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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Selects Crawford Media Services to Digitize American Archive Content

  • September 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced it has selected Atlanta-based Crawford Media Services, a proven leader in the electronic media services industry since 1981, to conduct the digitization of audio and video content that will be part of the American Archive, a CPB initiative to inventory, digitize and preserve local and national public media content produced over the last six decades.

During the last two years of the project, more than 100 public television and radio stations across the country have identified 2.5 million records – approximately one million hours of content – including completed local and national programs, raw footage, unedited interviews, recorded speeches, scripts and photos. From this inventory, stations will submit roughly 40,000 hours of content – mostly in obsolete analog formats – to be preserved as part of the American Archive project.

CPB selected Crawford based on its experience and expertise in handling archival and other media projects of similar size and scope for CNN, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Marine Corps and The Coca-Cola Company. Crawford will handle inspecting, cleaning and digitizing the American Archive’s selected video and audio content to ensure its long-term preservation. In addition, the company, working with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, a New York firm developing the Archive’s central database and metadata management system, will ensure that the digitized content is searchable once the Archive is transferred to a permanent repository, which CPB is currently in the process of selecting.

Once complete, the American Archive will ensure that the public investment in non-commercial media, totaling billions of dollars over the years, is fully protected for, and accessible to, generations to come.

About Crawford Media Services: Since 1981, Crawford has been one of the most prestigious video post houses in the country; providing cutting edge services in film, video, and audio as well as leading the way for over ten years in high definition post. Our distinguished editorial clients over the years have included JWT, BBDO, and CNN just to name a few. Crawford has also received numerous awards including Emmy’s, Flame Awards, Peabody Awards and Telly Awards.

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