This image was shot last year at Cine Gear Expo LA 2019.
It’s hardly a surprise that after the cancellation of the NAB 2020 trade show this past April—which was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but was cancelled due to fears over the coronavirus—other trade shows might suffer the same fate. However, for the past several weeks, it appears many remained hopeful that other events and expositions might only need to be rescheduled to a later time this year.
But, today, that hope evaporated, at least for many in the media, entertainment and technology industries.
First, Cine Gear Expo LA 2020 announced that it would not, in fact, reschedule the film-centric expo, which was slated to take place at the Paramount Studios, in California this June 4-7. According to the Cine Gear Expo website, in a message from Juliane Grosso, Karl Kresser and the Cine Gear Team, this year’s expo has been shuttered “in an effort to protect exhibitors, sponsors, partners, staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.” The webpage states that since the climate of uncertainty persists, the organization is looking ahead to 2021. Consequently, the team has posted the dates for the next Cine Gear LA Expo 2021, which are listed on the website taking place June 3-6, 2021, more than a year away.
We’ve also just learned that a large and popular European trade show, which, like NAB, focuses on media, entertainment and technology, has cancelled its conference and exposition: The IBC2020 show was schedule for September 11-14, 2020 in Amsterdam, but after a number of companies had decided to back out of the event, including large ones, like Panasonic, the organization decided to cancel. Here’s part of a letter written by Michael Crimp, CEO of the IBC 2020 show, that provides some insight into IBC’s decision to cancel:
As previously outlined, the IBC team has been focused on assessing and developing appropriate plans for IBC2020 this September at the RAI Amsterdam.
Within these plans it is crucial that IBC can deliver a safe and successful environment. However, as governments announce the route forward, it has become clear that a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September.
It has also become evident, through our dialogue with the IBC community, that an early decision is preferential for the industry so it can plan for the future.
Right now, despite the best work of the IBC team and our Dutch colleagues, there are still many unknowns. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to deliver a safe and valuable event to the quality expected of IBC.
It is also evident that important aspects of a large-scale event such as IBC will be greatly altered by social distancing, travel restrictions, masks etc. so much so that the spirit of IBC will be compromised.
With that in mind and based on what we know at this point, it is with a heavy heart IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show.
In what may be a sign of how business will be done in the near future, Crimp said that in “the coming months IBC will continue to engage with the industry through its digital platform IBC365. Details of our plans will follow soon.”
For more information, on the Cine Gear Expo LA 2021 show, go to cinegearexpo.com/
For more on the IBC 2020 show, go to the show’s website at show.ibc.org