Aardman Co-Founder David Sproxton Steps Down As MD After 43 Years, Replaced By Sean Clarke

David Sproxton is stepping down as the managing director of Aardman, the Oscar-winning animation studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Sproxton, who co-founded Aardman in 1976 with Peter Lord, will be replaced by Sean Clarke, a 20-year veteran of the company, who is currently head of rights and brand development.

Sproxton is not severing ties completely with Aardman. He will sit on the studios trustee board and will provide expertise on individual projects as a consultant.

Speaking about his replacement Clarke, Sproxton said: “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.”

Clarke added that it was an “honour” to take on the role. He has been central to building Aardmans 30-strong rights team, developing themed attractions and live events based on the companys brands. He also launched its YouTube channels, which rack up 1.2B views a year.

Sproxton began paving the way for his departure last year when he and Lord handed 75Read More – Source