ole & Devine Seal TV Admin Deal
ole announces a worldwide multi-year television administration deal with the Emmy-winning Devine Entertainment Corporation. Under the five-year pact, ole -- a Toronto-based, Canadian owned full service music publisher -- will administer all titles currently controlled by Devine Entertainment as well as those created during the term of the agreement.
Based in Toronto, Devine Entertainment Corporation is a developer and producer of premier quality children's and family films for worldwide television, cable and international DVD/home video markets. Focusing on the production and distribution of features based on historical and timeless stories, Devine Entertainment films have been honoured over the past 20 years with more than 110 international awards, including 5 Emmys and 5 Geminis.
The company's many successes include the multi-platinum long-form video 'A Young Children's Concert with Raffi' and 1993 Outstanding Children's Program Emmy Award winner 'Beethoven Lives Upstairs'.
Most recently Devine Entertainment created the six-episode 60-minute series 'The Artists' Specials' currently airing on HBO in the U.S. and Canada's YTV. The first episode, 'Degas and the Dancer', has already earned the HUMANITAS prize in the Children's Live-Action category, honouring excellence in film and television writing for stories that promote human values. 'Degas and the Dancer' has also been selected by KIDS FIRST as one of 2005's Top 5 Videos and is the American Library Association's Notable Selection.
Currently developing family-targeted feature films, television series and Movies Of The Week, Devine Entertainment recently released 'Bailey's Billion$', a heartwarming comedy about a dog who inherits a fortune and becomes the CEO of a renowned animal rights foundation.
Starring Dean Cain, Tim Curry, Jennifer Tilly, Laurie Holden and Jon Lovitz as the voice of Bailey, enjoyed a worldwide theatrical release through Echo Bridge in the U.S. and Odeon Films in Canada.
In making the announcement, Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner said "Devine Entertainmentis a valuable addition to the ole family." He added "We"re excited to welcome David's growing company and world class productions to the company. TV administration is a focus for us and Devine Entertainment's trust in us to manage their music rights in an increasingly complex, global environment, is gratifying."
"ole's global collection and administration of our music publishing assets will allow us to further unlock shareholder value," said President and C.E.O. of Devine Entertainment, David Devine. He added "We're pleased to be in business with ole and we look forward to a rewarding future."
About Devine Entertainment: Five-time Emmy Award-winning Devine Entertainment Corporation develops, produces and distributes children's and family entertainment for the theatrical motion picture, television and Video/DVD marketplace worldwide. Their film series on landmark Composers', Inventors' and Artists' Specials are critically acclaimed and broadcast in over 50 countries. The company recently completed its first feature film for theatrical release, Bailey's Billion$, which was released in North America on August 5, 2005 and is currently being distributed worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, the company's common shares trade under the symbol DVNN on the Canadian Unlisted Board (CUB) and on the NASD OTC PK market in the U.S. under the symbol DVNNF. The company corporate website is www.devine-ent.com
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher. Founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing, the company has initial financing of over $100 million dollars. ole boasts an experienced team of some 18 industry professionals involved in acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. The ole catalogue includes over twenty thousand songs across all genres ranging from pop, to country, to urban to rhythm & blues and soul. ole has completed some $19M USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors and David Tyson catalogues. Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Sean Paul's "Change The Game" and "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson. Additionally, ole has concluded publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment and Slanted Wheel. ole is the Canadian administrator for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush. The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff and Scarlett and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing a division of Last Gang Records bringing West Coast rocker Panurge and Kinnie Starr to the roster. At ole the goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and intellectual property investors and the first choice music source for creators in all media. The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com