IFTA
Leadership

Jean M. Prewitt

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jean M. Prewitt is President and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®), the global trade association of independent distributors and producers of motion picture and television programming. She joined IFTA after a decade as a senior U.S. government official with the U.S. Department of Commerce representing the White House and Executive Branch on international communications and information policy, and as a public policy specialist in Washington D.C. representing film and entertainment interests and the high-technology community. Prior to that time, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of United International Pictures (the international distribution entity formed by then-Universal, Paramount and MGM-UA studios) and managed legal and government affairs on a worldwide basis. She previously practiced federal antitrust, tax, and copyright law with the firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. 

An active member of several international, national and local organizations, she currently sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for: Film L.A., where she formerly served as Chairman, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and the Association of International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works (AGICOA), as well as the Board of CreativeFuture.

Prewitt graduated from Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Jonathan Wolf

Executive Vice President & Managing Director, AFM

Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) and Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®). Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of AFM – now the world’s largest film market – into a global production and distribution marketplace which annually hosts over 7,000 industry professionals from 70+ countries. He expanded AFM with conferences, networking events, online screenings, the MyAFM community and, in 2017, LocationEXPO ®, all leading to steadily increasing attendance and, subsequently production and distribution deals done at the market which total more than $1 billion each year. He also launched The Film Catalogue, IFTA’s comprehensive industry resource featuring over 10,000 motion pictures and projects.

Wolf joined IFTA in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He quickly established IFTA Collections which now administers the international levy rights to more than 20,000 titles and has distributed over US$130 million to its participants.

A graduate of the USC Business School, he began his career with the international accounting firm Deloitte. From there he held finance positions with CBS Inc. for six years and served as Chief Financial Officer of New World International.

Senior Staff

Bill Anderson
Vice President, Research & Strategic Analysis

Bill Anderson has been IFTA’s Vice President, Research & Strategic Analysis since 2003. Since joining the association in 1989 as Member Services Manager, he  creates and manages many elements of IFTA’s member services program, including the IFTA International Entertainment Tax Guide, Marketplace Reports, Market Review Forums, and its Webinar series. 

Prior to joining IFTA, Bill worked as a business affairs analyst at Columbia Pictures Television and Managing Director of the Century City Playhouse in Los Angeles, where he produced a number of theatrical productions, including the long-running hit “Bleacher Bums.”

He holds a BFA degree in theater arts from the University of South Dakota, an MFA from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Robin Burt
Vice President, Marketing & Membership

Vice President, Marketing & Membership Robin Burt joined IFTA in 2003 as Director of Marketing and was promoted to Vice President in 2011. Burt is responsible for overseeing marketing and sponsorship for the American Film Market (AFM) as well as membership recruitment for IFTA.

Prior to joining IFTA, he worked for a number of entertainment organizations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Special Olympics and the organizing committee for the 1994 Soccer World Cup - all in a marketing and sales capacity. Burt earned his MBA from University of London in 1991.

Susan Cleary
Vice President, General Counsel

As IFTA’s Vice President and General Counsel for 20 years, Susan Cleary is involved in all aspects of domestic and international licensing and distribution, new media, intellectual property protection, marketplace access, and government relations on behalf of the organization, its membership and the Independent industry worldwide. In her role, she also oversees IFTA’s industry-leading services, IFTA Arbitration™ and IFTA Collections™. Most recently, she managed the year-long review and rewrite of the IFTA® Model International Licensing Agreements (MILA), the industry-wide criteria, definitions, terms and forms used every day around the world for content licensing.

Previously, Cleary served as associate counsel at the Motion Picture Association of America. Prior to that she worked in production, business and legal affairs for World of Wonder Productions and Saban Entertainment. Cleary is past Chair of the LA County Bar Association's Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law section. In 2016, she was honored by Southwestern for Outstanding Alumna in Entertainment and Media Law.

She earned her juris doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law, and holds a bachelors and masters degree from Rutgers University.

Robert Newman
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Robert Newman joined IFTA in 1990 as a Senior Accountant and served in several executive positions before being promoted to Vice President, Finance & Accounting followed by his current position - Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Prior to IFTA, he spent several years in various accounting positions in Melbourne, Australia.

Newman served for five years on the Board of the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and as the Board Chair from 2013-2014. He is currently serving on the West Institute Board of Regents (Institute for Organization Management), the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Newman received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in June 2013 and his Institute for Organization Management (IOM) recognition in July 2017. He graduated from Chisholm Institute of Technology in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Business degree.