Emmy-Award Winning Composer Tom Harriman Finds Creative Freedom With ole
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO: Tom Harriman, a veteran Emmy-Award winning, L.A.-based composer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose credits include animated series Bratz and the widely syndicated Baywatch, has signed a Creative Freedom Advance deal with Toronto-based Canadian "majorly indie" music publisher ole.
Under ole's Creative Freedom Advance program, Harriman will receive an advance and ole will administer and collect Harriman's future royalties on a worldwide basis.
"It's a very unusual deal, but it's what I'm looking for," says Harriman, who won his Daytime Emmy for scoring Days Of Our Lives and has contributed to projects from Warner Bros., Paramount Television, Goldwyn Studios, Lorimar and Disney.
"The whole business is changing and I'm hoping I've found a partner to not only make sure everything's collected and accounted for, but also one that's forward-thinking and as interested as I am in finding new opportunities and mediums to explore, such as Internet TV."
Harriman says the terms of the deal will allow him the financial flexibility to complete a number of current projects.
"I have a lot of label interest in my daughter Julia, who is 14," says Harriman. "She had a lead role in a show called Thirteen with composer Jason Robert Brown for four months that had its world premiere in Los Angeles. Now she's finished four or five commercials and has label interest.
"So this is going to enable me not only to finish that album, but I have a musical opening in 2009 in Holland as well called Soldier Of Orange. The preparation involved in a musical is just overwhelming."
Harriman's scoring and songwriting credits include such high-rated TV shows as Baywatch Nights, Popular, The West Wing, Diagnosis: Murder and -- with his TOPA Music partner Pamela Phillips-Oland -- The Sopranos.
Harriman has also worked with artists such as Phil Collins, Natalie Cole, Richard Carpenter, David Lee Roth and Japanese superstar Mari Hamada and recently produced Van Gogh By Van Eck, a concept album where one dozen of the Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh's artworks and his life story are set to music.
Future projects include developing a musical based on the Van Eck project and the score for the upcoming film Dance Machine, produced by Crash and Gods And Monsters film producer Mark R. Harris.
For ole, the Creative Freedom Advance program marks an opportunity to establish a new relationship, provide Harriman with the capital he needs and provide timely, effective and comprehensive collection -- a company core strength.
"ole's mandate is to work with the very best songs, composition and talent from around the world," states ole Managing Partner Robert Ott.
"Tom Harriman epitomizes this level of excellence and we look forward to delivering the full capabilities of ole in his support."
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 22 industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. ole has staff in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.
The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed new acquisitions over the past two years including purchases of the Balmur, Logrhythm's Matt Morris, 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 Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.
The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev. and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing artists Panurge and Mother Mother, O’Luge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), Kinnie Starr, Rides Again and Steven Dall to the roster. ole also has 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 their first signing Dru, and Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.
ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label, and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, The London Apartments, Brandon Jones and Chris Labelle; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.
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.
The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com.