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BASE Awards 2019

British Association For Screen Entertainment Celebrates the Video Category at 39th Annual BASE Awards

Colleagues from across the home entertainment industry gathered last night at Tobacco Dock for the 2019 BASE Awards, with 24 awards handed out to distributors, retailers, agencies and suppliers, honouring the best and brightest of 2018.

More than 800 guests from 108 member and non-member organisations attended the 2019 BASE Awards, with multi-award winning comedian, actor, writer and director, Richard Ayoade hosting for the first time. Surprise performances on the night included special guest and X Factor finalist Gio Spano performing a tribute to The Greatest Showman in honour of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Title of the Year win, with the inimitable ‘Bjorn Free’ closing the ceremony with a selection of Abba hits from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again to celebrate Distributor of the Year winner, Universal Pictures UK.

Shining a spotlight on excellence and innovation across the breadth of the category, this year saw the Creative Marketing Initiative of the Year split into two categories to give both single and multiple products a time to shine; awarding Universal Pictures UK’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again X Factor activity and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Deadpool Photobomb Sleeves respectively. PR/Publicity Initiative of the Year was awarded to Premier PR, marking the first-time entries from both agencies and distributors have been considered for the award. And finally, to reflect the ever-evolving nature of the box office, and to honour the triumphs of a broader range of titles, the inaugural winner of the new Campaign of Year – Film £25m+ award was Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with Peter Rabbit.

Universal Pictures UK led the way on the night, taking a total of six awards, living up to their title of Distributor of the Year. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment had a fantastic night, taking home three trophies, and Lionsgate UK and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment each won two. In a stellar display of collaboration between distribution and retail, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Tesco were both awarded Physical Retailer Innovation of the Year for their drafting bay activity. Leading the way for retailers, Sky Store won two awards, including the incredibly competitive Outstanding Innovation of the Year category for their inspiring Ocean Rescue initiative. Asda, Amazon and YouTube were also honoured in the retailer categories and additional worthy winners included Altitude Film Entertainment, StudioCanal, The Walt Disney Company and Multi-Packaging Solutions, who won Supplier of the Year.

Robert Price, BASE Chairman & Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment said: “I would like to thank all of this year’s BASE Awards entrants on their exceptional work across the year, and of course extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners and those whose entries were highly commended and commended; your commitment to the video category remains vital in a transformative and challenging time. It is a testament to the passion and pride that is found at the heart of our industry, that each new challenge is met with resilience and dedication, demonstrating a commitment to excellence that marks out this category as such a truly special one.” 

 Liz Bales, Chief Executive, British Association for Screen Entertainment said: “This year’s BASE Awards was a true celebration of our vibrant category and a chance to reflect on a year of pioneering collaboration and innovation. As always, the BASE Awards are a team effort, and I would like to thank our generous sponsors and partners for their dedication in putting this wonderful occasion together, and of course our guests for joining us in a fantastic night of celebration. Having enormously impressed the judges with bold and progressive activities, all of the entrants have proven once again that the home entertainment category has both the talent and determination to succeed time and again, and we are already excited to celebrate this success with you again next year.

This year’s Awards were generously sponsored by: Bauer, Delga Press, DS Smith, eXPD8, Huckleberry Recruitment, Joe & Seph’s, Lionsgate UK, Maltsmiths, Obviously Creative, Official Charts Company, Once Upon a Time, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Strike Media, StudioCanal, Technicolor, Universal Pictures UK, Visual Data, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, West 10 and Win That Pitch.

Special thanks to Awards partners: Delga Press, DS Smith, Once Upon a Time and Premier.

The 2019 BASE Awards raised in excess of £6,100 for charity partner Action for Children.

 

The full list of BASE Awards winners:

 

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Universal Pictures UK

 

TITLE OF THE YEAR

The Greatest Showman – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

PHYSICAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

ASDA

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HMV

Sainsbury’s

 

ONLINE PHYSICAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Amazon

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Zavvi

Zoom

 

DIGITAL RETAILER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Sky Store

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

iTunes

Prime Video

 

DIGITAL RETAILER INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

WINNER

YouTube Upsell Panel

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Amazon Prime Deals

Sky Store

The Walt Disney Company and eBay Campaign

 

PHYSICAL RETAILER INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

JOINT WINNERS

Tesco & Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group – Drafting Bay

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HMV – The Premium Collection

HMV & Universal Pictures UK – VHS Collection

Sainsbury’s – Avengers: Infinity War DVD Launch

 

IN-STORE THEATRE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Universal Pictures UK – HMV Hologram Trial

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Morrison’s (nominated by Universal Pictures UK)

 

COMMENDED

Peter Rabbit – Tesco

 

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR SPECIAL INTEREST

WINNER

Spitfire – Altitude Film Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kevin Bridges – The Brand New Tour – Live & The Complete Collection – Universal Pictures UK

 

COMMENDED

My Generation – Lionsgate UK

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR TV

WINNER

The Crown: Season 2 – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Strictly Come Dancing: Bruno’s Bellissimo Blackpool – BBC Studios

 

COMMENDED

Star Trek Discovery: Season 1 – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures UK)

 

PR/PUBLICITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Wonder #Dayofkindness – Premier PR (nominated by Lionsgate UK)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Deadpool 2 Blockbuster Video – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Agency: Premier PR)

 

COMMENDED

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Influencer Challenge – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Agency: Organic)

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOGUE: SINGLE PRODUCT

WINNER

The Dam Busters Collector’s Edition – StudioCanal

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Disney Classics Complete Collection – The Walt Disney Company

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOGUE: MULTIPLE PRODUCT

WINNER

HMV Exclusive VHS Range – Universal Pictures UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dreamworks: The Collection – Universal Pictures UK

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOGUE: DIGITAL PRODUCT

WINNER

Movies to Go – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

CREATIVE MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR: SINGLE PRODUCT

WINNER

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal Pictures UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dan & Phil – Interactive Introverts – BBC Studios

Deadpool 2 YouTube Sequencing – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

CREATIVE MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR: MULTIPLE PRODUCT

WINNER

Deadpool Photobomb Sleeves – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Celebrating Mickey – The Walt Disney Company

HMV Hologram Trial – Universal Pictures UK

 

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Multi-Packaging Solutions (nominated by Universal Pictures UK)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

ASG Spark (nominated by The Walt Disney Company)

Obviously Creative (nominated by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – NON-THEATRICAL

WINNER

Rex – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

KSI: Can’t Lose – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Batman Ninja – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – UP TO £1M BOX OFFICE

WINNER

Mandy – Universal Pictures UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Journey’s End – Lionsgate UK

 

COMMENDED

Hurricane – Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £1M-£4.99M BOX OFFICE

WINNER

Wonder – Lionsgate UK

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Loving Vincent – Altitude Film Entertainment

 

COMMENDED

The Predator – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £5M-£14.99M BOX OFFICE

WINNER

The Quiet Place – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures UK)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Early Man – StudioCanal

 

COMMENDED

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – StudioCanal

 

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

WINNER

Solo: A Star Wars Story – The Walt Disney Company

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Universal Pictures UK (on behalf of Paramount Pictures UK)

 

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

WINNER

Peter Rabbit – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal Pictures UK

 

COMMENDED

Deadpool 2 – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

OUTSTANDING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Ocean Rescue – Sky Store

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HMV Hologram Trial – Universal Pictures UK

 

COMMENDED

Always On Drafting – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

MyFilmClub – Under the Influence of… Ltd.

Radio Times/Immediate Media Partnership – Education in EST – Universal Pictures UK