Los Angeles, CA – February 27, 2023 – Cutting Edge Media Music, (CEMM), a division of parent company Cutting Edge Group, (CEG), and a leading financing and investment company with expertise in music for film, television, video games and more, has formed a strategic music venture with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG), that will encompass all of VREG’s past and future music publishing assets, soundtrack album releases and music supervision services throughout their entertainment group including film, scripted and unscripted television.
Brian McNelis, also the head of CEMM unit Lakeshore Records, will oversee the venture along with Lakeshore’s Eric Craig who will provide music supervision and music department support across the VREG slate. For VREG, COO Louis Santor will lead in implementing all aspects of the deal.
Current film and TV titles from VREG include CINNAMON and MURDER CITY, part of their Black Noir Cinema initiative with Kevin Garnett’s Content Cartel and Fox’s free streaming platform, Tubi. Also included is the Capital One College Bowl hosted by Peyton and Cooper Manning, that recently aired its second season on NBC.
“The opportunity to work with the team at Village Roadshow is a privilege which allows us to utilize our expertise to build more robust, music-based opportunities that are mutually beneficial to both companies,” says McNelis.
Adds Santor, “Music plays an important role in building a story that connects with audiences across all mediums. We couldn’t think of better partners than the team at CEMM to oversee the implementation of such an important aspect to our film and TV slate and look forward to what’s to come.”
Tara Finegan, Cutting Edge Group COO notes: “We are thrilled to work with the company behind some of the most iconic films of the last twenty-five years and we look forward to scaling this new venture, focused on the music intersection of the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group conglomerate, together.”
About Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group is a leading global entertainment company building premier, content-rich businesses in the entertainment industry. VREG employs innovative strategies to produce, acquire and deliver intellectual properties with timeless appeal, while maximizing group-wide strategic and operational efficiencies.
VREG is the holding company of Village Roadshow Pictures and Village Roadshow Television. Under its leadership by Vine Alternative Investments, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group diversified its portfolio to include financing and producing projects across multiple formats including film, television and digital.
About Cutting Edge Media Music
Cutting Edge Media Music (CEMM), a division of parent company Cutting Edge Group, is the expert in music for media – film, televisions, video games, advertising, Broadway – across its publishing, label, services, and marketing verticals and owns and controls the music IP in some of most popular media properties and franchises in the world.
CEMM operates as a financier, publisher, record label and has provided a range of music services to over 1000 feature films, tv shows, musical theatre productions and video games, including such films and television shows as: “Stranger Things” “Bridgerton,” The King’s Speech, , Drive, “Star Trek: Discovery,” Fury, John Wick, Sicario, Whiplash, Hacksaw Moonlight Ridge, and “The Walking Dead;” such Broadway shows as Matilda, The Color Purple, Anastasia, and My Fair Lady; and such triple AAA games as: Sunset Overdrive, Assassins Creed Valhalla, Red Dead Redemption and Cyberpunk 2077.
CEMM divisions include Lakeshore Records (Soundtrack Label), Music.Film (film & TV music licensing platform), Broadway Records (musical theater label), Cutting Edge Music Publishing (music publisher), 12on12 (specialty vinyl), White Stork (custom music house) and CEG Analytics (royalty tracking & analysis).