Michael Helfant

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 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. Amasia is currently in post-production on Audrey’s Children starring Natalie Dormer, Jimmi Simpson and Clancy Brown, directed by Ami Canaan Mann. Among many other projects, Michael and Amasia are also currently developing The Green Hornet & Kato at Universal as a tentpole franchise.

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 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. He has served as a Board Member of Film Independent for over 20 years and is also a member of the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee.