Amid growing concerns over the coronavirus, The One Club has announced that the One Show, one of the industry’s biggest and most-respected awards shows, will now be held entirely online. The One Club’s ADC 99th Annual Awards, Young Ones Student Awards and accompanying Creative Week events will also be streamed for audiences.
Outside the cancellation of SXSW Festival late last week, this marks perhaps the highest-profile industry creative event to curtail its activities due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The One Club’s Creative Week was originally set to be held from May 11-15 at venues around New York City.
Last week, the One Show announced that all of its judging would be done virtually, versus the traditional in-person format with its global group of jurors.
According to CEO Kevin Swanepoel, the organization decided late last Friday to take the whole festival online in an emergency meeting with the One Club board. “We were unanimous in this decision,” he says. “We had seen these big festivals had been affected and if companies as big as Adobe and Facebook can go online, we could do it too.” Last week, Adobe announced it was canceling its annual summit in Las Vegas and would take it all online, while Facebook also recently made the decision to make virtual its Cloud Next event, originally set to be held in San Francisco.