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Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a Time Warner company, has named Clyde D. Smith senior vice president of global broadcast technology and standards. In his new role, Smith will guide technology and broadcast engineering decisions for Turner's global technology organization.

Smith's responsibilities will include the development of high-level engineering strategy and direction for broadcast technology decisions, practices, opportunities and resources. He will provide guidance on digital strategy and media asset management issues, as well as technology leadership for the company's current and future global facilities. Smith is based in Atlanta and reports to Dan Darling, chief information officer for TBS Inc.

"Clyde's portfolio of professional strengths--his in-depth engineering expertise, proven leadership skills and keen insight into emerging technologies--will serve him well in this key thought-leadership position," said Darling. "His appointment provides continuity and focus to ensure that Turner's broadcast technology remains on the cutting edge."

Previously, Smith was senior vice president of broadcast engineering, research and development, quality assurance and metrics for Turner. He joined Turner Broadcasting as director of advanced technology for Network Operations, where he launched the first all-digital video server-based, all-automated network, Cartoon Brazil. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at Speer Worldwide Digital and at Lockheed Space Operations.

He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, as well as a four-time governor and former standards chairman and secretary/treasurer of the organization. He has been program chair for four SMPTE advance-imaging conferences and was awarded the SMPTE outstanding service award in 2001.