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Stephen Moore New Aardman Head of Features/COO

Stephen Moore has relocated from Los Angeles to the U.K. to join Aardman as head of features/COO.

Moore was president of International for Twen-tieth Century Fox for eight years, overseeing both the theatrical and home entertainment divisions.

Aardman is very pleased to have been able to appoint Stephen at this point in the studios history," said David Sproxton, exec chairman of Aardman. "Stephens vast expe-rience will enable the studio to build considerably on its recent successes and increase its opportunities in many arenas.

Moore said, I couldnt be more delighted. I was attracted to Aardman because of their un-doubted commitment to excellence and creative brilliance. Its great to join a company that cre-ates products that have a truly global inuence and prestige. Im looking forward to making a real contribution to their future growth and success.

Aardman has a five-film deal with DreamWorks, which includes already produced CHICKEN RUN, WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT and the upcoming FLUSHED AWAY, its first foray into CGI animation.

Bristol-based Aardman (, co-founded and run by Peter Lord and Sproxton, produces films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. The broadcast division at Aardman is responsible for developing and producing TV specials, series and shorts. Aardman also has an active marketing and licensing division that overseas brand management, character licensing, video and DVD, publishing, interactive and the companys charity involvement.