Alexander Hesse, born in 1969, studied journalism, political science and business administration in Frankfurt am Main and in Mainz. Since 1996, he has worked for ZDF in various capacities, most recently as Head of the History and Society Editorial Department. In October 2012, he moved to Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion as managing director. He is currently initiating new project ideas and realizing diverse programs. Currently in production are, for example, multi-part series for Terra X and a continuation of the big Terra X show. As a producer, he also organizes the talk shows Maybrit Illner, Das Literarische Quartett and Scobel.