ole Inks Multi-Year Amberwood And Breakthrough Admin Deals
TORONTO: ole, the proudly Canadian, Toronto-based independent music publisher with offices in Los Angeles, London and Nashville, has expanded its list of prestigious administered properties by two: Amberwood Entertainment and Breakthrough Films & Television Inc.
ole has signed a five-year television administration agreement with Ottawa-based Amberwood Entertainment, a full-service animation production company best known for such series as The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear -- currently in its third season -- Hoze Houndz and Zeroman (starring Leslie Nielsen with popular hockey commentators Don Cherry and Ron McLean making cameo voiceovers).
As a distributor, Amberwood has brought the above titles and additional animated fare such as Legends Of The Land, The Nutcracker Prince and The Railway Dragon to North American and international audiences.
"I believe that ole can do an outstanding job managing our publishing library and we look forward to working together," said Sheldon Wiseman, president and CEO, Amberwood Entertainment, whose Benjamin Bear alone is licensed to over 65 territories worldwide, including Spain, Italy, Israel and France as well as Canada.
"It's great to be partnering with a world class company like ole, particularly because it is based here in Canada."
Deal initiator Hussain "Spek" Yoosuf, ole's U.K. and Europe representative, says Amberwood's world vision falls in line with that of the "majorly indie" music publisher.
"Being based in the U.K, and Europe I have seen firsthand the level of reach and impact that Amberwood's catalogue has, not only in Canada but on an international level," Spek commented.
"ole always has a global vision in everything we do- and that bodes well with Sheldon and his team who have created a truly global player in Amberwood Entertainment."
The ole pact with Breakthrough Films & Television Inc. is also a five-year deal for its non-animated properties.
One of Canada's leading and most prolific television production companies, Breakthrough introduced The Adventures Of Dudley The Dragon and What's For Dinner to international audiences. Co-production partners have included the PBS and BBC Networks, M6, France 5, Discovery International and Eureka.
Successful series include It Seems Like Yesterday, hosted by Rick Mercer; the 78-episode adult serial Paradise Falls; Little Miracles, currently in its fifth season and viewed in Portugal, South Africa, Belgium and other territories and Kenny Vs. Spenny, the roommate rivalry reality/comedy series currently airing on Showcase in Canada.
Aside from production, the Toronto-based company also boasts a distribution arm -- Breakthrough Entertainment -- and Breakthrough New Media, a company that creates innovative and convergent websites and games based on television properties.
"Breakthrough is very excited to be working with ole as our music administrator," said Michael McGuigan, chief financial officer, Breakthrough Films & Television Inc. and managing partner, Breakthrough New Media Inc.
"For some time we have been exploring options for maximizing our music publishing revenues and we felt ole offered us the opportunity to do so. We look forward to a long partnership with ole."
Added ole's Ed Killin, who brokered both deals:
"ole is pleased to secure the opportunity to administer the global film and television music rights of these two prestigious companies," said Killin, ole chief financial officer.
"Through our proactive administration practices, we are confident Amberwood Entertainment and Breakthrough Films & Television will greatly benefit through the expertise, diligence and resolve of ole's knowledgeable and dedicated staff."
About Amberwood Entertainment
Amberwood Entertainment is one of Canada's leading independent television production companies. Based in Ottawa, Amberwood is a producer, financier and distributor of high-quality animated and live-action series, specials and features for child and family audiences.
For further information, contact: Jonathan Wiseman, director of sales and marketing, Amberwood Entertainment, 416-238-4567, ex. 57
About Breakthrough Films & Television
Over the past 21 years, Executive Producers Ira Levy and Peter Williamson have built a creative partnership to establish themselves as one of Canada's most prolific providers of children's, factual, drama, variety and lifestyle programming, having produced over 550 half-hours of programming in the last two years.
For further information, contact: Jill Spitz, director of publicity, Breakthrough Films & Television Toronto, 416-482-1730
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 22MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers and David Tyson catalogs.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim's 'Daddy Thing', Sean Paul's "Change the Game" and "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson.
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.
ole is the Canadian administrator 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, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing a division of Last Gang Entertainment bringing West Coast rockers Panurge and Kinnie Starr to the roster. ole recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker) and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker).
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