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Jordan Kerner

Jordan Kerner

In 1986, Jordan Kerner and Jon Avnet formed The Avnet/Kerner Company, a production entity that developed socially relevant and family-oriented motion pictures and television movies, series, and mini-series. With many acclaimed productions to its credit, the company established a reputation for high-quality, value-oriented, provocative entertainment. In the fall of 2001, the company split into two independent film entities: The Kerner Entertainment Company and Brooklyn Films. They strive individually to maintain the same orientation to high quality, value oriented, provocative entertainment.

Kerner Entertainment was recently in a long-term first-look production arrangement at Paramount Pictures. The company currently has over 25 projects in development for theatrical, television, and video premiere release.

Kerner is in pre-production on A Tale of Two Cities, written by Harley Peyton and Gordon Griesman. The four-hour miniseries will shoot in Paris and Romania. It is a British and French co-production of the classic French Revolution tale.

In 2002, Kerner produced Snow Dogs, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. A Walt Disney feature set in Alaska, the film took in over $135 million in box office.

Kerner also recently produced an adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's classic coming of age novel A Wrinkle In Time for ABC starring Alfre Woodard, Kate Nelligan, Alison Elliott, Kyle Secor, Greg Smith, Katie Stuart, David Dorfman, and Chris Potter.

In video premiere arena, Kerner produced in 2002 both Inspector Gadget 2 and George of the Jungle 2. In 2003, each film sold over 2 million units its first month of release.

Among his many previous credits as producer or executive producer, Kerner's theatrical motion pictures have earned in excess of $1 billion, including Inspector Gadget; George of the Jungle, Disney's most successful release of its year; Red Corner; Up Close and Personal; The Mighty Ducks franchise; The War; Miami Rhapsody; When a Man Loves a Woman; The Three Musketeers; Funny About Love; Fried Green Tomatoes, which was nominated for two Academy AwardsÂ, three Golden Globe Awards, and received the Writer's Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay; and Less than Zero, which spawned a #1 soundtrack album, song, and video.

For television, Kerner's miniseries and telefilms include Showtime's A House Divided, which was nominated for numerous NAACP, Diversity, and Golden Satellite Awards; CBS's Mama Flora's Family, a miniseries for CBS based on Alex Haley's last book; ABC's My Last Love; CBS's The Switch; ABC's For Their Own Good; CBS's Side By Side; ABC's My First Love; CBS's Emmy-nominated Do You Know The Muffin Man; and the highly acclaimed TNT movie Heatwave, which received four Cable ACE Awards, including Best Picture, an Emmy Award, the WGA Award and the NEA award; NBC's The Nightman; ABC's Backfield In Motion; and TNT's Breaking Point.

Kerner began his career in the entertainment industry working in various capacities for CBS affiliate KPIX-TV. He relocated to Los Angeles and worked in the Motion Picture Department of Ball, Hunt, Brown and Baerwitz, a Beverly Hills law firm. Two years later, Kerner joined CBS as a Talent and Program Negotiator in the network's Business Affairs Department. From 1978 to 1981, he held positions in development at Universal and QM Productions before moving to ABC Entertainment as Director of Dramatic Series Development. He became Vice President of that division in 1983. While at ABC, Kerner was responsible for developing such shows as Moonlighting, Macgyver, Dynasty, Spencer For Hire, and Call To Glory.

Kerner was a Trustee of the Starbright Foundation and an Executive Producer of its Diabetes and Asthma CD-ROM games; a member of General Wesley Clark's Four Star Council in his 2004 bid for the presidency and possibly his 2008 bid; and a member of Senator Dianne Feinstein's California Cabinet. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Media Office, established by the California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons; the President's Advisory Council for the City of Hope; the Chrysalis Foundation; and, previously, the Show Coalition. Kerner is also a former Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. He is the Founder and former Co-Chairman of the Committee for the Arts of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, an organization providing legal aid to indigent performing artists, with educational programs and speakers for disabled and arts/entertainment groups. Kerner is a member of the National Resources Defense Council, Human Rights Watch, Planned Parenthood's political action arm, and the Earth Communications Office. He currently is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer's Guild and the American Film Institute.

A 1972 graduate from Stanford University, Kerner received a degree with distinction, and honors in Political Science and Communications. He then earned a JD-MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco in 1976, serving on the Law Review and founding COMM/ENT, the Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law.

Kerner currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicola O'Shea; their daughters Haley, Grace, and Lily; a golden retriever, Gowan; a chocolate lab, Charlotte and Barney; a cat, Lucy; and 7 Koi fish, who have requested anonymity.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

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Selected Filmography

Funny About Love
Red Corner
George of the Jungle 2
D2: The Mighty Ducks
The Smurfs 2
D3: The Mighty Ducks
The Smurfs
The Mighty Ducks
Fried Green Tomatoes
Snow Dogs
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