Studio B Productions Signs Worldwide Admin Deal with ole
TORONTO: Vancouver's Studio B Productions Inc., a production subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd. and a leader in the field of kids’ entertainment, has signed a multi-year worldwide television music royalty administration agreement with ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher.
Under the terms of the deal, ole will employ its administrative global expertise to monitor and collect the TV music publishing and audio-visual re-transmission royalties of Studio B Productions' numerous current properties broadcast in over 100 territories around the world, as well as its future productions.
Studio B’s current properties include George of the Jungle® airing on Cartoon Network U.S. and TELETOON; Ricky Sprocket - Showbiz Boy, broadcast in over 40 countries worldwide on TELETOON and Nickelodeon Networks ; Being Ian; The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers!, Class of the Titans; Something Else, Yvon of the Yukon®; Yakkity Yak and D'Myna Leagues®.
Founded in 1988 by Chris Bartleman and Blair Peters, Studio B has amassed a library of over 400 half-hour episodes of children's programming and will launch two new series in 2008: Kit vs. Kat, an original series with YTV and Jetix Europe and Martha Speaks, a co-production with WGBH Boston.
“We are excited to be partnering with ole,” said Blair Peters, President, Studio B Productions. “Music rights are an increasingly important revenue stream. With an impressive track record, ole has continually impressed us with their capabilities and leadership.”
Adds Bill Banham, ole Television Business Development:
"We at ole are thrilled to have concluded a multi-year, worldwide television administration deal with Vancouver-based, Studio B Productions," said Banham.
"Studio B Productions has produced and co-produced some of the greatest youth oriented programs that are being broadcast worldwide today.
"We look forward to delivering ole’s world class service to Studio B.”
About Studio B Productions Inc.
Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Studio B Productions Inc., a production subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., is a leader in the field of kids’ entertainment. Studio B is the producer of such popular and award-winning properties as Ricky Sprocket – Showbiz Boy (seen on TELETOON and Nickelodeon worldwide), Being Ian, The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers!, Class of the Titans and George of the Jungle®, a co-production with Classic Media, Inc. on Cartoon Network U.S. In addition, Studio B will launch two new properties in 2008, Kid vs. Kat, an original series with YTV and Jetix Europe and Martha Speaks, a co-production with WGBH Boston. For more information, please visit www.studiobproductions.com.
About DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd. is a leading international producer and distributor of film and television programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. DHX Media Ltd. shares are listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, AIM and the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX. In addition to Studio B, DHX Media’s other production companies, Decode Entertainment and Halifax Film, are the producers or co-producers of 14 original television series and theatrical releases currently commissioned for production and maintain a growing library of over 1,750 half-hours of mostly children and youth-oriented television productions. DECODE Enterprises is the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd. It handles programme sales for third party producers and for DHX subsidiaries DECODE Entertainemtn, Halifax Film and Studio B Productions. www.dhxmedia.com
ole is a Canadian owned, globally competitive, full-service music publisher. Comprised of a team of 25 experienced music publishing professionals, ole is focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration in Toronto, Nashville, and LA. ole was voted 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years that the honour went to an independent. ole’s core strength is copyright administration and collections world wide for our Film & TV clients as well as our owned TV music catalogues.
ole allows Film and TV clients to monetize non-core music rights by offering aggressive advances in exchange for Administration and collection agreements. ole is also active in acquiring TV music rights for major broadcast productions including the worldwide music rights for WGBH's Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and 3D animated series Rollbots and the music to sci-fi cult series, Lexx. The ole catalogue includes over thirty thousand hours of TV music.
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Shaftesbury Films, Lenz Entertainment, Ellis Entertainment, The National Film Board of Canada, PorchLight Entertainment and Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. as well as many others.
ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for animation giant DiC Entertainment.
The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com.