ole Scores 'Beautiful' Sub-Publishing Deal With London's Bucks Music Group
LONDON: James Blunt's No. 1 smash "You're Beautiful," the drum'n bass stylings of Mercury Award-winner Roni Size, jazz songs by Cleo Laine and recent tunes by Simple Minds are just some of the selections ole now offers its Canadian clients as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher of the prestigious London-based Buck Music Group.
With the announcement of the three-year deal, ole dramatically increases its presence in the drum 'n bass, electronica and motion picture and television scoring fields while substantially adding to its pop song offerings -- most notably the worldwide smash "You're Beautiful" which has propelled James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" to sextuple platinum status in Canada alone and sold millions around the world.
"Bucks Music Group is one of the leading independent music publishers in the U.K.," notes ole U.K. and European representative Hussain "Spek" Yoosuf, who brokered the deal.
"They've got a fantastic catalogue and like us, they've remained very indie in their aesthetic and their attitude, making incredible strides into the market share into the U.K. and Europe.
"They are major players."
Founded in 1967 and based in West London's Notting Hill with offices in Amsterdam, Dublin, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney & Tokyo -- not to mention a core songwriting catalogue of over 100,000 titles -- Bucks Music Group stands as the second largest independent music publisher in the U.K. and the biggest in terms of film/TV/ media catalogue.
"One of the real strong points ole has is our film and TV music administration expertise," said Spek. "It's a great Canadian and North American administration answer to global and European music publishers.
"Right from the inset, ole has been dedicated to filling that gap and been extremely aggressive in working our catalogue for film, TV and sync opportunities. Nobody is as well-positioned as we are in Canada to aggressively work the Bucks Music Group catalogue."
For his part, Bucks Music Group managing director Simon Platz stated that his company has found a kindred spirit in ole.
"Bucks and ole have shared visions and principles," said Platz.
"Independence reflects the importance we attach to business integrity. Our wide-vision rosters demonstrate that independent needn't be niche and we're stronger for our writers by having a broad base. We've both recognized the value of music in media and have strong relationships in the areas of TV, film, advertising and new media.
"People as well as copyrights are key assets: writers are supported and developed; staff are mentored and trained. Our partners need to be in tune with our ethos; in ole we believe we've found a perfect partner."
Spek promises that ole will tirelessly work the Bucks Music Group catalogue in Canada.
"We're a young, aggressive company -- the kind of company who is going to break their backs to work that catalogue and exceed our reputation for providing priority administration service."
About Bucks Music Group
Founded in 1967 by David Platz, father of present managing director Simon Platz. Bucks Music encompasses over 100,000 copyrights in more than 100 catalogues. Bucks composers regularly make the nominations at the Ivor Novello and the Royal Television Society Awards in the TV music categories, and this year Rob Lane won both for his music for ITV's 'Elizabeth I'. "Bucks looks after many film, TV and ad composers, representing writers from Hollywood A lists to new ones just starting out," Simon Platz points out. "As we represent production/film companies and composers, we have a unique overview of the business. Some of our notable TV and film writers are David Arnold, Murray Gold, Rachel Portman, John Lunn, Richard G Mitchell and David Arch and non-film and TV ones include Professor Green, Matthew Herbert and Nigel Butler."
Film, TV and media music play an important role but no single genre is predominant. On the pop front, Bucks has enjoyed considerable song success with chart toppers B*witched, Mercury Prize winner Roni Size, and James Blunt, whose champions and co-writers Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek are published by Bucks and co-wrote "You're Beautiful" with him which won the PRS Most Performed Work and International Hit Of The Year categories at the Ivors in May. New signings include Channel 4's Rock School's Li'l Chris, recently added to Radio 1's playlist, and a new artist called Hugo who records for Universal.
Contact Bucks Music Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive). 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 $23MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson and Lighthouse catalogues.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim's 'Daddy Thing', Sean Paul's "Change the Game," "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap's "My Life" and Trace Adkins' "High."
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, DiC Entertainment, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.
ole also recently signed its first administration deal with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, London Apartments and J.C. Smith.
ole is the sole 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, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing West Coast rockers Panurge, Murray Yates of Forty Foot Echo and Kinnie Starr to the roster as well as Steven Dall.
ole recently announced co-ventures with Roots Three Music -- which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) and IB Entertainment.
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