SXSW Cancellations UPDATED Thursday night time with Lionsgate & Starz: Within the wake of SXSW declaring that the fest will go on amid fears of the coronavirus, notable attendees have determined they’re pulling out.
At this night hour, we hear that Lionsgate and their Starz community are not attending because the father or mother corp is insisting that staff not conduct non-essential enterprise journey right now (by the way in which, this doesn’t prolong to CinemaCon on the present second). What skips SXSW from Lionsgate and its sister premium community?
Notably, there was a featured panel for Energy with creator Courtney Kemp, EP “50 Cent” Jackson and Starz President and CEO Jeffrey A. Hirsch that’s not occurring.
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There was additionally a world premiere and an activation for Starz’s upcoming collection Hightown. The collection, set on the planet of lovely however bleak Cape Cod, follows one girl’s journey to sobriety, overshadowed by an unfolding homicide investigation. Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelkel, Shane Harper, Amaury Nolasco, Atkins Estimond, and Dohn Norwood star. Not solely are expertise backing out of the fest, however there received’t be a screening of Hightown, nor a deliberate activation.
Whereas Hightown received’t display screen, Lionsgate’s Dwelling Leisure titles truly will maintain their world premieres, simply sans expertise. These motion pictures are the Liam Hemsworth-Vivica Fox-Vince Vaughn crime thriller Arkansas and the Michael Shannon-Shea Whigham crime thriller thriller The Quarry.
Earlier in the present day, rocker Ozzy Osbourne and WarnerMedia confirmed they’re pulling out of their respective slots on the Austin-based competition.
Osbourne was scheduled to attend in assist of the world premiere screening of A&E Community’s Biography: The 9 Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, its two-hour documentary set to air this summer time. The doc continues to be set to bow March 17 within the 24 Beats Per Second sidebar.
Osbourne, who needed to cancel his current tour owing to sickness, cited the continued menace of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, Netflix and Apple each stated they have been exiting the Austin-based competition, a day after Amazon stated it was doing the identical. All three corporations had content material sure for various sections that now is not going to be within the combine.
They joined Fb and Twitter who had earlier pulled out of the fest, which runs March 13-22.
As for CNN, it had a presence, and there was a Supernatural panel. CNN’s Jake Tapper had the pic primarily based on his U.S. troopers vs. Taliban e book, The Outpost, which Rod Lurie-directed, making its premiere in Austin. I hear that film will nonetheless play the fest.
“As a precaution, WarnerMedia has determined it greatest to not transfer ahead with activations at SXSW. We look ahead to seeing everybody in Austin subsequent yr,” stated WarnerMedia in a press release despatched to Deadline.
Additionally Wednesday, the CW confirmed that Buzzfeed’s “Dreamz, Queenz, & Every little thing in Between” social gathering, sponsored by the community and set for March 14 at Mohawk, has been canceled. As well as, Latinx Home additionally introduced in the present day it was canceling its Austin actions this yr.
Netflix had deliberate to display screen 5 movies: the characteristic Uncorked and documentaries A Secret Love, L.A. Originals, Mucho Mucho Amor and Have a Good Journey: Adventures in Psychedelics. A March 15 panel that includes Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones discussing their collection #BlackExcellence was additionally canceled. Selection had the information first.
Apple’s lineup had included premieres of originals like Spike Jonze’s documentary Beastie Boys Story; Central Park, the brand new animated collection from Bob’s Burgers‘ Loren Bouchard; Dwelling, a brand new docuseries that explores the world’s most revolutionary houses and their builders and Boys State, Apple and A24’s documentary they snapped up for a document $12 million at Sundance. A Making Movie & Episodics panel in regards to the Apple collection Little America that includes government producers Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and Joshuah Bearman in dialog with CNN anchor Kate Bolduan can be canceled.
Beforehand scheduled Amazon actions on the competition included two world episodic premieres, Greg Daniels’ sci-fi present Add and Matt Reeves and Nathaniel Halpern’s Tales From the Loop. As well as, Amazon Prime Video had a advertising and marketing activation with Leisure Weekly, particularly their Blue Room picture/video studio and a celebration on Saturday night time. These aren’t occurring now. Amazon Studios’ movie facet didn’t have any product scheduled for SXSW.
On Sunday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey cancelled his plans to look on the occasion in an interview with Axios’ Dan Primack. This was largely as a result of a company-wide curb on journey given the coronavirus disaster.
“Twitter is implementing a compulsory international enterprise journey restriction for our staff, efficient instantly. This sadly contains SXSW,” a Twitter spokesperson advised Deadline.
Fb had about dozen dozen audio system on the multi-media competition and one activation. The information follows Fb axing its F8 2020 convention, which attracts 5,0000 attendees yearly, as a result of coronavirus considerations.
In response to the World Well being Group, greater than three,280 folks worldwide have died from the coronavirus, the bulk in China. As of Thursday, 11 folks have died within the U.S.