Clyde Smith is a consultant for New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations. In this role, Clyde supports Broadcast and Cable Sports and Entertainment Networks' production, post production and broadcast operating groups in addressing their challenges with new technologies focusing on standards, regulations and lab proof of concept testing and evaluation. Previously Clyde was the Senior Vice President of New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations.
Prior to joining FOX, Clyde was SVP of global broadcast technology and standards for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where he provided technical guidance for the company’s domestic and international teams. In this role he was responsible for the strategic development and planning of new technology in addition to the operational transition of media from production to broadcast to air. Clyde Smith utilized his broad knowledge of operational and technical systems as well as hands-on experience developing processes for integrating operational facilities from the ground up, for the Turner Entertainment Group’s expansion of facilities in New York, Washington, Atlanta, London, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong.
Clyde oversaw the technical transition of on-air operations for 19 broadcast cable networks from the 1920s historic mansion to the new state-of-the-art facility on the Atlanta Techwood Campus of Turner Entertainment Networks, the insourcing of operations in London, the construction of a new facility in Buenos Aires and the facilities expansion in Hong Kong.
Clyde previously held the position as SVP of Broadcast Engineering Research and Development at Turner Broadcasting System. He initially joined Turner as Director of Advanced Technology for Network Operations where he successfully launched the first all-digital video server based, all-automated network, Cartoon Brazil; this design became the prototype for international feeds for automation conversion throughout the entertainment industry.
Having held key executive positions at Speer Worldwide Digital, Lockheed Space Operations, and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Clyde Smith has been at the forefront of significant technical and operational initiatives.
While serving as Chief Technical Officer at Speer WorldWide Digital, Clyde managed operations of an all digital facility and led a powerful engineering team in the trial that led to the launch of ABC’s Soap Net, production of hundreds of live events and the revitalization of Staples Arena in Los Angeles.
As Supervisor of Communications Design and Development Engineering for Lockheed Space Operations Company at The Kennedy Space Center, Clyde supported the civilian scientific exploration of space for 48 shuttle missions and three interplanetary probes. Smith participated in the design team that implemented NASA’s improvements of space shuttle transportation systems following the Challenger accident, winning awards for implementing Digital Image Analysis Systems, NASCOM Conversion, still Image documentation and management of shuttle maintenance processes and remote camera systems.
Clyde Smith has also supported initiatives that were recognized by The Computer World Honors program with the 2005, 21st Century Achievement Award for Media Arts and Entertainment as well as a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for Pioneering Efforts in the Development of Automated, Server-Based Closed Captioning Systems.
A fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Clyde is a frequent speaker and honored guest at meetings for SMPTE, NAB and SBE. He was a five-term Governor, a former Standards Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the SMPTE. He has been program chair for four SMPTE advance-imaging conferences and was awarded the SMPTE outstanding service award.
Clyde is also a recipient of the SMPTE David Sarnoff Award and the Progress Medalas. In 2006 he was awarded the Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award and the Storage Visions Storage Industry Service Award.
Clyde Smith has often presented and published research and technology papers that he has authored or co-authored in industry magazines and at industry conferences including Storage Networking World, VidTrans, CCW, NAB, IBC, HPA, SMPTE, SPIE, UFVA ,SBE, NABA and IABM.