ole Expands Agreement with Jack Lenz and Lenz Entertainment
TORONTO: ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher, is thrilled to announce a broadening of its agreement with noted Toronto composer and television producer Jack Lenz and his diversified creative services company Lenz Entertainment Inc.
In addition to a 2005 factoring deal on the performance income of Lenz Entertainment Inc., ole will now administer Lenz' publishing interests for the next five years, including music to such Lenz Entertainment-produced shows asNanalan, Mr. Meaty and, Weird Years.
ole's administration agreement will also extend to all original songs written by Jack Lenz and the Lenz Entertainment songwriting roster, which includes Asher Lenz and Adam Crossley and has landed cuts on upcoming albums by Holly Stell, Josh Groban and Clay Aiken.
"I am thrilled to be working with such a progressive company," said Jack Lenz, founder and CEO of Lenz Entertainment. "ole is a great partner for Lenz and all the projects we are working on.
"I especially like the people who are part of this fascinating publishing company!"
One of Canada's most prolific composers, musical directors and television producers, the Gemini-and-SOCAN-award-winning Lenz has scored over 100 prominent TV series, feature films, information programs, children's television series, theatrical productions, commercials, documentaries and movies of the week.
Among his composition credits are the $600 million blockbuster The Passion Of The Christ and the Canadian feature Men With Brooms; television's Monk, Due South and Goosebumps; the CBS Movie Of The Week Icebound; the Discovery Channel documentary Toothwalkers: Giants Of The Arctic Ice; children's programs Atomic Betty and Raccoons and the popular jingles "Thank You Very Much Milk" and "7UP - Are You Up For It?"
He has also served as musical director for such live broadcasts as The Canadian Country Music Awards, The Genies and the YTV Youth Achievement Awards. As a songwriter, Lenz placed "Go Where Love Goes" -- written in collaboration with his son Asher -- on opera singer Andrea Bocelli's acclaimed Andrea album and is also co-writer of the popular Toronto Blue Jays theme "Okay Blue Jays!"
Currently, Lenz Entertainment composes the score for and produces the Gemini Award-winning children's television show Nanalan currently airing on CBC; the three-minute interstitial puppet show Mr. Meaty, airing in the U.S. on Nickelodeon and in Canada on the CBC; and the 30-minute animated series Weird Years, set to debut this fall on YTV.
Other productions in development include Monkey Business and 30-minute episodes of Mr. Meaty.
"It's exciting to be working with Jack and Lenz Entertainment," says Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner. "Jack is a composing and entrepreneurial talent of the first order and his aggressive pursuit of the future is very congruent with our attitude at ole. We look forward to a true partnership and to adding value for Jack and his company."
About Lenz Entertainment
Toronto-based Lenz Entertainment is a diversified production company that provides creative services to the entertainment industry, including music composition for all media, television and film production, artist management and facilities for studio rentals. For further information, contact Lenz Entertainment at 416-966-6665.
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 18 industry professionals involved in acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide.
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 22MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers and David Tyson catalogs.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single "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 and Ronnie Milsap's "My Life."
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.
ole is the Canadian administrator for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush.
The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing West Coast rockers Panurge , Murray Yates of Forty Foot Echo and Kinnie Starr to the roster as well as Steven Dall. ole recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker).
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