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.
The event, which included interactive trade booths, live demonstrations, and meet and greets, was hosted by House of Representatives Creative Rights Caucus co-chairs Judy Chu and Doug Collins, and industry leaders. The event was held at the Rayburn House Office Building.
The inaugural event was held in 2014 and was to take place every year, but has moved to every other year, taking place in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
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. An estimated 7,000 attendees and 375 exhibiting companies, including 77 new exhibitors from 22 countries, are in attendance.
“IFTA is the only organization that unites the collective voice of the independents around the world and works with international governments and decision makers to realize the massive economic and cultural contributions of their work,” Ryan said. “I am pleased to continue as chairperson and collaborate with this exceptional board to further tell our story on a global level.”
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.
Ryan, who has served as chair of IFTA since 2015, will continue in the position through 2021. He previously served two terms as chairman from 2003-2007.
IFTA announced the results of its annual elections for chairperson and its board of directors on Thursday.
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).
They join those serving the second year of their two-year term: Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), Anna Marsh (StudioCanal), Nat McCormick (The Exchange), Alison Thompson (Cornerstone Films), and Frederick Tsui (Media Asia).
South Carolina’s movie and television industry is getting noticed — a major HBO series filmed in Charleston is debuting this month — and industry officials want more government help to lure business. So far, that aid is proving difficult to find.
Movies and TV shows have been eligible for a special federal tax benefit since 2004, but the law changed dramatically in the 2017 tax cut legislation.
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.
“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, 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."