Graduate psychologist and psychotherapist, since 1985 producer, author and director of documentary films and series as well as docu-dramas mainly in the fields of history, science and nature for German and international television.
1970-1982 Worked for the WDR, including in the editorial department of »Tagesschau«. in the 1980ies he was also on location as a film sound engineer. 1985 he founded the »Uwe Kersken-Filmproduktion«. In 1989 he co-founded Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion and was its managing partner until April 2014. Uwe Kersken has also made an international name for himself with Gruppe 5 with primetime documentary formats for ARD, ZDF, Arte and international partners. Especially important and successful were »The Forgotten Island« for BBC & WDR, arte, »Die amerikanische Reise« (Humboldt) for ZDF, also WDR & arte and BBC, »Die Juden, Geschichte eines Volkes« for ARD & arte, 20 parts »Die Deutschen« for ZDF, »Sturm über Europa« for ZDF & rte, »Die Varusschlacht« for ZDF & arte, »2057 – Die Welt in 50 Jahren« for ZDF, Discovery US, Science Channel, arte, SBS, Sogecable & NHK, »Welcome to China« (10 parts; History of China) for ZDF Nat Geo US, Discovery US, arte, »Armageddon – Der Einschlag« for ZDF, Discovery US & France 2, »Dawn of the Oceans« for National Geographic US & ZDF, »America Before Columbus« for National Geographic US and ZDF, »Planet Egypt« for History, NY, arte and ZDF, as well as the major series »Fabulous Animals« for Canal +, ARD and Nat Geo and »Dolphin-Stories« for ARD & Discovery, and docu-dramas on ADENAUER for SWR, WDR and STRAUSS for BR. FILMOGRAPHY (selection), see Internet Movie Database.
At the ifs in 2009, Uwe Kersken initiated and conceived the professional training program Masterclass Non-Fiction. As a program sponsor, he is significantly involved in the further development of the program and the supervision of the participants.
In 2014 he founded G5fiction with ZDF-Enterprises (now ZDFstudios). With G5fiction Uwe Kersken is responsible for the development, financing, production and exploitation of high-quality, original drama programs with national and international market potential, including »Duell der Brüder«, RTL and »Goldjungs«, WDR & Degeto. A television film about Albrecht Dürer has been agreed with a broadcaster for 2023. See www.g5fiction.de