CPB set to announce first executive director of American Archive

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CPB sources reveal that Matthew White has been hired as the first executive director of American Archive. White’s firm managed the yearlong Smithsonian Networks Archive Project, and is working on the Inter-Organizational Group on Archives at Risk (PDF), “a global effort to identify distressed audio-visual archives in developing countries, and to help build digital infrastructures and the necessary resources to ensure these materials survive the transition from analog to digital formats,” according to his website. White’s experience dates to the 1980s when he and a partner established the stock-footage WPA Film Library. A formal announcement on White’s appointment is expected later today from CPB.

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