Tim Renner was born in Berlin. He moved to Hamburg with his parents in 1970 where he grew up, went to school and immersed in the music underground scene. As a teenager, he began to organize tours and played in a band called “Quälende Geräusche”. After his A-levels in 1984, he began to study German language and literature but quit after the first term since he considered it as “too boring“.
He began to work as a journalist, started a press agency for city magazines and wrote several articles for newspapers and books. In 1986, he joined the Polydor label and put his journalistic plans on hold. In 1989 he took over the management of the new founded Polydor Progressive Music Division. Five years later, he established a new record label within the Polygram Group, the Motor Music Ltd. which he runs as the Managing Director. With Motor Music he developed acts like Philip Boa, Tocotronic, Absolute Beginner and international artists like Portishead, 2Pac, A*Teens and The Cardigans. In 1998 when PolyGram merged with Universal to Universal Music Germany, Tim Renner took over the position as President Music and replaced Wolf. D. Gramatke as CEO and Chairman. At Universal Music, he worked with a wide range of different stars like Eminem, Sting, Texas, Pavarotti, U2, Bon Jovi, Howard Carpendale or Rosenstolz. At the beginning of 2004, when Universal wanted to part from many national artists and to alter the company´s structure in a significant way, Renner resigned. After a journey around the world, Renner published a book about the media industry in September 2004 and is one of a hundred managers worldwide who has been nominated as global leader for tomorrow by the world economic forum (Geneva/ Davos).
In 2009, Tim Renner became a professor at Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, the same year he started to consult Frank-Walter Steinmeier (at the time head of the SPD congressional party, President of the Federal Republic of Germany since 2017). In 2011, Tim released the book “Digital ist besser“ (“Digital is Better”), written together with his elder brother, the media journalist Kai-Hinrich Renner, examining the digital change processes within media companies. In 2012 Frank-Walter and Tim went public with “Der Kreativpakt” (The Creative Pact“). The program written by the politician Steinmeier and the entrepreneur Renner arrogates a new deal between creative industries, artist and politics. It became part of the agenda of the third government under German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Steinmeier served as her foreign minister). 2013 Renner joined the SPD (Social Democrat Party of Germany). One year later Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit asked him to join his government as a permanent secretary for culture. In 2017 Tim left office and was nominated as a candidate for the German Bundestag (German parliament) by his party. He didn’t get the mandate but continues as a board member of SPD Kulturforum (the cultural forum of the SPD). Today Tim uses his unique experience as a politician, manager and cultural entrepreneur to consult companies, institutions and political parties.