Aardman Warms to Cockle for Development

As Aardman Animations works to expand its in-house television production operations, the Academy Award-winning toon studio has hired Jackie Cockle as a development producer with special responsibility for programming aimed and kids preschool aged and younger. Cockle most recently served as managing director of Hot Animation, where she produced and directed such hit series as Bob the Builder, Pingu and Rubbadubbers.

Prior to setting up Hot Animation in 1997, Jackie was a producer and director at Cosgrove Hall Films, where her credits included Rocky and the Dodos, Oakie Doke, Noddy and The Wind in the Willows. She was also an animator on Cinderella and Chorlton and the Wheelies.

Aardman’s current TV production slate includes the Wallace & Gromit spin-off Shaun the Sheep for CBBC, the American version of Creature Comforts for CBS, Chop Socky Chooks for Teletoon and Cartoon Network and Planet Sketch for CiTV.