Jordan Kerner

Jordan Kerner is an American film producer.

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


Kerner started 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 was 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] In 2007, the company struck a deal with Walden Media.[6]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes Ref.
1987 Less Than Zero
1990 Funny About Love
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes
1992 The Mighty Ducks
1993 The Three Musketeers Executive producer
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks
When a Man Loves a Woman
The War
1995 Miami Rhapsody Executive producer
1996 Up Close & Personal
D3: The Mighty Ducks
1997 George of the Jungle
Red Corner
1999 Inspector Gadget
2002 Snow Dogs
2003 Inspector Gadget 2 Executive producer Direct-to-video
George of the Jungle 2 Direct-to-video
2006 Charlotte's Web
2011 The Smurfs
2013 The Smurfs 2
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village
2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
2003 George of the Jungle 2 Airline Passenger Direct-to-video
Year Film Role
1999 Guinevere The director wishes to thank


Year Title Credit Notes
1988 Side by Side Executive producer Television film
My First Love Executive producer Television film
1989 Breaking Point Television film
Do You Know the Muffin Man? Executive producer Television film
1990 Heat Wave Executive producer Television film
1991 Backfield in Motion Executive producer Television film
1992 The Nightman Executive producer Television film
1993 The Switch Television film
For Their Own Good Executive producer Television film
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Executive producer Television film
1997 Dogs
1998 Poodle Springs Executive producer Television film
Mama Flora's Family Executive producer Television film
1999 My Last Love Executive producer Television film
2000 A House Divided Executive producer Television film
2001 Uprising Television film
Untitled Sisqó Project Executive producer Television pilot
2002 Red Skies Executive producer Television film
2003 A Wrinkle in Time Executive producer Television film
2021 The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Executive producer


  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. ^ McNary, Dave (2007-09-17). "Walden pacts with Jordan Kerner". Variety. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  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.

External linksEdit