Mike Jefferies

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Born in Liverpool, Mike Jefferies is a British screenwriter and film producer.

Jefferies founded the media and publishing group Mondiale in 1991 which he sold to the Daily Mail in 1999[citation needed] after winning the HRH Queens Award for Enterprise in 1998.[citation needed]

In 2000 Jefferies moved to Los Angeles where he founded and subsequently sold the B2B media group Line 56.

Mike Jefferies
Mike Jefferies on set
BornMay 7
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityBritish
OccupationScreenwriter, Producer

In 2002 he moved into the world of feature films, beginning with soccer trilogy Goal!. Jefferies co-wrote the screenplay for the first Goal! with contributions from veteran British writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The story of a young illegal immigrant, rising from poverty to become one of the world's greatest players was released by Disney and has been shown in 38 countries worldwide.[citation needed] Goal! grossed $27.6m at the box office.[1][2] The $50m deal that was struck between the producers and Adidas was the biggest ever between a corporate brand and a film production.[3]

Jefferies was one of the writers on the second part of the trilogy, Goal! 2: Living the Dream.... and co-wrote the third part Goal! 3: Taking on the World with Piers Ashworth.

In September 2004 Jefferies, together with Stuart Ford, fronted a bid backed by the Kraft family, to purchase Liverpool Football Club.[4] The bid would have valued the club at approximately £200m. In 2005 the club was subsequently purchased in a deal by Tom Hicks and George Gillett which valued the club at £218.9m.

In October 2010, as part of a fans' campaign against the ownership, Jefferies conceived and directed a short film entitled 'Dear Mr Hicks' which was released virally via YouTube. The Independent newspaper praised the video saying: "True to the city's capacity to create something out of adversity, a wonderfully inventive viral film, Dear Mr Hicks, has been published online to make it clear where he ought to go. The fans' view can be summarised thus: away, and soon".[5]

In 2011 Jefferies re-launched Milkshake Films.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goal! The Dream Begins (2006) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  2. ^ "Goal! The Dream Begins (2006) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  3. ^ "Bleach Report article".
  4. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bid-stake-liverpool-abandoned-3536452
  5. ^ "In through the Shankly Gates, out through the High Court?". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-03-18.

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