27 - 3 Apr: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry

What’s on

SXSW will hold its film festival virtually on Amazon Prime Video and launches on Monday.

In light of NAB Show 2020 going virtual, the event has also announced its annual 4K 4Charity run has gone virtual. Registration is now open and donations can be made until 1 June for a charity that aims to provide much needed aid to those most impacted by Covid-19 and help increase diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Participants are encouraged to share their unique 4K 4Charity journey on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn or Facebook with the social tag #4K4CharityVRun.

Company announcements

Harmonic is releasing Q1 2020 earnings on Monday.

Alphabet is releasing Q1 2020 earnings on Tuesday.

Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla, Qualcomm and eBay will each release Q1 2020 earnings on Wednesday.

Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Twitter will each release Q1 2020 earnings on Thursday.

Film & TV releases

As cinema releases continue to be put on hold, the following films are being released on Netflix this week:


Battle: Los Angeles (2011)  - When aliens attack Earth after years of quiet observation, Los Angeles is the site of an epic fight to defend the human race.

Never Have I Ever  - A coming-of-age comedy series about the life of a modern first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by actress and comedienne Mindy Kaling’s own childhood.


Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story - The anticipated documentary detailing the controversial Cyntonia Brown case. 

A Secret Love - A documentary telling the love story between professional women’s baseball player Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, whose relationship spans nearly seven decades. 

Extracurricular - A Korean film about high school students who become tangled in a series of conflicts and events that challenge human values and morality.

Nadiya’s Time to Eat - Great British Bake Off winner and TV host stars in her own Netflix special cooking show.

On this day

30 April 1952 Mr Potato Head is the first toy advertised on television.