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By THR STAFF | December 5, 2012 
“Since taking over in 2000 as head of the group that puts on the annual American Film Market, Jean Prewitt has grown the organization's mandate and outreach.  She has made IFTA a global voice for independent buyers and sellers.  That included a role in the U.S. - China movie deal struck in early 2012, the battle against piracy of intellectual property, net nuetrality and other issues..."
By GEORG SZALAI | November 19, 2012 
“IFTA believes online piracy will not yield to a single legislative measure.  Specific action continues to be required to take down websites in the business of offering content obtained illegally, a fast-growing and especially elusive source of film piracy..."
By ALEX BEN BLOCK | October 30, 2012 
“Shortly after I came in, we established a relationship with a full-time government relations firm in D.C. and put a lot of energy and effort into establishing the brand for independents there. We have active involvement in a number of U.S. government negotiations and trade committees..."
By DAVE MCNARY | September 28, 2012 
“The Independent Film & Television Alliance has tapped four new members on its executive committee -- Clay Epstein of Arclight Films, Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures, Brian O'Shea of The Exchange and Michael Ryan of GFM Films..."
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | September 28, 2012 
“The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, has elected its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors..."
By DAVE MCNARY | September 12, 2012 
“The Independent Film and Television Alliance has reupped through 2015 its employment contracts with CEO-president Jean Prewitt and exec VP and American Film Market managing director Jonathan Wolf..."
By ALEX BEN BLOCK | September 12, 2012 
“The Independent Film & Television Alliance, the group behind the annual American Film Market, has renewed the contracts of CEO and president Jean Prewitt and executive vp and AFM managing director Jonathan Wolf  through 2015..."
By DAVE MCNARY | May 18, 2012 
“'People are feeling that the market's solid...and the Chinese agreement is affecting the deals that they're making here.'  Prewitt said that sorting out the nuances of the February deal -- providing for sweetened terms on revenue-sharing of up to 25% of the Chinese gross and raising the annual number of imports from 20 to 34  is taking up significant time for IFTA staffers..."
By PATRICK GAVIN | April 30, 2012 
“IFTA represents the companies that produce and distribute films that are made independently of the major studio and broadcast networks," IFTA President Jean Prewitt told POLITICO... “

By MANSHA DASWANI | April 12, 2012 
“Jean Prewitt, IFTA's president and CEO, commented, "This report further confirms the importance of the IP industries to the growth of the U.S. economy...the motion picture industry is a significant component of that economic story and the Independents, who are responsible for more than 75 percent of the films produced each year in the U.S..."
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | March 21, 2012 
“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..."

By JEREMY KAY | MARCH 21, 2012
"Eli Roth will give the keynote address at the 13th annual IFTA Production Conference called Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues To Finance, Produce & Distribute Films At Any Budget..."

"The Independent Film & Television Alliance said the agreement would open new doors in China for small movies that have had difficulty breaking into the market..."
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | February 26, 2012
"Independent films captured 17 Oscars at tonight’s 84th Academy Awards®, including a Best Picture victory by The Artist. The award brings the number of independent films taking Best Picture honors to 20 over the past 31 years, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®)..."
By RICHARD VERRIER | February 20, 2012
"But the trade deal also gives independent filmakers, most of whom distribute their movies in China without any revenue sharing, something they've long coveted: the ability to negotiate license deals on commercial terms comparable with other markets..."

By ETHAN SMITH and BOB DAVIS | February 18, 2012
"China and the U.S. reached a deal that would make it easier and more profitable for Hollywood studios to show their films in China..."
By LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF | February 18, 2012
"For independents, this agreement is momentous," said IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt... For the first time...there is a promise of creating a commercial foundation that will allow independent producers to participate more fully in the Chinese marketplace..."
By JOHN HOPEWELL | February 13, 2012
"Spain has taken a good step forward," said Jean Prewitt, prexy-CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) at Berlin. "The questions now will always be: Will the promise of the regulation be fulfilled? Does the timeline established by the new law address the industry's needs effectively?..."
By NIKKI FINKE | January 24, 2012
"Independents captured 60 nominations in feature categories during this morning's announcement of contenders for the 84th Academy Awards, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA)..."
By POST STAFF | January 16, 2012
"According to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), independent films won nine top awards at the Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical..."
By JEREMY KAY | December 8, 2011
"The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has extended its deal with the Loews Santa Monica...In an announcement, IFTA highlighted several civic and private projects over the next few years that it believed would enhance the market..."
By THR STAFF | December 7, 2011
"Jean Prewitt, President and CEO, Independent Film & Television Alliance: As the head of IFTA, she fights to ensure that indies exist as their own category, with their own needs -- often distinct from those of the big boys..."
By ADAM DAWTREY | October 21, 2011
"The org's aims are to give indies a louder voice in the political debate over copyright protection and to strengthen efforts to combat online piracy by pooling their knowledge about what's working, and what isn't, in different territories around the world..."
By ROBERT MARICH | October 15, 2011
"Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance: "Most independents say if their films didn't have a significant release with a marketing campaign, it is difficult to get on VOD..."
By JOHN HAZELTON | September 22, 2011
"CineTel Films president Paul Hertzberg has been elected chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide..."
By PAIGE ALBINIAK | September 22, 2011
"Prewitt's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in February 2010 -- while she sat next to Comcast CEO Steve Burke and then-NBCU prexy Jeff Zucker -- helped persuade lawmakers some kind of deal was needed..."
By THR STAFF | December 7, 2010
"Jean Prewitt, President and CEO, of Independent Film & Television heading the indie equivalent of the MPAA, dealing with legal and tax matters as well as overseeing the annual American Film Market, one of the world's most important movie-sales gatherings..."


By JONATHAN LANDRETH | November 4, 2010
"The inaugural U.S. Pavilion at the 15th FILMART is part of a multi-year commitment to help independent U.S. companies in a "marketplace that's been amenable to taking U.S. products but is still very intimidating for many small companies..."


By JOE FLINT | July 12, 2010
"Comcast and NBC said they have struck a pact with the IFTA.  As part of the agreement, Comcast and NBC have promised to allocate $6 million over four years to a development fund for independent productions..."