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Universal Pictures, WBD, Paramount, Netflix, MUBI win at BASE Awards

November 4, 2023

The British Association for Screen Entertainment hosted 600 industry friends and colleagues at the 43rd annual BASE Awards at Camden’s Roundhouse on November 2nd.

A total of 37 awards were presented across the night, celebrating the commercial and creative achievements of a sector that was worth £4.43 billion in the UK last year.

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) and Universal Pictures both took home four awards each, with the coveted Distributor of the Year awarded to WBD. Paramount Pictures took home the 2022 Title of the Year for Top Gun Maverick, with more than 350k units sold on physical, and 1.5 million units on EST and TVoD.

BBC Studios secured Independent Label of the Year – Physical and Lionsgate UK took home Independent Label of the Year – Digital.

Physical Retailer of the Year was won by a resurgent hmv, reflecting their period of confidence and growth in the UK high street.

Digital Retailer of the Year was awarded to Sky Store, for a sector of the industry buoyed by the growth of in-home viewing during recent years.

Sony Pictures took home the most submitted award of the evening: Commercial Initiative of the Year, for their work on SVoD & Transactional Optimisation.

Liz Bales, Chief Executive at British Association for Screen Entertainment, said: “Each year, the BASE Awards are the moment when the whole of the UK home entertainment industry gets the chance to celebrate together. We get to see old friends and make new ones. There has been so much change, growth, challenge, and transformation recently, but some things remain: the importance of visual entertainment, giving fans the films and shows they love, and working as a community to always move forwards. Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thanks to the BASE team, and our sponsors and partners, who ensure it is such an important night in the entertainment calendar. In a year of growth, with so many new partners and players alongside us and with us on our journey, the breadth of winners last night perfectly demonstrates BASE as champions all of Home Entertainment.”

The Full list of BASE Awards Winners:

Agency of the Year (sponsored by BDSWest10)

Winner: Silk Factory

Audience Engagement Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Sony Pictures)

Winner: The World of Batman, Warner Bros. Discovery & Apple TV

BASE & hmv Fan Choice Award (sponsored by hmv) 

Winner: Stranger Things Season 4: Max Escapes Vecna, Netflix

Best in Class – Bonus Features

Winner: The Queen of Spades, Studiocanal

Best in Class – Insights (Sponsored by Spirit Entertainment)

Winner: Connected Devices Market Analysis & Insights – Looper Insights

Best in Class – Packaging & Artwork (Sponsored by Spirit Entertainment)

Winner: Three Colours Trilogy: A Curzon Collection, Curzon Film & Wim Wenders Stiftung

Best in Class – Social/PR (sponsored by Just Watch Media)

Winner: Pink Flamingos: 50th Anniversary, DnA PR & The Criterion Collection & Sony Pictures

Best in Class – Video Asset (sponsored by White Label)

Winner: The Devil’s Hour – Teaser and Trailers, Once Upon A Time & Amazon Prime Video

Campaign of the Year for Catalogue (Sponsored by Crunchyroll)

Winner: The Film Vault Range, Universal Pictures & Warner Bros. Discovery

Campaign of the Year for Film – Up to £15m Box Office (sponsored by FERO)

Winner: M3GAN (Universal Pictures)

Campaign of the Year for Film – Over £15m Box Office (sponsored by FERO)

Winner: The Batman (WBD)

Campaign of the Year – Independent Film (sponsored by BIFA)

Winner: Lionesses: How Football Came Home, Altitude Film Entertainment

Campaign of the Year for Specialist (sponsored by BBC Studios)

Winner: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Universal Pictures Content Group

Campaign of the Year for TV (sponsored by OC)

Winner: Chucky: Season 1 – Universal Pictures

Commercial Initiative of the Year  (sponsored by Lionsgate UK)

Winner: SVOD & Transactional Optimisation – Sony Pictures

Creative Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Lionsgate UK)

Winner: Wednesday for Outernet, Spark & Netflix

2022 Distributor of the Year (sponsored by OCC)

Winner: Warner Bros. Discovery

Hidden Gem (sponsored by Discussing Film)

Winner: Aftersun, MUBI

2022 Independent Label of the Year – Digital (sponsored by OCC)

Winner: Lionsgate UK

2022 Independent Label of the Year – Physical (sponsored by OCC)

Winner: BBC Studios

2022 Physical Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Paramount Pictures)

Winner: hmv

2022 Digital Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Studiocanal)

Winner: Sky Store

Script to Screen – in its inaugural year – (sponsored by Action for Children)

Winner: Spitfire Over Berlin, Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

Social Impact (sponsored by Silk Factory)

Winner: Subject & the Human Impact of Documentary Filmmaking – Dogwoof

2022 Title of the Year (sponsored by OCC)

Winner: Top Gun: Maverick

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