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.