Whether it’s Hollywood directors, independent cinema owners, freelancers, online platforms or any one of the thousands of people and businesses in the film and entertainment sectors, we are all now facing an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have looked on in horror as the virus has spread throughout the world, devastated communities and changed our lives.
The film industry has been particularly hard-hit by this crisis, with cinemas closed, festivals cancelled or postponed, productions shuttered and releases postponed for the indefinite future. Tens of thousands of people have been affected as the industry we all love essentially comes to a standstill.
During this period of unprecedented chaos and disruption, we think it’s important to not only provide our thoughts on the crisis and highlight the impact it’s having, but to also crucially outline how we feel technology can help to mitigate some of the pain caused. Furthermore, we believe that the consequences of this crisis, and the changes that will occur as a result of it, will leave a lasting legacy on the industry that will eventually have to be addressed.
With that in mind, we are today announcing the launch of a series of articles that will discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on various sectors of the film and entertainment industry. Over the next few weeks, we will publish thought pieces on different aspects of the industry, which we hope will be educational and at times uplifting. We will delve into how technology could potentially alleviate some of the issues being faced, and provide our thoughts on how best to deal with the ongoing crisis and recover from this difficult period in the long-run.
We hope that the series will assist in generating some much needed discussion on innovation in the industry as it comes to bear the consequences of the pandemic. For now, stay tuned for further updates and remember to stay safe in the week ahead.