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  • SXSW Film Festival Unveils 2020 Winners After Cancellation

    Though this year's SXSW was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film festival held annually in Austin, Texas announced 2020 award winners. Cooper Raiff's comedy "Shithouse" has won the SXSW Grand Jury Award in the narrative feature competition, and Katrine Philp's "An Elephant in the Room" took home the top prize for documentary features. […]

  • Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals Likely Moving to October

    Multiple sources tell Variety that both weekends of the Coachella Festival as well as the Stagecoach Music Festival that follows have been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Goldenvoice is informing agents currently and deducing who is available on consecutive weekends in October -- starting with Oct. 9. Organizers have yet to release […]

  • SXSW Founders: No Coverage For Disease Cancellation In Our Event Insurance Policies

    The news is increasingly bleak for the founders of the South by Southwest conference, which was canceled today for the first time in its 34-year history. Two founders of the event, which was set for March 13-22 in Austin, Texas, told The Austin Chronicle that the organization lacks insurance coverage for disease outbreaks. The festival […]

  • SXSW Canceled Amid Global Coronavirus Outbreak

    The city of Austin canceled the annual event, the first major American film festival called off due to the worldwide outbreak.

  • Why Isn’t SXSW Canceled Yet? It May Come Down to Insurance and the City

    Was the official cancellation of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami Thursday a one-off, for now, for a music industry that's weighing its options on a case-by-case basis… or an inevitable bellwether for the fate of other upcoming festivals like South by Southwest and Coachella? And if it's the latter, why wouldn't SXSW, which begins […]

  • Beastie Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Trent Reznor Pull Out of SXSW Due to Coronavirus

    They were scheduled to participate in the film portion of the festival, but they exit as companies and individuals back out over concern for public health

  • Netflix Joins Growing SXSW 2020 Exodus Over Coronavirus Worries

    Netflix has pulled out of South by Southwest 2020, an individual with knowledge of the matter tells TheWrap, joining the growing number of companies bolting the festival due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.The streamer had planned to screen five films — the romantic comedy “Uncorked,” and the documentaries “A Secret Love,” “L.A. Originals,” “Mucho Mucho Amor” and “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” — and hold a panel for the upcoming series “Blackexcellence” featuring creators Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones. All events have been canceled.Representatives for the South by Southwest festival did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. But so far organizers have maintained that the event will happen as scheduled March 13-22, despite calls to cancel it, including a Change.org petition that has more than 46,000 signatures.Also Read: Major Hollywood, Sports and Tech Events Canceled in Response to Coronavirus - So FarNetflix was the second company to pull out of SXSW on Wednesday alone, following Apple. But the two companies are far from the only participants to quit the festival. Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Intel, China Gathering, Mashable, TikTok, SAP and The Latinx House have also all dropped out in recent days.Netflix and Apple also join a wave of entertainment companies enacting strict measures in response to coronavirus on Wednesday that included: Sony’s decision to close three of its European offices for the rest of the week; MGM delaying the release of the new James Bond film “No Time to Die”; and the cancellations of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the MipTV conference in Cannes.Variety first reported the news.Read original story Netflix Joins Growing SXSW 2020 Exodus Over Coronavirus Worries At TheWrap

  • Apple Backs Out of South by Southwest Due to Coronavirus Worries

    The 2020 South by Southwest festival continues to bleed participants, as Apple is now the latest big name to pull out of this year’s event due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, a company representative told TheWrap.The company had planned to debut three new Apple TV+ shows in the festival’s film and television section, and hold a panel discussion of “Little America” with creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Those events have now all been canceled.Apple is far from the only major participant to back out of SXSW 2020. Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Intel, China Gathering, Mashable, TikTok, SAP, and The Latinx House have also all canceled their festival events and appearances.Representatives for the South by Southwest festival did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap, but so far now organizers have maintained that the event will happen as scheduled March 13-22, despite calls to cancel it including a Change.org petition that has more than 46,000 signatures.Also Read: Major Hollywood, Sports and Tech Events Canceled in Response to Coronavirus - So FarThe news follows a wave of entertainment companies enacting strict measures in response to coronavirus. Earlier Wednesday, Sony closed three of its European offices for the rest of the week after an employee was potentially exposed to coronavirus, MGM delayed the release of “James Bond: No Time to Die,” and the 2020 Ultra Music Festival in Miami was canceled.In addition, talent agency powerhouse CAA has restricted employee travel to “business-critical” only for at least the next two weeks, and the MipTV conference, originally scheduled for March 30-April 2, has been canceled.THR first reported the news.Read original story Apple Backs Out of South by Southwest Due to Coronavirus Worries At TheWrap

  • Amazon Drops Out of SXSW 2020 Due to Concerns About Coronavirus

    The ranks of South by Southwest 2020 continue to thin out in response to the spread of coronavirus, with Amazon now the latest big name to pull out of the Austin-based festival.An Amazon representative tells TheWrap that the company will not be attending the festival. Some of Amazon’s planned events included screenings of science fiction shows “Upload” and “Tales From the Loop.” Also canceled are a marketing activation in partnership with Entertainment Weekly, and Amazon’s big SXSW party set for March 14.Entertainment Weekly alerted press to the situation in an email Tuesday night. “Due to health concerns, Amazon Prime Video has decided to pull back from the festival and will be cancelling all activities including the Blue Room Photo/Video Studio over the weekend and the Entertainment Weekly party on Sat evening. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. The health of our team members and guests is our priority,” the statement read, according to Deadline.Also Read: Major Hollywood, Sports and Tech Events Canceled in Response to Coronavirus - So FarSXSW 2020 has seen a wave of cancellations from major tech and entertainment industry players, including Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. For now however, the ten-day movie, music and tech festival and keynote event is still set to proceed as planned, kicking off March 13 and ending March 20.As of Wednesday morning, 129 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S., and nine people have died from the disease domestically, according to the New York Times. Those account for over 94,000 cases worldwide with 3,221 deaths.Deadline first reported the news.Read original story Amazon Drops Out of SXSW 2020 Due to Concerns About Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Grammy nominee Linda Perry talks lack of respect, representation for female producers: 'If I were Rick Rubin, they wouldn't have done that'

    Perry is the first female Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Grammy nominee in 15 years, and women account for less than 5 percent of music producers. In the words of 4 Non Blondes, what’s going on?

  • SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Henry Winkler + More Join Conference Lineup

    The South by Southwest Conference and Festival have unveiled an additional list of names added to its keynote and featured speaker lineup. Actress Olivia Wilde is among names announced today as part of the Keynote speakers along with Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. The trio joins previously announced keynote speakers Jessica Brillhart, Joseph Lubin, Shirley Manson, Lauren Mayberry, Marti Noxon, and Kevin Systrom…

  • Jordan Peele's 'Us' to premiere as opening film at SXSW

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

  • The Roots Jam at South By Southwest canceled due to bomb threat

    Questlove announced the cancelation in a since-deleted tweet, citing a “severe emergency.”

  • Neil Young, Daryl Hannah talk 'Paradox' film: 'We're very lucky to have found each other'

    “We're pretty real. As artists, we support each other and understand," Young says of his girlfriend, who directed the new movie, premiering on Netflix March 23.

  • Priscilla Presley: Revisiting Elvis's final days, drug abuse in new documentary was 'difficult'

    Priscilla Presley Talks Elvis' Final Days, Drug Abuse in New Documentary

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd talk emotional new documentary: 'I cried a few times'

    Many films have been made about the beleaguered Southern rock legends, but Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zant say “If I Leave Here Tomorrow” gets their story right.

  • Rachael Ray talks being mistaken for 'Becky With the Good Hair,' throwing a really good SXSW party

    Ray may joke about not being “cool enough” to be a member of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s inner circle, but her Feedback party is one of the coolest events at South by Southwest.

  • Barry Jenkins Shares Oscars acceptance speech he would have read after winning Best Picture for 'Moonlight'

    Academy Award winner appears at SXSW and shares the acceptance speech he never got to deliver after last year's Envelopegate snafu.

  • 'Westworld' Season 2: 6 secrets learned from the real-life park, from samurais to drone hosts

    HBO built an entire town from scratch, filled it with "hosts," and invited IndieWire to search for secrets. Here's what's been found.

  • SXSW Backs Austin Lawsuit Against Texas' Anti-Immigration Bill

    The organizers of SXSW have issued a statement in support of a lawsuit the city of Austin filed against the state of Texas protesting Senate Bill 4.