Jens Meurer grew-up in Munich, went to School in Dachau, and moved to South Africa when he was 12. He studied at Balliol College in Oxford, England, at Sciences-Po in Paris, France and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where he directed and produced his first film in 1989.
Those two – directing and producing - have always been the two sides of the same coin for Jens. His first love was documentaries, and he cut his teeth with the fortunate opportunity to spend three years in the Soviet Union, on a 35mm documentary series made for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Television of the GDR and the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio.
Productions in South Africa, Israel, Ukraine and the US followed. Jens has also produced many successful feature-length documentaries, such as the Grimme-Award-winning Der Glanz von Berlin, Grüße aus Dachau and the Neo-Nazi-family saga Lost Sons. Later, Jens focused on feature films, some of which like Russian Ark, Carlos, Rush stand out. Altogether, with his partner, Judy Tossell, Jens has been involved in producing more than 80 films, and counting.
He received the European Academy Award as 'Documentary Filmmaker Of The Year' 1995, his own film Jeckes was nominated for a Grimme-Award,The Last Station received two Oscar-nominations and Jens won a Golden Globe as producer in 2011, for Carlos.
He is currently Vice-President of the European producers' network ACE, he served as a member of the German Government Advisory Group on film finance and, of course, he's a passionate member of the German documentary association AG Dok. Jens' first proper job was as a sports reporter and sub-editor on the 'West Rand Times' in Krugersdorp, South Africa.
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