Martin Hoffmann was born in Nussloch, near Heidelberg, in 1959. He studied law at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Lausanne and Hamburg, completing his studies with the bar examination in 1991. Until 1993 he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and practiced law in Hamburg.
In 1994 Martin Hoffmann became Director of the Sat. 1 Management Office and in the same year head of Sat. 1 Business Affairs – Programming. He became Managing Director of Sat. 1 Boulevard TV GmbH in 1997 and subsequently Managing Director of Sat. 1 SatellitenFernsehen GmbH until 2003. From 2004 to 2010 he was Chief Executive Officer of the television production company MME MOVIEMENT AG.
Martin Hoffmann took on the role of managing director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation on 1st September 2010.
He is an Advisory Board Member of the Entertainment Master Class.