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Jean Prewitt and Jonathan Wolf to Lead IFTA

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                                    The Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA®) has renewed contracts with CEO & President, Jean Prewitt and Executive VP & American Film Market Managing Director, Jonathan Wolf through 2015.   Chairman Paul Hertzberg stated, “We are thrilled to have...

IFTA Applauds Signing of Treaty on Audiovisual Performances at WIPO Diplomatic Conference

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) applauds the successful conclusion of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances with the adoption of the this important international Act and Treaty springing from WIPO negotiations. The signing of the Act by 131 Member States and Treaty by 46 Member States, including the United States, France, Spain and conference host country, the People's Republic of China, is the first of its kind for protection ...

Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore!: theme of next IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20

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  The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) will bring together top producers with finance, distribution and digital marketing experts for the 13th annual IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20, entitled "Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget."  The conference will take place from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel (300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles), announced IFTA President-CEO Jean...

U.S.-Chinese Film Agreement opens The Door is Opening for the Independents

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) praised the U.S.-Chinese Film Agreement concluded today, which will offer unprecedented opportunities for the U.S. Independent film industry in China. ”For Independents, this agreement is momentous,” said IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt. “Our sector has been unable to benefit fully from the existing revenue-sharing importation quotas and has had limited avenues through which to distribute.  For the first time, through th...

Paul Hertzberg, President and CEO, CineTel Films, Inc., has been elected Chairman IFTA

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  IFTA Also Announces Election Results For New Executive Committee and Board of Directors   Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced election results for its Executive Committee, as well as 10 members and two alternates for its Board of Directors. The elections were held as part of IFTA's Annual Members Meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and conc...

Jennifer Garnick appointed as IFTA Vice President, Communications

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INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION ALLIANCE® APPOINTS JENNIFER GARNICK VP, COMMUNICATIONS, AND ROBIN BURT AS VP, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry, and the voice and advocate for independents worldwide, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Garnick as Vice President, Communications, and the promotion of eight-year IFTA veteran Robin Burt to...

Here's The Best Thing About Oscars 2011, Besides Colin, Natalie & Melissa Leo's F-Bomb

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   If you wonder what people inside the industry are thinking tonight, get this: The 83rd Annual Oscar presentation was very... independent. In fact, while many derided the indy-minded Spirit Awards for cold weather and water-logged press tents, the Oscars were roundly applauded for their brave indie choices... warm green rooms, and great Wolfgang Puck food, of course. Here's proof from our friends at IFTA:  INDEPENDENT FILMS...

Independent films capture seven major Oscars

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Independent films captured seven major Oscars at tonight’s 83rd Academy Awards ®, including a Best Picture victory by The Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech. The win brings to 19 the number of independent films taking Best Picture honors over the past 30 years, the Independent Film & Television Alliance announced. Independent films collected seven Academy Awards® in these major categories: Best Picture The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Best Director Tom Hooper – The King's Sp...

IFTA issues new international licensing agreement model

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance has released a new edition of the IFTA® Model International Licensing Agreements 5th Edition 2010, the longtime benchmark for licensing international rights of motion pictures and television programming. The latest set of model agreements tackles licensing in the digital and online era, providing definitions and deal terms that will be in use for years to come.When the IFTA® Model International Licensing Agreements (“MILA” or “IFTA® Forms”) f...

IFTA production conference monitize indie film inthe digital market

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance will bring leading industry executives together for the 12th annual IFTA Production Conference on Friday, Dec. 3, to discuss strategies for “Monetizing Independent Film in the Digital Marketplace.” The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Century City’s InterContinental Hotel, announced IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt and IFTA Vice-Chairman Pierre David.Dave Habiger, President and CEO of Sonic Solutions, will present the keynote addre...

Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has new board members

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The elections were held as part of the IFTA’s annual members meeting, which took place today at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. The Alliance’s seven-member Executive Committee is headed by IFTA Chairman Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), who was re-elected last September and is...

Which is your favorite indie movie of the last 3 decades? IFTA has an answer and offers TOP 30 selection

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  The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent FilmsTM from around the world produced over the past three decades. IFTA Chairman Lloyd Kaufman and President-CEO Jean Prewitt jointly made the announcement today.    IFTA (originally, the American Film Marketing Association) members constitute the vast majority of the world's most important companies in independent film and television. Sin...

IFTA's election of 30 MOST independent features

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films™ from around the world produced over the past three decades. IFTA Chairman Lloyd Kaufman and President-CEO Jean Prewitt jointly made the announcement today. IFTA (originally, the American Film Marketing Association) members constitute the vast majority of the world’s most important companies in independent film and television. Since 1981, IFTA members have ...

Independents Surpass Majors in Oscar Nominations

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Independently financed films surpassed those from the major studios in Tuesday’s Academy Awards® nominations among all categories, as well as in the top categories of Best Picture, Director, Actor/Actress and Supporting Actor/Actress, according to figures released today from the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).Films from independents received 79 overall Oscar nominations versus 42 for the majors, while in the top categories independents obtained 21 nominations to 14 for the majo...

IFTA steps up anti piracy measures

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  The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has introduced its members to a number of enhanced security technology measures, part of its multi-faceted technology and legislative campaign aimed at addressing internet piracy, IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt announced today.   IFTA over the past year has researched the availability and effectiveness of copyright protection technologies and services specifically tailored to the needs of independent production and dis...

Bill Mechanic will deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote

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New Distribution Options and Reinvention on Agenda Prominent industry executive and producer Bill Mechanic will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Independent Film & Television Alliance's (IFTA) Production Conference, which takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt announced today. Mechanic will be joined by other industry leaders at Century City's InterContinental Hotel to address the best ways to overcome difficult production...

WTO Releases Panel Report on China Market Access Case

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Independent Film & Television Alliance Comments on ReportThe Independent Film and Television Alliance applauds the tenacious efforts of the United States Trade Representative Office in bringing about a successful result for the motion picture, sound recording and book publishing industries in the market access case against the People’s Republic of China as outlined in the Panel Report issued today by the World Trade Organization Secretariat. “The Report issued today is important progress in ...

Jean Prewitt, Jonathan Wolf will continue to lead Global Trade Group and AFM

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Lloyd Kaufman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announced today that the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s (IFTA) Board of Directors has renewed the contracts of President-CEO Jean Prewitt and Executive VP-American Film Market (AFM) Managing Director Jonathan Wolf through 2012. Ms. Prewitt has headed the global trade organization since 2000. Under her leadership, IFTA has emerged as a strong public advocate for the worldwide independent film and television industry. Mr. Wolf was appo...

IFTA calls on Obama 's administration to support principles of openness and diversity in the media

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Independent Filmmakers Call on New Administration to Guarantee Competition and Diversity on Television and the Internet Washington - In a letter sent to today to the Co-Chairs of President-elect Obama's Transition Team, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), which represents the producers and distributors of independent film and television programs, called on the incoming Obama administration to appoint a new FCC Chairman and commissioners who "support principles ...

IFTA calls on Obama 's administration to support principles of openness and diversity in the media

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In a letter sent to today to the Co-Chairs of President-elect Obama’s Transition Team, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), which represents the producers and distributors of independent film and television programs, called on the incoming Obama administration to appoint a new FCC Chairman and commissioners who “support principles of openness and diversity in the media.”The letter sent by IFTA President Jean Prewitt to John Podesta and Valerie Jarrett underscored president...

Statement from IFTA President Jean Prewitt on Congress’s action

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Statement from Jean Prewitt, President and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, regarding Congress’ action today in extending the term of Internal Revenue Code 181, a provision originally adopted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to maintain the competitiveness of the United States for production of independent film and television programming:“IFTA is delighted with Congress’s action in extending the term of IRC 181 in today’s vote. Its targeted provisions ...

New IFTA Executive Committee members

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) today announced the results of its Board of Directors election in which four industry leaders will join the global trade organization’s Executive Committee. The announcement was made today by Jean Prewitt, president and chief executive officer of IFTA.Elected to two-year terms on the IFTA Executive Committee are Roger Corman, Vice Chairperson (New Horizons Picture Corporation); Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, Chairperson of the Export Alli...

IFTA expressed its support for Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008

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In a letter sent to today to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), which represents 180 independent film and television producers and distributors, expressed its support for H.R. 5353, the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008.”The letter sent to Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Fred Upton (R-MI) supports “the bill’s goal of ensuring nondiscrimination so that diverse content and ...

IFTA's response to MPAA on Net neutrality

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IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt sent the following open letter to MPAA Chairman-CEO Dan Glickman March 14, 2008Mr. Dan GlickmanChairman & Chief Executive OfficerMotion Picture Association of America1600 Eye Street NWWashington, D.C. 20006Dear Dan: The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) was astounded to read that the MPAA and the six major studios who are its members have taken the step of denouncing the principle of 'net neutrality' and its advocates. I would like to take this opportu...

Jean Prewitt response letter to MPAA Chairman Showest speech

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IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt sent the following open letter to MPAA Chairman-CEO Dan Glickman March 14, 2008Mr. Dan GlickmanChairman & Chief Executive OfficerMotion Picture Association of America1600 Eye Street NWWashington, D.C. 20006Dear Dan: The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) was astounded to read that the MPAA and the six major studios who are its members have taken the step of denouncing the principle of 'net neutrality' and its advocates. I would like to take this opportu...

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