Meet the Exhibitor: Bradbury Phillips

 A Q&A with publishing software specialist and IPG Spring Conference supporter Bradbury Phillips

1. How can you help independent publishers become better businesses in 2020?

Bradbury Phillips software has been providing specialist rights and royalty software to publishers and literary agencies for more than 30 years, and is a market leader in its field. Our Rights Manager software helps manage the entire operations of a rights department, from the initial pre-sales activities of option management and submissions to contract administration, invoicing and reporting. It also offers the option of managing and invoicing permissions for publishers who require a bespoke solution for the premium content they decide not to include in their standard agreements with RROs. Links to documents and contract scans can be stored within contract records for easy access, and statements, deal memos and invoices can be sent to recipients via email if preferred.

Our Royalty Manager software provides head contract administration and highly flexible contract royalty rule options for all types of product format. The contract payment rule options can be adapted to meet a wide range of requirements, and the majority of configuration options can be managed instantly by the publisher should they wish to manage rules themselves. Royalty accruals can be monitored throughout any royalty period. A wide variety of reports are available, in addition to royalty statements and remittances.

Both our solutions can be offered as hosted or installed on premises. They have a variety of access levels and user permissions and can be run on either PCs or Mac OS.

2. Beyond the coronavirus crisis, what is the biggest issue and the biggest opportunity in your part of the publishing world at the moment?

Recent events have led to a fundamental change in the way people access published content. Covid-19 has severely impacted the print supply chain and the associated logistics involved with global freight and shipping. We have no idea how long this will last, and with Brexit happening at the end of this year, the idea of licensing content is becoming a more appealing option. Rights departments will be under more pressure than ever before to monetise the content they control, as established print distribution channels face a more uncertain time. Such an increase in rights and permissions interests means it will be crucial for publishers to ensure their departments operate and report as efficiently as possible. While this may be a challenge for some it also represents a chance for businesses to evolve and perform in new ways—and we’re delighted to be working alongside publishers as they do this.

3. What are you most looking forward to about the IPG's virtual Spring Conference in June?

We’re most looking forward to reconnecting with the wider publishing community. While nothing beats meeting people face to face, the virtual Conference is surely the next best thing, and we’re very grateful to the IPG for putting it on. It will be good to hear directly from our IPG colleagues about how they’re finding their feet in the rapidly changing world we all now find ourselves in. And we’ll be listening hard to make sure that we’re able to offer new solutions that truly support what we hope will be a rapidly emerging sector of revenue for the global publishing scene.

Visit the Bradbury Phillips website.