Michael Mears is an entrepreneur and media producer with forty years of experience, and success, using the Internet and multi-media platforms to produce programs that help people help themselves to health, well-being, and happiness. He is an acclaimed producer, director and writer with more than 150 film, television and audio credits.
As a media producer, director, and writer he is known for his creative innovations and his skill in directing talent and production crews. He has worked with and directed Hollywood celebrities, health experts, best-selling authors, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, comedians and clowns, veterans, children, and regular folks from all walks of life.
His business, Michael Mears and Company, sells Change Your Mind About Drinking, a multi-media product that has for the past twenty years helped those with a drinking or drug problem break their addiction.
Michael Mears created and produced the program Change Your Mind About Drinking. As the leading product in the home-based recovery field, it combines creative media production with proven techniques that help the addict overcome an addiction.
Michael Mears is an advocate of the "whole person" approach to alcoholism recovery. He says,
"If you want to quit drinking, you'll need to change more than one thing about yourself. A 'whole person' approach is the key to quitting drinking. It gives you options to explore and find what works best for you. You don't have to choose just one approach or rely on just one treatment program. It increases your chances of success and encourages you to find all the areas that need to change to free yourself of alcohol. It helps you become a whole person, without alcohol. I designed Change Your Mind About Drinking to fit the 'whole person' approach to alcoholism recovery."
Change Your Mind About Drinking has received the highest possible ratings from the leading rehab clinics, and physicians, psychologists, celebrities and the thousands in recovery who have used the program to relieve themselves from their addiction. Produced over twenty years ago, the product continues to be of significant help to thousands in need of overcoming their addiction. Originally sold to rehab clinics it is now sold to the general public through the company's website. The top rehab clinics in the country applauded the program finding it to be an indispensable part of their patients’ recovery program.
In addition to his success as a recovery educator, Michael has considerable executive management experience. He was the youngest director of educational television in the state of Massachusetts. His five-year stint as the Executive Director of Educational Television, and board member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education was very notable. Under his guidance, the organization was the flagship educational television production organization in the country producing dozens of television programs for schools and colleges across the country.
Michael was also the Vice President of the Products Group at Children’s Television Workshop, the home of Sesame Street. With two other executives, Michael started and managed The Products Group, the for-profit subsidiary of CTW. During his three years the Products Group was responsible for creating and licensing The Muppet characters, and the wide range of Sesame Street products: books, games, toys, magazines, and the Muppet characters.
Michael also managed a very successful television station. For twelve years he was the Director of Programming, Production, and Public Affairs for the Maine Public Broadcasting System, part of the PBS family of television stations. During his time there the station was ranked by the Nielsen’s as one of the most watched, per-capita, stations in the country and was applauded by peers and critics for its innovative programming and production. Michael also served as a board member of the prestigious International Public Television Conference, which developed and held media conferences around the world.
As an independent media producer, Michael has produced numerous television, video, and multi-media programs. His video program, Fight for Your Life, a program for those suffering from cancer, was one of the most purchased health videos on the market. It received the highest praise from hundreds of cancer victims and their families as well as glowing reviews from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and many others. But among all the programs Michael has produced and distributed, Change Your Mind About Drinking has had the greatest impact in improving people's lives.