ole Purchases WGBH Music Rights

TORONTO: ole, the globally competitive Canadian independent music publisher, has purchased a worldwide majority ownership interest in the music rights of the catalogue of WGBH, the largest producer of television and on-line programming for PBS, for an undisclosed sum.

The terms of the deal include co-ownership of the music in 1200 individual episodes and programs, as well as a substantial stake in the music rights for all WGBH programming in the near future.

Award-winning WGBH programs include such widely loved series as Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, Nova and Frontline.

In announcing the deal, Robert Ott, ole Chairman & CEO, stated:

ole welcomes the opportunity to cultivate the world-class music legacy that WGBH has produced and to continue to add value in the years to come.”

Added David Bernstein, a Vice-President of the WGBH Educational Foundation:

“We’re pleased to welcome ole as a partner in this aspect of our intellectual property.

ole has the expertise and the desire to aggressively work our substantial WGBH music rights catalogue – as well as the music rights in our future programming -- and maximize these assets to our mutual benefit.”

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. Its production menu is diverse, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece, Arthur and Curious George on PBS and The World and The Takeaway on public radio. WGBH is the number one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most-visited dot-org websites in the world.

WGBH continues to produce volumes of new television programs yearly and distributes these programs worldwide.

WGBH properties are distributed in more than 80 countries, with over 3000 active licenses currently in play.

WGBH is also the co-producer of Arthur, the six-time Emmy-award winning PBS Kids GoSM animated series about the beloved anthropomorphic aardvark.

ole purchased WGBH’s share of the music rights in the Arthur television series in 2007.

Company Chairman & CEO Robert Ott said the deal is indicative of an ongoing, aggressive acquisition path for ole in 2009.

“2008 was a fantastic year for ole,” said Ott. “And ole has added substantially to its acquisitions funding with a view to increased activity in 2009.”


about ole

ole is a globally competitive, 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 a team of 25 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles ole has grown into one of the world’s largest independent music publishers in only four years. ole has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Music Publishing Company of the Year for 2007 and 2008.

The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed substantial acquisitions over the past four years, including purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalogue, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogues. ole has also purchased a majority ownership interest in the worldwide music rights for WGBH’s award-winning programming catalogue, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and 50 percent of the music in Nelvana’s vast TV/film catalogue.

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 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.

ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnelly’s, 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”, Gretchen Wilson’s “Don’t Do Me No Good”, “No Man No Cry” by Kelly Rowland, and “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris.

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.


About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience and more than a dozen other award-winning primetime, lifestyle and children's series. Boston's last remaining independent TV station, WGBH produces local TV productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black and Maria Hinojosa One-on-One) that focus on the region's diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston's NPR Arts & Culture station, offering a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, news programming and more. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org-one of the most-visited dot-org sites on the Internet, a major producer for public radio and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. For its efforts, WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. Visit WGBH on the Web at www.wgbh.org.