Amazon and Facebook Both Pull Out of SXSW Over Coronavirus Fears

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Amazon Studios and Facebook have cancelled their upcoming events at the South by Southwest festival, which is slated to start on March 13. In Austin, Texas, where SXSW takes place, there have been 11 reported cases of patients infected with coronavirus.

Amazon Studios was scheduled to debut the World Premieres of Upload (March 14) and Tales of the Loop (March 16). With the pilot pulled from the screening, there will be no Q&A session with the cast and crew of Tales of the Loop. The Amazon Prime Video marketing team had partnered with Entertainment Weekly for the studio and party events scheduled for the festival, according to Vulture.

In the press release obtained by Deadline, EW stated the reasons behind the cancellation, “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.”

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AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 11: General atmosphere and logos for the 30th anniversary SXSW festival on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy E. Price/FilmMagic)
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