Exec developed, co-produced TV shows, shorts
LONDON — Aardman, the animation house behind “Chicken Run,” has promoted Michael Rose to the new post of executive producer of feature films.Rose was formerly head of film and TV for the Bristol-based company, but the switch reflects the growth of its movie activities. Aardman has a multipic deal with DreamWorks, and it is shooting “Tortoise vs. Hare” for the studio, skedded for release in 2003. A feature starring popular Aardman characters Wallace and Gromit is set to follow. Rose, who was exec producer on “Chicken Run,” brokered the DreamWorks deal. Since joining Aardman from Channel 4 in 1994, he has developed and co-produced many of its TV shows and short films, including Nick Park’s Oscar-winning “A Close Shave.” Meanwhile, Liz Keynes, formerly head of marketing and licensing, has been named executive producer for development and sales.