Michael Helfant has 30 years of entertainment industry experience in film, television, digital media, and video production, as well as in financing and distribution. He is co-founder, Amasia Entertainment, an international production/financing company, and Troika Pictures.
Prior to forming 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. Previously, Helfant was the Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Pictures, Senior Executive Vice President of Miramax/Dimension Films, and Executive Vice President, Head of Business Operations and Acquisitions at Interscope Communications, Inc., and Senior Vice President of Sovereign Pictures.
Helfant started his career as an entertainment attorney with Loeb & Loeb in Century City and is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at UCLA where he taught entertainment strategy and finance for as an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He also holds a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Helfant currently serves on the boards of several non-profit and charitable organizations, including the advisory board of MovieClips.com and the board of directors of Film Independent. Helfant also served for many years on the board of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Committee.