WD-produced videos earn ‘Telly’ awards

WD-produced videos earn ‘Telly’ awardsBy STACIE LAWRENCE

NAWCWD Public Affairs

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Public Affairs Office recently received Bronze and Silver honors in the 39th annual Telly Awards this May.

There are only two awards within a Telly Award category, with Silver being the highest honor. NAWCWD’s “2017 Innovation Challenge” video received Silver recognition in the Non Broadcast, General-Government Relations category, and the “NAWCWD Autonomy Research” video earned Bronze in the same category.

The videos, shot and produced by NAWCWD senior multimedia specialist Paul Kakert, showcase three Weapons Division teams’ participation in the Naval Air Systems Command’s annual Innovation Challenge and Weapons Division teammates’ leading research and development in autonomy.

“It’s always great to be recognized for the work you’ve done,” Kakert said. “With the Telly Awards, it’s especially gratifying because it’s a competition judged by your peers on a national level.”

Though Kakert has been with NAWCWD for just over a year, he has more than 25 years of filming experience, including previous federal work and documentary film production. “Although I’ve produced videos for other federal government agencies and branches of the military throughout my career, filming at NAWCWD is unique because it often involves highly specialized work,” he said. “It’s a particularly rewarding challenge to find and tell stories of the great work being done here.”

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, annually showcase the best work created within television and across video for all screens.

Receiving more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.

Today, the awards reflect and celebrate the recent evolution and rise of digital video such as web series, virtual reality, 360 and beyond.

Pictured: Senior multimedia specialist Paul Kakert in action. — U.S. Navy photo

Story First Published: 2018-07-20