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Toronto: Cutting Edge Invests in Tom Cruise’s ‘Mena,’ ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Music publishing rights specialist Cutting Edge Group and its investment arm Conduct have come on board four upcoming movies, including Tom Cruise thriller “Mena,” directed by Doug Liman.

The deals, unveiled at the Toronto Film Festival, also include Sam Worthington’s “The Hunter’s Prayer,” directed by Jonathan Mostow; “Ninth Life of Louis Drax,” the Alexandre Aja thriller from Miramax: and “Yoga Hosers,” the Kevin Smith comedy which co-stars Johnny Depp.

“We’re excited to be involved with films of such high quality,” said James Gibb, Conduct managing director. “Its been was a very productive TIFF for us so far, we have the check book out and we’re looking for more!”

Cutting Edge has investments in “Remember” and “Sicario,” which are both screening at Toronto. The company recently renewed its slate deal with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and closed a 12-picture deal with Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures and a five-picture deal with QED.

Seven-year-old CEG has invested in “Everest,” “Whiplash,” “Fury,” “John Wick,” “The King’s Speech,” “Drive,” “Looper” and “End of Watch” in exchange for music publishing rights. It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in films, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.

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