Statement from Aardman MD Sean Clarke
“Aardman’s Gas Ferry Road and Aztec West sites are closed until further notice, because the health of our staff and their families is our number one priority.
“This will cause some disruption to the work that we have in production currently, so we are reviewing production timelines and delivery dates on a weekly basis, together with our partners who are all supportive of this measure.
“However, I am pleased to say that with true “can-do spirit” we have transitioned to working remotely very quickly. We have a robust and secure IT infrastructure in place so that our teams can access servers and desktops from home, and have, along with our clients, quickly become conversant in video and telephone conference calls, allowing Aardman to continue to trade and to operate as a business.
“Fortunately, we have a number of extremely exciting new projects in the development pipeline – very shortly to be greenlit and announced to the public. So although production will temporarily slow on a couple of projects, we will be able to invest that time into developing others on the slate, leaving us in a very strong position when we are able to reopen both sites. We are also continuing to do production prep, wherever possible. Aardman absolutely remains open to new opportunities, with CG and interactive teams working on animation, gaming, VFX and post production projects remotely.
“At this challenging time, it has really cheered us to hear that Aardman films, series and social content featuring our characters are all helping people get through difficult periods of self-isolation or social distancing. Our aim has always been to create work that entertains, inspires and makes people laugh, so we’re looking forward to returning to full-speed on our current projects, and hope that our work will continue to put much-needed smiles on the faces of our fans young and old.”
For Content Sales & Acquisitions, contact Alison Taylor: Alison.Taylor@aardman.com
For Marketing enquiries, contact Lucy Wendover: Lucy.Wendover@aardman.com
For Commercial & Licensing, contact Rob Goodchild: Robert.Goodchild@aardman.com
For New Business/Advertising, contact Jason Bartholomew: Jason.Bartholomew@aardman.com
For Post Production & Services contact Jess McKillop: Jess.McKillop@aardman.com