A Sustainable Solution for a
Managing profit participations is anything but easy. Contract terms are varied
and complex. Data comes from many diverse sources. Constant evolution in
business and technology makes change the norm. Consider the following:
Can you easily adapt to variations in financial terms and changes in your
Is the processing of participations a constant drain on your resources?
Do your participations processes provide the control and audit-ability
necessary to ensure trusted results for all parties involved?
Are you paying your valued talent, producers, and other participants in a
timely and accurate manner?
Are your statements clear, accurate and consistent with the terms of your
Can you respond quickly and efficiently to the information demands of
participants and management?
Alliant Participations is a software solution developed by REAL
Software Systems to allow you to successfully address these and other issues.
Developed with experience and input from the industry, validated with focus
groups and tested through pilots at three major studios, Alliant Participations
is deployed at large entertainment concerns both in Hollywood and Europe. It is
the only software of its kind available to support the needs of the
entertainment industry, whether in the theatrical, television, video or
Alliant Participations' highly configurable architecture allows you to
describe your most complex business terms, calculations and statements.
increase your power to manage deals
The financial terms negotiated in a typical contract aren't getting any easier
to track. New sources of revenue must be found in order to leverage the
original investment in properties. Industry consolidation and new distribution
channels further complicate matters. Accuracy is important because money and
valued relationships depend on the outcome.
With Alliant Participations, you maintain your deals in a controlled
manner. You can create the fields and information types needed to track
information specific to your company. This information is then available when
you calculate, report on and administer your participations contracts. You have
the flexibility to describe your financial terms now, regardless of their
complexity, and the ability to evolve those terms as your company and markets
change. Alliant Participations' flexible design enables you to handle
today's needs while allowing you to evolve and address the diverse and
unpredictable challenges of tomorrow.
Our contract management capability allows you to define deals, which represent
sets of calculations used to outline the financial terms of a contract. These
deals direct the system to the necessary data and define which calculations
apply. Examples of deals include "Adjusted Gross", "Cash
Break-even" or "Net Proceeds." Furthermore, deals can be linked
to represent how terms change over the course of a contract (for example,
calculating a break-even amount for use as an exclusion in another Deal).
With Alliant Participations, you not only decide when and how to enter,
review and approve new and revised contracts; you specify who has access to
your most sensitive contracts. Using the comprehensive security application,
you can control access to your business data. And you never lose control. Alliant
Participations maintains an audit trail for every version of each
contract, allowing you to access and view a complete history of any contract at
access the data you need
Just collecting the information needed to process participations can be a
daunting task. You may require data to be provided from a number of different
systems. With Alliant Participations, you have a way to bring all of
this information together in a common repository. You spend your time managing
your business, not chasing data.
Data can be interfaced from any type and number of systems and can be normalized
into a consistent internal format. Sophisticated error detection processes
analyze the data and suspend any invalid items. Suspended data can be
reprocessed in a controlled fashion. Specialized query tools allow you to
report on and analyze transactional data. Should a particular system change
(for example, the corporate General Ledger, new systems added due to
acquisitions, or the advent of new distribution methods), interfaces with Alliant
Participations can easily adapt.
simplify complex processing with business rules
The growing complexity of participations calculations is often a challenge to
manage. Alliant Participations enables simplification in defining
these calculations, while providing the flexibility and controls to manage your
business. Alliant Participations' powerful and reusable business rules
management facility can be used to define how data is gathered and manipulated.
Alliant Participations can apply business rules on a
contract-by-contract basis, allowing for variation among contracts and over
Additionally, the system is highly configurable, with numerous user-defined
constructs that provide even more flexibility. The following are examples of
what can be achieved using Alliant Participations business rules and
Gross revenues that can be derived from any number of sources, such as
licensing, sub-distribution or direct distribution.
Distribution fees that can vary over time and over any attribute of a
transaction (for example, by product, territory, media or market).
Cross-collateralization and recoupment of amounts (for example, payments,
advances, production costs and third party participations) across contracts,
within contracts or within user-defined projects.
Management of limits, minimum and multipliers for revenue, costs and expenses.
Interest calculations and the application of proceeds to principal, based on
complex, contract-specific terms.
Multiple-currency capabilities that allow revenues, costs and other data to be
obtained in one currency and processed in another.
Reserves, such as those for home video returns, that are automatically retained
and liquidated based on various criteria.
Issuance of deferment payments that are generated based on specified events and
can be calculated based on another deal.
Management of both payment and statement recipients; enabling a single
participant's payment to be apportioned, reported on, or both to multiple
payees or statement recipients.
Entirely new and unique methods of calculating participations can be efficiently
implemented in a controlled fashion using business rules. Your business
functionality doesn't become obsolete because it can evolve with your needs.
deliver statements that match your business
Flexibility of statement presentation is critical since contractual requirements
and preferences vary greatly between deal types and participants. Alliant
Participations provides for user-specific statement formats that are
defined independently from contracts for maximum flexibility and reuse. The
statement formatting capabilities allow for unlimited variations in statement
presentation. User-defined schedules guide the preparation of statements.
Statement approvals are managed by the system, and images of completed
statements are stored and controlled in the database for future reference. Alliant
Participations also provides for the production and management of
mailing packages, including cover letters, top sheets, backup schedules and
internal forms such as check requests and wire transfer forms.
Additional features are included to maximize Alliant Participations' flexibility
and ease-of-use. Security features allow for the sophisticated, role-based
control of access to both data and processes. A Notes facility allows you to
associate notes with contracts, participants, products, territories, media and
numerous other entities. These notes can consist of text, automatic reminders,
and data files, such as spreadsheet and word processing files. User-defined
keywords can also be associated with many entities, such as contracts, within Alliant
Participations, allowing you to easily find, group, and report on
When looking for a participations management system that will adapt to varied
and changing business needs, accurately control payments, and protect your
hard-won relationships and access to talent and content; Alliant Participations
and RSS provide the solution. RSS has been developing and deploying software
solutions to manage participations and other revenue sharing contracts across
numerous industries since 1993. It is both our customer's diversity and the
commonality of their needs that continue to drive the product and services
innovation that has made RSS a market leader. The scale and diversity of these
customers is a testament to the flexibility and scalability of our products and
With Alliant Participations, you have the flexibility and control
Operate a cost-effective, streamlined and responsive participations processing
Generate timely, correct and meaningful statements.
Respond to the information needs of your business.
Adapt, as deals and industry practices evolve.
It all comes down to efficiently managing your obligations to profit
participations and retaining relationships with your valued talent and business
partners. Alliant Participations lets you take control of all your
profit participations needs today and in the future.
Alliant Participations is a member of the Alliant family of
software products, which simplify the complexities of managing licensed