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.

Music Publishers Association Annual General Report

  • MPA holds AGM at Royal Institution, London
  • Sarah Osborn calls on YouTube to negotiate fairly with rights holders
  • Chris Butler highlights the contribution music publishers make to the UK economy
  • MPA Gold Badges awarded to Sally Groves and Peter Barnes

(read the original article here.)

The Music Publishers Association (MPA) held its Annual General Meeting today, Tuesday 24 June 2014, at the Royal Institution in London.

Speeches to the AGM

The formal business of the AGM included reports from MPA Chairman Chris Butler, MPA Chief Executive Sarah Osborn and Jane Dyball, CEO of MPA subsidiaries Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL).

In her first address as MPA Chief Executive Sarah Osborn added the support of the MPA to other voices across the industry in calling on YouTube to negotiate fairly with indie labels without abusing its market dominance. “If companies such as Google are now acting in the role of cultural gatekeepers, whether by accident or by design, they must bear some responsibility to not act against the interests of the creators upon whose labour large parts of their business are built”. She also spoke about the collective strength the members of the MPA draw from their diversity.

Chris Butler – who was re-elected unopposed as MPA Chairman at the meeting – opened the AGM by summarising a number of important developments over the past 12 months. The launch of the PMLL’s Schools Printed Music Licensing Scheme was a notable success for the Association, with a first round of distributions made to member music publishers in December 2013.  Chris noted that the music publishing industry contributed over £400m GVA to the UK economy in 2012, and that with emerging new digital business models this might be expected to grow. He also gave the full support of the MPA to the ongoing development of a Global Repertoire Database, saying that “in this digital licensing environment, data management to ensure the efficient administration of rights is crucial”.

Jane Dyball outlined her strategy for MCPS having been appointed CEO towards the end of 2013. Her message to licensees: “I’m going to make it as easy as I possibly can to get you a licence (at a fair market price) for mechanical rights, so that you can pay MCPS and we can pay the publishers and writers.  I’m then going to enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with you which is built on the common bond of a love for music”.

Board elections

A total of 9 MPA members stood for 6 elected director vacancies on the MPA Board. Results of the voting, which had taken place online in advance of the meeting, were announced, with Andy Heath (Beggars Music Ltd), Linda Hawken (Peters Edition Ltd), and Paulette Long (Long Term Music) all re-elected to the Board having been required to retire by rotation. Also elected to the Board were Judith Webb (Schott Music Ltd), Phil Hope (Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Ltd) and Justin Perry (Proof Songs Ltd).

MPA Gold Badges

Chris Butler also presented two MPA Gold Badges. The award is made to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music publishing.

Sally Groves was the figurehead of the Schott London office for a period of four decades, attracting major composers and transforming the office in Great Marlborough Street into a creative home for a wealth of musicians and composers. She has given many talented young composers the foothold to a career, guiding them on their path with incredible generosity and commitment. She maintained long and fruitful working relationships with Michael Tippett, Hans Werner Henze, György Ligeti and Toru Takemitsu.

The second MPA Gold Badge recipient was Peter Barnes, Chairman of Pink Floyd Music Publishers Limited, the company he inaugurated in 1973. His own companies Rock Music Company Limited and later Plangent Visions Music Limited publish various writers whose works have been recorded by The Damned, Nick Lowe, The Specials, Scissor Sisters, Fat Les, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Akon, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and many others.

MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship

Chris Butler presented the 2014 MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Awards. The annual Scholarship, now in its ninth year, is designed to encourage those who are new to the business or seeking to join the business and who are committed to a career in music publishing.

This year Louisa Sullivan an employee of Schott Music, was the winner in the publisher category and Tierney Kirby, a recent music graduate, was the winner in the student category.

Guest speakers

The audience of MPA members and invited guests also heard from guest speakers Guillaume Arth and Will Page, respectively Director of Licensing and Director of Economics at Spotify in the UK.

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.

Photograph of singer-songwriter Quinn Archer

Quinn Archer – Blog Feature on Australia Music Network!

She’s been described as “gothic soul”, but British born singer-songwriter Quinn Archer likes to think of her sound as a soulful; where the lyrics can take on a dark persona at times, in the acoustic setting anyway. When she performs with her full band though, her music takes on a rock vibe. Music is something that Archer has always loved and remembers a house filled with the music of Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits.

The thought of pursuing it as a career herself came much later. It was a dream that she had for the longest time that culminated one day when her father put her on a plane to Los Angeles and said to her “if you are brave enough to do this, I will support you”. This saw Archer sing back up for a few artists and even pursuing her own band calledJuliet’s Royal Blood, before finally deciding to focus on her solo career once the band disbanded.

Archer takes inspiration from the likes of Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Chris Cornell and Stevie Nicks just to name a few . Her pursuit of music is essentially an escape that can instantly take her back to a specific moment or person from the past. Archer especially likes how songs can mean different things to different people and this is something that comes across with her own music, such as her debut single Walk Through The Fire, that was released on 5 December 2013. Of the track, Archer says “that actually might be my only song to date that is not inspired by a relationship gone wrong”. It is the result of being asked to write something more “uplifting” and whilst it still maintains an emotional vibe, it’s about overcoming obstacles and hardships that life can throw at you; something that everyone can relate to in one way or another.

The majority of Archer’s tracks have a focus on relationships, but she does also take inspiration from something that just happens and hearing a piano or guitar riff from one of her writing partners can make her draw on old feelings. There is always an emotional drive behind any song that Archer writes and this is perhaps why others describe her sound as “gothic soul”. Her debut single is just a taste of what is to come, with Archer currently recording her debut EP as we speak. It will hopefully be ready to see the light of day in a few months, with no firm release date set yet.

Last year Archer had the opportunity to perform at the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace. She was on the same line-up as artists such as Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Eliza Doolittle and Tinie Tempah. Even now, Archer is still in disbelief that it even happened. One thing is for sure though; it’s an experience she is unlikely to ever forget. ForArcher, it feels like she has been on this musical journey for so long and it’s only now that things are starting to happen. She tries to enjoy every moment with dreams of winning a Grammy Award one day…no matter how far away it actually is. Once she releases her EP, Archer will be hitting the road for her very first tour. She is understandably excited, but is trying to keep that excitement at bay until she sees the tour dates in writing.

To view the original article by Maggie Sapet, please click here.

 To view Quinn’s video ‘Walk Through The Fire’, click here.

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Cutting Edge Group Inks Deal With QED (VARIETY EXCLUSIVE)

Cutting Edge Group has entered into a seven-figure slate-financing deal with Bill Block’s QED, and has secured music rights to WWII actioner “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt. “It’s going to be extremely beneficial for both parties,” Block said. “We look forward to making a lot of movies, and a lot of music, with the Cutting Edge team.” The slate deal will provide QED with immediate capital, rather than guaranteeing funds as part of a film’s bank closing or acquiring the music rights after a film is complete. CEG is advancing funds upfront to QED for the production company to develop its slate of upcoming film projects, secured against QED’s forthcoming film music slate. QED’s slate includes Jason Bateman’s comedy “Family Fang” and “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray with Barry Levinson directing. The deal was closed at Cannes by CEG’s James Gibb and QED’s Tim Connors. Last Cannes, CEG made a similar deal with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road. CEG’s model of financing against music licensing has been employed for over 350 titles.

movie poster for The Signal 2014

Focus Sets ‘The Signal’ For Summer (Deadline)

The sci-fi thriller that screened at Sundance will hit theaters June 13 before expanding the following two weekends.

In the Focus Features pic, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare.

The Signal, from director William Eubank, stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. Cutting Edge Group boarded the project during the Baja Film Festival in November.

To view the original article written by The Deadline Team, please click here.

‘Parade’s End’ Wins Best TV Drama at Southbank Sky Arts Awards 2013

BBC2’s ‘Parade’s End’ has won Best TV Drama at the prestigious Southbank Sky Arts Awards 2013!

The original score was composed by Air Edel’s Dirk Brossé and music produced by Maggie Rodford.

Tom Stoppard’s lavish adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford’s World War One drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, and beat nominees ‘The Hollow Crown’ and ‘Line of Duty’ to the prize.

Berlin: RedOne Joins Cutting Edge for Musical Pic ‘Just My Imagination’ (VARIETY 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.

Derby Street acquired the script. 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 will distribute Lopez’s upcoming album.

Cutting Edge raised $100 million in equity last year as part of a strategy to become a leader in vertically-integrated film music services. It launched Cutting Edge Originals at Cannes last year.

Gibb and Derby Street’s Horlick are exec producers on Benedict Cumberbatch’s military thriller “Blood Mountain,” produced by Lawrence Bender. Altitude is selling the film at Berlin.

To view the original article by Dave McNary, please click here.

Yonderland, starts November 10th on Sky1 HD!

New surrealist comedy Yonderland starts this Sunday (10th November) on Sky1 HD at 6:30pm. The series was written by and stars the team behind Horrible Histories.

The music was written by Air Edel composer Philip Pope, and Maggie Rodford worked on the project as Music Supervisor.

Click here to watch the trailer.