Phillippe Vanmeerbeeck has a degree in Social Communications (passed with distinction) from the Hoger Rijksinstituut voor Toneel & Cultuurspreiding (HRITCS) in Brussels.

He started in 1980 as scientific collaborator for the award winning historical TV-series ‘De Nieuwe Orde’ (The New Order) and ‘De Kollaboratie’ (The Collaborators) by Maurice De Wilde.

1990 – 2000: Philippe made more than 50 feature programs on history for VRT, a number of which were nominated & won awards (Prix Stendhal, Prix URTI).

In 2001, Philippe was appointed Programme Manager at VRT-Canvas, the second public TV-channel in Flanders, Belgium. As Head of Documentary, he was in charge of the documentary strands on history, social affairs, science and authored documentaries.

As Commissioning Editor in charge of co-production, Philippe attended the international documentary forums& festivals in Amsterdam (The Forum/IDFA), Toronto (Hot Docs), Marseille (Sunny Side), Tel-Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tallinn, Tourcoing, Jilhava and Lisbon. He tutored in Germany (Discovery Campus), Greece (History Doc), The Netherlands and Israel. Philippe was member of the EBU Documentary Group, the European Documentary Network (EDN) and National Coordinator for INPUT (International Forum for Public Television).

Some of his successful international co-productions include: ‘White King, Red Rubber, Black Death’, the controversial documentary on King Leopold II and the Congo; ‘Slaves of the Sword’, a series on the Israeli generals Dayan, Rabin & Sharon; and ‘Heysel 1985, requiem for a cupfinal’, winner of the EBU Golden Link Award 2005.

In May 2005, Philippe traded docs for the digital future, as project leader & member of the Steering Committee for DIVA, the digital content project of VRT. He participated in the thematic content VRT elaborated for its Charter 2007-2011, and is currently developing various projects related to digital content and new media.