Countless Entertainment Events Have Been Cancelled Globally Due to Coronavirus!

Countless Entertainment Events Have Been Cancelled Globally Due to Coronavirus!

As the International Health Officials declare Coronavirus is a pandemic disease, It is having a devastating effect on the entertainment industry. According to The Hollywood Reporter news, the COVID-19 outbreak already cost box-office as much as $5 billion.

And the situation is getting worse as the new Coronavirus cases are epidemically increasing (As of now, 134,769 people are infected and 4983 died) mainly in China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran.

Tons of movie premiers, TV series production, sports events, conferences festivals and concerts have been postponed or canceled globally.

And based on the current situation where countries like Italy and China are locked down to slow down spread of the virus, there is a possibility of more events to be canceled in the future.

Here is the list of all the events that have been affected up till now:

Coronavirus Impact on Streaming Industry

  • As of 12th March, Netflix closed one of its offices in LA after an employee was suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms (Source: Variety)
  • This week, press launch by Disney Plus canceled in London.
  • Netflix’s $160 million action thriller “Red Notice” delayed as they were planning to shoot in Italy. This new action thriller features “Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot.
  • CBS officials announced that they had to cancel the production of “The Amazing Race” new season because of coronavirus outbreak.
  • Last Thursday major companies confirmed that they will not participate in the SXSW conference. Companies that are skipping SXSW this year due to pandemic virus are Apple, Netflix, Starz, WarnerMedia, Amazon and Lionsgate.

Coronavirus Impact on Celebrities, Festivals, and Music Concerts

Tom Hanks and his wife tested positive for Coronavirus

  • Two days ago, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Coronavirus. According to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s official statement “Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
  • Adam Sandler postpones his “100% Fresher” tour dates because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • According to CNN news, the Coachella Valley management thinking to moved the event from April to October as the Coronavirus new cases are increasing.
  • Tomorrowland Winter canceled to contain the Coronavirus in France. “The French government is taking drastic measurements regarding the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and is, therefore, enforcing the cancellation of large events in France, bringing together people from different nationalities on closed festival grounds and event locations,” a statement on the festival’s official site reads. “That is the reason why the French Government has decided to cancel this year’s edition of Tomorrowland Winter.”
  • Ultra Music Festival pushed from 20-22 March 2020 to 26-28 March 2021 due to Coronavirus outbreak. “Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19,” according to a statement posted on the festival’s site. “We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements,” the statement continued. “This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.”

  • Korea Time Music Festival-Travel restrictions for Asia which might have affected the scheduled K-pop performers and concerns over the virus have indefinitely postponed the 18th annual event which had been scheduled to be held at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on April 25. South Korea’s government
  • Emerald City Comic Con postpones the event from 12th March to 15th March to indefinite time due to COVID-19 widespread. “Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year,” according to event official site. “Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.”
  • Treefort Music Fest pushed from 25th March to 29th March and now it is scheduled to 23rd to 27th “As you’re aware we’ve been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Boise area and the surrounding states and have been in constant contact with The City of Boise and Central District Health to track this rapidly changing environment,” according to event’s official website. “With support from The City of Boise and Central District Health, postponing the festival is the best option for the Treasure Valley, the far-reaching Treefort community and the individuals and organizations that support Treefort Music Fest.”
  • BTS “Map of the Soul” tour that was scheduled in their native Korea starting on 11th April at Seoul Olympic Stadium has been canceled due to Coronavirus widespread. “While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff,” their reps, Big Hit Entertainment, said in a press release.
  • Mariah Carey had to postpone her show that was scheduled for 10th March in Hawaii due to traveling restrictions as Coronavirus declared as pandemic disease.  “Aloha Hawaii!! I’m so so sad to have to announce that I’m postponing my show to November,” Carey tweeted. “I was so excited to come back to Hawaii on my “anniversary month” but evolving international travel restrictions force us to consider everyone’s safety and well being.” 

  • The final two shows for Madonna’s Madame X tour had been slated to happen on March 10 and March 11 at the Grand Rex in Paris, France. “Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled,” it was announced on her official site.
  • Green Day has canceled Asian stops of their Hella Mega tour, which had been scheduled for March and would have taken them to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Osaka, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. “We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus,” the band wrote on their site. “We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon.”
  • Louis Tomlinson-The One Direction member had been set to promote his new solo album “Walls” with a show in Milan on March 11 that unfortunately won’t be happening. On Twitter he advised planned concert goers to “Hold on to your tickets.” “Don’t worry, I’ll be back in July and I hope to see to see you all then!,” he wrote in a statement he tweeted.

  • Avril Lavigne posted on her official Instagram account that she would be postponing the Asian portion of her Head Above Water World Tour, which included several cities in China, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. “My band, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out,” she wrote. “Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy. You’re in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon.”
  • Ciara-The singer is currently pregnant with her third child (her second with husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson) and has had to bow out of a concert in the city of her birth, Fort Hood Texas.mShe had been scheduled to perform March 19 at the grand opening of the new Fort Hood USO. “I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Ft. Hood Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned however I look forward to being able to bring it to you at a later date in 2020,” Ciara said in a statement posted on USO Fort Hood’s Facebook page. “I want to thank the USO and the entire community at Ft. Hood for extending your hospitality to myself and my team. I urge everyone to be diligent in taking steps to stay healthy and safe!”
  • Cyrus was supposed to be the headlining act for the World Tour Bushfire Relief charity concert in Melbourne, Australia on March 13, but said she would be unable to attend because of travel recommendations. “Australia: Due to the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control, to reduce potential health risks in response to the current global health crisis, we are no longer traveling to Aus for the show,” she tweeted. “I am so disappointed to not be there, but I have to do what is right to protect the health and safety of my band and crew,” Cyrus added. “I will still be making a donation to help the victims of the Australian bush fire. I’m sorry to miss everyone in Australia, but I will be back soon.”

Coronavirus Impact on Movies & TV Shows

  • “James Bond: No Time to Die” Instead of being released in theaters in North America on April 10th, the 25th James Bond film’s opening in the UShas been delayed until November 25.
  • “Jeopardy” and Wheel of Fortune,” Sources close to the popular game shows tell CNN they will be taping episodes without audiences in attendance indefinitely out of “an abundance of caution due” over the spread of the virus.
  • “Enter the Fat Dragon” & “Lost in Russia” Both of these Chinese films reportedly are premiering online rather than in theaters because of the pandemic.
  • “Amazing Race” A CBS spokesman recently confirmed to CNN that the network has temporarily halted production of the reality show and that “All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home.“At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it,” the spokesman said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”
  • “Mission: Impossible 7”: Fans of Tom Cruise will have to wait a bit longer for the latest in the “Mission Impossible” franchise. A three-week shoot set in Venice, Italy, was put on hold in late February. “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” a spokesperson for Paramount, the studio behind the franchise, told The Hollywood Reporter.“During this hiatus, we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”
  • “The Wendy Williams Show” The nationally syndicated talk show will begin taping episodes without a studio audience out of concern for the coronavirus. “Wendy values her co-hosts and their daily participation but in light of the current health climate, The Wendy Williams Show will not have a live studio audience until further notice,” a spokesperson for the program told CNN. “We will continue to produce a daily live talk show and look forward to welcoming the studio audience back when the time is right.”
  • Production of Riverdale‘s current fourth season has been shut down after a member of the cast/crew came in contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus (aka COVID-19). “We have been made aware that a team member from ‘Riverdale,’ which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving a medical evaluation,” said a Warner Bros. TV spokesperson in a statement to TVLine. “We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team members. The health and safety of our employees, casts, and crews are always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. Out of an abundance of caution, production on Riverdale is currently suspended.”
  • The action thriller drama regarding the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Japan “Kadokawa’s Fukushima 50” premier suspended that was scheduled on 5th March.

Coronavirus Impact on China’s Entertainment Industry

image of empty cinemas due to coronavirus outbreak globally

  • Almost 70,000 cinemas all over China have been shut down since January. This already cost China’s box office $2 billion since the spread of Coronavirus.
  • To contain the Coronavirus spread, All the Cultural and Historic public places are closed including The Great Wall of China (only a section that is near to Beijing), Tiananmen Square’s National Museum and The Forbidden City.
  • 7 Chinese movie premiers canceled due to the virus outbreak, with one premiered online instead. Seven Chinese film premiers suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Also as the death toll increasing in China, Hollywood movie premiers might be heavily suffered including “Black Widow” (release date: 1st May 2020) and Universal’s F9, another franchise that does major business in China (the last installment, The Fate of the Furious, earned $392.8 million in the territory, by far its best performance worldwide).
  • In 2020, at the time of the Chinese New Year Holiday, ticket sales massively went down ($4.2 million) as compared to last year, which was around $1.76 billion in the same period (Source Artisan Gateway). According to Analysts, the virus outbreak already cost China’s entertainment industry the loss of $2billion and more.

Coronavirus Impact on Italy’s Entertainment Industry

  • After the deadly spread of COVID-19 in Italy, box office revenue decreases by 44% in the first week as the government officials restrict all the public gatherings including cinemas. Overall Italy’s entertainment industry fell by 76% as compared to the previous year. Also Vue told THR, because of virus outbreak they shut down 17 sites in northern Italy on the orders of Government officials. Vue said “The safety of our customers and staff is of utmost importance.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Due to a rapid increase in new cases of coronavirus, Italy’s Government closed all the cultural attractions including museums in Turin, Milan, Venice and northern cities. However, from last week, the whole country is lockdown to contain the Coronavirus.
  • All the Hollywood movies premiers in Italy have been postponed for infinite time including “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Invisible Man, The Grudge and Charlie’s Angels.
  • 14% stocks of AMC went down as it owns cinemas in Italy, where box-office is down by 95% as compared to 2019.
  • According to SIAE’s reports, “the long list of concerts postponed, suspended or canceled, they are certainly not reassuring. Expenditure at the box office for entertainment events recorded a 23 million euro loss in revenues for the week from 23 February to 1 March, compared to the same period last year. The figures for the individual sectors, all preceded by the minus sign, are as follows: 4.1 million euros for concerts, 7.3 million euros for cinema screenings, 7.2 million euros for theater performances , 2.5 million for dance activities and 1.8 million for exhibitions.”

Coronavirus Impact on South Korea’s Entertainment Industry

  • “The situation now is much worse than what we’ve seen during the outbreak of [Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus] MERS in 2015,” an official statement by Korea Film Commission. “The audience dropped more than 40 percent then, but there was no such thing as theater closures and the market revived after about a month. That’s not going to be the case with coronavirus. It’s very unusual to see a daily admission fall below 100,000. But that is happening now, and the outlook is unpredictable.”
  • Due to COVID-19 widespread in South Korea, in the month of February, the revenue goes down almost 70%, According to South Korea’s national box office service (KOBIS). The total ticket sales for February were about $52 million (approx. 62 billion won) that came from 7.3 million admissions as compared to last year’s total in the same period, which was $158 million (approx. 189 billion won) that came from 22.3 million admissions.

Coronavirus Impact on Sports Events

Football

Image of PSG vs Borussia Dortmund match happening behind the closed door after the corona breakdown

  • UEFA are going to announce that EURO 2020 will be postponed to 2021 on Tuesday due to Coronavirus outbreak (Source: L’Equipe)
  • UEFA Champions and Europa League are set to be suspended by UEFA on immediate basis due to Coronavirus outbreak (Source: Dailymail).
  • LaLiga is suspended for two weeks due to pandemic Coronavirus outbreak (Source: Dailymail).
  • Real Madrid players told to go into quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive
  •  Cristiano Ronaldo back home in Madeira as Juventus grapples with coronavirus outbreak (Source: CNN)
  • Swiss Super League suspends all the weekend matches as the state officials restrict public events. (Source: SFL)
  • Chinese Super League canceled by the officials due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: CNN)
  • Professional Soccer League in South Korea has been postponed as the situation is getting worse in the country due to Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Italian top football league “Serie A” four matches canceled due to rise in Coronavirus cases in Italy and five matches will be played without fans behind closed doors (Source: CNN)
  • All domestic Japan’s J.League matches canceled in March including seven Levian Cup matches (Source: JLeague)
  • Football players and managers that have tested positive for COVID-19 are Mikel Arteta (Arsenal), Callum-Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Manolo Gabbiadni (Sampdoria), Jannes Horn (Hannover), Daniele Rugani (Juventus) and Timo Hubers (Hannover) (Source: ESPN UK)

Athletics

  • The World Athletics Indoor Championships 2020 postponed until 2021 which was set to start in Nanjing (Source: World Athletics).
  • All the participants of Tokyo Marathon ran without fans (Source: CNN)

Basketball

  • Due to Coronavirus outbreak, all the matches of Asia Cup qualifying round have been suspended.
  • NBA season has been suspended indefinitely after a Utah Jazz player tested positive ahead of a match against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Golf

  • European Tour suspended “China Open and Maybank Championship” that were scheduled in April due to virus widespread (Source: European Tour)
  • The Elite Blue Bay Tournament suspended by LPGA which was scheduled to held in Hainan.  It also canceled the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore (Source: CNN).

Cycling

  • After two teammates tested positive for COVID-19, the remaining UAE cycling tour has been suspended.

Badminton

  • China Masters Tournament in Hainan has been postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak (Source: BWF Badminton)
  • The Vietnam International Challenge postponed from March to June and its result will not follow as Tokyo 2020 qualifier (Source: BWF Badminton).

Showjumping

  • The Showjumping event “Longines Masters of Hong Kong” suspended due to Corona widespread (Source: Longines Masters).

Boxing

  • The boxing qualifiers for Oceana and Asia teams were moved from Wuhan to Jordan (Source: Olympic Channel).

Winter Sports

  • All the X-Games events to be held in China has been suspended for an indefinite time due to Coronavirus outbreak (Source: X Games)
  • The Super-G men and The Downhill’s Alpine Skiing World Cup fixtures were suspended in February (Source: BBC UK)
  • In South Korea the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships have been suspended (Source: ISU)

Motorsports

  • Formula E-race to be held in China on 21st Match has been canceled for an indefinite time.
  • The Grand Prix in China that was scheduled on 19th Aril has been suspended (Source: CNN).
  • The Grand Prix in Thailand that was scheduled on 22nd March has been canceled (Source: MotoGP)
  • After one of the Australian McLaren’s team members tested positive for COVID-19, the team decided not to participate in the weekend’s opening race of F1 2020 season.

Hockey

  • All the matches that were scheduled between China and Belgium of the Hockey Pro League in Changzhou have been canceled (Source: FIH Pro League).

Rugby

  • Singapore and Hong Kong Sevens tournament have been moved from Aril to October due to virus widespread (Source: https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/news/559391)
  • The Six Nations tie between Ireland and Italy has been postponed after advice from government.

Table tennis

  • The Table Tennis World Championship to be placed in Busan (South Korea) has been moved from March to June (Source: ITTF)

Tennis

  • China forced to forfeit a Davis Cup fixture against Romania as its team can’t travel due to Coronavirus outbreak (Source: Reuters)
  • WTA suspended Xi’an Open Tennis Tournament which was scheduled in April (Source: WTA Tennis)

Baseball

  • As the number of Coronavirus cases are increasing in Japan, 72 Japanese pro-baseball games will be played behind the closed doors.