ole Announces Executive Appointments

TORONTO: ole is pleased to announce the appointment of Gilles Godard to Chief Creative Officer for the company and Sean Mulligan as General Manager, Los Angeles, effective immediately.

In his new role, Godard will oversee ole’s entire Creative operation, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto reporting to him. Sean Mulligan will add the title General Manager to his existing responsibilities as Director US Film, TV & Media.

According to ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott, “Gilles role as a songwriter evolved when we brought him across the aisle as a Creative executive. His entrepreneurial skills, network and first hand knowledge of the role of the Creator made Gilles an ideal choice and since joining us as CCO in Nashville, Gilles has delivered strong results and created a lot of excitement in the Nashville operation.”

Ott adds, “I know that Gilles will approach this new opportunity with the energy and intelligence that he’s demonstrated in his previous role. I expect that his ability to view the area holistically will benefit all areas of Creative and our songwriters and copyrights.”

Godard said he was eager to assume his new responsibilities.

“Because of the passion that I have for the music and the fact that I believe in the people I work with here at ole, to be responsible for the management of such a wonderful creative team is really exciting,” said Godard.

“I’m here to enhance, give perspective, and focus on a plan that delivers results.”

Godard, co-writer of the chart-topping Terri Clark hit “I Wanna Do It All,” and the Top 20 Patty Loveless hit “The Kind Of Mood I’m In,” was signed by ole as a songwriter in 2006. In October 2007, he took an executive position as Chief Creative Officer, Nashville, and played a major role in securing ole’s purchase of the prestigious 3300-song Jody Williams Music earlier this year.

Godard will continue to be a key active songwriter on the ole roster.

New L.A. General Manager Sean Mulligan has been with ole since October 2005, and will be assuming his new title in addition to his current duties as Director, U.S. Film, TV & Media.

Robert Ott observes, “Sean has been with us from the very beginning of our presence in LA and his recent handling of the opening of our office on Sunset Blvd. was flawless. We look forward to accessing more of his excellent organizational capabilities in his new role.”

Mulligan said he’s looking forward to his added responsibilities.

"This is a very exciting time for ole as we continue the expansion of our Los Angeles operation," said Mulligan. "I'm thrilled to be a part of further broadening our opportunities here in the U.S. market and building upon the success that we have achieved in just a few short years."

London, Ontario native Mulligan joined ole in 2005 as the company’s L.A. rep, before being promoted to Director, U.S Film & TV Media early in 2007.


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 Canada’s largest music publisher in three short years. ole was named the 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher.

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

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.

Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, 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 Kinnie Star, Mother Mother, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole’s urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale and Shiloh to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.

ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as in 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 "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”, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka, 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, “Once In A While” by Akon, Gretchen Wilson’s “Don’t Do Me No Good”, Kristy Lee Cook’s “15 Minutes Of Shame”, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, and “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris.

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.