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Another DAM Podcast interview with Clayton Dutton on Digital Asset Management

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Here are the questions asked:

  • How are you involved with Digital Asset Management?
  • How does a media company use a DAM?
  • What advice would you like to give to DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM Professionals?


Henrik de Gyor: [0:01] This is Another DAM Podcast about Digital Asset
Management. I’m Henrik de Gyor. Today I’m speaking with Clayton Dutton.
Clayton, how are you?
Clayton Dutton: [0:10] I’m fine today, thank you for having me on the show.
Henrik: [0:12] You’re welcome. Clayton, how are you involved with Digital
Asset Management?
Clayton: [0:16] Well, at Discovery Channel we have moved over the past few
years into almost a purely file based working environment. We still have a few
processes to migrate into file based workflows, but as such, we’ve really migrated
our entire way of doing business from a physical asset methodology
more to file based methodology. [0:36] Specifically dealing with the incoming
deliverables, file based receipt of material, both camera masters and program
originals in a file based manner, as well as sending those files out of our facility.
Henrik: [0:51] Great. How does a media company such as yours use the DAM?
Clayton: [0:55] Well, for us it’s about knowing where our content is and being
able to expose it to as many people, and as wide an area, as we possibly can.
That obviously requires a lot of moving pieces, specifically bandwidth, that you
get files in and out of a facility. That bandwidth’s not going to do you any good
if you don’t know what you have, and where it is, and how to expose it. [1:17]
Digital Asset Management and Discovery’s viewpoint is really about that. It’s
about making sure we know where everything is, what it’s named, as much information
as we can find about it through the metadata, and provide that information,
and push that information out to the user community so that they have to
mine for information, to try to expose as much as we can to them.
[1:40] That allows us then to be in really good communication, and collaborate in
a much larger than the isolated workflows of the past.
Henrik: [1:51] What advice would you like to give to DAM professionals and
people aspiring to become DAM professionals?
Clayton: [1:56] Those of you looking to get into the Digital Asset Management
field, I’d say you’re…Congratulations. You are definitely future-proofing yourself.
Digital Asset Management is exploding right now, not in just television, but in
all businesses throughout the world. [2:12] Knowledge and information is power,
so to have that information, to understand as much as you can about specific
assets, whether it’s secret intelligence, or video files, or audio files, or tax records,
it’s extremely important.
[2:30] As information becomes more digital, as an entire way of doing business,
it’s really important that people are able to find information, key information,
about their job and about their company’s products as quickly as possible.
[2:44] The traditional lines of library storage and cataloging and things like that
are all being turned upside down. Adding fresh young minds into the field, it’s
a really exciting field right now. Those on the vendor side, I would recommend
keep looking to work with other solutions.
[3:04] Really advanced web methods or API set that you can publish out to other
technology providers and solutions providers really helps position your product
to be out in the forefront.
Henrik: [3:16] Excellent. Thank you, Clayton.
Clayton: [3:19] It’s been my pleasure.
Henrik: [3:20] For more on Digital Asset Management, log onto Thanks again.

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Author: Henrik de Gyor

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One thought on “Another DAM Podcast interview with Clayton Dutton on Digital Asset Management

  1. Hi Clayton,

    Great to hear your voice, (here in Sweden) and to learn of the work you are doing at Discovery Channel.

    Thanks for the interview!

    With kind regards,