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.