Discovery Chooses ole to Handle Publishing Administration


TORONTO:  ole, one of the world's largest  music publishers, has been chosen by Discovery Communications Inc., the world's number one nonfiction media company to handle its publishing administration: for Canada. Discovery Studios Music Services is the operational unit of the company working with ole to maximize revenues from the company's publishing catalog. In announcing the deal, Robert Ott, ole Chairman & CEO, commented: "ole is very pleased to have been chosen by Discovery as Discovery's music publishing administrator and we look forward to providing excellent service for this important client."

Says Peter McKelvy, VP Footage and Music Services "ole was a great choice for us as Discovery realizes our strategy of working with the best independents in each territory to maximize the value of our music catalog"

David Weitzman, ole Director of Business Development in Los Angeles, who developed the relationship with Discovery, stated: "Discovery is a global media company with a growing  world class publishing catalog , so it's only fitting that they are represented by a forward-thinking 21st century music publisher like ole." 

 About ole:

ole is one of the world's leading independent music publishers founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive). With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole has grown into Canada's largest music publisher in only five years. ole boasts a team of 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Music Publishing Company of the Year for 2007, 2008 and 2009; the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher, as well as earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse", penned by Taylor Swift & Liz Rose.

The ole catalog includes over 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $90MM USD in acquisitions over the past five years, including purchases of music catalogs: Jody Williams Music (Taylor Swift), Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Nelvana, CCI, Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series, Lexx.

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, publishers 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.

Staff songwriters and composers include: Chris Wallin, Jack Lenz, Marty Dodson, Jimmy Yeary, Matt Nolan Bruce Wallace, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Rick Giles, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, Willie Mack, Kelly Archer, and, Roger Springer, Tebey, Ryan Tyndell, and Charlie Worsham.

ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Mother Mother, Silver Starling, Rides Again, Panurge, and Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo). Nashville-based co-venture, Roots Three Music, includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr. ole's urban co-venture with tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Alex Greggs, Justin Forsley and Shiloh to the roster.

ole songs have appeared in recent national ad campaigns for: Toyota, Canon, Payless, Doritos, Sears, The Bay and Telus; as well as, the television series: 90210, American Idol, Cold Case, CSI, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Hills, Numb3rs, The Sopranos, Saving Grace, So You Think You Can Dance, The Black Donnelly's, and Ugly Betty; the feature films: The Back-Up Plan, Hanni & Nanni, Harriet The Spy, Love & Other Impossible Pursuits, New In Town, Save The Last Dance II, Suburban Girl, Trailer Park Boys and White Noise II; and video games: FIFA'08, Guitar Hero, SEGA Olympics 2010 and Tiger Woods Golf.

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 featuring 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" and "Leaving" by Westlife; "Once In A While" by Akon; "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, "S.O.S (Let The Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks and co-written by David Kopatz; "Dancing in Circles" performed by Love and Theft and co-written by Roger Springer; "Goodbye You Suck" and "I Remember" by Shiloh, as well as five songs on the latest Road Hammers album.

ole 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.

For More information: David Weitzman Director, Business Development

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