ole and IB Entertainment sign Urban Co-Venture Agreement

TORONTO: ole and Ivan Berry, Chairman & CEO of IB Entertainment have entered into a Co-venture where the two companies will partner to acquire urban song catalogues and develop urban song writers.

This is an evolution of the role that Ivan Berry has played within ole for the past year and a half as ole's Senior Partner International.

According to ole Managing Partner Robert Ott, "Ivan has a fantastic reputation and network of relationships in the urban music scene and beyond. We look forward to expanding our reach and presence in urban music and we couldn't ask for a better or more respected partner in this endeavor."

The 3 year agreement will provide IB Entertainment with the administrative and creative support of ole as well as a financial investment in the writers that are signed to the co-venture.

"This is an opportunity where the time is just perfect for me to move into our new relationship." Ivan adds, "I've known Tim Laing and Robert Ott since the very beginning of ole. It's great working with a company that wants to win and that has the size, speed and resources to make things happen. For me this is an opportunity to devote full time to artist development with the support of ole."

about IB Entertainment

Entrepreneur, artist manager, record label owner, talent development executive and publisher Ivan Berry is a model of consistency and success in the music business.

The artists under his tutelage have sold millions of records worldwide, and have collected numerous JUNO awards (Canada's Grammy equivalent), SOCAN Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, Canadian Urban Music Awards and certified Gold & Platinum plaques.

Berry launched BeatFactory in 1982 and over the years provided a launching ground for many of urban music's most successful artists, executives, major label representatives and managers. BeatFactory's RapEssentials and GroovEssentials compilations set the example for collaborative efforts in Canada's urban music industry.

As Head of A&R and International for Sony BMG Canada from 2000-2004, Berry was responsible for the development, recording and international marketing of the label's domestic roster, including artists such as Keshia Chante, Wyclef, Shawn Desman, Sloan, Rascalz, Treble Charger, In Essence, The Guess Who and many more.

Throughout his career Berry has signed more Hip-Hop and R&B artists to record and publishing deals and has been responsible for more international releases and worldwide record sales for Canadian Hip-Hop and R&B artists than any other Canadian artist manager.

Berry has taught at well-respected post-secondary music institutions including Harris Institute of the Arts and Durham College, and is in high-demand as a guest speaker at various corporate/government events and industry conferences around the world.

Up until this point, Berry was Senior Partner International of Ole, a Canadian-owned full-service music publishing company based in Toronto, where he was aggressively acquiring publishing titles from across the world.

Currently, as Chairman & CEO of IB Entertainment, Berry will continue to manage and develop the careers of Keshia Chante) Sony BMG Canada / Epic USA), Rupert Gayle (BMG Publishing), Alonzo and others. He will also be focusing on the acquisition of Urban song catalogues and the development of Urban songwriters, through his new Co-Venture with ole.

This recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada (2000) is truly an industry visionary, and lives by his favorite mantra: "To take advantage of an opportunity, you must first recognize it."

Ivan Berry can be contacted at ivan@ibentertainment.ca.

about ole

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 $23MM 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 also recently signed its first administration deal with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, London Apartments and J.C. Smith.

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 Bruce Wallace, 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