1 What's your company called?
Jeux de Couleur.
2 What services or products do you offer?
We are developers of software solutions for managing rights and royalties. Our two main brands are That’s Rights! and EasyRoyalties, and are addressed to publishers, packagers and agents of all sizes. That’s Rights!—with versions for rights sellers and buyers and literary agents—offers powerful utilities for managing titles, rights submissions, acquisition considerations, co-productions and licensing and permissions activities, complete with thorough analytics and reporting. It is popular with individual rights managers and rights departments in larger publishing houses around the world. Our EasyRoyalties package is a versatile royalties accounting application that can be customised to suit a diverse range of publishers. Used by companies with products ranging from fewer than 50 to 10,000-plus—and priced accordingly—it is popular with book publishers, DVD distributors, stock art companies and art museums.
3 How can you help IPG members?
We offer simple, straightforward solutions for a range of information system requirements, from accounting for royalties to marketing rights and pursuing and tracking licensing revenues. Our solutions can help publishers of all sizes organise their rights and / or royalty workloads, with flexible growth and upgrade options. Our solutions can be combined with each other but can also be set up to cooperate with other IT solutions via easy-to-use export / import features.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
The challenge of matching the diversity of publishing practices with the design of our products. Our year is structured around the major international book fairs—at the moment we attend Bologna, London, Frankfurt and BEA—where we gather lots of valuable feedback, inspiration and ideas for new features and products from our meetings with clients and prospects from around the world.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
We see an important opportunity for independent publishers in the emergent return of the highly selective independent bookshop that can help publishers build loyal communities around imprints, titles and authors. This opportunity may help address the threat of the ever-narrowing margins that has taken a toll on publishing freedom, risk-taking and innovation.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
The complex and diverse rights selling and distribution practices and trends that we identify in independent publishing in the UK are invaluable to us for the development of our products. Being part of IPG community keeps us both informed and inspired.Visit the Jeux de Couleur website