Managing Partner, VX119 Media Capital, LLC
Jeff Geoffray has always regarded his family and friends as the most important persons in his life. The youngest among seven siblings, a father of two wonderful kids, and part of a large, extended family with its roots in New Orleans, there is nothing more important for Jeff than to be with his family and close friends. He often says his number one ambition in life is to be able to afford to treat a friend to dinner every night. Jeff has expanded his circle of family and friends by developing deep and fruitful professional relationships with colleagues that have lasted decades and in the process has produced, financed and/or distributed over 150 feature films and scores of other projects.
While attending USC, he was director-of-photography and second unit photography on two Emmy Award winning student films, War Games and Greystone. Even at school, Jeff worked as a paid professional in the emerging world of music video production and witnessed the inception of one of the business’ most prolific music video producers, High Five Entertainment, a company started by his fellow students. Jeff was proud to be a part of the High Five family as it made videos for Tina Turner, Jeffrey Osborne, Helen Reddy and many other artists. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Studies at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema and Television in 1983. Immediately after school, Jeff went on to produce music videos for artists such as Henry Rollins, Black Flag and The Minutemen. At the age of 24, Jeff met Walter Josten and the two of them produced their first feature film, Witchboard, which went onto be a commercial and critical success. Just as importantly, it marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship and working relationship that has lasted for over 30 years.
As a producer, Jeff enjoys the challenge of balancing the underlying financial realities of a project with the creative goals of the artists involved. In the process, Jeff played integral roles as the producer and production executive of award-winning family films including Call of the Wild, Holes, and Jackie Chan’s Around the World in 80 Days, along with successful genre films including the Leprechaun, Children of The Corn and Wishmaster series. Over the course of his career, he has fulfilled diverse leadership roles, spanning from director of photography, co-founder and producer to chief financial officer, marketing director and project manager for software development. Jeff is also known for his notable contributions as an integral member of a team. To cite an instance, he was a driving force behind over 70 successful bridge loan transactions with his company, Blue Rider Finance. In the process, Jeff qualified for his own California Commercial Lender’s License for transactions that represented over $600 million in film production. These projects included high-profile theatrical releases such as Rescue Dawn, directed by Werner Herzog, and Tiger’s Tail, directed by John Boorman. As an executive working for Walden Media, he was also part of the team that oversaw the pre-production of Jim Cameron’s groundbreaking 3D HD IMAX film, Ghosts of the Abyss. In the past few years, Jeff has been a project manager for software development and in-house production at Vumanity, where he co-authored one of the company’s patents encompassing 27 separate patent claims and produced its first series’ Chat it Up and Viewpoints. Vumanity’s innovative software is meant to change the nature of how we record and distribute conversations and has already been used by high profile talent such as Larry King and Randy Moss in its pre-beta test.
Known by most of his colleagues as someone others could depend on, Jeff’s trustworthiness has led investors and investment firms to put millions of dollars in his control and to administer the safe return of fees and interests. For instance, Lion’s Gate, Miramax, Dimension Films and Trimark Entertainment each hired Jeff to produce films without the safety of a completion bond, so strong was their confidence in his abilities and track record. Apart from his set of core values, Jeff’s strong work ethic and professionalism are defined by his passion for organization and understanding. Many, if not all, filmmakers, producers, lawyers, executives and employees who worked with him, would testify that Jeff is a highly organized individual who is known for his exceptional ability to make delivery of all the documents and physical elements required by a distributor. His keen eye for detail and openness for innovation allowed him to develop a proprietary data-base for business efficiency. Moreover, his passion for a deep understanding of his chosen field has taught him the importance of striving to understand both the personal and technical challenges of those around him.
Jeff is currently a founder of VX119 Media Capital, an alternative lender to film and television production. The company is backed by a $100 million fund co-managed by Crayhill Capital Management, a Wall Street Firm. The first two projects for VX119 include Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield and directed by David Robert Mitchell to be released by A24. The second project is LAbyrinth starring Johnny Depp and directed by Brad Furman to be released by Open Road.