Given that they are both Toronto-based independent music companies making a major international impact, a close relationship between Entertainment One (eOne), a global independent studio and music company and ole, the world's fastest growing independent rights management company, would seem to make perfect sense.
That came to fruition yesterday with the announcement that the two companies have completed a worldwide music publishing rights management deal.
Under the partnership, ole will manage and administer wide-ranging music publishing efforts for eOne’s extensive music catalog, which contains commercial music, and music from film and television productions on a global basis.
With a library of more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and a catalogue of 40,000 music tracks, eOne brings chart-topping music artists across multiple genres and top-tier film and television brands including Hell on Wheels, You Me Her, Eye In The Sky, PJ Masks, and The Book of Negroes to the partnership.
A press release notes that “The deal builds on eOne’s commitment to growing a first-class music publishing business encompassing film, television and music.”
ole CEO & Chairman Robert Ott stated that “We’re very pleased that eOne has chosen ole to provide Music Publishing Rights Management administration and we look forward to adding value to eOne’s impressive properties.”
President of eOne Music Global, Chris Taylor, added that “The expansion of our relationship with indie music and rights management leader ole is very exciting. ole has built a state of the art technology platform that will offer our production partners, writers and composers a best-in-class solution. We are excited about the momentum of our Music Publishing business and we look forward to working with Robert and his talented team as it continues to grow and brings music publishing for film, television programming and commercial music production worldwide across eOne under a single unit.”
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $520M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 50,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.
ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including Jingle Punks, Cavendish Music,5 Alarm Music, MusicBox, Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 120+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O’Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley. ole has ongoing ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-Bluestone Publishing, ole’s venture with global hitmaker Timbaland. ole’s legacy catalogs and writers include Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.
ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label services. The division includes Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush as well as Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party, Anthem Legacy; Max Webster, Ian Thomas, and artist development label red dot, which has developed and upstreamed artists including Charlie Worsham, Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, and Jordan Davis.
ole Digital is a full YouTube MCN partner for all media with over 5B views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
For more information, visit entertainmentone.com
An earlier professional relationship between Robert Ott and Chris Taylor came with ole teaming up with Last Gang Publishing (a company owned by Taylor and now integrated into eOne) on some joint ventures. For instance, in November 2015, the ole-Last Gang Publishing co-venture signed a worldwide administration deal with Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth. Under the deal, the enterprise handles royalty collection for Hemsworth’s catalogue of albums, EPs, and singles.