June 26, 2018
The Independent Film & Television Alliance®(IFTA®) has today announced the renewal of contracts for CEO & President Jean Prewitt and Executive VP & American Film Market® Managing Director Jonathan Wolf for a further three years.
Chairman Michael Ryan commented, “Jean and Jonathan’s leadership, strategic clarity, and industry knowledge have been a tremendous asset to not only IFTA and AFM, but the industry at large. On behalf of the entire membership, we’re very pleased that these unrivaled advocates will continue to unite our collective voice, stand up for and serve the interests of the global Independents.”
Prewitt has headed the global trade association since 2000. Under her leadership, IFTA has established itself as a leading public advocate for the worldwide independent film and television industry, and a prominent voice internationally in addressing key issues including market access, copyright protection and enforcement, and net neutrality. Over the past two years, IFTA has been engaged and visible in the EU, defending producers’ rights to license content on an exclusive territorial basis. Prewitt, along with prominent members of the creative communities, also has spoken out in the U.S. to urge Congress to ensure that online platforms take responsibility for users’ privacy and the legality of content which they distribute.
Since 1998, Wolf has guided the growth and repositioning of the American Film Market(AFM®), the world’s largest film market, from primarily an import-export event into a global production and distribution marketplace. Wolf has added conferences, roundtables, workshops, networking events, an online community and online screenings, and in 2017 launched LocationEXPO®, all leading to steadily increasing attendance.
About the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 145 member companies from 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.
Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI Fest, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.
As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit www.ifta-online.org.