Aardman Animations won an award at this year’s National Television Society West of England Awards, with the help from a UWE graduate.

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Former editor of Western Eye George Rowe, who graduated from UWE in 2010, worked as a Digital Producer on Aardman’s online project Shaun’s Game Academy, which is aimed at getting children interested in creating games.

The NTS award gala, which took place on 8 March 2015 at Bristol’s Old Vic theatre, celebrated television and digital media in the West of England.

Part of Aardman’s project, which launched in May 2014, was a competition where children could enter their game ideas, with hopes of winning a visit to Aardman HQ.

George said: “It is my first award so I was obviously very proud to win it, though it was a massive surprise on the night and, as such, I gave the world’s worst acceptance speech.”

“Hey ho, don’t get so drunk at awards shows, kids!”

Aardman’s Creative Director, Ricky Martin (AKA CBBC’s Art Ninja) and Senior Developer, Tom Milner, were also at the event to accept their award.

Other winners alongside Aardman in the Digital Creativity category included BBC Earth Productions and Thud Media.

By Richard Peake