Aardman Animations, the animation studio based in Bristol, has announced Sean Clarke will step into David Sproxton’s shoes as the company’s new managing director.

Clarke has been with Aardman for more than 20 years, working as head of the International Rights and Marketing department for more than ten years.

David Sproxton, who has been MD for Aardman Animations for 43 years commented o the new appointment:

“We were determined to find the best possible candidate for the role, which is critical for securing the studio’s future especially in its Employee Owned incarnation. I am delighted that Sean cut through a very strong competition to take my place.

“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, so it will certainly not be resting on its laurels.

“There are wonderful projects on the slate with new creative talent behind them and the future looks very bright. I am more than confident that with Sean leading the Executive Board the company will thrive,” Sproxton added.

Peter Lord, Aardman’s co-founder and creative director, shared his enthusiasm towards the new appointment.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Sean Clarke is going to continue his wonderful work at Aardman, following in the footsteps of Dave Sproxton, my long-term partner and co-founder. In a rich world of new opportunities, Sean takes the helm of a dynamic, creatively-led company in a very strong position,” said Lord.