ole Announces Worldwide Deal With Out of the Blue for Hit Preschool Property Super WHY!

Toronto: ole is pleased to announce a worldwide administration deal with New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises, creators of the top-rated, literacy-powered animated preschool series, Super WHY!.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the Toronto-based independent music publisher, with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles, will administer the global music rights for the popular series.

Super WHY! is produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises, led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, an Emmy-nominated creator of the preschool franchise, Blue's Clues; and former Nickelodeon entertainment executive Samantha Freeman, in conjunction with Canada's Decode Entertainment Inc. and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.

Reading is power and Super WHY! is the only preschool property created to help kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. The program represents a unique approach to preschool educational television, featuring a team of superhero characters with literacy-based powers, who jump into books to look for answers to everyday problems. The home viewer is the superhero sidekick, who is encouraged and empowered to participate in the reading adventure by playing research-based literacy games.

Ms. Freeman, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Super WHY! and President of Consumer Products for Out of the Blue, expressed enthusiasm for the new affiliation.

"We are excited about our new partnership with ole," said Ms. Freeman. "We are confident that this agreement will help us ‘strike the right chord' by making the sounds of Super WHY! available for kids and families around the world to enjoy."

ole Chairman & CEO Robert Ott welcomed Out of the Blue Enterprises as a new admin client.

"ole is excited to be able to deliver our world class services to Out of the Blue for Super WHY!," stated Ott. "We look forward to supporting this incredible, creative project that's already finding a rapt audience across the globe."

An expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights, ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading film and television producers.

ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH's award-winning children's series Arthur; Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and its recently launched Rollbots; sci-fi cult series Lexx, and all of the music in Nelvana's vast TV/film catalog. Recent purchases include the majority ownership of the WGBH music catalog and co-ownership of the music rights for CCI Entertainment.

The award-winning Super WHY!, premiered in fall 2007 on PBS KIDS and has aired more than 66,000 times in the U.S. alone. Since its U.S. launch, Super WHY! is consistently one of the top-ten of shows nationally with kids 2-5 according to Nielsen Media Research.

The program is also distributed internationally by Decode Entertainment, and broadcast in the U.S. (PBS), Canada (CBC) and the UK (Nick Jr.) as well as in Asia, Australia and other countries throughout Europe.

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About Out of the Blue Enterprises

Out of the Blue Enterprises is dedicated to developing a groundbreaking portfolio of individually-targeted children's entertainment properties under the direction of a proven management team led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, M.A. Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Creator of the preschool entertainment phenomenon, Blue's Clues, and Samantha Freeman, MBA from Harvard Business School and a children's entertainment industry and marketing veteran. The company creates breakthrough, interactive and curriculum-based entertainment concepts that span a variety of viable platforms, including television, video, publishing and consumer products. In doing so, Out of the Blue stimulates the minds of kids and families, involves them in fresh and original ways and elevates their educational entertainment experiences to a whole new level.

 

about ole

ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. Founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive), ole is now Canada's largest music publisher. ole boasts a team of 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Music Publishing Company of the Year for 2007 and 2008, the first time in 15 years the honor has gone to an independent publisher.

The ole catalog includes over forty thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $60MM USD in acquisitions over the past four years, including purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalog, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm's Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH's award-winning children's series Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and all of the music in Nelvana's vast TV/film catalog. Recent purchases include the majority ownership of the WGBH music catalogue and co-ownership of the music rights for CCI Entertainment.

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. ole is a direct member of SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, HFA, CMRRA and SESAC. ole leverages considerable industry relationships, board positions and knowledge of key collection issues to enable deep analysis of income trends. This is paired with an aggressive collection policy. For sub-publishing clients ole fields the largest, most sophisticated administrative and creative teams in Canada.

Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz and Dr. Alex Tsisserev of Mad Love Music.

ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Mother Mother, O'Luge, Rides Again, Let's Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole's urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Alex Greggs and Shiloh to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.

ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnellys, The Hills, Cold Case, Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Whistler, Da Kink In My Hair, and Falcon Beach.

Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar", Kelly Clarkson's Billboard #1 single "Miss Independent", "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim, "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year), "Shoes" by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul's "Change the Game", Trace Adkins' "High", "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner, and "It Was Me" by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include "I'm Already There" by Westlife, "After Tonight" by Justin Nozuka, "Once In A While" by Akon, Kristy Lee Cook's "15 Minutes Of Shame", "Another Pot O' Tea" by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, "You Got Me Runnin" performed by Doman + Gooding and written by Dru and Rupert Gayle, "Streetlights" performed by Kevin Borg and written by Steven Lee Olsen, "Lies" performed by Martina McBride and written by Gerald O'Brien, "Goodbye, You Suck" by Shiloh and five songs on the latest Road Hammers album, Road Hammers II.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

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