Disney Plus Cancels European Media Launch Event Due to Coronavirus

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Disney has cancelled its European launch event in the U.K. for its streaming service Disney Plus, citing a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of travelling internationally because of coronavirus.

The Disney Plus launch events were scheduled to take place over two days on Thursday and Friday, ahead of the launch of the service on March 24.

Disney said it will instead organize a Disney Plus executive press briefing via webcast for next week.

“We appreciate your understanding that this decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and everyone’s best interests in mind,” said a Disney statement.

Disney’s decision follows news Monday that three international film festivals have canceled or postponed their upcoming editions. Switzerland’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) and Think Cinema Lausanne (a.k.a. Rencontres 7e Art) have been canceled, and Greece’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival has been postponed as concern intensifies in Europe about the spread of coronavirus.

However, the organizers of Series Mania have said the international TV drama event will go ahead in France this month, despite the coronavirus threat.

Set to take place from March 20-28 in the northeastern French city of Lille, Series Mania said it didn’t fall into the category of gatherings of more than 5,000 people in a confined space that were forbidden by the French government over the weekend.

Reed Midem, the organizer of TV conference and market MipTV, said Monday it is “monitoring the situation.” Last year, 9,500 attended MipTV.