Netflix, Apple and Lionsgate are the latest Hollywood studios that have pulled out of South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The three companies follow Amazon Studios that had announced its withdrawal from Austin-based festival earlier this week.
Netflix had planned to screen five films, which included the movie “Uncorked” as well as documentaries “A Secret Love”, “L.A. Originals”, “Mucho Mucho Amor” and “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics”. But the plans have now been junked.
Apple’s lineup included premieres of originals like Spike Jonze’s documentary “Beastie Boys Story”; “Central Park”, the new animated series from Bob’s Burgers‘ Loren Bouchard and “Home”, a new docuseries. The tech giant has also withdrawn from the festival.
Starz Network has decided to cancel its screening of crime drama series “Hightown” and its featured session for “Power”. However, Lionsgate itself has not cancelled the screenings of its movies — “The Quarry” and “Arkansas” — but the films’ talent will not be visiting the festival.
Earlier, Amazon had pulled out of the festival. The two events were to be followed by Q&A sessions with the press.
Before Amazon, Facebook and Twitter had decided to withdraw from the annual music, technology and entertainment festival in Austin, which runs from March 13 to March 22.
The festival is one of the large-scale events that is held every year.
While the repercussions for the entertainment industry may seem to pale in comparison to the clear threat the virus poses to human life, the ripple effects do have implications for people around the world who make a living producing and distributing movies, music, and more.
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