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Netflix Joins Apple in Skipping SXSW Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Auditorium Shores on March 16, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

Netflix is joining other major technology and entertainment companies in canceling its plans for SXSW amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The streamer had planned to screen five films at the festival, including LA Originals, and had a panel scheduled for March 15 in which Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones would discuss the series #BlackExcellence.

Netflix's decision to skip the event, which is scheduled to take place March 13-22 in Austin, follows a similar move by Apple on Wednesday afternoon.

The tech giant's video group has also cancelled its activities at the event, sources close to the company tell THR, forgoing several premieres that were scheduled for the event, including the Spike Jonze feature Beastie Boys Story and the series Central Park and Home. Apple was also set to screen Boys State, which it acquired out of Sundance with partner A24. A conversation with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon about their Apple series, Little America, has also been canceled.

Netflix and Apple joins Twitter, Facebook and Amazon Studios in deciding to skip the annual festival. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is among the most high-profile speakers to decide not to attend. Meanwhile, Facebook had around 12 people committed to panels.

As of Monday, the event was still scheduled to take place, with organizers saying at the time that they were "working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event." There have been 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Texas, where the fest is held each year.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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