Posted: 03/18/09
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Cover to Cover: Team
Murat Aktar

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.