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Cutting Edge confirms Island Def Jam Music Group's Senior Vice President Jonathan McHugh as a speaker for New Orleans music business conference
(Published: July 21, 2011)

The Cutting Edge Music Business Conference announced that it has secured Island Def Jam Music Group's Jonathan McHugh as a confirmed speaker during their annual music business conference.
Jonathan McHugh has spent 20 plus years in the music, film & TV business. The 19th Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering); Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Media Workshop, and Roots Music Gathering will be held September 21 -24, 2011 at the Pan American Conference Center/ InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cutting Edge C.E. brings together established and aspiring entertainment professionals; it is as much about bringing people in the entertainment business together as it is about the business of entertainment.

Currently, McHugh serves as Senior Vice President of Film & TV at Island Def Jam Music Group where he creates opportunities for IDJ artists through the visual media. He also produces and music supervises films and creates soundtrack opportunities for the IDJ roster. His new newest co-producing projects are the Morgan Spurlock documentary "Greatest Movie Ever Sold" which was acquired by Sony Classics at Sundance, the Paramount Pictures film "Justin Bieber's Never Say Never" which has grossed over 120 million dollars thus far and the up-coming comedy "Christmas In Compton."

Before IDJ McHugh spent the past three years running Song Stew Entertainment -- an independent Film, TV production/music supervision company. As founder of Song Stew Entertainment, he produced a number of films and TV shows including the Lionsgate films "Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (which he co-wrote), the Rock opera "Repo: The Genetic Opera," Lifetime's "Flying By" and the Discovery/Planet Green TV show "Battle Ground Earth", co-staring IDJ chart-topping rapper Ludacris.

Prior to that, McHugh spent eight years as Vice President of Visual Media at Jive records/Zomba Label Group. He began his production career by launching Zomba Films where he co-produced the Britney Spears film, "Crossroads." He also produced soundtracks for films including "The Wood" and Nickelodeon's "Wild Thornberry's" and "Jimmy Neutron."

In the years before that he was Vice President of Soundtracks at New Line Cinema. There he co-produced platinum and gold soundtracks such as "The Wedding Singer", "Rush Hour," "Austin Powers" and "Blade." He started his soundtrack career at A&M Records producing the Grammy nominated soundtracks "S.F.W" and "Fast Track To Nowhere" as well as the Academy Award nominated "Don Juan DeMarco."

As a Grammy/ Recording Academy member, McHugh has served as Los Angeles Chapter President, a National Trustee, and for the last three years on the NARAS Television Committee. McHugh is a member of the Producers Guild and a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors.

He volunteers his time as a board member of the Neil Bogart foundation which raises much needed funding for Pediatric Cancer Research at Los Angeles Children's Hospital.
Here is a full credit list: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0570462/#Producer
Cutting Edge C.E. (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) was started in 1993 as a conference dedicated to educating musicians and music professionals about the latest trends in the music industry. Since its inception, it has evolved into entertainment workshops covering legal issues, filmmaking, interactive applications and media business education.

The annual 4-day event draws together established and aspiring music industry professionals from around the nation and the world. Sessions in this national conference cover vital phases of the business end of the music industry. In addition, and running concurrently with the conference, Cutting Edge also presents a trade show, the NewWorks Showcase & the Roots Music Gathering, for the first time the "nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival" as part of this year's conference in New Orleans. The nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival (http://cuttingedgenola.com/wp-content/vid/sponsorship.html) will take September 22 - 24, 2011 in Lafayette Square and locations throughout Downtown New Orleans while the conference which runs from September 21 - 24 is being held at the Pan American Conference and Media Center.

Registration details are available on www.cuttingedgenola.com.

More Information: http://cuttingedgenola.com/

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