Prof. Roman Paul holds a Master Degree in Theatre-, Film- and Media Studies from Goethe University in Frankfurt. He started his career in the film business as Director of Acquisitions for the arthouse distributor Prokino in Munich. In 1999 he took over as Head of International Acquisitions at Senator Film Distribution in Berlin. In October 2002 he founded Razor Film Produktion in Berlin along with Gerhard Meixner. From October 2002 until April 2006, besides working as a producer, he also served as an acquisitions consultant for Celluloid Dreams World Sales in Paris. Roman Paul is a member of the European and German Film Academy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), as well as ACE (Atelier du Cinéma Européen). Since October 2013 he is also the co-director of the International Production Masterclass “Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris” at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and La Fémis Paris. In 2019 was named professor at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” by the Republic of France.
Razor Film was founded in 2002 by Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul and produces national and international feature films from arthouse to crossover, focusing on new talent and high quality. In recent years Razor has also focused more on television series with the German productions of Gods Are Us and Der Usedom Krimi. Up to now Razor’s productions won two Golden Globes, were nominated three times for an Academy Award and premiered and were awarded at major festivals worldwide. Razor Film’s production credits include the first Saudi Arabian feature Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour, Waltz With Bashir by Ari Folman, Looking For Oum Kulthum by Shirin Neshat and most recently The Perfect Candidate by Haifaa Al Mansour and Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić.
Razor Film have won two Golden Globes so far, have been nominated three times for an Oscar and have premiered at major A-Festivals. Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner received the Bernd Eichinger Award for Outstanding Achievements in Production at the German Film Awards 2014.
In 2021 Razor Film founded a new creative alliance with eight other independent production companies called “The Creatives”, to jointly develop a slate of high-end drama series and feature films.