Timo Großpietsch, born on 12 September 1977 in Hamburg, studied media studies and folklore at the Universität Hamburg as well as photography and documentary film-making at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, where his teachers included Knut Hickethier and Gerd Roscher. After that, he did an apprenticeship at NDR. There, he worked as an editor and documentarian in the documentation and reporting department of NDR. His film work received various awards and recognition, including the Axel Springer-Preis and the Erich-Klabunde-Preis. Additionally, Timo Großpietsch lectures at various universities on the topic of documentary film-making and works as a trainer for film, TV and video journalism. Together with Olaf Jacobs, he co-wrote the book ‘Journalismus fürs Fernsehen. Dramaturgie,
Gestaltung, Genres’. He is working now as an commissioning editor for documentaries at NDR.