Oliver Mahrdt was born in 1966 in Speyer, grew up in Hockenheim and Heidelberg, Germany. He studied Philosophy, Marketing and Tourism in Heidelberg and Ravensburg. After a brief successful acting career he continued studying directing at New York Film Academy, when he met the late and legendary agent Hanns Wolters, who was one of Marlene Dietrich’s first agents in Berlin in the 20s and 30s. He started working at Hanns Wolters Theatrical Agency in 1996. His initial responsibilities as a Junior-Agent included the representation of actors and actresses, directors, writers, film-financing, press, promotion and marketing. He was responsible for key accounts like the Japanese film distributor JKB Daira for which he attended film festivals worldwide and he was responsible for acquisitions of more than 200 European and North American feature films. After the passing of the founder he became president and Senior-Agent of the company. The name was changed to Hanns Wolters International Inc. to reflect the new corporate structure. His additional responsibilities included strategic management of a medium size talent agency, film licensing for different companies in many territories, as well as film festival management.
He represents and represented – among many others – the German Film Industry in the United States as well as Canada. His tasks include organization of high level events, orchestration of US Releases of German films, and management of promotional campaigns and awards (Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, Golden Globes for Germany). Other clients today include blockchain pioneer www.breaker.io and event series conference www.screenbreaker.io.
He is co-author of “Market Analysis of German Films in the US” for the Cultural Ministry of Germany and Film Foerderungs Anstalt (FFA) with Eugene Hernandez, and he is the sole author of the follow-up study published in 2007. He was also the co-curator of “Hanns Wolters: Émigré Impressario” at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City. He is an appointed member of Players Club, NYC. In 2007 he also became an appointed Member of the prestigious Heidelberg International Club. Since 2012, he serves as New York’s Chapter president. He is also a member of the International Emmys (iemmys.tv).