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Helen Pollak is a producer and production manager who is working with Stewart Bethune as Production Manager on the 2016 sequel Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin. [1]

Pollak started her career in the entertainment industry in the 1980s when she worked as executive assistant on the drama The River Rat (1984), as wardrober on the romance Nobody's Fool (1986, with Louise Fletcher), and as assistant to costume designer Jeffrey Kurland on the comedy sequel Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987, with Ed Lauter, James Cromwell, and Raymond Forchion, and cinematography by Charles Correll).

In 1989, she worked as unit production manager and associate producer on the comedy Miss Firecracker, which featured Alfre Woodard, Bert Remsen, and Brent Spiner. The following year, she worked as line producer on Dyan Cannon's drama The End of Innocence, with George Coe and Madge Sinclair.

During the following years, Pollak worked as unit production manager/production manager on projects such as the music drama The Doors (1991), the comedy Other People's Money (1991), the drama The Bodyguard (1992, with Bill Cobbs and Mike Starr), the drama North (1994, with Jason Alexander), the comedy Head Above Water (1996, with Shay Duffin) on which she also worked as co-producer, the thriller Conspiracy Theory (1997, starring Patrick Stewart), the thriller Brokedown Palace (1999, with Jacqueline Kim), the action drama Fight Club (1999), the comedy What Women Want (2000), the comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003), the fantasy drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), the science fiction film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009, with Rachel Nichols), and the comedy It's Complicated (2009).

More recently, she worked as production manager and associate producer on the 2012 documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, casting by Barbara Harris, and as production manager on the comic adaptation Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, produced by and featuring Stan Lee, with Alan Dale, Zack Duhame, Pat Healy, Steven Culp, Cullen Chambers, and Darryl Stewart).

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