Prof. Uwe Kersken

Prof. Uwe Kersken

Masterclass Non-Fiction


Honorary Professor, Producer, Author and Director; Co-Founder Gruppe 5 Filmproduction (until 2015 CEO), numerous documentary primetime formats, a. o. THE FORGOTTEN ISLAND (BBC, WDR, arte), AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS (Nat.Geo. US, ZDF), sinde 20214, initiator and producer of drama projects for G5fiction and Partner, such as DUELL DER BRÜDER (RTL), GOLDJUNGS (Das Erste), THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS (Discovery US, Science Channel, ZDF,NHK, arte)

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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

»In my professional life as a film producer it has always been important to me to give talented people a chance. In the Masterclass Non-Fiction at the ifs, which I have been leading since 2009, I have always supported the participants internally in working through complex topics in such a way that they find audiences in the end, and in doing so, break new and unexpected ground – this is how many of the material could be realized. I look forward to passing on my experience to students in the Masterclass in the future and encouraging them to work innovatively, to think outside the box and to look beyond their own national borders.«

Prof. Uwe Kersken