Aardman Animations, home of Wallace and Gromit, names new boss

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Aardman Animations

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Sean Clarke has worked for Aardman for over 20 years

Aardman Animations, famous for making the Wallace and Gromit films, has announced the successor to its long-standing managing director.

Sean Clarke will replace David Sproxton who is standing down after 43 years.

Mr Clarke has headed the Bristol-based studio’s international rights and marketing department for over a decade.

The firm, whose creations also include Shaun the Sheep and Morph, was co-founded by Mr Sproxton and creative director Peter Lord, in 1976.

Mr Clarke, who has worked for Aardman for more than 20 years, said it was “an honour and a privilege” to be appointed MD.

Mr Sproxton said he was “delighted” Mr Clarke was to replace him.

“He has a deep understanding of the creative culture at Aardman – which will ensure continuity – in addition to a very strong, clear and exciting strategy to take the company forward.”

In November last year Aardman became employee owned, when a majority stake in the business was handed over to employees in a move designed to ensure it remains independent, and to “secure the creative legacy and culture of the company”.

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Popular creations Morph, Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep helped Aardman celebrate its 40th birthday in 2016

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