IFTA IN THE NEWS

 

By Ryan Faughnder | February 24, 2017
Adult-oriented films such as “Lion” have dominated Oscar races in recent years. However, they’ve become an increasingly endangered species in the traditional Hollywood studio system as the major studios have turned their attention to franchise pictures that generate multiple sequels and spinoffs. That has created a big gap for independent producers to make movies targeted at grown-up audiences, the kinds of films that typically attract Oscar attention. 
 
“It’s become much more pronounced as we see studios headed toward ‘Transformers 99,’ ” said Jonathan Wolf, executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
 
Indeed, 78 of the Oscar nominations this year are for movies produced by companies outside the six major studios, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance. 
By Erich Schwartzel | February 8, 2017

U.S. studios’ priority is increasing their share of Chinese box-office receipts.

Hollywood will soon have its first chance in five years to change the terms of doing business in China, a politically fraught opportunity for studios to reap billions more from their most important foreign market.
By Diana Lodderhose | November 21, 2016

Independent film financing has never been a walk in the park, and a lukewarm American Film Market this month coupled with an age of political, digital and economic uncertainty mean the preselling game has become more challenging than ever.

But if there’s one thing that could kill off the entire indie business as we know it: a series of regulations being mulled over in Europe right now with regard to the European Commission’s strategy for a Digital Single Market. Indeed, it’s a complex issue, but at its beating heart lies a dangerous prospect for the future of the audio-visual sector, which threatens to dismantle territory-by-territory licensing in Europe.
By JEREMY KAY | September 22, 2016

"Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) membership voted in the executive committee and board for the 2016-2018 term at Thursday’s concurrent annual membership meeting in Los Angeles and London."

By BEATRICE VERHOEVEN | September 22, 2016

“We are once again honored to have so many uniquely talented and dedicated members on our Executive Committee and Board, who will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in our effort to serve and represent the Independents of our industry worldwide,” said IFTA Chairman Ryan. “I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank outgoing members for their service and passion towards our cause.”

By DAVID ROBB | September 22, 2016

The Independent Film & Television Alliance, an international trade association representing more than 135 companies in 23 countries, elected four vice-chairs at its annual membership meetings today in Los Angeles and London. Elected vice-chairs were Jay Joyce of Artist View Entertainment, Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman, Charlotte Mickie of Mongrel International and Screen Media’s Almira Ravil.

By Roslyn Sulcas | June 29, 2016

Michael Ryan, the chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, said in a statement on Friday that the decision was “a major blow to the U.K. film and TV industry.”

“This decision has just blown up our foundation — as of today, we no longer know how our relationships with co-producers, financiers and distributors will work, whether new taxes will be dropped on our activities in the rest of Europe or how production financing is going to be raised without any input from European funding agencies,” he added.

By Leo Barraclough | June 24, 2016

Michael Ryan, the chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, and a partner at GFM Films, has expressed his dismay following the decision by U.K. voters to leave the European Union, and said it is likely to be “devastating” for the U.K. creative sector, including the film and TV industry.


By Rebecca Keegan | June 24, 2016

“Uncertainty might be the greatest impact,” said Michael Ryan, the chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, and a partner at GFM Films. “The U.K. employs a massive amount of people in this industry, and right now it’s a very confused place.”

By Frank Pallotta | June 24, 2016

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union could have an extensive impact on the country's film and television industries, but not on one of TV's most popular shows, "Game of Thrones."

"We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing 'Game of Thrones,'" a HBO spokeswoman said in a statement.

By Sandra Gonzales | June 24, 2016


The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union may be destabilizing the markets, devaluing the pound and giving many people general apocalyptic feelings, but there's at least one thing that will probably remain unaffected by Brexit: 'Game of Thrones'. 
While some pondered in the first light of the post-Brexit vote day that the results could have an affect on the show's production, HBO on Friday released a statement affirming production should go on undisturbed.  

By Andreas Wiseman | June 24, 2016

As the UK votes decisively to leave the European Union, the film and TV sectors are in limbo. Following the resounding win for the vote Leave campaign in the EU referendum, which was a 52%-48% vote in favour of exiting the Union, the UK film and TV sectors have been left shocked and in limbo.


By Scott Roxborough | June 24, 2016

Film and television producers worry the Brexit will create uncertainty and could unravel much of the financial infrastructure the independent industry relies on.

"The decision to exit the European Union is a major blow to the U.K. film and TV industry," said Michael Ryan, chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance in a statement. “This decision has just blown up our foundation — as of today, we no longer know how our relationships with co-producers, financiers and distributors will work, whether new taxes will be dropped on our activities in the rest of Europe or how production financing is going to be raised without any input from European funding agencies. The U.K. creative sector has been a strong and vibrant contributor to the economy — this is likely to be devastating for us."


By Yahoo! Movies Staff Writer | June 23, 2016

The entertainment industry is reeling following the result of the historic Brexit vote, warning that Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU) could have disastrous consequences. Film and television producers worry the Brexit will create uncertainty and could unravel much of the financial infrastructure the independent industry relies on.


By BBC News Staff Writer | June 24, 2016

Entertainment figures and arts bodies have greeted Leave winning the EU referendum with a mixture of views. Michael Ryan, chair of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), said the result, which saw Leave take 51.9% of the vote, was "a major blow".


By Nancy Tartaglione & Ali Jaafar | June 24, 2016

Reactions have rolled in from industry execs following last night’s vote by Britain to exit the EU and as media stocks crashed in London. Harvey Weinstein, who has major television dealings in the UK and is in Cannes for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival, told Deadline he is “shocked” at the outcome which he called a “disaster.” Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval sees it slightly differently: “I’m sad because my wife is English and she’s sad. But I’m happy because I hope that Europe will realize that it must build itself on cultural bases and not economic.”


By Jeff Parsons | June 24, 2016

The decision for Britain to leave the European Union following yesterday's referendum has been described as "devastating" to our TV and film industry. The chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), speaking to Variety, explained the uncertain future of the creative sector. 

"The decision to exit the European Union is a major blow to the UK film and TV industry," said Michael Ryan.


By Michael Ryan | June 16, 2016

As a committed European, I have looked with rising disbelief at the Digital Single Market Strategy (or DSM) outlined by the European Commission last December. Through a series of measures, including a proposed review of a 1993 directive on satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission, the Commission is proposing to do no less than abolish the mechanisms that maintain a sustainable financing and distribution ecosystem for audiovisual content.

By John Hopewell, Henry Chu | May 15, 2016


Industry commissioned report on collateral damage of cross-border access presented at Cannes Festival. The report was funded by the serried ranks of major movie and TV companies – 21st Century Fox, Entertainment One, Constantin, the U.K.’s Sky and ITV – plus industry organizations such as the Motion Picture Assn. of America and the Intl. Federation of  Film Producers Assns, whose members include the MPAA and IFTA.

By Ted Johnson | May 3, 2016

Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of IFTA, said that the goal is to make sure that there is a notice-and-takedown system in place in every country, even if it does not spell out specifically how it should work. “Any trade agreement is a floor, not a ceiling,” she said.

By Jonathan Handel | May 3, 2016

The agreement would have “no effect” on the practice of selling film rights on a territory by territory basis, said Jean Prewitt, president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, at whose offices the briefing took place. She added that the copyright extension was justified by the increased useful life of films and the importance of sequel rights. Froman, who is meeting with IFTA members including Lionsgate and Nu Image during his time in L.A., pointed to such 1966 movies as The Sound of Music and Dr. Zhivago that will soon lose copyright protection in various countries absent the extension.

By Ted Johnson | April 22, 2016

The FCC, in a 3-2 vote in February, moved forward with a proposal to “open up” the set-top box market by establishing a technical platform that would let third-party manufacturers like Apple, Google, Roku or Amazon create their own set-tops capable of receiving cable or satellite TV programming.

Other organizations planning to file comments include the American Federation of Musicians, the Copyright Alliance, CreativeFuture, Crossings TV, IATSE, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the National Music Publishers Assn., SoundExchange and VMe TV.

By Jeffery Fleishman | April 15, 2016

"Hollywood is hitting serious competition from local TV and film productions," said Jean M. Prewitt, president and chief executive of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. "More countries are producing world-quality films. We're certainly seeing that."

By John Hopewell | January 20, 2016

The Independent Film & Television Alliance's Chairperson Michael Ryan and President & CEO Jean Prewitt deliver a beginner’s guide to key ongoing issues and concerns surrounding potential new regulation.

By Digital TV Staff | December 11, 2015

The Independent Film & Television Alliance has raised concerns over the European Commission’s Digital Single Market plan to allow cross-border access to online content.

By DAVE MCNARY | July 13, 2015

The Independent Film and Television Alliance has renewed contracts for CEO and President Jean Prewitt and Executive VP and American Film Market Managing Director Jonathan Wolf through 2018.

By GREGG KILDAY | July 13, 2015

The two heads of the indie film and TV trade association will remain at the helm for another three years.


By JEFF SNEIDER | July 13, 2015

Prewitt serves as CEO and President of the organization, while Wolf is EVP and Managing Director of AFM.

By JEREMY KAY | July 13, 2015

The Independent Film & Television Alliance announced the news on Monday concerning CEO and President Jean Prewitt and Executive Vice-President and American Film Market Managing Director Jonathan Wolf. 


By ANTHONY D'ALESSANDRO | July 13, 2015

The Independent Film & Television Alliance has renewed the contracts for CEO and President Jean Prewitt and Executive VP and American Film Market Managing Director Jonathan Wolf through 2018. 

By LEO BARRACLOUGH | May 22, 2015

The battle to protect the film and television industries' ability to license copyright by territory in Europe appeared to have wont at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the war is not over, Jean Prewitt, CEO of IFTA, told Variety. 

By JOHN HOPEWELL | May 16, 2015

"At the same panel, the Motion Picture Assn. (MPA) and Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) joined other producer and distributor trade orgs to call for an E.U. digital policy that preserved territorial licensing." 

By MARTIN BLANEY | May 7, 2015

"IFTA's President and CEO Jean Prewitt said that her organization was encouraged that the Commission acknowledges that 'copyright underpins creativity and the cultural industry in Europe. However, we are deeply concerned that the Commission persists addressing online rights in isolation from the rest of the AV value chain including theatrical exhibition."

By ELSA KESLASSY | May 5, 2015

"Jean Prewitt, who heads IFTA, argued that the concept would allow a handful of multinational companies to control financing. 'Cross-border access would make it possible for broader offerings to domiate markets,' she explained. 'It would make it difficult for smaller platforms in local languages to survive."

By SCOTT ROXBOROUGH | March 25, 2015

"If you take away territorial exclusivity, you hand over the ability to distribute to a tiny handful of multinational companies that are not curating for a local audience and aren't interested in doing so', says Jean Prewitt, CEO/President of IFTA." 

By JEREMY KAY | March 23, 2015

"This is the fifth year IFTA has operated an unbrella stand, although for the first time ti will not be dedicated solely to US companies and is open to the organization's global membership".

By MARTIN BLANEY | March 5, 2015

"In the UK, six executives of the leading film industry trade associations - IFTA, PACT, FDA, CEA, BVA and COBA - joined froces to issue an open letter - 'EU threat to films'... highlighting their concerns about the British Government supporting 'in principle' the European Commission's proposals."

By KALEEM AFTAB | February 9, 2015

"Jean Prewitt, CEO and President of [IFTA] argued: 'The Commission's proposal would seriously damage the ability of independent producers to finance their films, which depends on exclusive licenses to local distributors."

By JOHN HOPEWELL & LEO BARRACLOUGH | February 9, 2015

"The bottom line, however, is that the international sales biz has now got significantly tougher. 'If you talk to sales agents, they will tell you that they are working five times as hard today to make the same money as they did five years ago,' said Jean Prewitt, IFTA President-CEO." 

By CLIFFORD COONAN | February 7, 2015

"There are fears that increased censorship also could encourage more piracy, and could give domestic movies, which have to go through the censorship process every early on, an advantage."