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How the Coronavirus is Affecting Hollywood

While this is a great time for streaming services (binge watching is a great plan if you can’t leave your house) it is not so great for movie theaters, film festivals or premieres. Even Tom Hanks is sick!  Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened since the infamous coronavirus exploded onto the scene:

Hulu just announced that they will cancel the ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ premiere that was going to take place on March 12th, starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, The Wendy Williams Show, The View and Live with Kelly & Ryan among others are taping without a live audience, which is going to be interesting to see, since they relay so heavily on their respective audiences.

Many of the guilds are taking precautionary measures. The DGA canceled all “non-critical meetings” and limited access to offices. Big Hollywood agencies and studios are sending their employees home to work remotely. Starting tomorrow, CAA will institute an optional policy where all agents in its Century City and other outposts are given the option to work from home, and Viacom is doing the same. 

Obviously, the box office has been affected as well. When there is a pandemic, the last thing you want to do is put yourself in close proximity with a bunch of people, so this weekend’s wide entries — Vin Diesel movie Bloodshot, faith-based K.J. Apa movie I Still Believe, and action pic The Hunt — are unfortunately set up for failure…

Lastly, and probably most heartbreaking, was the cancelation of SXSW and postponement of Coachella. This not only affects the Hollywood industry, but the cities of Austin, TX and Coachella, CA, which rely heavily on the income of these festivals.

What do you think of all these measures? Are they necessary? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

 

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