ole Announces Co-Venture With L.A.'S Five K Entertainment Group
LOS ANGELES: Music publisher ole, is pleased to announce the signing of a co-venture agreement with Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R j records.
The Los Angeles-based Murgatroyd has launched Five K Entertainment Group where he will find and develop artists under a new agreement with j records and will co-develop the publishing arm with ole, which is headquartered in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville.
Prior to his Vice-President position at j records, Murgatroyd also served in A&R capacities at Epic Records and Windup Records. Murgatroyd has an extensive musical background as both an artist and an executive, having worked with such diverse artists as Evanescence, Incubus, Seether, Finger Eleven, Drowning Pool and Buckcherry; and as a musician with The Cult, The Four Horsemen and many others.
Most recently at j records, Murgatroyd and President of A&R RMG Peter Edge delivered a joint venture between j records and Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger and producer Joey Moi to form Mountainview Recordings. As well as signing emerging artists I Nine, Inward Eye and Krista all to be released on j records in 2008, Murgatroyd will also be an A&R consultant to j where he will independently co-A&R all of the above-named artists.
Murgatroyd states; "ole is an exciting company based in an entrepreneurial spirit. I am excited to be partnered with ole in Five K Entertainment Group and am confident that together we can truly deliver a safe place for artists to build their brands and cut appropriate deals that recoup quickly and enhance creativity."
ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott stated that the company's new co-venture with Victor Murgatroyd and Five K Entertainment would be an inspiring partnership. "Victor's solid song and talent instincts and obvious ability to cultivate creative relationships are delivered to ole under this exciting deal with Five K," states Ott.
"ole is aligned with Victor in a focus on nurturing creative talent and we're confident that our combination will present a formidable advocate for our artists."
Aside from Five K Entertainment, ole co-ventures include Toronto-based Last Gang Publishing (Kinnie Starr, Mother Mother, MSTRKRFT); Nashville-based Roots Three Music (Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr); and Toronto-based ib Entertainment (Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale).
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher.
Comprised of a team of 25 experienced music publishing professionals, ole is focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration in Toronto, Nashville, and LA. ole was voted 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years that the honour went to an independent.
The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music, with major acquisitions including the Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse and Frank Myers music publishing catalogues. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH's Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots and the music to sci-fi cult series, Lexx.
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Shaftesbury, Ellis Entertainment, The National Film Board of Canada, PorchLight Entertainment, Peace Arch Entertainment Group and many others.
ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
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.
Staff songwriters and composers include; Lenz Entertainment/Jack Lenz, Tebey, Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett, Roger Springer and Dr. Alex Tsisserev.
Recent cuts include "I'm Already There" by Westlife, "Once In A While" by Akon, "Another Pot O' Tea" by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris, Trace Adkins' "High," and Shane Yellowbird's "I Remember The Music."
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.