TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) -
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ole is pleased to announce that Gilles Godard has been appointed to the newly created Corporate role of Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Development. In the role, Godard will focus on ole stakeholder and industry relations worldwide to drive brand awareness, create market opportunities and drive increased revenue He will also continue to provide advice and counsel to the Creative teams and liaise with Writers as required.
Godard has been with ole for 7 years, most recently as its Chief Creative Officer in Nashville, and has been an integral part of its growth over this time. During his tenure with the company Godard has been instrumental in facilitating major ole acquisitions such as Jody Williams Music and Blacktop and has presided over the rapid growth of ole's Nashville operations.
"Gilles began with ole as a songwriter and his feel for how ole and its brand interacts with our community originally prompted me to suggest he join the business team," says ole CEO Robert Ott. "I'm very pleased to now welcome Gilles to the corporate executive team and look forward to his continued contribution to the elevation of our brand and relationships and in initiating strategic acquisitions at ole."
"I am thrilled to be taking on this new Corporate role at ole and look forward to being an integral part of our significant planned growth," says Godard.
Gilles will report to COO, Lou Ragagnin.
ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 50 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration.
ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past six years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse". Other recent notable ole awards include: 2013 American Country Awards (ACA) Song of the Year "Springsteen", Academy of Country Music (ACM) 2012 Song of the Year Award for "Crazy Girl" (Liz Rose/Lee Brice); SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award Busytown Mysteries (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).
The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $150MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs such as: Timbaland, Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Richie MacDonald, Balmur, Keith Follese, Brett Jones, 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, CCI and The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 60+ 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 client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.
Notable copyrights for ole include: Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay Z, Taylor Swift singles "Fearless," "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears; Pink's "U + Ur Hand"; "Sexyback," "My Love," and "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake; "Say it Right" and "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado; "Start a Band" by Brad Paisley with Keith Urban; "That's How Country Boys Roll" by Billy Currington; "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore; "It's Gonna Be Me" from *N Sync; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Legendary Child" by Aerosmith; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That".
ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox libraries. With 10 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform. Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.
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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