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Afm: Lakeshore Entertainment, Cutting Edge Group Make Music Deal (Exclusive)

Cutting Edge Group and Lakeshore Entertainment have closed terms on a strategic music venture in which Cutting Edge will administer and monetize Lakeshore’s music library of over 50 titles, Variety has learned exclusively.

The news was announced Monday at the American Film Market. Lakeshore has produced movies for the past two decades, including “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Age of Adaline,” “American Pastoral” and “The Boy.”

“Lakeshore are one of the leading film producers in the world” said Philip Moross, Cutting Edge CEO. “They are consistently producing high quality commercial films and we are thrilled to set up this new venture with them.”

The deal will see Cutting Edge exploit the music rights from Lakeshore’s library of titles.

Cutting Edge, based in London and Los Angeles, has a music library of over 400 films, TV shows and invests into 30-40 single films a year. Recent titles include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Sicario,” “Everest” and “Whiplash.
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Toronto: Supe Troop Spins Off From Cutting Edge Group

Toronto: Supe Troop Spins Off From Cutting Edge Group
Laura Katz, who has led Cutting Edge Music Services in Los Angeles for two years, is starting Supe Troop as a specialist in music supervision services for film and TV, Variety has learned exclusively.

Music supervisor Chris Piccaro and music coordinator Lauren Weiss have also joined Supe Troop. The new company will work with Cutting Edge projects and other films including “Gemini!” starring Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz and John Cho.

Katz provided music services on “The Grey,” “That Awkward Moment,” “Stuck in Love” and “Tallulah.” She has three films screening at the Toronto Film Festival: “Their Finest,” “The Limehouse Golem” and “Message From the King.”

Cutting Edge CEO Philip Moross said, “I’ve always had the philosophy that you need to empower the best talent in order to keep them in your orbit. Laura, Chris, and Lauren have been a vital part of the Cutting Edge family over the past six years,
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Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe’s Comedy ‘Nice Guys’ Gets Investment From Cutting Edge

Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe’s Comedy ‘Nice Guys’ Gets Investment From Cutting Edge
Music publishing rights specialist Cutting Edge Group and its financial arm, Conduct, have made an investment in the Ryan Gosling-Russell Crowe comedy “The Nice Guys,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Warner Bros. opens “The Nice Guys,” directed by Shane Black, on May 20.

Ceg has also announced new investments in “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston and being released theatrically by Broad Green; “Limehouse Golem” from Number 9 Films, toplined by Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth; and “In Their Finest Hour and a Half,” Lone Scherfig’s WWII comedy with Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Jack Huston and Bill Nighy.

Seven-year-old Ceg has invested in “Carol,” “Sicario,” “Whiplash,” “Fury,” “The King’s Speech,” “Drive,” “Looper” and “End of Watch” in exchange for music publishing rights. It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in films, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
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Cutting Edge, Conduct invest in six

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Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.

The slate includes: Everest (pictured), Message From The King, Dirty Grandpa, November Criminals, Unlocked and Army Of One.

“It was a very productive Cannes for us this year and we’re excited about the quality and talent associated with these films” said Conduct managing director James Gibb.

“We’re also not done with at least another six deals in the works and more beyond that.”

Under the leadership of CEO Philip Moross, Cutting Edge Group recently renewed its slate deal with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and closed a 12-film deal with Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures.

The company seeks to invest in a handful of A-list producers on film deals and around 25 single titles a year against the use of music rights.
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Thunder Road, Ceg extend deal

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Thunder Road Pictures has extended its deal with music financier Cutting Edge Group and Ceg’s investment arm, Conduct, for an additional five films.

In exchange for future music rights, Conduct will advance Thunder Road funds to enable the company to develop and expand their current slate of films in development.

“We are delighted to recommence our deal with the Cutting Edge Group and Conduct team,” said Thunder Road Pictures principal Basil Iwanyk.

“Their initial investment into Thunder Road was essential in building a terrific slate of film projects, including Sicario and John Wick, the former being in competition this year at the Cannes Film Festival.”

Cutting Edge Group CEO Philip Moross said, “Thunder Road Pictures is a premier production company and a great partner to be in business with. We look forward to working with Basil and his team for many years to come.”

Thunder Road Pictures’ upcoming slate includes $30m action thriller 3 Seconds starring [link=nm
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Cross Creek Teams With Cutting Edge in Slate Deal (Exclusive)

Cross Creek Teams With Cutting Edge in Slate Deal (Exclusive)
Cutting Edge Group has entered into a seven-figure slate financing deal with Cross Creek Pictures covering a dozen feature films.

The deal will provide Cross Creek with capital for its slate of upcoming film projects, secured against Cross Creek’s forthcoming film music slate.

Seven-year-old Ceg has invested in “The King’s Speech,” “Drive,” “Looper” and “End of Watch” in exchange for music publishing rights. It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.

Cross Creek’s future slate includes “Everest,” based on the tragic 1996 Mt. Everest climbing expedition; Brian Helgeland’s “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy; Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp; and Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Projects in development include Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” and Todd Field’s “Beautiful Ruins.
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Air-Edel Parts Company With Cutting Edge Group

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Air-Edel Associates, co-founded by legendary Beatles producer George Martin, has parted ways with its parent company, the Cutting Edge Group, in a buyout led by Air-Edel managing director Maggie Rodford and backed by an investor group led by Robert Cope.

Founded by Martin and Herman Edel in 1969, Air-Edel began by managing and representing composers for film, TV and commercials. In 1991, it bought its own studios, Air-Edel Recording Studios, growing into a music supervision, management and publishing company. It was bought in 2007 by Ceg, one of leading international music financier and services providers, working directly with film and TV studios, independent producers, and global brands.

Air-Edel provided music services to such recent films as Birdman, The Boxtrolls and the upcoming Paddington and represents film composers including Dario Marianelli (The Boxtrolls) and Patrick Doyle (Cinderella). Projects engineered or mixed at Air-Edel Recording Studios include Mr. Turner and Jack Ryan.

“This deal is a friendly divestment,
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Ceg subsidiary Air-Edel in buyout

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Cutting Edge Group (Ceg) subsidiary Air-Edel Associates Ltd has completed negotiations to split away via a management buyout.

Ceg, one of the leading international film music financier and services providers, bought composer and music supervision company Air-Edel in 2007.

Longstanding Air-Edel managing director Maggie Rodford (pictured, at left), backed by an investor group led by Robert Cope, will now return the company to its independent roots as it was when it was founded by Sir George Martin and Herman Edel.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Air-Edel was founded in 1969 with an initial focus on managing and representing composers writing music for commercials.

In the early 1980s, the company expanded its operations to film and TV and then into games and theatre. The company bought its own recording studios in 1991 and today represents composers on a worldwide basis as well as managing a strong publishing catalogue.

“This deal is a friendly divestment, one that’s
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Cannes: Labor Strikes Prompt Festival Delays and Drama

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out, but in France, three strikes is just another day in the country that has perfected the protest. Seven unions called for nationwide strikes May 15, and executives still making their way to Cannes found that flights were delayed or canceled across France. Skeleton crews were manning the towers at airports from Paris to Nice, and European air control warned of “extensive delays” across the country, leaving late travelers who had planned to arrive on the second day of the festival stranded. Photos: The Scene at Cannes 2014 Philip Moross, CEO of music-rights

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Berlin: RedOne Joins Cutting Edge for Musical Pic ‘Just My Imagination’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: RedOne Joins Cutting Edge for Musical Pic ‘Just My Imagination’ (Exclusive)
Cutting Edge Originals, the production arm of music financier Cutting Edge Group, has attached songwriter-producer RedOne to the movie musical project “Just My Imagination.”

In his first foray into movies, RedOne will serve as producer of “Just My Imagination” and executive producer of the film’s music. Tara Moross of Cutting Edge Originals will also produce along with screenwriters Gregg Maxwell Parker and Sean Finegan.

Philip Moross and James Gibb of Cutting Edge will exec produce along with Nicola Horlick of Derby Street Films.

The logline is under wraps other than being a family-oriented drama with a heavy musical component.

Producers are aiming to build on the success of music-driven films such as “Step Up” and “Pitch Perfect.”

Morrocan native RedOne has worked with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias on a total of 28 No. 1 singles. He formed 2101 Records as his own label under Capitol that
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Cutting Edge Tunes Up Shingle Aimed at Music-Themed Pics (Exclusive)

Cutting Edge Tunes Up Shingle Aimed at Music-Themed Pics (Exclusive)
Cutting Edge Group, which has invested in more than 200 films, is forming the Cutting Edge Originals banner to develop and produce music-themed feature films.

Cutting Edge Originals is about great stories that will depend on great music,” said Ceg topper Philip Moross. “This model was perfected by the late Robert Stigwood with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ and we’re aiming just as high.”

The production shingle is launching at Cannes with producer-financier James Gibb and Tara Moross, Ceg’s current head of business development, as co-toppers.

Five-year-old Ceg has invested in “The King’s Speech,” “Drive,” “Looper” and “End of Watch” in exchange for music publishing rights.

It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.

Earlier this year, Ceg raised $100 million in equity as part
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Song For Marion adds second poster

The second poster is in for Weinstein Co's Song for Marion (a.k.a. Unfinished Song) romantic dramedy starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. The film opens June 21st, 2013 and looks like a heartwarming journey from director and scribe Paul Andrew Williams. The film's produced by Ken Marshall and Philip Moross and is a wonderfully, heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave).
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Song For Marion adds second poster

The second poster is in for Weinstein Co's Song for Marion (a.k.a. Unfinished Song) romantic dramedy starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. The film opens June 21st, 2013 and looks like a heartwarming journey from director and scribe Paul Andrew Williams. The film's produced by Ken Marshall and Philip Moross and is a wonderfully, heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave).
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Paul Andrew Williams’ ‘Song for Marion’ Acquired by the Weinstein Co.

HollywoodNews.com: The Weinstein Company (TWC) acquired U.S. distribution rights, along with Pan Asian TV rights, to Paul Andrew Williams’ feature film Song For Marion starring Terence Stamp (The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Gemma Arterton (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time), Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) and Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave). Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London To Brighton), the feature was produced by Philip Moross from Coolmore Productions and Ken Marshall from Steel Mill Pictures. The acquisition was announced today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Negeen Yazdi.

Shot in England’s County Durham with great support from the community, Song For Marion is a London-set comedic drama, about grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son
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Song for Marion Lands at the Weinstein Company

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Song for Marion Lands at the Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company acquired U.S. distribution rights, along with Pan Asian TV rights, to Paul Andrew Williams' feature film Song for Marion starring Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) and Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave). Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton), the feature was produced by Philip Moross from Coolmore Productions and Ken Marshall from Steel Mill Pictures. The acquisition was announced today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Negeen Yazdi.

Shot in England's County Durham with great support from the community, Song for Marion is a London-set comedic drama, about grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James (Christopher Eccleston
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The Weinstein Company Acquires Song for Marion

The Weinstein Company (TWC) acquired U.S. distribution rights, along with Pan Asian TV rights, to Paul Andrew Williams' feature film Song for Marion , starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Eccleston. Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams ( London to Brighton ), the feature was produced by Philip Moross from Coolmore Productions and Ken Marshall from Steel Mill Pictures. The acquisition was announced today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Negeen Yazdi. Shot in England's County Durham with great support from the community, Song for Marion is a London-set comedic drama, about grumpy pensioner Arthur (Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Redgrave) to...
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