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THE SMURFS

JORDAN KERNER (Producer) is president and founder of The Kerner Entertainment Company, which is committed to high quality, value-oriented, provocative entertainment. Kerner last produced a faithful live-action adaptation of the revered E.B. White book Charlotte's Web for a Holiday 2006 release. It was written by Academy Award®- nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run). Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) directed the film. It starred Dakota Fanning as Fern. The animated voice cast included Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Thomas Hayden Church, Cedric the Entertainer, and Reba McEntire. The Critics Choice Awards named Charlotte's Web Best Family Film. It was also awarded the Christopher Award, the Gemini Award, the Truly Moving Motion Picture Award, and the Movieline Award for Best Family Film. The Florida Film Critics Circle, Las Vegas Film Critics, and the Phoenix Film Critics chose it as Best Picture.

Kerner's previous films include such titles as Snow Dogs, George of the Jungle 1 and 2, Inspector Gadget 1 and 2, Red Corner, Up Close and Personal, The Mighty Ducks trilogy, The War, When a Man Loves a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Less than Zero, as well as the TV movies "A Wrinkle in Time,” "Heatwave,” "For Their Own Good,” "The Switch,” and many others, including the "Mama Flora's Family” miniseries and "The Judds” miniseries.

Kerner was named the Producer of the Year by the Hollywood Entertainment Museum at its 2006 Legacy Award Event. His films have received nominations for and/or won Academy Awards®, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, DGA Awards, WGA Awards, The Humanitas Award, NAACP Award, The Diversity Award, The Golden Satellite Award, The Art Directors Guild Award, The Sound Editors Guild Award, and Visual Effects Society Awards.

Currently, Kerner Entertainment has over 25 projects in development for theatrical, television, and video premiere release.

In 2007, Kerner became the Dean of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' School of Filmmaking. He began to re-imagine the manner in which film, television, animation, gaming, and other new media are taught in the 21st Century. Kerner has initiated many novel educational systems, as well as led a legislative effort to both increase the Film Tax Incentive and a create a new public/private means for studio construction across North Carolina. He has made the tenets of Value and Worth the guiding principles of the storytelling at UNCSA's School of Filmmaking, and initiated a number of visionary cross-campus and interdisciplinary programs. The University believes in working professional Deans, and has supported his commute to California to maintain and build his Production Company. Kerner welcomed over 60 student shadowers to the set and post-production of the The Smurfs and to his development office in Los Angeles.

Kerner is a graduate of Stanford University with an AB degree with Distinction in Political Science and Communications. He also received a joint graduate degree from both the University of California at Berkeley with a an MBA from the Haas School of Business (including an emphasis in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy) and University of California at San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law where he was a member of the Law Review and founder of COMM/ENT The Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law.

He currently resides in Winston Salem, North Carolina with his wife Nicola O'Shea, their daughters Haley, Grace and Lily; a chocolate lab Charlotte; two cats Lucy and Wally, and a gecko who has requested anonymity.

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