In the motion pictures business, the company noted that "shutdowns of movie theaters around the world and various restrictions on people's movement" have led "termination of theatrical runs and delays in release dates." Sony also explained that it has suspended "all of its film and television production, resulting in future changes in theatrical release dates for some titles." Like all of the Hollywood studios, Sony's spring theatrical releases have been pushed into the summer, such as Peter Rabbit 2, which was bumped from a April 3 release to Aug. 7 in North America.
In a dash of bright news, Sony estimated that its gaming segment would experience "no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year." The company's current fiscal year ends on Tuesday, March 31, however. Looking ahead, the company warned: "Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S."
In order to keep employees safe and meet the mandates of local governments, Sony said it has shut down most of its offices in the U.S., Europe and Japan, instructing most employees to work from home.
Sony's factories in the U.K. and Malaysia have been mothballed for periods extending into at least mid-April, in accordance with the instructions of local authorities. The company's four major manufacturing plants in China were shut down for several weeks beginning in late January, but have since "restarted operating in increments" in response tot he improving public health conditions there. "Supply chain issues remain, but operations are returning to the level they were before the spread of the virus," Sony said.
Sony noted that it planned to release its financial results on April 30 for the fiscal year ending this month, but it warned that "the spread of COVID-19 could lead to delays in account closing procedures and other operations, making it difficult for Sony to proceed with this announcement as planned."
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.