Gebhard Henke was born in Holzminden (Lower Saxony) in 1955. He studied German literature and history at FU Berlin. After his master’s degree he worked as a freelance journalist, literary critic, and lecturer at the FU Berlin.
He worked for Berliner UFA-Filmproduktion as an editor and dramaturgic adviser. In 1984 he moved to the WDR in Cologne. After a two-year editorial traineeship, he worked first as a radio editor and from 1987 as an editor and dramaturge in the film and series programme group. Gebhard Henke originated the WDR young talent series “Avanti Debütanti” and was co-initiator and head of the series “Wilde Herzen”.
From 1996 to 1999 he was responsible for the WDR series “Lindenstrasse”. He supervised films such as “Kleine Haie”, “Der Totmacher”, “Das Leben ist eine Baustelle” and “Good bye Lenin”. In autumn 1998 he was made head of the television drama programme group. From 2003 he was the head of film, entertainment and family at the WDR, from 2009 to 2018 head of television film, cinema and series.
He won the Adolf Grimme Prize for his editorial work on “Wheels and Deals” by Michael Hammon in 1992, the “Prix Europa” for “Wehner - die unerzählte Geschichte” in 1993 and the “Golden Lion” (RTL) for the docudrama “Todesspiel” in 1997, both by Heinrich Breloer. In 2008 he received the German Television Award for the 2-part television film “Contergan”.
Henke was ARD Tatort coordinator, a member of the centralised editorial desk for prime-time series and the centralised editorial desk for early-evening series until 2018.
On October 1, 2001 he was appointed part-time professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in the field of creative production.