The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has added six new members from the television arena, among them E! Entertainment Television and SND/M6 Droits Audiovisuels.

E! is the 24-hour US network whose entertainment-related programming is seen in more than 120 countries worldwide. SND/M6 Droits Audiovisuels is the international distribution subsidiary of M6, France's second private television network.

Other new TV members of IFTA, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry, are Hispanic programming producer/distributor Laguna Productions; series and telefilm producer/distributor MarVista Entertainment; producer and distributor Passport International Entertainment; and global distributor Vision Films/Vision Music.

Commenting on the addition of the new members, Alliance president and CEO Jean Prewitt said: 'The global television business is an important component of IFTA and its membership, and we are delighted to welcome these six companies into our organization. They each embody the true spirit of the independent community and further diversify our extensive membership of content producers and distributors. '

IFTA has more than 170 member companies from 22 countries.