ole & NFB Sign Worldwide Music Rights Deal
TORONTO: ole is thrilled to announce a landmark pact with The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)/Office national du film du Canada (ONF).
Effective immediately, ole, the Toronto-based "majorly indie" music publisher with satellite offices in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, will administer the worldwide music rights of the NFB/ONF's immense 11,000 hour-plus film and television programming catalogue.
The five-year deal covers the entire NFB/ONF output since its inception in 1939 as well as any new productions created during the term of the agreement.
"This new agreement is a very important one for the NFB in terms of expanding our revenue," said Johanne St-Arnauld, director general of NFB Distribution. "It's also great news for the composers who work on our films, who will also benefit as we maximize the international exposure and value of their creations."
Created by the Canadian government following its adoption of a National Film Act in 1939, the NFB/ONF has been entrusted with the mandate to produce and distribute films intended to increase awareness of Canada to both domestic and foreign audiences.
Boasting a library of more than 11,000 films, some of the more prominent NFB/ONF titles include 1941's Churchill's Island, the first Canadian film to win an Academy Award(R); the visionary Norman McLaren short Neighbours); Drylanders, its first feature-length film; 1971's Claude Jutra classic Mon Oncle Antoine; box office champion Cry Of The Wild; Terre Nash's Best Documentary Short Oscar (R)winner If You Love This Planet; the 1988 IMAX classic The First Emperor Of China; the John N. Smith award-winning1994 docudrama The Boys Of St. Vincent and Chris Landreth's Copper Heart Entertainment/NFB co-production Ryan, last year's Oscar(R) winner for Best Animated Short Film.
NFB/ONF productions have also been awarded more than 4500 accolades, ranging from 11 Academy Awards(R) and Genies to the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Camera D'Or and Palme D'Or. The organization has also been at the forefront of developing cinematic technology throughout its 67-year evolution and maintains numerous production studios across Canada. NFB/ONF productions have been adapted into more than 60 languages around the world.
A minority owner in The Documentary Channel in Canada, the NFB/ONF has provided Canadians with an audiovisual legacy that is unique and unsurpassed, and represents an exciting opportunity for ole.
"ole is excited to administer the music from the world renowned and extensive legacy of the NFB as well as their future productions," says Robert Ott, ole's managing partner. "With this deal, ole is the largest administrator of TV music in Canada and it's gratifying for us to get this vote of confidence from the NFB."
about the NFB
Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 11,000 films and other audiovisual works and won more than 4,500 awards - including 11 Oscars(R). As Canada's public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive, culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective. To purchase NFB releases or for more information, visit
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto. Co-founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMG Music Publishing Canada) and Tim Laing, ole has been initially financed to the tune of over $100 million dollars. 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 21 MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors and David Tyson publishing catalogues. Recent song placements include the leadoff single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Sean Paul's "Change The Game," "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson and Jaheim's "Daddy Thing." Additionally, ole has concluded publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board Of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, CCI Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Suman, Mona Lisa and Slanted Wheel. 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. The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Scarlett and Derek Brin and has struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing, a division of Last Gang Entertainment bringing West Coast rocker Panurge and Kinnie Starr to the roster. ole also recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Denny Carr, Chris Thornsteinson and Dave Wasyliw. 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