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Cutting Edge, Conduct invest in six

11 June 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.


- (Jeremy Kay)

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Thunder Road, Ceg extend deal

14 May 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.”

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Cross Creek Teams With Cutting Edge in Slate Deal (Exclusive)

5 February 2015 10:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 HardyScott 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

15 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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.

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Ceg subsidiary Air-Edel in buyout

15 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

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