Euro Animation ‘Super Union’ Coheres at MIP
A“super union” of 14 different European animation organizations — dubbed Animation Europe — was announced at MIPCOM in Cannes. Animation Europe is comprised of Anim.Be (Belgium); Animationscirclen and Producentforeningen (Denmark); Finnanimation (Finland); SPFA (France); Produzenten Allianz (Germany); Animation Ireland; Cartoon Italia (Italy); The Lithuanian Animation Association; SPPA (Poland); APPA (Portugal); Diboos and Proanimats (Spain/ Catalonia); and VNAP (The Netherlands).
The group will meet annually at key animation markets MIP Junior, Cartoon Forum and Annecy. by veteran animation executive Michael Hirsh and music producer Bob Ezrin.
These deals will see animation producer Seibert ( Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents) instated as Chief Creative Officer and the largest shareholder of WOW!, with Hirsh (founder of Nelvana and Cookie Jar) serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board. Ezrin will be Vice Chairman.
The WOW! leadership is rounded out by President and COO Neil Chakravarti, CFO Bryant Pike, and Michael Hefferon, who will become Executive Vice President at WOW! while continuing in his role as President of Rainmaker Studio.