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Ole Acquires Publishing Rights to Sony Film and TV Music Catalog

Sony releases from 1993-2012 are included in the deal

Music publishing and rights management company Ole has acquired worldwide publishing rights to a glut of film and TV music from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the two companies announced July 2.

Representing Sony film and TV releases from 1993 through 2012, the catalog comprises a rough total of 26,000 individual cues, including music from “Moneyball,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Breaking Bad,” pictured above, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Superbad.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“There are a few themes and individual cues that weren’t included, but generally it’s most of (the music),” said Ole CEO Robert Ott.

Specifically how Ole looks to license and market such a vast array of compositions remains to be seen, but as Sony retains master recordings, with Sony/ATV continuing to administer rights, Ole will have to liaise with Sony prior to striking deals. “We’re now just looking for ways to add value in synchronization and ancillary products that we can bring to the table and that Sony approves of,” Ott said.

This sort of bulk acquisition is hardly a novel case. Sony has sold publishing rights to blocks of its film and TV music twice before, most recently in 1988, when rights to music through 1992 were sold to FilmTrax, and later subsequently acquired by EMI.

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