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Russian Archives Online is a project of Archive Media Project (AMP), a joint venture of Abamedia and the Russian non-profit Film and Computer World (KIKOM).

As the official international marketing representative for the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (RGAKFD), AMP is implementing a plan for the Krasnogorsk treasures that combines public support with private investment strategies. Priorities include 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.

AMP has been hard at work in Moscow creating a digital catalogue of the Krasnogorsk Archive's holdings and exploring restoration techniques. A Russian digital catalogue and searchable database for the year 1938 has been completed and is now in use at the Archive, with detailed film information, scene descriptions and thumbnail photos. Data entry is continuing on an Internet based short-form catalog for all film holdings of the Archive with over 14,000 Russian entries and 2,000 English entries completed to date.

AMP is also in the process of signing representation agreements with a variety of Russian archives for inclusion into the RAO Web site and marketing initiative.

KIKOM

AMP's Russian partners from KIKOM are accomplished Russian media professionals. 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

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 20+ 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.

Other Abamedia management includes: Nancy Marchant, Executive Vice President, who has managed J. Mitchell Johnson's companies for the past 8 years; Steven Leibman, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, who previously served as vice president of development for Tom Schulman Productions (the Academy-award winning screenwriter of Dead Poets Society); Gabor Beszterczey, Ph.D., Director of European Business Development, an international journalist and producer of 200+ documentaries; and Susan Bell, Director of New Media, who provides research, development, and design of new media products.

Other professionals associated with Abamedia include:Lyn Downing, Production Manager, an independent media professional associated with J. Mitchell Johnson for over 12 years; Maria Printseva Planey, Ph.D., Archive Consultant, an art historian and former curator with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg; and Boris Semenov, Russian Consultant who has worked in the areas of media and culture in the former Soviet Union for the past 20 years.

For more information about Abamedia, please visit www.abamedia.com.

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