Due to Coronavirus Concerns AFI CEO and president Bob Gazzale said the decision to postpone will ensure "the well-being of the artists and audience that gather each year to celebrate America’s art form."The annual ceremony, set to celebrate Julie Andrews this year, was scheduled for April 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The gala will be rescheduled for a date in early summer.

Netflix Cancels SXSW 2020 Screenings, Panels Amid Coronavirus Fears (EXCLUSIVE). Starz is the latest entertainment company to pull out of the annual SXSW festival over coronavirus WarnerMedia is also scaling back its presence at SXSW , cancelling public marketing activations but

WarnerMedia and HBO are the latest to opt out of SXSW 2020 amid concerns about the coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, called COVID-19. In the past, HBO has staged large interactive events at SXSW to promote shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones.

As for WarnerMedia, the parent company of HBO and HBO Max announced in a statement Thursday that it moved "not to move forward with activations at SXSW" as a precaution. The company had been considering a Westworld season 3 screening, but one never became official, EW has learned. It's unclear if this also relates to planned screenings and panels. A rep for HBO did not immediately respond to requests for clarification.

WarnerMedia also includes CNN, which will be pulling "activations."

Evan Rachel Wood posing for the camera: John P. Johnson/HBO Westworld Season 3 Evan Rachel Wood © Provided by Entertainment Weekly John P. Johnson/HBO Westworld Season 3 Evan Rachel Wood

Apple also canceled the world premiere of Beastie Boys documentary Beastie Boys Story, as well as screenings of animated musical series Central Park and docu-series Home.

There are 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Texas, and Austin is testing multiple patients for the respiratory illness.

CES Asia organizers postpone show over coronavirus fears

  CES Asia organizers postpone show over coronavirus fears CES Asia is among the latest major tech conference to be axed after organizers pulled the plug on Mobile World Congress, SXSW and many more."Our decision reflects the concerns of our stakeholders including exhibitors, buyers, media and speakers. Given the evolving global concerns about and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel this is the best decision for everyone involved, " the Consumer Technology Association said in a statement.

WarnerMedia , the company that owns HBO and therefore its Watchmen series, withdrew from the festival. Osbourne is withdrawing from SXSW independently. Outside of the coronavirus threat, Osbourne has faced recent Grey' s Boss Speaks Out in Wake of Shocking Alex Farewell Episode.

MarketWatch. SXSW Cancellations: WarnerMedia Latest To Pull Out Over Coronavirus Fears – Update. Deadline. Netflix and HBO ' s WarnerMedia are latest to nix SXSW plans in wake of coronavirus . Southwest Airlines predicts 0M hit from coronavirus .

Twitter and Facebook were among companies who pulled their planned presence at the annual SXSW festival in the preceding weeks.

In a press conference held on Wednesday, Dr. Mark Escott, director of Austin Public Health, said there's currently no evidence that would suggest canceling "mass events" like SXSW would make the community safer. "If there's any evidence that our community will be safer by closing down public events, we will do that." As is the general outlook on the situation, he noted re-evaluation comes on a case-by-case basis.

As of now, SXSW will go on as planned from Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 22.

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