Here’s some news of interest that has come across the internet today, NAB Show 2021 has been rescheduled for October 9 – 13, 2021.
With all the uncertainty that is going on in the world with COVID and the on-again, off-again world we’re currently living in, this shift in date seems like a safer bet to get many of us back to Las Vegas. This will cause a shift in NAB Shows overall as the NAB New York will need to shift for 2021 as well. Post|Production World will most likely also adapt to these new dates. IMHO, it’ll potentially be a bigger mind-shift heading to Vegas in October for NAB Show rather than not going at all this year. Why I don’t know but maybe for me it always feels like a much busier October than April but that might be because many in the production space plan for an April NAB related slowdown.
There’s currently an expansion going on at the Las Vegas Convention Center that they say is 93% complete so it might look like a whole new LVCC when we travel back.
Lots of fun new stuff when we finally return to Vegas for NAB Show. Who knows what will be new as far as media production technology goes. Here’s the full text of the announcement:
Dear NAB Show community,
I hope that you and your loved ones are well and staying safe. Although we truly miss seeing you in person, it has been fantastic to observe the industry come together in many ways to work through these challenging times, and it has been our pleasure to do our part to create connections via our new digital initiatives.
As we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, our top priority is to deliver a successful NAB Show. We recognize the vital role NAB Show plays as a driver of innovation and an economic engine for the global media and entertainment industry. With that in mind, it is critical we act on your behalf and in a way that will best serve the long-term interests of the industry. We have worked diligently over the last few weeks and months monitoring a range of variables, including health and safety concerns, economic indicators, industry developments and travel restrictions, to gain an understanding of overall trends and future conditions for holding a major event in 2021. We have also reached out extensively to the show community to collect feedback.
Through all of this we have witnessed growing concern and uncertainty over what the next six months will bring; enough that there appears to be a good deal of reluctance around participating in large events in the first half of next year. The pandemic remains a significant threat and the evidence suggests it will be well into next year before it could be under control in the U.S. We also have our own concerns around being able to deliver the type of event in April that will not only drive results, but one that can be produced safely for all involved and without significant limitations on the experience.
Taking all of this into account and in the interest of supporting the business, health and safety concerns of our show community we have decided to move the 2021 NAB Show, previously scheduled for April 11-14, to October 9-13, 2021 in Las Vegas.
With any difficult decision, there are trade-offs. Moving NAB Show to October means we are considering alternative 2021 dates for NAB Show New York, held annually in October. On the plus side, the 2021 Radio Show will co-locate with NAB Show in Las Vegas as will NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange; and there is opportunity to add additional partner events. Beyond this, we have done our best to avoid direct conflicts with other domestic and international events, and have reached out to allied organizations and partners to both share our thinking in advance and to offer to work collaboratively toward turning this into an opportunity for all.
With a new date set for the 2021 NAB Show we are looking at the entirety of the calendar next year with fresh eyes. We plan to continue bringing the industry together in a number of ways. In the short-term, we are excited about the online events planned for next month – the Radio Show (October 5-9) and NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange (October 14-15). These signature events, combined with our virtual NAB Show New York (October 19-29), offer dynamic content and engagement opportunities all month long to bring the industry together to restart, reengage and refocus.
We are also committed to creating new and meaningful experiences to engage and connect with you throughout the year on NAB Amplify. This dynamic, year-round digital platform will extend the impact of NAB Show throughout the year by providing opportunities for networking, discovery and education.
Since the early stages of the current global crisis, we have done our best to balance our decision-making with the long-term interest of NAB members and the wider media and entertainment industry. We have not made this decision lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the NAB Show community. We are grateful to our stakeholders and partners for engaging with us and supporting our decision. Amidst all of this, we have been reminded of what a great industry we serve. As always, we look forward to working with you to provide vital events and services to support these efforts, and to invigorate and propel the industry forward.
Gordon H. Smith
President and CEO