5 things to know about SXSW today
FBI chief Comey has canceled; agency general counsel will substitute.
South by Southwest 2017 is here. Here are five things to know about Day Four of the conference:
1. FBI switch: A potential controversy was defused when FBI Director James Comey — criticized by Democrats for his actions during the presidential campaign — canceled his planned appearance, citing schedule conflicts. Comey is being replaced by FBI Gen- eral Counsel James Baker for the 5 p.m. session at the Hilton Austin.
2. A ‘Veep’ conversation: As a real-world political shake-up unfolds in Washi n gton, the cast and creators of the hit HBO show “Veep” — including star Julia Louis-Dreyfus — sit down for a conversation about what the upcoming season might look like. The session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.
3. Fashion and social media: Internationally known designer Marc Jacobs is scheduled to address social media’s impact on the fashion design world in an 11 a.m. session at the convention center.
4. So, about that best picture thing: Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the convention center. As the third woman and first African-American to hold her position, she’ll talk about the organization’s inclusion efforts, among other topics.
5. Join the rebellion: Gareth Edwards, director of “Rogue One,” the latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, will give the final film keynote at 11 a.m. at the convention center.