Ole Buys Music Rights To Pbs Peabody-Award-Winning Arthur

LOS ANGELES: ole the multinational full-service, Canadian-based music publisher has purchased WGBH Boston’s share of the music rights for Arthur, the six-time Emmy-award winning PBS Kids® animated series about the beloved anthropomorphic aardvark.

Under the terms of the agreement ole has purchased the multiple season rights for Arthur, the top-rated PBS show with children six to eight, including the music rights to the previously produced ten seasons, the season in current production and the music rights to all shows produced over the next decade.

Founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing, ole has an experienced team of twenty-three industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres. In three years ole has grown from a start-up to a company with assets in excess of $80 million USD.

Headquartered in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, ole is a major presence is the global administration of TV music rights administering for production companies such as Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada and PorchLight Entertainment. The company is also the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the TV animation giant DiC Entertainment. In addition to Arthur the company has secured the music rights to The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and Amberwood Entertainment's upcoming 3D animated series Rollbots. 

"ole is excited to work with the world-class team at WGBH Boston to add value to this incredibly successful and influential Children's program," states ole Managing Partner Robert Ott,

"Arthur epitomizes the level of creative excellence that ole strives to produce and to be associated with."

Produced by Montreal's Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. and WGBH Boston, Arthur is based on the Arthur book series, written and illustrated by Massachusetts-based author Marc Brown. Brown has written and published more than 157 Arthur and D.W. titles since establishing the character in 1976, selling more than 60 million copies of Arthur in the U.S. alone.

Winner of six Emmy Awards and The George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, Arthur deals with social and health-related issues that affect young children and revolves around the adventures of Arthur Timothy Read and his interactions with peers and family, with a strong emphasis on books and libraries.

Entering its 30th year of publication and its 11th season on PBS, Arthur is broadcast in 82 countries and on more than 325 U.S. PBS stations daily, averaging 10.5 million viewers per week in the United States. The program is currently ranked No. 1 with children aged six to eight years.


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 23 industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. ole has staff in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.

The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed new acquisitions over the past two years including purchases of the Balmur, Logrhythm's Matt Morris, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson, Lighthouse and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots.

Recent cuts include the lead-off single “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “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, Ronnie Milsap’s “My Life”, and Trace Adkins' “High”.

ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, PorchLight Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Sandra Carter Global,, Inc., Slanted Wheel, Summerhill Television, Storm Entertainment, Sound Venture Productions, and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.

ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush. 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.

The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing artists Panurge and Mother Mother, MSTRKRFT, Let's Go To War and O’Luge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), Kinnie Starr, Rides Again and Steven Dall to the roster. ole also has co-ventures with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) -- ib Entertainment and their first signings Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale, and Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.

ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label, and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, The London Apartments, Brandon Jones and Chris Labelle; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.

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.

about WGBH Boston

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites.. Its production menu is diverse, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Theatre, Arthur, and Postcards from Buster on PBS and The World and Sound & Spirit on public radio. WGBH is the number one producer of Web sites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org Web sites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit www.wgbh.org.