January 20, 2011 14:00 ET

ole Signs Admin Deal For W!ldbrain's Hit Children's Series Yo Gabba Gabba!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2011) - ole, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, has concluded a North American deal with the award-winning entertainment company, W!LDBRAIN, for the Administration of the top-rated and critically-acclaimed hit children's series, Yo Gabba Gabba! The deal adds to ole's large presence in Children's music publishing where the company co-owns considerable catalog and enjoys relationships with companies like Cookie Jar, Nelvana, WGBH and Random House.

Premiering on Nickelodeon in the United States in August of 2007 and now airing on Nick Jr. in the U.S. and Treehouse TV in Canada, Yo Gabba Gabba! currently ranks as one of television's most popular series'. The show was created by Christian Jacobs, lead singer of the California-based band The Aquabats, and Scott Schultz, who both became fathers in 1999 and despaired of the quality of children's TV programming at the time. The popularity of the educational yet entertaining show that Jacobs and Schultz had first envisioned has also made it easier to attract the name artists and performers who have become such an important part of the series. Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Mos Def, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks), professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, Weezer, The Roots, Hot Hot Heat and Hip Hop legend Biz Markie, who was a featured performer on the Yo Gabba Gabba! 60-date North American tour last year, are among the major celebrities, athletes and performing artists who have willingly made guest appearances. 

Currently in its third season, the series won its second consecutive Television Critics Association Award last year for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. It was named by Time magazine as one of the best new shows of 2007, nominated for a Daytime Emmy in both 2008 and 2009 for Best Costume Design, and won a BAFTA Children's Award in 2008. The success of the series has also led to the creation of the touring show, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! There's A Party in My City, and the release of seven DVD's and two albums of music from the show titled Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome, Volumes 1 & 2, as well as a series of children's books and a branded line of clothing and accessories.

"'Don't Bite Your Friends,' 'Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose' and 'Don't Be Afraid' are Yo Gabba Gabba! life lessons taught through song that are important messages for children of all ages," points out David Weitzman, ole's Los Angeles-based Director, Business Development. "ole is thrilled to work with such a unique, funny and heartfelt show that has touched so many lives through story, amazing characters, sets and songs. The vast array of musical talent that has performed on Yo Gabba Gabba! is unprecedented!"

Los Angeles-based W!LDBRAIN Entertainment, which was founded in 1994, develops and produces television programming, motion pictures, commercial content, and licensed merchandise. One of the world's foremost producers of animation, W!LDBRAIN's exceptional line up of programming also includes the The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO), Higglytown Heroes (Disney), Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.), The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV), Peanuts (Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown), and Team Smithereen. Also, W!LDBRAIN has been awarded Clios, Addys, BDAs and Annies for its commercial work, reinvigorating classic brands for leading global companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Honda, Kraft, and Nike.

About ole:

ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004 and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of over 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past four years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse".

Other notable ole awards include: SESAC 2010 #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); BMI 2010 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song for "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song for Dierks Bentley's "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2010 SOCAN Country Music Award for" One Last Sundown" (Performed by Doc Walker), 2010 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for "6Teen", 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for Franklin; 2008 SOCAN Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for 6Teen; 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity for "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity for "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $105MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, 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, Nelvana and "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That".

ole is committed to the creative development of it's 6o+ 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 portal delivering leading edge client account transparency, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to world-class client service and being on the leading edge of IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles - "Fearless", "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn", "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday"; "Something Like That", Tim McGraw; "S.O.S (Let The Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks.

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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