London and LA-based Cutting Edge Group invests cash in film music budgets and provides or brokers services for scoring, clearances and music supervision. In exchange, it acquires the music rights and recoups from performance royalties and secondary exploitation sources. Under a new deal with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road, they’re putting a twist on slate financing. Rather than guaranteeing funds as part of a bank closing or acquiring the music rights after a film is complete, CEG is advancing development funds upfront to Thunder Road. Those funds will be secured against the producer’s forthcoming film music slate.

The first film that’s part of the deal is Keanu Reeves action-thriller John Wick, which shoots in September. The slate also includes the Daniel Espinosa-directed Gang Story starring Liam Neeson. CEG has previously invested in such films as The King’s Speech, Drive, Looper and End Of Watch.

At the beginning of this year, CEG entered a partnership with Wood Creek Capital Management to launch its second film music investment fund. Wood Creek’s commitment, together with CEG’s existing investment partners, brings CEG’s capital access to $100M.

firstreelrob
1 year
With a prolific producer of widely exploited commercial films like Thunder Road, this is a smart play...
phil music
1 year
The FilmMusic business is, pound for pound, note for note, the best business in the entire entertainment...
anon
1 year
You guys should do a story about how the Cutting Edge model sucks for Composers because they...