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BASE Awards 2022: Category Hero Spotlight

This year saw the return of the Category Hero Awards, an incredible acknowledgement of a special group of individuals who deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to our industry.

We’re thrilled to be able to award Category Hero status to this elite group of individuals for their ability to move the goalposts, challenge and champion growth, and change the category for the better. Below we shine a spotlight on the 2022 Category Heroes.

Category Hero – Innovation

Kyle Daniels, Fetch Media

For endless new and innovative content, unending passion, drive and awe-inspiring creativity.

Will Attard, Warner Bros. Discovery

For always going the extra mile for innovative creative promotions with passion and dedication.

Category Hero – Content Protection

Trevor Albery, Warner Bros. Discovery

For two decades of fantastic efforts to tackle IP theft with hugely generous support across the industry.

Ruth Parkinson, The Walt Disney Company

For the extraordinarily generous sharing of her experience and expertise in the fight against film theft.

Roz Cochrane-Gough, NBCUniversal

For over 16 years of frontline dedication to tackling IP theft, supporting across the industry. 

Joanna Betts, Corsearch

For always going above and beyond and being an incredibly knowledgeable, all-round “anti-piracy hero”.

Category Hero – Diversity & Inclusion

Leo Pearlman & Phoebe Arthur, Fulwell 73

For real commitment to social economic diversity within the company to ensure equal opportunities across regions.

Sania Haq, AudienceNet

For advisory on flourishing in diverse environments, fearlessness and giving voices to under-represented audiences.

Category Hero – Leadership

Sima Westley, Warner Bros. Discovery

For being bold and ambitious, especially with No Time To Die, demonstrating scale can still be achieved with physical releases.

Rudy Osorio, Rarewaves

For outstanding leadership of the people within the business and constantly advocating for his team.

Sarah Stanley, Spirit Entertainment

For providing the highest service to parties across the industry, as well as her professionalism, passion, and ability to brighten any room.

Category Hero – Operations

Adam Rothwell, ASDA

For diligence and hard work, ensuring launches are maximised and his using immense experience to iron out issues before they arise.

Ben Stoddart, British Film Institute

For always striving to deliver, going above and beyond, endless passion and contributing to achieving the highest gross returns since 2021.

Fiona Ball & Ted Hodgson, BBC Studios & Jo Harris, Spirit Entertainment 

For the seamless and complex transition of BBC Studios Production and Supply Chain operations into Spirit Entertainment.

Rosie Burbidge, Sony Pictures

For over 13 years of exceptional work, always remaining calm in a crisis and being the ultimate problem solver.

Category Hero – Sustainability

Dee Davison, Deluxe

For the remarkable ability to recognise and drive the need for sustainable changes throughout the wider industry.

Ruth Parkinson, The Walt Disney Company

For championing sustainability within Disney and the industry, delivering long-term changes and driving awareness across the teams.

In support of Action for Children
In support of Action for Children

Action for Children believe that every child and young person in the UK should have a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. They work to protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support. They work to ensure children and young peoples voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.