Walter Josten | Jeff Geoffray
Just after graduating from USC's film school in 1983, Jeff Geoffray teamed with Walter Josten as producer on the successful supernatural thriller Witchboard. He was 24. After the remarkable financial and critical success of that film, Geoffray continued his collaboration with Josten as a producer and executive producer on many more films, including Rescue Dawn, Around The World in 80 Days, Then She Found Me, Shergar, Silver Wolf, Behind the Red Door, Back in the Day, Night of the Demons, Surveillance, O Jerusalem, Home of the Giants, Bar Starz, Pool Hall Prophets, The Hollywood Sign, Slow Burn, The Call of the Wild, Uncommon Kindness and Three.
Josten and Geoffray formed Blue Rider together in 1991 with the goal of creating a fully integrated financing, development, production and distribution company. In addition to producing, Geoffray also managed the day-to-day operations of Paragon Arts Releasing, Josten and Geoffray's US Theatrical arm, and Blue Rider International, its International Sales entity. As such, Geoffray's experience in the entertainment business encompasses the full spectrum of a film's life cycle, from inception to distribution and collections.
In 2000, Geoffray's expertise in the arena of global financing and distribution, together with his skills as line producer, led Cary Granat's Walden Media (a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation) to sign Blue Rider to a three-year/six-picture deal. Jeff served as production executive for all of Walden's first films, including Ghosts of the Abyss, an IMAX feature documentary written and directed by James Cameron (Titanic).
While working for Walden, Geoffray was also a production executive and co-executive producer for Around the World in 80 Days, starring Jackie Chan and featuring Kathy Bates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cleese and Sylvester Stallone, as well as on The Walt Disney company's award-winning release Holes, an $80 million box office hit, starring Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight.
In recent years, Geoffray has steadily increased his involvement in Blue Rider's Bridge Financing activities, analyzing and green-lighting progressively larger loans to a wide budget range of features and other entertainment product. Bridge Financing involves making a short-term loan to a production before its primary production loan closes, so that that the producers can hire cast and start shooting on schedule. In addition to bringing in cash at a critical, often make-or-break, time in the production, Blue Rider also brings its expertise and passion to help the producers, banks and bond companies close the primary production loan and stabilize the financial structure of the film.
"It's rewarding to me to help prevent the complexities of financing from becoming a nightmare for producers. That way the creative team can get down to the business of turning their dreams into motion pictures." says Geoffray.
Blue Rider's success in Bridge Financing, together with its experience in line producing and distribution, has led the Company into expanding its funding options for producers to include such products as Super Gap loans and Post Production Finishing Funds. According to Geoffray, success in these areas will be of great benefit not only to Blue Rider, but also to producers, distributors and allied companies in the very challenging world of independent and international film production.
Jeff is also a musician whose single, Bring Me Rain, from his album First Barbecue reached #14 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. He met his wife Marcy in the same week in 1983 that he met his business partner, Walter. Jeff and Marcy have now been married since 1989 and they are blessed with two great teenage kids.
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