Team

Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Amasia Entertainment, and has over 35 years of entertainment industry experience. With Amasia, Michael has produced several films including John Patrick Shanley’s upcoming WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm, and Christopher Walken; the 2019 Sundance and SXSW selection THEM THAT FOLLOW starring Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman; MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, directed by Paco Cabezas; and THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

Prior to forming his own company, Michael was President/COO of Marvel Studios (2005-2007), overseeing live action and animation production, financing and distribution operations, including its $500M revolving credit facility and its global distribution arrangements with Paramount, and the launch of a new slate of Marvel self-financed films including IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

Previously, Michael served as COO of Beacon Pictures (2002-2005), an independent motion picture production company whose feature film releases included OPEN RANGE, RAISING HELEN, LADDER 49, THE GUARDIAN, and THE WATERHORSE. He led Beacon’s $250M revolving credit facility, and its integrated distribution arrangements with Disney, Warner Bros. and Summit Entertainment.

As Senior EVP of Miramax/Dimension Films (1999-2002), Michael oversaw all business operations of Dimension Films, including the SPY KIDS, SCREAM, and the SCARY MOVIE film franchises. He launched the studio’s first interactive and merchandising divisions. As EVP, Head of Business Operations and Acquisitions at Interscope Communications/PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (1990-1999), Michael was instrumental in the sale and integration of Interscope as a PolyGram production label. He worked on film including THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, JUMANJI, RUNAWAY BRIDE, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, and PITCH BLACK.  

Prior to Interscope, Michael was SVP of Sovereign Pictures (1989-1990), an independent international production, financing, and distribution company, which distributed such films as REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, THE COMMITMENTS, MY LEFT FOOT, and CINEMA PARADISO.

Michael began his professional career as an entertainment associate attorney at Loeb & Loeb. He is currently Of Counsel in Loeb and Loeb’s entertainment department.

Michael has served as a Board Member of Film Independent, one of the leading non-profit organizations supporting independent film and filmmakers, for over 20 years. He is also a member of the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee.

Bradley is a co-Founder and the President of Film & Television of Amasia Entertainment. He has over 20 years of media and entertainment industry experience including film, television, commercials and journalism. With Amasia he has produced several films including John Patrick Shanley’s upcoming WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken.; the 2019 Sundance and SXSW selection THEM THAT FOLLOW starring Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman; MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, directed by Paco Cabezas; and THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

Prior to Amasia Entertainment, Gallo served as the Head of Production and Development of Troika Pictures where he produced films such as THE ROAD WITHIN starring Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel, and Robert Sheehan and CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR starring Nick Jonas.

Bradley has a background in journalism, and before joining Troika he worked at CNN where he produced shows including on ANDERSON COOPER 360 and on AMERICAN MORNING, and was a reporter for CNN.com.

He is a founding investor of GVNG, a technology company that allows users to create their own nonprofit in 60 seconds, and has served as Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Cody Foundation, helping kids through experiential learning.

Bradley has a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, specializing in broadcast journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University, with a minor in business. He lives with his wife in Santa Monica, CA but will always consider himself a native New Yorker.

Tracy is Amasia Entertainment’s Senior VP of Television. She joined Amasia in 2017 after Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: the opportunity to work with them to build a new TV division from scratch and help the company produce genre feature films– allowing her to get back to her fangirl roots. Currently, Amasia is in development at The CW with a sequel series to Dan Curtis’ classic, DARK SHADOWS, to be showrun by Emmy-winner Mark B. Perry. Additional shows in development include BECAUSE THE NIGHT based on the James Ellory book, WOLFE— A contemporary mystery thriller series inspired by a Patricia Highsmithian author, a Francis Perkins miniseries about the trailblazing woman known as FDR’s conscience, and a sexy CIA actioner created by SPYGAME writer Michael Frost Beckner.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Tracy began her film in production before working as a personal assistant to actress, Jennifer Aniston. Tracy assisted Aniston in production during three seasons of FRIENDS, and several feature films. After working as a script analyst for producers Jennifer and Suzanne Todd at Team Todd, Tracy took a story editor position with producer Rob Fried at Fried Films; there she worked in on projects including THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, and HBO’S critical darling, WINCHELL. Tracy next joined producer Dan Halsted at Halsted Pictures, who was then partnered with Oliver Stone, where she worked in development on TNT’s WITCHBLADE and films including ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and THE ART OF WAR.

Spending much of her childhood as a rabid fan of science fiction and horror films, Tracy was next hired by her childhood hero, Gale Anne Hurd, at her company, Valhalla Motion Pictures. She rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President and Head of Development. At Valhalla Tracy was the executive in charge of production on the PBS award-winning documentary, TRUE WHISPERS: THE STORY OF THE NAVAJO CODETALKERS and helped develop Ang Lee’s HULK, Marvel’s THE PUNISHER, and Karyn Kusama’s AEON FLUX.

After four years at Valhalla, she headed up development for Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, where she was involved in the development of films including INVICTUS, directed by Clint Eastwood, and 10 ITEMS OR LESS, directed by Brad Silberling. She was a producer on Richard Loncraine’s film, 5 FLIGHTS UP, starring Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman and Cynthia Nixon. Tracy also helped get Revelations into television when she sold THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN to Discovery Science Channel, where she served as Executive Producer on the Emmy-nominated series. She was also co-producer of the Peabody Award-winning ESPN 30 FOR 30 Documentary, THE 16th MAN which won a special “Television with a Conscience” Emmy.

Of all of her work at Revelations, she is most proud to have been instrumental in setting up, developing, and serving as an executive producer on the pilot of CBS’ hit series, MADAM SECRETARY. Working with TV showrunner goddess Barbara Hall remains a career highlight. Tracy was a producer on 60 episodes of MADAM SECRETARY before moving on from Revelations to launch Amasia’s TV division.

Josh joined Amasia Entertainment in 2016 as the Production and Development Coordinator, after over a decade in freelance production. Now the company’s Production Executive, he served as Associate Producer on their feature film THEM THAT FOLLOW, which premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

He began his career in Chicago, producing micro-budget indie projects and working as an in-house shooter/editor for non-profit organizations. Eventually relocating to LA, he has worked in production on dozens of movies, TV shows, and video games. Some of the films he worked on as the Production Coordinator include the Sundance Audience and Grand Jury Award-winning WHIPLASH, CAKE, and THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT.

Josh grew up and went to film school in a small town in West Michigan. He loves living in LA with his wife and dog and does not “miss the seasons.”

Originally from the Detroit area, Nat wrote and performed sketch comedy in Chicago for nearly a decade before deciding to make the plunge into the film world. While pursuing an MFA in screenwriting at Chapman University in Orange, he interned at Amasia Entertainment and has been here ever since. He has worked his way up from Reader to Development Assistant to Story Editor to his current position, Creative Executive. As a screenwriter he’s placed previously in the Austin Film Festival semifinals and the Final Draft Big Break quarterfinals. Since he did his undergrad at University of Michigan, he is an obnoxious Wolverine fan. He also has strong opinions about coney dogs, but that information seems not to matter to anyone outside of Michigan.

Olivia Hurd joined Amasia Entertainment in 2019 as Executive Assistant to Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo. Before joining Amasia she interned at Heyday Films, as well as in writers’ rooms at FOX and CBS. Originally from Minneapolis, Olivia received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Playwriting from Bennington College in Vermont. She does not say uff-da. Much.