ole buys worldwide Benjamin Bear and Rollbots music rights
TORONTO: The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear has just become part of the music publishing world of ole.
ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher, is pleased to announce the purchase of the worldwide music rights of the popular animated children's program The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear as well as the music rights for the 3D animated action-comedy RollBots from Ottawa-based Amberwood Entertainment for an undisclosed amount.
Currently in its third season and airing in over 80 countries, The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear comprises 39 half-hours/78 11-minute episodes that explore the secret adventures of teddy bears after children fall asleep for the night. Series producer Amberwood Entertainment recently licensed the series to Denmark's DRTV and Norwegian Broadcaster TV2 for broadcast, while the DVD rights were licensed to Brazil's Mundial Filmes.
RollBots is a 3D animated action-comedy for kids 6-11 currently in development with YTV Canada, with 26 half-hour shows planned for imminent production.
ole and Amberwood Entertainment, a producer, financier and distributor of high-quality animated and live-action series for children and family audiences, are no strangers to collaboration: the two parties struck up a relationship last year when ole inked Amberwood to a multi-year administration deal.
Since that initial pact, ole and Amberwood have concluded a handful of agreements, including the Rollbots and The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear music rights purchases.
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About Amberwood Entertainment
Amberwood is a producer, financier and distributor of high quality animated and live-action television series, specials and features.
For further information:
Jonathan Wiseman, Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions at Amberwood Entertainment Corporation, 987 Wellington Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2Y1, Tel: (613) 238-4567 Ext. 57, Fax: (613) 233-3857, email@example.com
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 20 industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. ole has offices in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.
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 32MM 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 catalogs.
ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “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, Shaftesbury Films, PorchLight Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel, Storm Entertainment, Sound Venture Productions, and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.
ole is the 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. ole also serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful.” and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.
The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Steve Mandile, Gilles Godard, 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 Mother Mother, O’Luge, Murray Yates of Forty Foot Echo, and Kinnie Starr to the roster as well as Steven Dall. ole also recently announced co-ventures with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) -- IB Entertainment, and Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile. also recently signed an administration deal with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label, and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, Brandon Jones, The Amber Room, The Voices, Two Weeks Tuesday, London Apartments, and J.C. Smith also administers the Treasure Music Island Inc. catalogue featuring The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, in a separate deal, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.
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