Wolfgang Panzer was born in 1947 in Munich and grew up in Turin and Lausanne. He studied Romance Languages and Literature, Sociology and Journalism in Lausanne and Fribourg. During his studies, he started working as a reporter and editor for Swiss Television. At the age of 23, he returned to Munich for his studies at the University of Television and Film (HFF). Since 1978, he has been working as a freelance author, producer and director.