VP sez 'timing seemed right' to pursue other interests
Michael Helfant, who joined Dimension as senior exec VP in 1999, is ankling the company.Genre label Dimension has caught fire in recent years as a dominant producer of low-cost, high-grossing franchises. Helfant worked with Miramax co-head Bob Weinstein in building a large business affairs staff dedicated to Dimension; was instrumental in bringing such properties as “The Green Hornet” to the company; and played a key role in producing the “Spy Kids” series. Helfant also oversaw Dimension’s push into licensing, merchandising and new media. “It was an incredible run,” said Helfant, whose three-year deal ended several months ago said. “I was lucky to be around for ‘Scream 3,’ ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Spy Kids.’ ” He added, “The timing seemed right” to pursue other interests. Helfant and Dimension both called the parting amicable. Helfant was an exec at Interscope Communications from 1990-99. He said he will devote the coming weeks to his post as vice chair of the Aug. 25 “L’Chaim — To Life!” Chabad telethon airing live across the country.