Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Jeanette Buerling has worked in a vast majority of the entertainment industry. Over a span of 20 years and stretching across two continents, Buerling has been involved in writing, development, production, acquisition, international sales, international co-productions and all facets of entertainment finance (including gap, mezzanine, Tax Credit, co-production financing, licensing and equity financing.
Her career started in 1989 at RTL Television in Cologne, Germany. For the next 5 years she worked on RTL's daily entertainment shows, including German adaptations of "Price is Right", "Family Feud", "Jeopardy", "Gong Show", "Candid Camera", "Mini Playback Show", and "Scrabble". She then left to produce 52 episodes of the one hour daily show "Fun" for the Leo Kirch network DSF. In 1993 Jeanette moved to Munich, where she produced various television films and series, as well as feature films for ARD/WDR (BR) and Pro Sieben. The ARD/WDR series "Wildbach" was one of the networks highest ranking one-hour drama series for 5 consecutive years. The Pro Sieben thriller "Kreis Der Angst" launched the career of Germany's top director, Thomas Jauch.
Buerling's development, packaging and co-production capabilities introduced her to the Hollywood film industry. In l999, she immigrated to the United States with her, then, 11 year-old daughter, Verenice. She started her own production company in Los Angeles and produced the Warner Bros turnaround comedy project 'Timeshare' starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton and Kevin Zegers (distributed by Fox and Constatin Films). In 2004, she was hired by Far East National Bank in Los Angeles, to run their equity film finance funds Hollywood International finance and Camden Worldwide Equities. The funds combined invested into 38 titles for HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA Network, Disney, Lionsgate, and others. Films included 'Harvard Man' (Lions Gate Films)with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Adrian Grenier, 'Rent Control' (ABC/Disney) with Melissa Joan Hart and 'A Case of Evil' (USA Network with Gabrielle Anwar and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Jeanette Buerling is President of the film finance and production company, Magnet Media Group (MMG). Since its launch late 2008, MMG has been focusing on high-concept commercial and cast-driven features, in the budget range of up to $40 million. Magnet Media Group's films include Academy Award winning talent in front and behind the camera, and are distributed successfully worldwide. MMG is backed by British, Dutch and German Investments, and is located in Beverly Hills, Cologne and London. MMG is a media and entertainment company, focusing on creating, financing and production entertainment content across multiple platforms and resources. During the last 18 months, Jeanette Buerling financed and produced 3 films in the mid-twenty million dollar budget range: the Paramount Vantage thriller '13', directed by Gela Babluani (Sundance winner with 13 'Tzameti') starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon and 50 Cent; the Sony Pictures thriller 'The Experiment' directed by Paul Scheuring (writer, producer of 'Prison Break')starring two Academy Award winning actors, Adrien Brody, Forrest Whitaker and Cam Gigandet. She recently finished thriller 'Dark Tide', an official treaty co-production between South Africa and the UK, starring Academy Award winning actress, Halle Berry, and with Olivier Martinez. The film is directed by 'Blue Crush' and 'Into the Blue' director John Stockwell.
In May 2011, Jeanette Buerling launched in Cologne, Germany, Magnet Media Productions GmbH, which together with Magnet Media Group LLC, MMG recently established the European based entertainment finance division Magnet Media Finance (MMF). MMF's investment volume is projected to be 150 million Euros, with focus on financing and production of entertainment content that can be presented across multiple platforms, worldwide.
Jeanette Buerling holds an MBA from the University FH Cologne and a Business Bachelor degree from IHK Aachen. She also studied screenplay writing at USC, Los Angeles. Buerling is a member of the Producers Counsel for The Producers Guild of America, an Executive Member of Women in Film and a member of the Cannes Film Festival Producer's Network. She is, furthermore, the Co-Chair of Film Finance Forum Zurich in cooperation with the Zurich Film Festival, Winston Baker, and Variety. To date, Jeanette Buerling has been involved in over 45 film and television projects with a total production volume of over $200 million. Her focus is to bring high-quality, character driven mainstream stories to the screen.