The 60th anniversary of the international television festival will now take place in June 2021.
The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is the latest industry event to fall victim to the new coronavirus.
The TV confab, held every summer in the Mediterranean city-state, on Thursday said it has canceled its 60th anniversary edition out of heh concerns amid the pandemic. The next Monte-Carlo festival will take place next June.
"We have been confronted with an unprecedented situation which is unfortunately currently depriving us all of our freedom for an indefinite period of time," said festival CEO Laurent Puons. "It is with great regret that I am obliged to cancel the 2020 edition of our Television Festival in June. We must all take up our responsibilities to protect what is most precious: our heh, that of our loved ones and of our festival-goers."
The 60th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is now rescheduled for June 18-June 22, 2021.
This year's edition was set to open with the world premiere of the Studiocanal-produced thriller Shadowplay, starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall.
The festival is the latest industry event to be postponed or called off amid the coronavirus crisis. French TV festival SeriesMania and Cannes' television market MIPTV shifted to online-only versions and the South By Southwest SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals were scrapped. The 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been pushed back from its original date in late May.
Films and TV series that had scheduled premieres are now scrambling to adjust their release and marketing plans. Earlier this week, the San Sebastian and Zurich Film Festivals, together with production and sales groups CAA Media Finance, FilmNation and Wild Bunch, unveiled a new film market, that will run in September and will feature selected titles from the canceled SXSW and Tribeca festivals.
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.