Cover to Cover: Who We Are:
Murat Aktar brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience to the challenge of creating a consumer market for magazine archives. Murat’s ability to understand the complex business issues, create product ideas, and manage large scale technical projects has enabled Bondi to complete major licensing deals with The New Yorker, Playboy Enterprises and Wenner Media’s Rolling Stone Magazine.
In 2004 Bondi Digital was selected by The New Yorker to develop the software platform on which to release their landmark 80th anniversary box set. Murat ran the development team and worked closely with the staff at The New Yorker in designing the interface and creating the workflow that transformed 4,125 issues into a single searchable DVD collection.
In 2007, Murat oversaw the scanning and text conversion and software development for the Playboy and Rolling Stone archive products.
In 1998 Murat co-founded Metropolis DVD. The company quickly developed a reputation for innovative programming while helping major media companies implement their DVD strategies in the early days of the format. Metropolis won numerous awards for interface design and produced ground-breaking music DVDs, including The Rolling Stones’ “Four Flicks,” The Beastie Boys’ “Anthology,” and Janet Jackson’s “All for You.”
Murat is also a partner in and President of Sterling Sound, the market leader in audio mastering. Each year Sterling puts the final touches to hundreds of music projects, including some of the most ground-breaking, highest selling albums of all time -- from Led Zeppelin to The Eagles, Norah Jones, Cold Play, Bob Dylan, The Beatles re-issues, and many more. In 2001 Murat developed eMastering, a proprietary electronic workflow, and used it to expand Sterling’s business internationally. eMastering has allowed Sterling to remain a vital, growing business during one of the worst slumps the music industry has ever faced.
A lifelong entrepreneur, David Anthony has been successfully bringing together creative media and emerging technologies to create entirely new consumer experiences for over a decade. David’s expertise in the migration to digital on a variety of media platforms, including music, DVDs, gaming and now, the magazine publishing industry has allowed Bondi to set the standard in digital publishing.
In 2004, Anthony co-founded Bondi Digital Publishing, a company that creates, designs and publishes complete print magazine archive box-sets in digital editions.
As co-founder of Bondi Digital Publishing, Anthony pioneered the emerging platform of digital publishing through the development of the landmark The Complete New Yorker, the first accessible and easily searchable electronic archive of its kind (released September 2005). Anthony’s unique perspective and strong digital media background has resulted in Bondi achieving major development and distribution deals with distinguished media corporations Condé Nast, Wenner Media, and Playboy Enterprises.
Prior to Bondi, acting as President, Anthony co-founded Metropolis DVD in 1998. The company quickly developed a reputation for innovative programming by helping major media companies—including Viacom, Paramount, Universal Pictures, Warner Music, and Disney International Publishing—develop and implement their DVD strategies. As a result, Metropolis won numerous awards and produced ground-breaking DVDs, including, The Directors Series (featuring the work of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham) numerous DVDs for the acclaimed Criterion Collection, The Rolling Stones’ Four Flicks (the No. 1 music DVD of all-time), The Beastie Boys’ Anthology, and Janet Jackson’s All for You. In 2005 Metropolis DVD evolved into Giant Interactive, a company currently developing rich media experiences for major media companies in DVD, HD-DVD, DVD gaming, and interactive television. In addition to his role at Bondi, Anthony acts as Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Giant.
Grammy nominated in 2003, Anthony holds a bachelor degree in Media Arts, the first awarded by Bennington College.