Jordan Kerner

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Jordan Kerner
OccupationFilm producer
Notable work
George of the Jungle
Inspector Gadget
Charlotte's Web
The Smurfs
Spouse(s)Nicola O'Shea

Jordan Kerner is an American film producer.


Kerner started off his career at CBS-TV KPIX-SF in San Francisco in 1971. In 1976, he became an attorney at the law firm of Ball, Hunt, Hart and Baerwitz. In 1977, he left to join CBS Entertainment as a program and talent negotiator. In 1978, he then switched to Universal Television for NBC, taking the position of assistant to the senior VP.

Two years later, he also took on the task of director of program development QM Productions. The following year, he changed jobs and became the director of dramatic series development at ABC Entertainment. He was promoted to vice president of dramatic development in 1983.

He held this position until 1986, when he formed The Avnet/Kerner Co., an independent production company, with Jon Avnet. A year later, his first feature was produced, called Less Than Zero.

After another year, he had produced his first television movie, Side by Side. His acting debut was in Less Than Zero (uncredited) and then George of the Jungle 2 (credited), in which he played an advertising executive in the first and an airline passenger in the second.

In 2001, he and Avnet started separate companies with Kerner forming The Kerner Entertainment Company (which is mostly known as simply The K Entertainment Company).

His mother is Jeannette Kerner, a stage and screen actress, who died in 2001, at the age of 85.[1] He is married to Nicola O'Shea,[2] and their daughters are Haley Lelean O'Shea Kerner,[3] Grace Ellis O'Shea Kerner,[4] and Lily Jeannette O'Shea Kerner.[2]

In 2007, Kerner was appointed Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[5]



  1. ^ Galloway, Doug (May 29, 2001). "Jeannette Kerner". Variety. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Lily Jeannette O'Shea Kerner". Variety. February 8, 2004. Retrieved November 17, 2012. Nicola O'Shea Kerner and Jordan Kerner, a girl, Lily Jeannette O'Shea Kerner, Jan. 9, Santa Monica. Mother's non-pro; father a producer based at Paramount.
  3. ^ "Haley Lelean O'Shea Kerner". Variety. November 18, 1997. Retrieved November 17, 2012. Nicola O'Shea Kerner and Jordan Kerner, a girl, Haley Lelean O'Shea Kerner, Oct. 22, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Mother's director of program development for Starbright; father's producer and partner of the Avnet/Kerner Co.
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (April 5, 2010). "Anton Yelchin and Fred Armisen Join The Smurfs". /Film. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Bowles appoints dean for NCSA: Jordan Kerner to lead School of Filmmaking. – Winston-Salem Journal (Winston-Salem, NC) – HighBeam Research[dead link]
  6. ^ "'ALF' Movie Lands at Sony Animation With 'Smurfs' Producer (Exclusive)". August 8, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Sony Pictures Animation (March 12, 2014). "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils Updated Production Slate" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Sony Switcheroo: 'Smurfs' Reboot Pushed To 2016, 'Goosebumps' Moved Up To Summer 2015". Deadline. May 1, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2015.

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