Amazon Withdraws From SXSW Festival Over Coronavirus Concerns

Amazon Withdraws From SXSW Festival Over Coronavirus Concerns

Executives at the streaming service follow Twitter and Facebook in canceling all screenings and panels scheduled for the March event after Sony delayed the release of ‘No Time to Die’.

AceShowbiz – Executives at Amazon have cancelled all screenings and panels scheduled for the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival due to growing coronavirus concerns.

All events and showcases the streaming service bosses were planning to stage during the festival, which runs from 13 to 22 March, have been nixed after representatives for Twitter and Facebook announced they were withdrawing from SXSW in Texas, due to the ongoing global health scare.

The news comes as Sony chiefs delayed the release date of their latest James Bond movie, “No Time to Die“, due to fears about how the coronavirus will affect cinema business this spring.

The movie will now be released around the world in November.

Also among the coronavirus-related cancellations is the international television conference Mip TV, which was set to take place in Cannes, France from 30 March to 2 April.

Organisers plan to stage the event in October. The announcement follows a ban put in place by the French government on gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

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