Jean Prewitt, the presidentof AFMA, has been promoted to chief executive officer of the independet filmand TV trade organization. Prewitt, who joined the organization in April 2000,will retain the title of president as well.

"Over the last twoyears, Jean has exhibited exemplary leadership in solidifying AFMA's role inrepresenting the independent film production and distribution communityworldwide," said chairman of the board of AFMA Kathy Morgan"Additionally, she has succeeded in expanding AFMA leadership in thepublic policy arena both in Washington and overseas. For these reasons and others, it was the unanimous decisionof the board to grant Jean the additional title of CEO."

Before AFMA, Prewitt servedas a principal in Podesta Mattoon, a Washington DC-based lobbying and publicrelations firm representing entertainment and high-technology companies.Previously, she served as an official with the US Department of Commerce'sNational Telecommunications & Information Administration where she focusedon representing the White House on international communications and informationpolicy matters. From 1982 to 1989, she was senior vice president and generalcounsel of UIP.