Last week, Nikon and AJA pulled out of NAB 2020. And now post-production powerhouses Avid and Adobe are pulling out of NAB Show as well. The biggest industry trade show of the year, due to start in April. This is of course due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the world right now.
There are, however some good signs of the spread of the disease slowing down significantly in China over the last few days. There, health officials have seen a drastic decline in new cases.
What’s Happening with NAB 2020?
So far, as far as we know, NAB 2020 has not been cancelled and is happening (for now) but this may very well change if more exhibitors start to cancel en masse. Also, alternatively, if health and government official ban mass gatherings due to the spread of the virus as some governments in Europe have already done.
NAB Show Status – Show is Still Happening
Here is the official word from the NAB Show (as of March 11, 2020):
The health and safety of our show community remains our top priority. As of now, we are moving forward with NAB Show, while continuing to evaluate the national and international situation carefully.
In light of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Nevada, we have reached out to local public health officials, the convention center, and other partners on the ground to assess the situation and determine their increased protocols for the health and safety of Show guests. As we receive additional details, we will update this website and communicate with all our guests and partners.
We will update you on further developments around NAB 2020 as soon as they come in. So, stay tuned here on the website, and also join us on our Facebook page here.
See Adobe’s official statement on NAB 2020:
Each year, we look forward to seeing our video community at NAB to talk about the latest trends and our product innovations. Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19. And have made the difficult but important decision to cancel our presence at the show this year.
While we are disappointed, the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners are always our priority. We look forward to engaging with our NAB community through a digital experience in the near future.
Avid’s official statement here:
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, media technology leader Avid has today announced its decision to cancel participation in all trade conferences and other large face-to-face events globally for at least the next 60 days, including NAB Show 2020. Additionally, the Avid Connect 2020 conference in Las Vegas that was planned for mid-April is canceled.
In April, the community will be invited to participate in an online broadcast to introduce all of Avid’s new products that had been slated for introduction at Connect 2020 and NAB Show 2020 in Las Vegas. Later in the year—when public safety can be assured – Avid and the ACA plan to host regional Connect events in several locations worldwide for the convenience of the community. Details will be announced soon.
You can find out more by visiting their website here.