BASE announces 40th Annual Base Awards Winners

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This year the British Association for Screen Entertainment brought the 40th anniversary BASE Awards home, with entrants and colleagues from across the industry finding their own ways to celebrate while they watched a series of specially made awards videos that announced who was commended, highly commended or a winning entry for this year’s 24 BASE Awards.

 

After an introduction from Liz Bales, CEO and Lesley Johnson, Co-Vice Chair of BASE, the first video took a moment to reflect on all of the remarkable content submitted into this year’s Awards, providing viewers with the opportunity to reflect on and be re-inspired by the huge range of stellar content on show. The subsequent videos each revealed the winners of a different section of awards, starting the evening with Retail Awards followed by Box Office categories, then moving on to Non-Theatrical content and Special Awards, before a stirring video dedicated to the recipients of the inaugural Category Hero Awards.

 

In the retail-focussed categories, Asda led the way with two wins, including Retailer Initiative of the Year for their DVD Aisle Revitalisation work, while Sky Store and Amazon also received an award each, for Digital Retailer of the Year and Online Physical Retailer of the Year respectively. Moving onto Box Office and Non-Theatrical sections, Lionsgate UK led the way by winning three out of the six Box Office categories as well as PR/Publicity Initiative of the Year for their John Wick: Excommunicado activity. Universal Pictures UK and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group also had a fantastic year, both winning three awards each, as did Sony Pictures Home Entertainment whose strong performance across their TV content secured two of their three wins.

 

Looking at this year’s Special Awards, toppling Universal Pictures UK’s run of four consecutive wins, The Walt Disney Company won this year’s Distributor of the Year award, and in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, also took Title of the Year, thanks to the behemoth that is Bohemian Rhapsody. Due to the huge volume of impressive entries into this year’s Outstanding Innovation Award, the judges made the decision to split the category into two; Retail and Distribution. Winning the Distribution Award was BBC Studios, for their ground-breaking work on Seven Worlds, One Planet – Sustainable Packaging, while the Retail Award went to UCA for their Hybrid Tower, which was one of two awards for the Universal UK/Sony Pictures collaborative venture this year, which also included External Team of the Year – Industry Supplier. Our Awards partner Obviously Creative also saw success this year in this group of Awards, winning External Team of the Year – Creative Agency.

 

Finally, the first ever Category Hero Awards rounded off this year’s 40th Anniversary event, created to acknowledge some of the individuals in the category who consistently go above and beyond and are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contribution. Thanks to generous nominations from industry colleagues, there are seven recipients of the award this year; Andy Anderson (formerly of HMV), Robert Callow (Spirit Entertainment), Vicki Davis (Universal Pictures UK), James Gallagher (BASE, the Industry Trust & the DEGI), Mark Horton (formerly of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), Andy Snook (SilkFactoryAV) and Andrew Thompson (ASDA).

 

Kevin Dersley, Co-Vice Chair, BASE / Managing Director, Elevation Sales said: “This year it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the consistent commitment and dedication demonstrated across the video category, so I would like to thank all of the entrants for engaging with this year’s BASE Awards, and allowing us to shine a spotlight on their incredible achievements. I would like to extend my deepest congratulations to all of the winners, both teams and individuals, and those entries that the judges chose to Highly Commend and Commend – it is down to you that this category has been able to adapt to all of the changes seen over the last 40 years, and will continue to show resilience and flexibility as we continue to tackle the challenges of 2020 into next year.

 

Liz Bales, Chief Executive, British Association for Screen Entertainment said: “Due to an extraordinary year, our customary celebrations have been moved online for the first time, but we are no less excited to be honouring the huge host of accomplishments submitted by BASE members and category colleagues in this year’s BASE Awards. As always, the BASE Awards are only possible with the help and support of our partners and sponsors, and this year in particular, the huge amount of flexibility and pragmatism shown by everyone involved throughout the planning process. We hope that all of our nominees were able to raise a glass and celebrate safely in their own way while watching our announcement videos, and we cannot wait to dust off our dancing shoes and party with you in person once again next year.”

 

 

This year’s Awards were generously sponsored by: Action for Children, BBC Studios, Fero, FindAnyFilm.com, Huckleberry Recruitment, Lionsgate UK, Obviously Creative, Official Charts Company, Organic, The Raygun, Spirit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Universal Pictures UK, Visual Data, The Walt Disney Company Ltd, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and West 10.

Special thanks to Awards partners: Obviously Creative, Premier and Snakes and Ladders.

 

The full list of BASE Awards winners:

 

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by The Official Charts Company

The Walt Disney Company Ltd

 

TITLE OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by The Official Charts Company

Bohemian Rhapsody – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / The Walt Disney Company Ltd

 

PHYSICAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Universal Pictures UK

WINNER

ASDA

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HMV

Tesco PLC

 

ONLINE PHYSICAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by The Walt Disney Company Ltd

WINNER

Amazon

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Zavvi

Zoom

 

DIGITAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

WINNER

Sky Store

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Google Play

Prime Video

Virgin Media Store

 

RETAILER INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by StudioCanal

WINNER

DVD Aisle Revitalisation – ASDA

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Continued Innovation to Grow Their Transactional Base – Sky Store

 

COMMENDED

Zoom Pop-up shop at MCM Comic Con London – Zoom

 

IN-STORE THEATRE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Downton Abbey – Universal Pictures UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Pizza Deals – ASDA

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR NON-TRADITIONAL RELEASE – Sponsored by The Raygun

WINNER

Western Stars – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – Universal Pictures UK

 

PR/PUBLICITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Organic

WINNER

John Wick: Excommunicado – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Favourite – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / The Walt Disney Company Ltd

 

COMMENDED

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – UPHE Content Group, NBC Universal

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOGUE: SINGLE PRODUCT – Sponsored by FindAnyFilm.com

WINNER

Mean Girls 15th Anniversary – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut – StudioCanal

 

COMMENDED

Doctor Who: Season 26 Collection Boxset – BBC Studios

The Italian Job – 50th Anniversary – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures)

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOGUE: MULTIPLE PRODUCT – Sponsored by FindAnyFilm.com

WINNER

Digital Recruitment – The Ultimate Winter Watch List – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

 

COMMENDED

Cinema Magic – The Walt Disney Company Ltd

 

CREATIVE MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Lionsgate UK

WINNER

The Crown: Complete Boxset – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bohemian Rhapsody Treasure Truck – 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / The Walt Disney Company Ltd

Mega Movie Week – Obviously Creative

 

EXTERNAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – CREATIVE AGENCY – Sponsored by West 10

WINNER

Obviously Creative

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Grapevine Digital

 

COMMENDED

Target Group

 

EXTERNAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – INDUSTRY SUPPLIER – Sponsored by West 10

WINNER

UCA

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Spirit Entertainment

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR TV – Sponsored by Spirit Entertainment

WINNER

Outlander Season 4 – Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mrs Brown’s Boys – Universal Pictures UK

 

COMMENDED

Doctor Who: The Macra Terror – BBC Studios

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – UP TO £1M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Action for Children

WINNER

Hunter Killer – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brightburn – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

COMMENDED

Bait – BFI

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £1M-£1.99M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Visual Data

WINNER

Hellboy – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Overlord – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures)

 

COMMENDED

Apollo 11 – Dogwoof Ltd / Universal Pictures UK

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £2M-£4.99M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Huckleberry Recruitment

WINNER

Nativity Rocks – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Entertainment One)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rambo: Last Blood – Lionsgate UK

 

COMMENDED

Robin Hood- Lionsgate UK

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £5M-£14.99M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Huckleberry Recruitment

WINNER

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Pokémon Detective Pikachu – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

 

COMMENDED

Bumblebee – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures)

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £15M-£24.99M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Fero

WINNER

Venom – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Aquaman – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Rocketman – Paramount Home Media International

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – OVER £25M BOX OFFICE – Sponsored by Fero

WINNER

A Star is Born – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

OUTSTANDING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – DISTRIBUTION – Sponsored by Obviously Creative

WINNER

Seven Worlds, One Planet – Sustainable Packaging – BBC Studios

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Digital Gifting – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

COMMENDED

Harry Potter Advent Calendar – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Universal Interns Green Challenge Initiative – Universal Pictures UK

 

OUTSTANDING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – RETAIL – Sponsored by Obviously Creative

WINNER

Hybrid Tower – UCA – Universal Pictures UK / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

COMMENDED

Zoom at MCM Comic Con 2019 – Zoom

Multibuys on FTP and STP products – Tesco Plc

 

CATEGORY HEROES – Sponsored by BBC Studios

WINNER

Andy Anderson – Former DVD Product Manager, HMV

Robert Callow – Managing Director, Spirit Entertainment

Vicki Davis – Head of Customer Experience, Universal Pictures UK

James Gallagher – Senior Marketing Manager, BASE, The Industry Trust for IP Awareness & The DEGI

Mark Horton – Former Marketing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andy Snook – Director of Production and Founder, SilkFactoryAV

Andrew Thompson – Senior Buying Manager – Music, Video, Games & Books, ASDA

 

 


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