ole Names Veteran Music Publishing Exec Gary Calderone V.P. Admin
LOS ANGELES: ole is pleased to announce the appointment of respected veteran music publishing executive Gary Calderone, C.P.A. (B.S.) to the position of Vice-President, Administration, effective immediately.
A highly regarded music publishing industry veteran, the Los Angeles-based Calderone served most recently as Vice-President, Royalties and Income Tracking at Universal Music/BMG Music Publishing. During his tenure, Calderone managed the timely integration of the one-million-song-plus BMG Music Publishing Catalogue into the Universal Music Publishing model.
In his new position, Calderone will be responsible for ole’s global royalty collection and administration activities, with the company’s Administration Group reporting to him directly.
In making today’s announcement ole Chairman & CEO Robert Ott said Calderone brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this newly created position that will add further expertise to ole’s valued clientele and assist the company with its global expansion.
“We welcome Gary to ole and look forward to his strategic leadership of ole’s administrative business and to ever increasing levels of service for our clients,” stated Ott.
“Gary’s audit background combined with his broad experience garnered at previous posts with Sony, EMI, Zomba, and BMG/Universal will allow him to capitalize on the demands of the rapid, global growth that is occurring at ole.”
Calderone began his career at Coopers and Lybrand as a CPA, entering the music business as a member of the Internal Audit Department of Sony Music in 1992, working in both their New York and London, England, offices and handling audits in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In 1994, Calderone joined EMI Music Publishing New York as Assistant Director of Royalties, jumping to Zomba Music Publishing in 1997 as Director, Royalty Administration. In 2001, Calderone was promoted to Zomba Senior Director of Royalties and Income Tracking, supervising day-to-day operations of the royalty department and saw the company more than triple its revenues from $22 million to $70 million.
In 2004, Calderone was hired as BMG Music Publishing’s Senior Director, Royalty Administration and promoted to Vice-President, Royalties and Income Tracking in 2006. When Universal Music Publishing purchased the BMG Music Publishing catalogue in 2007, Calderone successfully managed the timely integration of the vast BMG song catalogue into the Universal Music Publishing system.
Gary Calderone, who also earned a B.S. in Accounting, said he is very excited to join the ole team.
“I’m looking forward to being an integral part of ole’s continued and rapid growth,” stated Calderone.
“I’d like to ensure that ole’s expansion in the U.S. goes as smoothly as possible, and to make ole known as one of the best publishers in the world.”
ole is a globally competitive, 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 a team of 25 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles ole has grown into Canada’s largest music publisher in three short years. ole was named the 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year, the first time in 15 years the honour has gone to an independent publisher.
The ole catalog includes over thirty-five thousand songs and thirty thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over 50MM USD in acquisitions over the past three years, including purchases of the Jody Williams Music catalog, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Logrhythm’s Matt Morris titles, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for WGBH’s award-winning children’s series Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series Lexx, and the music for all productions in Nelvana’s vast TV/film catalog.
ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world’s leading songwriters and film and television producers. ole is a direct member of SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, HFA, CMRRA and SESAC. ole leverages considerable industry relationships, board positions and knowledge of key collection issues to enable deep analysis of income trends. This is paired with an aggressive collection policy. For sub-publishing clients ole fields the largest, most sophisticated administrative and creative teams in Canada.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Gerald O'Brien, Mark J. Feist, JC Smith, Derek Brin, Rupert Gayle, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriters David Kopatz and Dr. Alex Tsisserev of Mad Love Music.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists Kinnie Star, Mother Mother, Rides Again, Let’s Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Bruce Wallace, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr, and Kaci Bolls. ole’s urban co-venture with Tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale and Shiloh to the roster. ole has also entered into a co-venture with LA-based Five K Entertainment headed by Victor Murgatroyd, former Vice-President of A&R for j records.
ole songs have appeared in national ad campaigns for Toyota, Sears, The Bay, and Telus as well as in televisions series The Sopranos, The Black Donnelly’s, The Hills, Cold Case, Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Whistler, Da Kink In My Hair, and Falcon Beach.
Notable copyrights for ole include the Taylor Swift singles "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar", Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard #1 single “Miss Independent”, “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim, “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, Craig Morgan’s "That's What I Love About Sunday” (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year), “Shoes” by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives), Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka, Trace Adkins’ “High”, “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner, and “It Was Me” by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include “I’m Already There” by Westlife, “Once In A While” by Akon, Gretchen Wilson’s “Don’t Do Me No Good”, Kristy Lee Cook’s “15 Minutes Of Shame”, "No Man No Cry" by Kelly Rowland, and “Another Pot O’ Tea” by Anne Murray/Emmylou Harris.
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.