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The Impact of COVID-9 on TV and Film Industry

impact of coronvirus on tv and film industry

Unless you have been in complete isolation, you know COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across the world. In fact, it might be better if you stay in isolation for the coming months. COVID-19 has brought the global economy to a standstill. Entire countries are in lockdown as fear and the virus spread side by side all over the globe. Almost all public spaces are closed while countries are placing bans on gatherings.

With many people practicing social distancing, all efforts are to contain the spread of the virus. As entire industries grind to a halt, so does the TV and film industry.

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COVID-19 and Its Impact on Showbiz

Over 500,000 cases of coronavirus have been detected across the world. The cost in human life is extremely high and tragic. But at the same time, there are several other costs that coronavirus is the cause of. As industries find it difficult to cope with restrictions and panic, the TV and film industry is also having its troubles. This blog explores:

  1. The Impact on the Film Industry
  2. The Impact on the TV Industry
  3. Conclusion

Let’s take a closer look at these below.

The Impact on the Film Industry

Hollywood has felt the brunt of the pandemic keenly. Many movie premiers, releases, and even film festivals now stand postponed or canceled. Here are a few highly anticipated titles affected by the ongoing situation:

Fast and Furious 9

Fast and Furious 9 is the latest release in a long and successful franchise. What started out as a car film series now has big-name actors like Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, and Jason Statham under its belt. Unfortunately, the release has been rescheduled to 2021.

A Quiet Place II

After the huge success of A Quiet Place, people were hungry for more. With sound-sensitive monsters and sign language, the movie had everyone on the edge of their seats. The sequel’s release date has now been delayed.

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After rave success of live-action adaptations Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, Disney is right to make more films of its classic cartoons for the big screen. Mulan was one of the most heavily anticipated titles in the live-action adaptation trend. However, the coronavirus outbreak has postponed the movie’s release.

The Batman

With Robert Pattinson taking on the mantle of the Dark Knight, everyone is anxious to see if Pat-Man will live up to the name. Of course, some haters feel the casting could have been better. But both fans and haters will have to wait a while longer as COVID-19 delays filming for 2 weeks.

Jurassic World: Dominion

The Jurassic World sequels are two of the best examples of reviving a popular movie franchise. The third addition to the trilogy Jurassic World: Dominion is perhaps one of the most anticipated modern films. Unfortunately, the studio has decided to pause filming for now.

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The Impact on the TV Industry

The film industry isn’t the only one feeling the impact corona has had on showbiz. The TV industry is also facing disruption on an unprecedented scale. Many network presentations, showcases, and festivals now face cancellation or delays. Some of the most popular TV shows affected include the following:


Netflix is one of the biggest names in OTT on-demand content. But unfortunately, even Netflix can’t withstand coronavirus fears. The streaming giant announced a delay in production on all titles for at least 2 weeks.

Disney+/Marvel Series

Disney+ has really upped the game with content like The Mandalorian. Unfortunately, the studio has announced a hold on production with no confirmed date of when it will resume. That means no more episodes for Marvel or Disney series until production resumes.

Peaky Blinders

Who doesn’t want to see Tommy Shelby and the rest of the Peaky Blinders in action? The period drama about one of London’s most notorious criminal gangs. It seems however, even gangs are no match for a global pandemic. Coronavirus has suspended the production of the show for now.

Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy has been going strong for 16 seasons. The show has a huge fanbase of loyal viewers who have been following the show for more than a decade and a half. But COVID-19 has a shock for them, as production has completely stopped on the show for now.

Apple TV

Apple TV is relatively new to the game but has a large following among faithful Apple fans. The quality of titles offered on the streaming service is exquisite. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak has prompted Apple to pause production on all titles.
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The coronavirus pandemic is one of the most deadly outbreaks in recorded history. Even with our highly advanced pharmaceuticals and healthcare systems, countries all over the world are struggling to cope. As fears of coronavirus spreading halt production and filming, it is important to do our part. Engage in social distancing as much as you can. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Above all, stay in your homes until the virus is contained sufficiently. Stay safe, stay healthy.

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