The insurance industry has planted a flag with its own solution, one that calls for the federal government to set up a kind of risk-transfer mechanism. Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, said the insurance industry proposal, which was posted on NAMIC’s website Thursday and just started circulating, “has nothing to do with film and would not solve the gap in production going forward.”
The entertainment business doesn’t work without insurance. And right now, the insurance industry is getting crushed. “This is a giant problem,” says Jean Prewitt, CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. “If you’re not fully covered, you’re going to have difficulty getting it bonded and difficulty getting it financed,” Prewitt says.
The question for the film and TV business, says IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt, "is how do we address risks that are specific to this industry, and can [such provisions] be added into one of those more general bills that are floating around?"
Jean Prewitt, CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, is the point person for indie producers in Washington, D.C., where several bills are in the works. She said the one from Maloney — chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Service Committee and the Joint Economic Committee — appears to be the farthest ahead and may best serve the needs of producers.
The American Film Market has announced that it remains on track to hold the 2020 market set for Nov. 3-8 in Santa Monica, Ca., despite the coronavirus pandemic. “We know how difficult the past few months have been for our industry around the world and our thoughts go out to those whose loved ones have been directly impacted by the virus,” the Independent Film & Television Alliance said Friday. “Plans for AFM 2020 continue to move forward as scheduled."
On March 10, Jonathan Yunger, Co-President of IFTA member Millennium Media, testified in the U.S. Senate about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its “safe harbor” provision that allows internet companies to dodge liability for copyright infringement on their platforms.
A joint group of companies operating in the film and audiovisual sector—IFTA, the MPA, and 49 other organizations and companies across Europe—have issued the following statement in advance of the video conference of EU ministers of culture and media on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the culture and creative sectors.
Dans un communiqué commun, ces 51 voix (incluant l'IFTA) représentant tous les secteurs de l'audiovisuel et du cinéma exigent des réponses urgentes des décideurs européens pour la sauvegarde de l'industrie.
Over 50 European film and TV organizations, including IFTA, have issued a joint statement this morning calling for E.U. and member state decision-makers to take urgent action to safeguard the future of the sectors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
A group of 51 European film and audiovisual organizations and individual companies, including IFTA, has released a call for action by EU and member state decision makers to safeguard the future of the sector in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The statement, see it in full below, says the industry requires “urgent financial support now and in the months to come” as the film and audiovisual ecosystem “is suffering grievously because of valid social distancing measures and related societal consequences.” It warns, “The crisis in our sector will be felt way beyond the confinement period.”
“The conversations we have had suggest that most of our members are focused on keeping their projects together, negotiating mutual agreements on delays on completion and delivery, etc., because that’s the best way to maintain their business in the long run,” said Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Hollywood film and television makers and Washington lawmakers gathered in DC on Thursday for the “Beyond the Red Carpet: Movies and TV Magic Day,” an event that offered lawmakers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creativity and innovation of the film and TV industries.
British film executive Michael Ryan of GFM Films has been re-elected to a two-year term as chair of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
IFTA announced the results from its annual members’ meeting on Thursday, a day after its American Film Market opened for its 40th iteration at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, Ca.
Millennium Media's Jeffrey Greenstein, Jeannine Tang of Participant and Jeannine Tang of Participant are among the new members elected to the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Michael Ryan, a partner in London-based film group GFM Films, has been re-elected as chairperson of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Michael Ryan of GFM Films has been re-elected as Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) chairperson and will serve from 2019-21.
The organisation’s 15-person board comprises newly elected members voted in at Wednesday’s annual elections: Tannaz Anisi (13 Films), Scott Bedno (Myriad Pictures), Caroline Couret-Delégue (Film Seekers Limited), Clay Epstein (Film Mode Entertainment), Patrick Ewald (Epic Pictures Group), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), Jay Joyce (Artist View Entertainment), Jeannine Tang (Participant), and Adam Wright (Voltage Pictures).
South Carolina’s movie and television industry is getting noticed — and industry officials want more government help to lure business. So far, that aid is proving difficult to find...Reviving the pre-2017 benefit is “incredibly important” to independent producers, said Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Independent Film & Television Alliance.
Input was made by The Motion Picture Association of America, The Independent Film & Television Alliance, CreativeFuture and The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
“Moreover, because pirate websites increasingly infect consumers with malware, unauthorised online dissemination of movies and television programmes is a growing threat to consumers and our nation’s cybersecurity,” the groups added.
Jean Prewitt notes, "You cannot underestimate the ongoing significance of having the whole industry come together at these events, to test out their own perceptions about what's valuable, what's important, what other people are seeing and how they're pricing it."
Jean Prewitt, CEO and president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the trade association of independent film and TV producers and distributors, and Jonathan Wolf, IFTA executive vp and managing director of American film market have both had their contracts renewed for another three years, the IFTA announced Tuesday.
Jean Prewitt, President & CEO, Independent Film and Television Alliance, "Today’s 3-2 decision by the FCC to repeal the critical ‘net neutrality’ safeguards established by the 2015 Open Internet Order is a significant setback for the independent sector of the film and television industry and the consumers which we serve."
Hollywood's Motion Picure Association (MPA), the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and the Independent Film & Telecision Alliance (IFTA) were among 20 trade bodies, insitutions and comapnies that officially supported the legal affairs committee ruling, circulating a joint letter to that effect to the European represetnatives last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
"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.
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.
"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."