ole’s New Production Music Division, clear, Acquires the Brand, Sub-Pub Assets of Canada’s Largest Production Music House, The Music People


clear (oleclear.com), the new production music division of ole, has acquired the rights to the brand and the sub-publishing book of business of The Music People Ltd., Canada's largest production music company. The Music People acquisition brings the rights to over 150,000 music tracks, from nearly 70 different music libraries, to clear. clear will launch this month as the largest player in this sector in Canada.

clear also recently-concluded a major Canadian sub-publishing agreement with the L.A.-based production music house, MusicBox, which brought 18,000 titles to clear. The clear library also contains thousands of available tracks, in three main clear-owned brands: Nelvana Production Music, a repurposing of the elite quality music from the Nelvana show library; Attitude, a cutting edge library produced by L.A. production music veterans, Cunningham & Lang (Chronic, Killer Edge) and The Masters, a fully-owned library of authentically-played orchestral and originally-produced material. 

The oleclear.com website is a state-of-the-art online customer experience-and-decision engine that functions on all platforms and is primed to complement an already world-class ole brand. Says ole CEO Robert Ott, "The site sets out to create a client-site experience that gets them what they need fast and the way they want it. The site runs on iPad, iPhone - everything. We weren't struggling with legacy and had an opportunity to re-imagine how a site like this could operate in the most transparent manner."

As a result of the acquisition, Steve Smith of the The Music People will be joining the team at clear, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the production music business as Mgr., Sales. clear will benefit from the existing finance and admin infrastructure of ole's main company, which has over 30 staff in Toronto, L.A. and Nashville.

Established in 1974 in Toronto, Canada by John Parry and Chris Stone, The Music People's vast client-base includes video and film post-production studios, radio and television stations, and other users that produce commercials, training films, feature films, and corporate presentations, among other media.

Notable music libraries sub-published by The Music People include Adrenalin, Apollo Live, Artful, Atlantic Seven, Focus, Mediatracks, Music House, Parry, Telemusic, and Standard, among others. ole will also benefit from the continuation of The Music People's long-standing relationship and reciprocal licensing agreement with Québec's Intermède Média, the production music division of Intermède Music.  

"We are pleased that the thousands of copyrights we have represented in Canada for many years are being handed over to another independent Canadian company for exploitation within the country," state John Parry and Chris Stone of The Music People Limited. "We hope that ole will have a success story with this project."

Parry's own production music library (Parry Music Ltd./Parry Music, Inc.) will also be represented in Canada by clear. "This extensive music library, formed in 1974, has been well received in Canada for many years and contains thousands of works by Canadian composers as well as international writers," notes Parry. "It contains many Canadian-themed musical styles and we hope that ole will serve the library well in its exclusive Canadian representation."

"clear is pleased to welcome the great legacy that Chris and John built over the past decades," states ole CEO Robert Ott. "We look forward to providing the same world-class client service to our new sub-published companies that is the hallmark of ole's mainstream business." 

About ole

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of over 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past four years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse".

Other notable ole awards include: SESAC 2010 #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); BMI 2010 Most Performed Song for "White Horse"(Liz Rose/Taylor Swift);2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most

Performed Song for Dierks Bentley's "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2010 SOCAN Country Music Award for" One Last Sundown" (Performed by Doc Walker), 2010 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for "6Teen", 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for Franklin; 2008 SOCAN Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for 6Teen; 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity for "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity for "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $105MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, and recently, "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That".

ole is committed to the creative development of it's 6o+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

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, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online portal delivering leading edge client account transparency, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to world-class client service and being on the leading edge of IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles - "Fearless", "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn", "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday"; "Something Like That", Tim McGraw; "S.O.S (Let The Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks.

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.

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