Michael Helfant has over 30 years of entertainment industry experience in film, television, video and digital media production, financing and distribution. He is co-founder of Amasia Entertainment, an international production/financing company, and Troika Pictures. In addition to producing THE CALL, directed by Brad Anderson starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, and THE ROAD WITHIN, directed by Gren Wells starring Robert Sheehan, Zoë Kravitz, Dev Patel, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick, Helfant recently produced CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney, directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, slated for release in early 2016; and MR. RIGHT, directed by Paco Cabezas, starring Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Tim Roth, also slated for release in 2016. Next up, Helfant is producing BREAKOUT, to be directed by RZA, and THE CALL 2.
Prior to forming Amasia Entertainment and Troika Pictures, Helfant was President and COO of Marvel Studios, overseeing all of the studio’s live action and animation activities in film, television and video. During Helfant’s tenure at Marvel, the studio launched a new slate of self-financed films including IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK.
Before joining Marvel, Helfant was the Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Pictures, a major independent motion picture production company whose feature film releases included OPEN RANGE, RAISING HELEN, LADDER 49, THE GUARDIAN and THE WATERHOUSE.
Prior to Beacon, Helfant was Senior Executive Vice President of Miramax/Dimension Films, overseeing the SPY KIDS, SCREAM and SCARY MOVIE film franchises, among other films. At Miramax/Dimension, Helfant was responsible for all of Dimension’s business activities including production/financing, merchandising/licensing and interactive/new media.
Before Miramax/Dimension, Helfant was Executive Vice President, Head of Business Operations and Acquisitions at Interscope Communications, Inc. (THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, MR. HOLLAND’s OPUS, JUMANJI, RUNAWAY BRIDE, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, and PITCH BLACK). Prior to joining Interscope, Helfant served as Senior Vice President of Sovereign Pictures, Inc., an independent international production/financing/distribution company involved with such films as REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, THE COMMITMENTS, MY LEFT FOOT and CINEMA PARADISO.
Helfant started his career as an entertainment attorney with Loeb & Loeb in Century City. He is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at UCLA, and taught entertainment strategy and finance for many years as an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Helfant currently serves on various boards, including several charitable and non-profit organizations such as Film Independent, the Advisory Board of the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Helfant also served for many years on the board of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Committee.
Michael and his wife Loretta Naughton Helfant have three children, Arianna, Jenna and Jacob.