Russian Archives Online is a project of Archive Media Project (AMP), a subsidiary of Abamedia. Abamedia signed an agreement that provided that in return for helping facilitate the creation of the online database of approximately 45,000 titles (completed in 2005), it gained the right to become an international marketing representative for the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (RGAKFD), Abamedia has been implementing a plan for the Krasnogorsk treasures that combines educational initiatives with commercial licensing outreach. Priorities have included the introduction of modern cataloguing and preservation technologies, presenting the holdings of the archive to a great variety of client bases, and producing revenues to be invested in further preservation and marketing.
Abamedia is in process of exploring refinements to its digital catalogue of the Krasnogorsk Archive's holdings that will make it more useful in education as a multimedia resource.
Today’s management team includes RAO’s founder and CEO, J. Mitchell Johnnson; Ana Quinones, customer relations; Victor Belyakov, research and order fulfillment; Steven Leibman, marketing consultant; Charles Morpheus, Web design and site maintenance; and Craig Hamilton & Company, certified public accountant.
Abamedia’s 's two Russian partners in AMP have operated through a Russian company known as KIKOM. Igor Grigoriev, who received the highest U.S.S.R. National Award for his participation in the Soviet-American 20-hour film series, "The Unknown War," is an award-winning documentary producer and former officer of the Russian filmmakers' union. Yuri Bukhshtab, Ph.D., a computer expert whose work includes designing automated information support for several large newspapers, is the head of a laboratory at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Keldysh Institute of Mathematics, and is a professor at Moscow State University. Department Head for AMP and KIKOM, Natalia Evteeva, Ph.D., serves as Senior Scientific Collaborator at the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, and is an Instructor of Computer Science at Moscow State University.
Abamedia, a limited partnership formed to develop media content franchises and to produce television, film, and new media programming for the international market, is the managing general partner of AMP. President, CEO, and founder J. Mitchell Johnson is a media industry veteran who has owned and managed television and film production companies for 30+ years, and has produced documentary films in the public affairs, art, and travel genres which are broadcast and sold worldwide. He has a master's degree from the University of California's Cinema School.
Abamedia wishes to honor and recognize some of the founding member of its AMP initiative. These include: Lyn Downing, Production Manager; Steven Leibman, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs; Mary Palko, Consulting Management Advisor; Gabor Beszterczey, Ph.D., Director of European Business Development; Susan Bell, Director of New Media; and Boris Semenov, Russian Archive Consultant.
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