Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 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. The elections were held Friday as part of IFTA’s annual Members Meeting, which took place in Century City. READ MORE »
The Independent Film & Television Alliance, which runs the American Film Market, had been flirting with moving the annual market downtown to the L.A. Live complex, and only reluctantly confirmed in September that it was staying in Santa Monica …
Some of Washington’s most powerful lobby groups ramped up their fight today over the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Independent Film & Television Alliance echoed points that MPAA chief Chris Dodd made in a speech today — that the bill empowering the government to block overseas websites that traffic in copyrighted content would protect jobs. It’s needed to stop “drastic damage to the legitimate marketplace … measured both in films that cannot be produced and in lost returns on investment in films that have been,” IFTA CEO Jean Prewitt said. National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian adds that the legislation “is an important step to protect the jobs of 160,000 movie theater employees and sustain one of the vital engines of the nation’s economic growth.” The plan also was supported by a collection of unions including the American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Screen Actors Guild. If the bill doesn’t become law, they said in a joint statement, then “rogue sites will continue to siphon away wages and benefits from members of the creative community, greatly compromising our industry’s ability to foster creativity, provide opportunities, and ensure good jobs.”
But Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro warned that if Congress passes the bill — also known as the Protect IP Act — then “the notoriously litigious content industry could simply accuse a site that it is selling a product that could ‘enable or facilitate’ a copyright infringement, thereby allowing accusations to shut down sites vital to the Internet economy.” He says that “could lead to mass shutdowns of websites and Internet-enabled services.” The group plans to bring several Internet venture capitalists to Washington tomorrow to make that case.
Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 13, 2010 – The 31st American Film Market (AFM) from Nov. 3-10 will screen 409 motion pictures, including 49 world premieres and 287 market premieres, for thousands of film buyers and industry professionals from 70-plus countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today. Films making their world premieres include Age of Heroes starring Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Izabella Miko and James D’Arcy (ContentFilm International); Love, Wedding, Marriage starring James Brolin, Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz and Jane Seymour (Echo Bridge Entertainment); Dirty Girl starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen and Dwight Yoakam (The Salt Company); Little Murder starring Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard and Lake Bell (Parlay Films); The Warrior’s Way starring Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Jang Dong Gun (Kathy Morgan International); and Yamada The Samurai of Ayothaya starring Seigi Ozeki and Kanokkorn Jaichuen (Golden Network Asia Limited).