The coronavirus or Covid-19, which was first identified in China back in December, has had sweeping effects on public health, business and the travel sectors. While the repercussions for the entertainment industries may be less critical in comparison to the threat to life, the effects do have implications for those who make a living from film and television. The Chinese film industry was affected quickly as cinemas across the country closed and major film releases pushed back to later in the year. Hollywood and the UK film and TV industries have began to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with productions being shelved and studios like Pinewood closing until further notice, the advice to avoid theatres will reduce the number of cinema tickets being sold.
Global Film Industry Facing $5 Billion Loss Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (The Hollywood Reporter)