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Oliver Geissen is a TV presenter and producer from Germany.
Oliver Geissen was born on August 21, 1969 in Hamburg, the son of a fishmonger from Berlin. After graduating from the Goethe-Gymnasium in Hamburg, he joined the German Armed Forces in 1988. Before his television career, Geissen played American football from 1992 to 1993 and was used as a kicker for the Hamburg Blue Devils. He also played football in the Hamburger Oberliga for SV West-Eimsbüttel, 1. SC Norderstedt and SV Lurup. With increasing interest, Oliver Geissen slipped more or less into being a moderator. He gained his first experiences as a moderator at the private radio station OK Radio in Hamburg, which made him famous in his hometown of Hamburg for the first time. Oliver Geissen did a traineeship as a moderator and editor at the radio station and was then permanently hired. Goats, however, ended the employment after some time and turned to other plans. He wanted more: he wanted to be on television.
Geissen started at ZDF in 1994, where he moderated various TV programs until 1998. This includes the show “X-Trem”, for which he appeared on television for the first time. From 1995 Geissen was appointed head of the sports department at the local TV station Hamburg 1, where he moderated the weekly sports magazine “Rasant”. In 1997 he ended the line and switched to the television station RTL.
Geissen got its own talk show on RTL right from the start, which was known as “The Oliver Geissen Show”. The show ran from 1999 to 2009. He then moderated the RTL Saturday evening shows at regular intervals.
Over the years, Oliver Geissen took over the moderation for many other TV formats. He was the moderator of “Top of the Pops”, “The 80s Show”, “The 90s Show”, “The 20s Show” and “The Ultimate Chart Show”. He also moderated the live show “Guinness World Records – The Greatest World Records” from 2005 to 2008, “There can only be E1NEN” from 2011 to 2013 and in 2019 the anniversary show for the 25th anniversary of RTL. In January 2015, Geissen took over as moderator from Daniel Hartwich for the “RTL Comedy Grand Prix”. Since October 2016 he has also been running the game show classic “Ruck Zuck” as a new edition on RTLplus and “The Big Music Quiz” and “LEGO Master” on RTL.
Oliver Geissen got his breakthrough as a presenter in 2000 when he hosted the second season of Big Brother. He set another major milestone in his career with his moderation at the casting show DSDS (Deutschland sucht den Superstar), whose event shows in seasons 12 and 13 and themed shows in seasons 14 and 15 accompanied.
Not apparent at first glance, Oliver Geissen achieved another highlight of his career with Norddeich TV. It is a production company that Geissen founded himself in 2004 and which is a joint project between him and RTL. Another managing director is his old colleague Ollie Weiberg, whom he knows from his previous employment at Hamburg 1. Among other things, “The Oliver Geissen Show” came out of Norddeich TV.
“I don’t want to go back to radio. Today’s moderators have degenerated into announcers of the weather, sweepstakes and the next title.” With this quote, Oliver Geissen criticizes the work as a radio presenter in an interview with DWDL. Since Geissen himself once worked as a radio presenter, he knows what he is talking about, even if he owes his entry into show business to radio moderation. Furthermore, Oliver Geissen announced in the interview that he is no longer interested in working as a radio presenter. It would no longer appeal to him.
Oliver Geissen is publicly known for being a very versatile moderator who can be used for any format. However, he has occasionally made comments about contestants or others present at shows in the past, some of which the press has torn up. None other than DSDS juror and sharp-tongued Dieter Bohlen therefore developed a dislike for Oliver Geissen. So Bohlen describes Geissen as a “small, devious hamster” and even incites the TV station RTL against him. However, goats behave outwardly as if both understand each other very well.
What few people know about Oliver Geissen is his work as a fire brigade in northern Germany. Contrary to expectations, Geissen also has a tattoo on his arm that stretches from his shoulder to his elbow. The tattoo first appeared on his 50th birthday on a trip to Sylt.
Oliver Geissen is now married to Christina Plate, with whom he has three sons. One of his sons imitates Geissen with his enthusiasm for sports and plays football at Hamburger SV in the A-Youth.
Furthermore, it is hardly known that Oliver Geissen can play the piano.