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The Independent Film & Television Alliance, the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, announced its new executive committee and board of directors Thursday at its annual members meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The newly elected committee members are Mark Damon (Foresight Unlimited), vice chairman; Lewis Horwitz (Horwitz Entertainment Financial Services), vice chairman, finance; Ehud Bleiberg (Bleiberg Entertainment), chairman, IFTA Export Alliance; and Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), vice chairman.

The seven-person committee is headed by chairman Michael Ryan (IAC Film & Television), who was re-elected in September 2005 and is serving the second year of his term. Also continuing in the second year of their two-year terms are John Kochman (Unifrance) as vice chairman and Paul Hertzberg (Cinetel Films Inc.) as vice chairman, secretary.

Newly elected to the 20- member board are Richard Guardian (Lightning Entertainment), Tony Kandah (Hollywood Wizard), Brad Kembel (Summit Entertainment), Albert Lee (Emperor Motion Pictures), David Shoshan (Imageworks Entertainment) and Andrew Stevens (Focal Point Releasing).

Re-elected to the board were Glen Basner (the Weinstein Co.), Steve Bickel (Aura Entertainment), Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures), Roger Corman (New Concorde International), Pierre David (Imagination Worldwide), Peter Elson (Global Cinema Group), Kimberly Ferguson (Independent), Antony Ginnane (IFM World Releasing), Avi Lerner (Nu Image), Mark Lindsay (Kimmel International), Nick Meyer (Paramount Vantage), Bobby Meyers (Meyers Film Entertainment), Alison Thompson (Focus Features) and Kevin Williams (Kevin Williams Associates). Reiko Bradley (Foresight Unlimited) and Mark Lester (American World Pictures) will serve as alternates.

IFTA, headed by president and CEO Jean Prewitt, oversees the American Film Market, which is set for Nov. 1-8 in Santa Monica. Organizers of the event, which is partnered with the AFI Fest 2006 film festival, are predicting a record turnout, which they said should exceed last year's attendance of 8,104 by 5%.

While AFM and AFI Fest are individually managed, AFM provides market badges to all of AFI Fest's filmmakers, while the festival offers AFM attendees priority industry badges, reserved Gala tickets and entry into AFI Fest parties, among other benefits. Ninety-five AFM exhibitors joined the Priority List program last year.