March 9, 2020

NAB Show 2020 Canceled Due to Health Concerns Over COVID-19

NAB 2020 has been canceled, but some potential alternatives might be in the works.

After much speculation, as well as a growing number of attendees dropping out, Gordon H. Smith, the president and CEO of the NAB Show in Las Vegas has just announced that NAB 2020 has officially been canceled.

From the press release, "In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community."

However, the trade show's cancelation may not be the end of the road for those looking to take part in the NAB experience, which was expected to attract an estimated 90,000 attendees to Las Vegas this April. Smith says, "We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward."

Could that mean an online event? We'll have to wait and find out. Until then, NAB asks for patience while organizers figure out the best course of action. NAB has included a FAQ for exhibitors. Read the press release to learn more. 

No Film School has been closely following the coronavirus and its impact on the population, film industry and industry events. Last week, SXSW was canceled for the first time in 34 years. Many other events, including The Photography & The Video Show have been postponed or turned into online-only seminars over the health and safety concerns of attendees. 

For NAB New York, the show is planned as scheduled.      

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This will be my first time going to NAB (assuming it's not cancelled between now and then), of all the years I could go...

March 10, 2020 at 8:54AM

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Alex Everingham
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I wonder who is putting pressure on the organizers to go ahead with the show, when it is obvious, it should be cancelled? Visitor attendance is going to be drastically low anyway.

March 11, 2020 at 10:17AM

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Nigel Worrall
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Ugh.

March 11, 2020 at 12:05PM, Edited March 11, 12:09PM

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I never understand the concept of these kinds of conventions going online in the wake of Coronavirus cancellations. The reason I go to NAB is to see what cool new things are coming and get to play with them. If its just presentations online, there is no need for NAB. Companies can do those any time of the year.

Sucks that its cancelled. Hope everyone gets full refunds on hotels and airfare. Looking like 2020 is going to be a write off year.

March 12, 2020 at 1:12AM

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good

March 12, 2020 at 4:58AM

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Archie Jardine
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Could that mean an online event? We'll have to wait and find out. Until then, NAB asks for patience while organizers figure out the best course of action. NAB has included a FAQ for exhibitors. Read the press release to learn more.

March 12, 2020 at 9:56AM

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