The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Martin Dempsey, presented the Telly Award to Wayne French in a special ceremony held in the Chairman's Office at the Pentagon on September 3rd, 2013. Wayne received the award for his video titled "Chairman, SEAC Honor Troops ahead of NFL Super Bowl XLVII”. Wayne is a Multimedia Production Specialist III, and joined the INDUS Team in 2009 to support the IIMS contract for the Visual Information Division at the Pentagon.
Earning a Telly Award is a significant creative achievement, because it is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly statuette was designed by the same firm that makes the Oscar and Emmy and is nearly 12 inches tall and weighs about 9 pounds.
In attendance were INDUS Director for Defense and Information Systems (DIS), Ted Milone, and INDUS' IIMS Project Manager, Clarence Smith; Wayne's wife, Diane, as well as senior military and government officials.
The video was produced by The Joint Multimedia Center for the Public Affairs Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The purpose of the public service announcement was so that Gen. Dempsey and his senior enlisted advisor (SEAC), Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, could thank service members for their service and sacrifice "From our Team to Yours" and for making events such as the NFL Super Bowl XLVII possible.
Wayne directed, shot & edited the video, which was broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). The video was delivered by seven satellites along with digital compression technology to U.S. service men and women, DoD civilians, and their families serving outside the continental United States, to multiple television and stereo audio services, and to over 1,000 outlets in more than 175 countries and U.S. territories, and on board U.S. Navy ships.