Michael Dearham

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Senior Consultant | StarTimes

Mr. Michael Dearham is the former Managing Director of Startimes Media Department and Vice President of the Group. Currently providing consultancy service to Startimes Group in the capacity of Senior Consultant. Michael is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and influential opinion makers in the South African TV, movie and entertainment sector. He is the former Senior VP of Cote Ouest Audiovisual Group; former Head of M-Net's Sales and Library acquisitions department, sole curator of the world's largest African Film Library (a Multichoice initiative). 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, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the international donor community. He has directed and judged at several African and international film festivals and, in 2005 received the prestigious Prince Claus Award (an initiative of the Dutch Government) for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of African cultural industries.