ole/BMG Sign Creative Pact


JUNE 9, 2009

ole/BMG Sign Creative Pact

TORONTO: ole and BMG Rights Management GmbH have signed an exclusive multi-year reciprocal deal, which will see the companies generate creative opportunities for each others' copyrights in their respective territories.

The synergies between the two companies are extensive. Both are committed to being top-tier global, full-service music publishers with a strong focus on creative development and strategic acquisitions.

ole Chairman and CEO, Robert Ott, says of the reciprocal service arrangement, "ole recently reached the threshold of becoming a medium-sized player in global music publishing. Our ascent to the next level will be founded on partnership-oriented thinking. With a very experienced executive and team, BMG has shown that its collaborative and artist-oriented approach is a success, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship. We wanted to work with a company that had a similar focus on service and adding value creatively and have found both in BMG."

BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch says, "Having known Robert and his team for a long time, I believe this is a perfect match and will deliver convincing opportunities for ole's and our writers."



about ole

ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Toronto , Nashville and Los Angeles . ole boasts a team of 27 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration.

The ole catalog includes over forty thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres.

Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, 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 Silver Starling and Magneta Lane . Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, 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.

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, "Cause A Scene" by Teairra Mari featuring Flo Rida, "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 "After Tonight" by Justin Nozuka, "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.

 About BMG Rights Management

BMG Rights Management focuses on comprehensive and competent management of music rights. The company, part of the Bertelsmann Group, covers the entire range of rights administration and places the needs of songwriters and performing artists at the core of its business model. Since its founding in October 2008, the company has signed a number of prominent artists and writers, including 2Raumwohnung, Peter Fox, Nena and Sasha. The recent signing of international acts such as Jim Beanz and Toby Gad confirms the worldwide acceptance of the company's approach.