ole Adds Lexx Score And Marsfilm Music To Its Vast Catalogue

TORONTO: The score of the popular globally syndicated and highly acclaimed sci-fi TV series Lexx has a new home.

ole, the Toronto-headquartered, multi-national independent music publisher with offices in Nashville, London and Los Angeles, is proud to announce the acquisition of the Marsfilm Music catalogue containing the work of noted Toronto composer Marty Simon.

As well as including the full four seasons (65 60-minute episodes) of Lexx, a Canadian-German co-production following the adventures of a planet-eating, insect-shaped ship and its mismatched crew, Marsfilm Music also scored the music for such made-for-TV movies as the Gemini-Award-winning Life With Billy, No Alibi (HBO), Wrong Woman (CBS), Blind Terror, Marked Man and Stranger In The House among others.

As Marsfilm Music's Marty Simon notes, the quality of the film projects and the scores ensure consistent and continued broadcasts around the world, and says ole's integrity was a key aspect of the negotiation with ole co-founder and managing partner Robert Ott.

"This was a good fit," says Marty Simon. "As a composer, I'm very happy. I was able to retain publishing on a number of valuable projects, which included a CBS Movie Of The Week, HBO Movies and Gemini-nominated films -- and they still retain great recognition for broadcasters to play them around the world.

"Marsfilm is like a little Aston Martin - and that's what Robert noticed and recognized and respected. It's a great time for Marsfilm to be in their hands. ole is a class act."

The Marsfilm Music catalogue acquisition represents ole's first foray into film and TV score ownership and significantly adds not only to the 25,000-plus hours of TV music under ole's control, but to the company's substantial 20,000-plus song library that not only includes pop, country, urban, rhythm & blues and soul music, but also such recent purchases as the Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson and Lighthouse catalogues.

The acquisition of Marsfilm Music is just one more step towards realizing ole's mandate 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.

"It's a natural extension of ole's focus on TV to acquire catalogues like Marsfilm that contain quality compositions from shows with real staying power," states ole's Robert Ott.

"Lexx, the crown jewel of the Marsfilm catalogue, is a globally successful brand with a loyal following and we're excited to be involved."


about ole

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 $29MM USD in new acquisitions over the past two years including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson, Lighthouse and Marsfilm Music catalogues.

Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Headspin" by Rockstar Supernova; Akon's "Once In A While;" "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, Sound Venture Productions, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.

ole also administers 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 exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush, as well as the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash "You're Beautiful."

The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Steve Mandile, 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 Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) -- IB Entertainment and Nashville executive Tim Dubois for Steve Mandile.

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.