Broadcast & Media Industry Events
The impact of Coronavirus
IABM is contacting all Broadcast and Media industry event organizers and collating their latest statements and developments on their status and whether they are going ahead, being postponed or moved online (or hybrid).
Our aim is to ensure members and the wider industry are kept current with all policy and safety announcements from these events as they are issued (due to this being a fast moving situation, if you notice anything that needs updating then please email us here).
This page will only contain the latest news around an event status change as it is announced, to view all industry events, we have launched an extensive Broadcast & Media industry events calendar which is THE GO TO RESOURCE for the latest events and to find out more.
The calendar is available here and includes all industry events including online, webinars, face-to-face and more.
NAB Show 2021 Cancelled!
For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.
As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person.
NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.
While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.
Stay tuned for details regarding virtual options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content through NAB Amplify.
An important decision by the government brings the entire Dutch event industry back in motion.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
GREAT NEWS FOR THE EVENT INDUSTRY
Further relaxation offers more possibilities
An important decision by the government brings the entire Dutch event industry back in motion. From Saturday 25 September, a relaxation of Covid measures will be implemented to make events more accessible to the vast majority of the population. The social distancing measure will be lifted and a relaxation of the quarantine measure will be implemented for vaccinated travellers from very high-risk areas.
As RAI Amsterdam, we welcome the upcoming relaxation of measures for the entire event industry. COO Maurits van der Sluis: “A lot of energy has been put into ensuring events take place in a safe and responsible manner in these times. We have already gained the necessary experience in this area. With this easing of measures, we can welcome more visitors, while maintaining our high safety standard.”
The most important measures that apply to events in the RAI as of 25 September are:
- the use of the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) for visitors to gain access to an event. This means that a visitor is fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, or can show a valid negative test or proof of recovery
- the performance of a health check (triage) at the door.
- a maximised visitor capacity of 75% at non-fixed seating events, such as trade fairs
- At events where fixed seating applies, such as conferences and theatre performances, the full visitor capacity can be used.
Adjustment quarantine measure
In addition to the relaxation of measures, the quarantine measure for travellers from very high-risk areas will be adjusted on Wednesday 22 September. This is especially important for international events in the Netherlands. Travellers from very high-risk areas, such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America, who have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine, will no longer have to be quarantined as of 22 September.
“The coming changes make multi-day international events at the RAI, which are relevant to a variety of industries worldwide, more accessible to an even wider audience. We look forward to experiencing the energy and real interaction at these live events. An experience that we all have missed very much," says Maurits van der Sluis.
Dear exhibitors, industry users, partners and all friends who care about the BIRTV exhibition:
With the recent rapid development of the epidemic situation, many places across the country have successively upgraded epidemic prevention and control measures. The August 4th meeting of the Beijing New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Work Leading Group further clarified that in principle, the large-scale exhibition activities held in Beijing in August will be cancelled. In order to ensure the safety of the exhibition and ensure the success and effectiveness of the exhibition exchange and display platform, the organizing committee after careful evaluation, research and judgment, and approval by the superiors, we regret to announce the postponement of the BIRTV2021 exhibition.
The organizing committee will pay close attention to the changes in the epidemic, and determine the postponement time as soon as possible in accordance with the national and Beijing epidemic prevention and control requirements, the needs of exhibitors and users, and the conditions of the exhibition venues to serve the development of the radio, television and online audiovisual industry.
BIRTV looks forward to meeting you offline as soon as possible!
BIRTV Organizing Committee
August 6, 2021
IBC Confirms 3-6 December for 2021 Show
View full statement (25 May 2021)
- Driven by IBC criteria for a safe and valuable event with tangible benefits for all participants
- Supported by feedback from exhibitor and visitor surveys, and vaccine roll-out progress
- Unique hybrid event will bring the global content and technology industry together again
LONDON, UK – 25 May 2021 – IBC, the world's most inspiring content and technology event, today confirmed that IBC2021 will take place on December 3-6 at The RAI in Amsterdam. The announcement follows a decision at yesterday’s IBC Partnership Board meeting to move the event from its usual September slot.
“Following a period of industry consultation, the IBC Partnership Board has agreed that December is the best date in terms of safety and industry readiness to engage. Our conclusion is based on the results of the recent IBC exhibitor and visitor surveys and macro evidence of Europe opening up for business,” said Michael Crimp, Chief Executive of IBC. “We really value the feedback and candid input of our community — we have always been “By the industry, For the industry”, and this ethos continues to guide our daily decision-making process.”
Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) Moved to Fully Digital
ISE Munich and Amsterdam events cancelled due to COVID-19
View full statement (30 April 2021)
In a statement today, Michael Blackman, Managing Director Integrated Systems Events said:
“We have today made the decision to cancel the ISE events planned for Munich and Amsterdam. Whilst we have had good support from both exhibitors and visitors who wanted to get together at a local event, new government regulations regarding COVID-19 in both Germany and the Netherlands have meant that we are unable to guarantee being able to proceed with these two events.
Preparations for Barcelona and London are well underway as the governments ease restrictions in both Spain and the UK and remain on target for the successful return of events. We are looking forward to bringing the industry together and delivering a platform for those who wish to be there and that will be supported by key exhibiting partners, a programme of content and networking. These events will be supported by our online platform ISE Digital, providing our global audience with the opportunity to join us online.”
NEW DATES FOR CABSAT: 26 - 28 OCTOBER 2021
View full statement (21 April 2021)
After consultation with our key stakeholders, we would like to share with you that a special edition of CABSAT – the region's leading media, entertainment and satellite event, shall take place on 26 - 28 October 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre to explore exciting synergies with EXPO 2020.
Besides a special focus on the SATEXPO Summit with a wider content offering, CABSAT announces the launch of “NextGen Content” in partnership with Dubai Studio City, a new marketplace to buy, sell or co-produce TV and FILM content for the Arabic market.
We look forward to your continued support and welcoming you to Dubai in October this year.
“As an increasingly global hub for cinema production, Dubai Studio City looks forward to welcoming the broadcast community at what promises to be a unique, well-timed platform for discussion and innovation. The launch of NextGen Content at CABSAT 2021 in October will deliver unprecedented strategic opportunities to the broadcast industry, creating new areas of content collaboration that will contribute to the growth of the emirate’s creative economy.”
Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Studio City
“Dubai is an attractive global destination for film and television production, and we look forward to meeting the wider broadcast industry during CABSAT 2021. Hosting the event in October will provide an ideal platform for greater collaboration and international cooperation. It will create new opportunities for content creation and contribute to the vision of our leaders to transform the emirate into the world’s leading creative economic capital.”
Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission
“We completely endorse the decision made by CABSAT’s organisers to hold the 2021 edition in October. By ensuring the show is open to as many international participants as possible during the time when EXPO 2020 is running in Dubai, CABSAT 2021 will maximise collaboration opportunities in the satellite ecosystem.”
David Meltzer, Secretary General of Global VSAT Forum (GVF)
“ESOA is pleased that CABSAT is taking the needs of the international satellite community into consideration in choosing to hold its 2021 edition in October. The SATEXPO Summit will provide better value to the industry at a time when there will be even greater business opportunities.”
Aarti Holla, Secretary General of EMEA Satellite Operators’ Association
“We completely support the decision made by CABSAT to host the 2021 edition of the show in October and we look forward to the collaboration opportunities that it will bring.”
Arab State Broadcasting Union
KOBA 2021 - Notice of Cancellation Due to the Impact of COVID-19
View full statement (31 March 2021)
KOBA Secretariat wishes your company continued success and prosperity.
The Secretariat has been closely monitoring the guidelines and measures prescribed by the Korean government and Center for Disease Control and
Despite the release of the COVID-19 vaccine, the number of new confirmed patients has averaged in the 400s for the month of March, showing no clear sign of a decrease in spread.
In addition, there has been a growing concern about a relapse of COVID-19 around Europe, and with the continued spread of COVID-19 in countries such as the United States and Japan, the NAB Show, the broadcasting exhibition annually held in the United States in April, has been postponed to October.
Accordingly, we have taken into consideration the safety of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and issues regarding the supply of new products by exhibitors, and discussed with our co-organizers, sponsors, and related organizations about the issue at hand.
In addressing the health and safety concerns of stakeholders, we have consulted with partners
including our co-organizers and sponsors throughout the broadcasting industry, and we have decided to cancel KOBA 2021, originally scheduled to be held at COEX from May 11th to
13th, 2021, and reschedule the exhibition for 2022. In doing so, we kindly ask for your understanding.
For your information, all the fees paid for 2021 will be transferred to the 2022 account.
KOBA, for the past 30 years, has contributed to the development of the domestic broadcasting, audio, and lighting related industries.
Since 1991, KOBA has been a big part of Korea’s broadcasting industry as the nation’s only
comprehensive media show, showcasing the next-generation multimedia industry.
As demands for broadcasting and audio equipment used in non-media related fields increase, KOBA is gradually expanding its market through interactions with professionals from various fields including studios, production, religious circles, large venues, and educational institutions.
With the support of the related industries, the KOBA has been aiming to expand its market under the slogan “Meet the Media Revolution.”. In doing so, it has not only upgraded the World Media Forum, but it also prepared various events, commemorations, as well as award ceremonies by expanding the Personal Media Show and Media Contents Creation Zone.
Considering how much effort and preparation all the exhibitors have put into participating at KOBA, it is with great dismay that we announce the cancellation of KOBA 2021.
We pay tribute to the exhibitors who constantly strive for the growth and development of the relevant industries in Korea and hope that we can overcome this difficult situation by working together.
Furthermore, as we announce the postponement of this year’s show to the next year, we promise that we will work harder to bring new possibilities as well as a new vision.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and your understanding.
KOBA 2021 Secretariat
ANGA COM goes online for 2021
View full statement (2 March 2021)
Three months before its official opening the organisers of the ANGA COM expo have confirmed plans to stage a digital event that will replace the annual gathering in Cologne.
In a letter to stakeholders, managing director Peter Charissé said ANGA COM had long been more than just an exhibition and congress, and had been shaped by its diversity community experiences and evening events. “Unfortunately, all of this will only be possible again next year with full energy, light-heartedness and anticipation”.
Confirming the dates for 2022 as May 10 to May 12, Dr Charissé explained an online congress would now take place between the dates planned for ANGA COM 2021.
ANGA COM DIGITAL will combine a digital showcase, speakers and sponsorship. Participants will be able to register free of charge.
Last year’s ANGA COM was also postponed, making it the second year the event that regularly attracts some 20,000 delegates has been unable to take place.
ISE 2021 (Barcelona) anticipates it will be possible to run an in-person event in Barcelona.
View full statement from Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events (1 March 2021)
MUNICH 1 MARCH 2021: Please see below a copy of the communication that we have today sent to all our exhibiting companies.
Integrated Systems Events has been working hard alongside each of you to bring a successful ISE 2021 to Barcelona on 1-4 June this year.
Together with each of you, our shared goal is to deliver a show that prioritises safety and brings a return on investment to our show community. With the rapid implementation of vaccines, and the current reduction in daily new cases, we see the COVID situation in many European countries (including Spain) improving at an increasing pace. Based on this positive trend, we anticipate a climate that will make it possible to run an in-person event in Barcelona. However, we are realistic that current attitudes to travel may mean a lower volume of attendance than in previous years.
We are reviewing all options, and are listening carefully to feedback from the industry, with a plan to provide an engaging event in Barcelona for those who wish to be a part of it.
ISE is a community of over 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 100,000 attendees and has grown as such through working together, focused on growing the market and delivering opportunities for the amazing people that make up this industry. And we recognise that not all the members of our community are ‘in the same place’ as we conceive of gathering together or travelling to Barcelona.
For those exhibitors and attendees who are unable to travel to Barcelona, we will offer a robust digital programme highlighting unique content that can only be found at ISE. In addition, we are exploring regional opportunities for the local markets of Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, taking ISE on the road for those who may not be able to make it to Barcelona.
Recognising and respecting the many members of our community we wish to give all our exhibitors the opportunity to choose if they wish to continue to be part of ISE 2021 Barcelona, without hindrance.
- No penalty fees will be due for any withdrawals that are made before 5 March.
- Those exhibitors who are committed at a higher level than they may need, have the opportunity to reduce their commitment without penalty.
- Those companies that decide not to continue and have paid in part or full for ISE 2021 will have the option of a full refund of their monies or be able use this as a credit towards participating in other ISE events in 2021 or even as a deposit/payment for ISE 2022. This is about you and your success now and into the future.
- All exhibitors will retain their priority points from ISE 2020 and be able to participate in the rebooking process for ISE 2022 as dependent on their points and priority ranking.
- As promised before, all companies that exhibit at ISE 2021 will receive 2x the points for their participation at the in person Barcelona event.
- Any companies that participate in the digital part of ISE 2021 or any of the future local events will receive priority points based on the level of their investment.
- In the event you need to cancel hotel reservations, cancellation deadlines have been extended to 22 March.
This past year has provided challenges to all of us in many ways, but we have in common a passion and commitment to go forward, to rebuild and help make our industry even stronger. We look forward to your continued participation with us at ISE 2021 and beyond.
INFOCOMM rescheduled to October 2021
View full statement - including exhibitor FAQ (4 February 2021)
Dear InfoComm and AVIXA community,
I hope that you are entering the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. Although I have truly missed seeing you in person, it has been with great pride that I have watched our industry not only come together, but to lead others through technologies and innovation. It has also been with a sense of accomplishment that AVIXA® has been able to take part in connections all over the world such as ISE, InfoComm Connected, InfoComm India, InfoComm China, Congreso, Integrated Systems Russia, Integrate Australia, and D=SIGN.
Throughout my tenure, AVIXA has been committed to two fundamental priorities: to be the hub of the AV professional community and to act as a catalyst for growth for the AV market. While a global pandemic has forced all of us to examine the methods and tools we previously took for granted, it has not diverted us from the obligation to deliver on these foundational promises. I recognize the vital role that InfoComm plays in these priorities, in bringing the community together for sharing thought leadership, exploring emerging technologies, and of course the gathering of our industry in person. With this in mind, AVIXA has continued to monitor the vaccine rollout, economic indicators, travel restrictions, and the show community to better gauge overall trends and future conditions for holding a major event in the U.S. in June of 2021.
With a holistic perspective of all factors in North America, AVIXA is announcing the move of InfoComm 2021 from June 12‑18, to October 23‑29, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
A commitment to delivering a platform for commerce, learning, and camaraderie drove us to consider alternative dates that would elevate the likelihood of achieving these goals considering the current conditions. In January, after receiving an opportunity to explore new dates, we gathered key stakeholder feedback and industry opinion, where we received overwhelming support for a postponement. As excited as the community is about the show, and as hopeful and optimistic as we remain in combatting the pandemic, it is believed that the U.S. will be further along in the battle against the pandemic by October than in June.
We also understand the postponement leaves a gap in our traditional June schedule and we will continue to deliver on programming, education, and opportunities that will bring our community together for engagement, business development, and networking. In the coming months you will find new and exciting ways for learning, engaging with peers, and kickstarting your business.
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and InfoComm 2021 will do everything possible to deliver safe and meaningful events in Barcelona in June and in Orlando in October; they remain unique shows in separate geographies — both with a shared passion for AV and integrated experiences.
Since the early months of this global crisis, we have done our best to prioritize the long‑term interests of our AVIXA members and InfoComm community across the pro AV industry. We have not made this decision to postpone lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the InfoComm show community, and we are grateful to you for engaging with us and supporting this decision.
I am personally thankful and inspired by the amazing industry that AVIXA serves, and I speak for the AVIXA Board of Directors as well the entire AVIXA team in saying that we look forward to working with you to provide the vital events and education that serve and support the industry at large.
Thank you,David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD
Chief Executive Officer, AVIXA
I’m an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Can I expect a refund?
For exhibitors, sponsors, manufacturers’ training sessions, and meeting/audio rooms, InfoComm intends to comply with the Exposition Rules and Regulations provided in the exhibitor space agreement for all exhibitor paid products and as provided below:
FORCE MAJEURE CANCELLATION:
In the event of acts of God, acts of terror or threat thereof, war, government regulations or order, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, medical outbreak, public health threats as determined or recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, or local public health agency, curtailment of transportation facilities, or other emergency disaster, national emergency, or other circumstances beyond AVIXA’s reasonable control, making inadvisable, impracticable, illegal or impossible to hold InfoComm, AVIXA may, in its sole discretion, postpone, relocate, or cancel InfoComm and AVIXA will have no liability therefor except as provided in this paragraph.
- If InfoComm is postponed and/or relocated, the Exhibitor’s registration will be valid for the rescheduled exposition and all amounts paid to AVIXA for the exposition will be applied to the rescheduled exposition.
- In the event of a cancellation in advance of the opening date of InfoComm, the full amount paid by Exhibitor to AVIXA for the exposition will be refunded.
- Regardless of the timing of any cancellation by AVIXA under this section, Exhibitors that are AVIXA members will not receive any refund of their membership dues.
For any questions or concerns, please contact InfoComm Account Services via email at email@example.com or 703-273-7200.
How can I access and contact InfoComm vendors?
If you have requested or secured services with preferred vendors such as Freeman, Freeman AV, OCCC, CompuSystems (Lead Retrieval), Photography, Floral, Centerplate, SmartCity, we encourage you to reach out to them directly. A list of approved vendors with their contact information can be found in this Official Vendors PDF.
I am interested in exhibiting at InfoComm 2021, who do I contact?
For additional questions, please contact your account manager.
Media Production & Technology Show postponed to May 2022
View full statement (3 February 2021)
Like all live event organisers, we have been monitoring the progress of the vaccine roll out and the realistic prospects of delivering a large event attracting several thousand people at London’s Olympia in May of this year.
Having considered the government’s recent statement about the timeline for the roll out of the vaccine and the reopening of business and public events, it is clear that our plans to stage the Media Production & Technology Show in May of this year, cannot now go ahead.
Even in the best case scenario it is very unlikely that public events on the scale of our show, attracting several thousand people over two days, will be able to go ahead. Our customers and partners also cannot be expected to reasonably plan and invest in the event when it is likely that some form of social distancing and limitations on public gatherings will be in place for some time to come.
Sadly, this leaves us with no choice but to once again postpone our show and we have taken the decision to move it a full 12 months and reschedule into May 2022. This decision has been taken because of continued questions about the rest of this year for large scale events, availability of venues and other industry events currently booked into the latter part of this year.
The health and wellbeing of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our utmost priority and we feel this is the best course of action for all.
This has not been an easy decision, as when we postponed last year we believed that there would be no risk to an event in May 2021. But as everyone is all too aware the impact of the pandemic has been far greater, and lasted far longer, than anyone first expected.
The MPTS team are deeply disappointed that the show will not take place this year. We were so looking forward to seeing everyone and delivering another exciting event for the industry. We will share details on the 2022 event in due course, but also other opportunities we are working on for later this year within the broadcast, media & entertainment sectors and delivered by our brands.
We look forward to seeing everyone on 11-12th May 2022 back at Olympia in the National Hall and we are already planning for when the industry can get back together, as we all work to reconnect and rebuild.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing you at MPTS 2022.
Stay safe and well.
Media Production Show Rescheduled
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