Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.

Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has appointed Arthur Sheriff as an advisor to the company.

London-based Sheriff has been Aardman’s Head of Communications for the past 25 years and will now step down from that post.

Sheriff said: “While I’m sad to be moving on from Aardman, I see in Triggerfish an exciting young company bursting with creative ideas. They remind me very much of Aardman before their huge worldwide success.

“I’ve had the pleasure of advising their management team in a ‘non-official’ capacity for the last few years, and now that I spend a considerable portion of the year in Cape Town, I’m looking forward to contributing in a more active role.”

Triggerfish has worked on Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba and is currently in production (with Magic Light) on Stick Man; more features are in development.

“Our first two feature films took us through the whole process of conceiving, developing, producing and distributing films for global distribution,” said Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest.

“In February this year, we signed with the Los Angeles-based William Morris Endeavour entertainment agency, which is giving Triggerfish access to some of Hollywood’s most powerful networks. We are delighted to welcome Arthur to our company and look forward to working with him to build a world-leading independent studio.”