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Helfant scopes out new Dimension as sr. exec VP

Exec to o'see legal, business affairs

LONDON — Dimension Films has tapped former Interscope Communications executive VP Michael Helfant as its senior exec VP, based in Los Angeles.

Helfant will oversee all West Coast legal and business affairs activities for the Miramax genre division, as well as its strategic growth in licensing, merchandising and new media.

Helfant will report to Miramax co-chairman Bob Weinstein and Dimension president Cary Granat on strategic matters, and to Miramax co-prexy of production Bob Osher for business and legal.

In addition, Helfant will run co-productions, overhead deals and tax/subsidy arrangements for Dimension.

In the past, business affairs execs have tended to work on both Miramax and Dimension projects, but Helfant will be exclusive to Dimension.

“We are thrilled to have a seasoned business executive like Michael join Dimension,” commented Weinstein. “He brings a level of contacts and experience that is a perfect fit with the current state of our company’s growth.”

Helfant said that he wanted to capitalize on the strong Dimension brand, particularly in merchandising as well as on the Internet and other new media.

Helfant was previously with Interscope for nine years. The company’s film operations, formerly owned by Polygram Filmed Entertainment, have now been absorbed by USA Films.

At Interscope, where Helfant was responsible for business and legal and strategic planning, among other things, the exec was involved with pics such as “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and “Very Bad Things.”