Michael Dearham SVP 'Cote Ouest Audiovisuel', Mauritius
Mr. Michael Dearham is Senior Vice President of the Cote Ouest Audiovisuel Group and General Manager of the Mauritian Office.
Mike's principal mandate is to oversee with full authority the English Programming part of the business and to shape the strategic growth and development of the Cote Ouest Audiovisuel Group as a whole.
Michael Dearham is the former Head of M-Net's Sales and Library acquisitions department and sole curator of the world's largest African Film Library owned by M-Net (Electronic Media Network), Africa's leading Pay TV broadcaster.
Mike is a film industry veteran, credited with a string of leadership positions within various media initiatives including South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Sithengi and Film Resource Unit.
He started his career in radio communications and political science, and has held a number of high level consultancy posts within the South African government and the international donor community. He has directed and judged at several African and international film festivals and, in 2005, he received the prestigious Prince Claus Award (an initiative of the Dutch Government) for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the African film industry.