IFTA Press Releases

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Independent Film & Television Alliance® Applauds New Intellectual Property Enforcement Bill
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Creative Community Hails New Bipartisan House Legislation to Shut Down Rogue Websites That Steal American-made Content
Thursday, September 22, 2011 Paul Hertzberg Elected Chairman of Independent Film & Television Alliance®

IFTA Also Announces Election Results For New Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Thursday, July 7, 2011 IFTA, Members Praise ISP – Entertainment Industry Initiative for 'Copyright Alerts'

Member Companies Impacted by ‘Real-Life Horror Movie’ of Content Theft to Participate in Unprecedented Alliance

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Key Senate Committee Approves Bill Making Illegal Streaming of Movies and Tv a Felony

“The illegal streaming of motion pictures and television programming is as financially devastating for our industry as is illegal downloading,” said Jean Prewitt, IFTA President & CEO.  “Stealing is stealing, regardless of the means in which the product is being received. This legislation is a critical step forward in the piracy fight and we commend the Committee for their support.”

Thursday, May 26, 2011 America's Creative Community Welcomes Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Bill Combating Content Theft

“Piracy is draining millions of dollars from independent film finance, eliminating the jobs that can be generated by that film making and brutally affecting the creative community overall,” said Jean Prewitt, IFTA CEO & President.  “This legislation is critical to stop the theft that is increasing astronomically each day and we commend the Senate Judiciary Committee's swift attention and support.”

Thursday, May 12, 2011 IFTA® & Broad Creative Industry Coalition Praises Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Fight Online Theft

Jean Prewitt,  IFTA President & CEO commented, "This legislation will be a substantial step forward in the effort to drain profits away from rogue websites that benefit from unauthorized sales of counterfeit or illegitimately distributed goods and, in doing so, to protect consumers, creators and others in the legitimate chain of commerce.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 IFTA® & Creative Industry Coalition Lauds Bill to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies and Tv a Felony

Jean Prewitt, IFTA President & CEO says, “The illegal streaming of copyrighted content is a scourge on the independent film and television community, particularly the small and medium-sized businesses without the resources to effectively enforce their intellectual property rights. We strongly believe government enforcement and consequences are the only effective remedies for these types of illegal activities. We highly commend Senators Klobuchar and Cornyn for this significant legislative proposal to ensure illegal streaming is treated as seriously under the law as is illegal downloading."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Independent Film & Television Alliance® Appoints Jennifer Garnick VP, Communications, and Robin Burt as VP, Marketing & Membership
Friday, February 25, 2011 Independent Film & Television Alliance Announces Worldwide Box Office Grosses for Top-50 Independent Films of 2010

More than One-Third are Non-English Language Titles