MIKE BHANA

DIRECTOR

 
 

Mike has been producing, directing and shooting television programming for the past 20 years. While his history reflects a love of the ocean, Mike also dedicates about 20% of his time to charity, humanitarian, and domestic social issues.


Mike has travelled the world with the Red Cross documenting the work of its teams in some of the most dangerous and stricken areas of the planet. He sits on the media advisory board of FOStR NZ (Foundation for Social Responsibility New Zealand), is currently working on a breast cancer fundraising project for Y Generation Charitable Trust (”More Love More Healing”), as well as directing 13 of 39 episodes in 2010 of TV3 New Zealand’s lifestyle show “Pacific Beat Street.” His stamp on the show is shedding light on tough issues such as: domestic violence; youth suicide; family planning; religion; overstayers, homeless etc.


Mike is also one of the curators of the largest shark exhibition in the world – Planet Shark www.planetshark.org. This huge educational installation is designed to promote awareness, conservation and understanding of sharks and our oceans. The exhibition is currently installed at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. Mike wrote all the interpretation material, multimedia and touchscreen content as well as Planet Shark’s extensive educational resource programs for schools.


To date Mike has produced, directed and shot over 40 hours of natural history documentaries including 15 hours of prime-time documentaries for the US channels including Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. Mike has also produced and directed programming for current affairs show 20/20 internationally.


In addition Mike has produced and/or directed more than 50 television commercials, more than a dozen corporate videos including in-flight airline programs, sell-through videos, and over 43 sports programs.


Mike has produced, directed and shot 18 films exclusively on sharks – more than any other producer. His shark images have been seen in more than 100 films worldwide.


Prior to television Mike spent eight years as a journalist in the print industry. As a photojournalist during the 80’s Mike had stories printed worldwide - illustrated by over 2000 published photographs including 21 cover shots.