Exciting, New Music Venture for Cutting Edge Group and Multi Media Entrepeneur Michelle Phan!

Michelle Phan, a YouTube star and multi-media pioneer following her YouTube channel launch in 2007, has embarked on an exciting new co-venture with Cutting Edge Group in the form of the recently launched ‘Shift Music Group’.

Shift Music Group will leverage the power of social media to spread awareness for new and existing artists.  Through the help of YouTube and its influencers, Shift will provide a unique platform for breakout acts and established artists to promote and share their music.

The first collaboration with US House Group Late Night Alumni’ has just been announced, with Shift promoting music from the band’s soon-to-be released album, in Phan’s recent YouTube video, “Skeleton Makeup: Watchers of the Night“.

Philip Moross, the chief executive of CEG, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Late Night Alumni. Like all future artists we’ll support, Late Night Alumni encourages our concept of a collaborative creative community and we look forward to helping build their following.”

Late Night Alumni commented: “We have loved having our music be a part of Michelle’s videos over the years, as well as getting to know her personally. It has always been an organic and fun collaboration and we’re excited to team up with Michelle and Shift Music to release songs from our upcoming album.”

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Fury Tops US Box Office!

We are over the moon to announce that David Ayer’s World War II Tank-drama, Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf is currently top of the US box office, taking $23.7M in its first weekend!

The Hollywood Reporter published a brilliant article discussing the score for the film, containing a fascinating interview with composer Steven Price, this is the first new score from Steven since his Academy Award® win for Gravity.

Fury is currently showing across UK cinemas.   The soundtrack is being released by Varese Sarabande.

To read the article, click here.

To view the trailer, click here.

 

Toronto International Film Festival 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from the 4th – 14th September and with all the action kicking off tomorrow, we are delighted to have worked on a number of films featured within the festival programme.
Several fund films will be shown, including ‘Whiplash’, ‘Madame Bovary’The Riot Club’, ‘Hector & The Search For Happiness’ and ‘The Reach’.  

Air-Edel’s Matt Biffa also music supervised both ‘The Riot Club’, & ‘Hector & The Search For Happiness’.  ‘Whiplash’ was music supervised by Andy Ross and cleared and licensed by Chris Piccaro.

Both ‘Maggie’, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, and ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’, executive produced by Martin Scorsese are also featured within the festival.  Both films were music supervised by Laura Katz and are CE fund films.

A few facts about TIFF:

The numbers: 393 films screening. The longest is 388 minutes, the shortest is only two minutes. 143 are world premieres, 34 international premieres, and 73 films are North American premieres.

For more information about the festival click here.

Air-Edel Composer Paul Grabowsky Awarded Order Of Australia

Jazz pianist, composer and conductor Professor Paul Grabowsky has been awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to music as a performer, composer, educator and mentor and through significant contributions to the arts as an administrator”.

Paul Grabowsky is one of Australia’s best known jazz musicians.

Professor Grabowsky was the founder and founding artistic director for the Australian Art Orchestra. He composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and he was the musical director of the 2000 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.

‘Count’ Paul Grabowsky was also the musical director for Tonight Live With Steve Vizard. Paul was also the Chairman, Music Board, Australia Council 1994-1995.

The Order of Australia is award to Paul Grabowsky in recognition of:

Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year, Australian Jazz Bell Awards, 2007; Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, 2006.
Melbourne Prize for Music, Melbourne Prize Trust, 2007.
Best Jazz Album, Before Time Could Change Us, Australian Recording Industry Awards, 2004; Best Australian Jazz Release, When Words Fail, 1996; Best Jazz Album, Six By Three, 1990; Best Jazz Album, Soundtrack, 1988.
Excellence in Film and Theatrical Score, Deadly Awards, Ruby’s Story, 2004.
Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year, 2002.
Best Original Score, The Theft of Sita, Helpmann Awards, 2001.
Award for Phoenix, Australasian Performing Right Association Awards, 1993; Most Performed Australasian Jazz Work, Disappearing Shoreline, 1989.

To view the original article by Paul Cashmere, click here.

Paul has recently scored Fred Schepisi’s feature Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.

Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Sets Development Fund With Film House Germany (Deadline Article)

Former Warner Bros exec-turned-producerBasil Iwanyk makes the kind of star-driven big-budget films that offshore distributors were salivating over but couldn’t find enough of during Cannes. After previously leveraging that into a deal with London-based Cutting Edge Film Group that gives it music rights to five movies in exchange for development funding, and another with Italia Films and China-based Fundamental Films that promised Italia distribution rights in Greece, Turkey and the Middle East, and Fundamental releasing rights in China in exchange for a high seven-figure fund, Thunder Road has now closed a partnership deal with Christian Angermayer’s Film House Germany that amounts to a mid-seven-figure deal over three years.

This comes as the two companies are collaborating on several projects, includingRide Of The Valkyries, a fantasy film based on the German Nibelung Saga. The first project they’ll hatch from the new deal will be No Quarter, the Alessandro Camon/Michael Wilson-scripted drama about two Iraq War vets who take different paths when they return home from the Marines. At Cannes, Iwanyk joined as producer on Ivanhoe, which is being done by Film House subsidiary Eoli Tossell.

The deal gives Thunder Road the ability to buy and percolate material without permission from a studio. Iwanyk isn’t the only one doing that; it is becoming a survival mechanism for producers these days. More of them are cutting out the middle men and pre-selling distribution in offshore territories, keeping the rest of the rights.

“It all starts with the script, but the irony is that development money is the hardest to find,” Iwanyk said. “Christian and the team at Film House Germany understand that. We’ve had a great time working on our current mutual projects and look forward to many more.”

Said Film House subsidiary Summerstorm’s Gabriela Bacher: “At a time when the international market keeps growing in importance for independents, a more systematic approach to U.S.-European collaboration makes a lot of sense, not just in the development but also the production and financing of projects.”

Thunder Road’s upcoming films include Millennium’s Expendables 3, the Jeff Bridges-starrer Seventh Son at Legendary/Universal, the Keanu Reeves-starrerJohn Wick at Summit, the Alex Proyas-directed Gods Of Egypt, New Regency and Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell with Doug Liman directing Tom Hardy, and the Denis Villeneuve-directed Sicario.

To view the original article by Mike Fleming JR, please click here.

F1 2010

Ian Livingstone has written an exciting score for Codemasters latest edition F1 2010

Powered by Codemasters’ EGO Game Technology Platform, the world of FORMULA ONE comes to life with jaw-dropping visuals, authentic handling, dynamic weather and class-leading damage in a range of game modes including quick race, career mode and online multiplayer.

F1 2010 will take you to the heart of FORMULA ONE like never before!

Cutting Edge involved in ten selected for Toronto Film Festival

Films for the 2010 Toronto Film Festival have been announced and the Cutting Edge Group is proud to be linked to ten of them:

 

Another Year: The score for this British comedy drama was conducted by Air-Edel’s Terry Davis, and recorded and mixed at Air-Edel Recording Studios by Nick Taylor, assisted by Tom Bullen.

Barney’s Version: This film, which stars Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, has music supervised by Liz Gallacher and utilised the Resonant Fund.

Conviction: Hilary Swank’s latest film is a Resonant Fund film with a score by Paul Cantelon and supervised by Liz Gallacher.

Everything Must Go: Will Farrell’s indie film is a Resonant Fund film.

The First Grader: Maggie Rodford worked as Music Supervisor on this Resonant Fund film.

I Am Slave: This film, which debuts on Channel 4 at the end of August, utilised the Resonant fund while Alison Wright worked as Music Supervisor.

The King’s Speech: Alexandre Desplat has scored this Resonant Fund film, with Maggie Rodford working as the Music Supervisor.

Let Me In: The English adaptation of the Swedish hit film, Let The Right One In, was supervised by Liz Gallacher and is part of the Resonant Fund.

Super: The Resonant Fund supported this action comedy starring Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon.

Vanishing on 7th St: This thriller, starring Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton, is part of the Resonant Fund.

Cutting Edge creates the sound of ASK

As part of refreshing their brand the italian restaurant chain, ASK, is working with Cutting Edge Commercial to create the right sound for dining experience. Our team has worked closely with the client to ensure that the music played in their restaurants communicates the values of the new look ASK and creates the right environment.

The project has been lead by our Creative Director, Elisa Harris, who has ensured that despite a tight deadline the music will be ready for the launch of their new identity on August 12th.