The board of animation in europe

The organization of animation in europe was founded in 2017. The non-profit organization aims to support independent producers, studios, and distributors of animation.

Philippe Alessandri


Philippe Alessandri (France) is the CEO and owner of Watch Next Media he founded in 2015 to produce animation and fiction TV series. Graduated from Sciences Po and la Sorbonne in Paris, he has been working in the media industry for 25 years and currently he is the President of French animation producers (SPFA).

Tom van Waveren

Vice Chairman

Tom van Waveren (the Netherlands) started working in animation in 1996, working for Nelvana in their London office. In 2006, co-founded Cake Distribution , an industry leader in the financing and distributing children’s content, with a focus on animation.

Moe Honan

Vice Chairwoman

Moe Honan (Ireland) She is CEO of Moetion Films Ltd., which she founded in October 2013 and where she works as a Producer and Voice Director of animated feature films and TV series. Moetion Films develops and produces content for family audiences and won Producer of the Year 2016 at Cartoon Movie in Lyon.

Dirk Beinhold

Vice Chairman

Dirk Beinhold (Germany) has been the CEO and owner of German Akkord Film since founding it in 2001. Since 2010, he has developed the company into one of the leading German animation production houses and received in 2018 a nomination as Producer of the Year by the European Animation Association, Cartoon. Dirk is a member of the German Film Academy, the animation branch of the German Producers Alliance, and AG Animationsfilm.. He holds an MFA in Motion Picture Producing from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and a degree in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.

Annemie Degryse


Annemie Degryse (Belgium) is CEO and producer of the Ghent based production company Lunanime. Lunanime has been created within the Lumière Group, where she is one of the founding partners. The Lumière Group includes a production unit, an animated film studio, several city cinemas and one of the biggest independent Benelux distributors. As distributor, Lumière mainly focuses on European art-house and crossover films, as well as many successful Scandinavian TV-series. Furthermore, Annemie is treasurer at Europa Distribution and a board member of The Flemish Independent Film and TV Producers.

Mar Sáez Pedrero

General Secretary

Mar Sáez Pedrero (Spain) works in PROA -The Federation of Audiovisual Producers based on Barcelona- since 2014, currently as Advisor to the General Director and International Affairs responsible and also managing ProAnimats –The Association of Animation Producers- and DeviCAT- The Association of Videogames Developers& Producers-. University Degree in Communication and Media Studies (Complutense University, Madrid) she has been working in audiovisual and cultural sectors for 20 years.