Germany: Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion

Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion
April 1, 2006

Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion
Cologne, Germany

Uwe Kersken had just begun studies to become a psychotherapist when he took a job at pubcaster WDR Cologne in 1969, at age 18. Nine years later, he graduated and began a practice in psychotherapy, but his heart was still in film. ‘I had caught the virus,’ he says. Since he started Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion in 1989, Kersken’s Cologne-based company has become one of the most respected in Germany. It specializes in science, nature and history series, which have aired internationally. ‘It’s good to have international partners for the big series,’ he says. ‘For financial reasons, but also it’s the goal of any film producer or director to appear not only in his little territory but in many parts of the globe.’

Kersken’s academic roots are obviously still a big influence, for he credits his success to ‘a lot of learning’ about the film industry, and his team of expert researchers. rr

Recent titles: Masters of Life and Death, Body Farm
Employees: 60-plus
Hours this year: 20
Upcoming includes: The Teutons (ARD), The History of the Jewish People (ARD, ARTE), The Longest Night (ZDF, National Geographic, France 3), The Cultural History of Soccer (ZDF), Life in the Vatican (ARD, ARTE)

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.