Mark Simon Hewis Named Head of Aardman Academy


The Aardman Academy has appointed filmmaker Mark Simon Hewis as head of department.

Simon Hewis’s work includes international award-winning films for the Arts Council, Channel 4 and BBC. His appointment follows the success of Aardman Academy’s Industry Training, Stop Motion 1 course with him at the helm.

The Aardman Academy’s 12-week online course, launched in November 2020, teaches excellence in animation for individuals looking for a career in the animation industry.

Simon Hewis said: “The Aardman Academy is so important to the creative future of the industry and it’s a real honor to be trusted with the role of supporting, developing and nurturing its talent. Our ambition is to create a community that offers real support and genuine opportunity. The Aardman Academy has already played a vital role in building the skills of so many, and we look forward to offering even more ways to train, learn and open doors to the animation industry in the future.”