Oliver Schütte studied film and theater in Berlin. He has been a screenwriter for film and television since 1986. He won the German Film Prize in 1988 for his first screenplay, "Koan". Since 1990, he has been working as a Script Consultant. From 1995 until 2008 he was the director of the Master School Drehbuch, an institution for advanced education of screenwriters, script consultants and producers. In 1997, he co-founded the "Script House" development agency in Berlin which he left in 2001.
Today he works as a writer, script consultant and as a lecturer in Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and USA.
Since 2014 he is also the managing director of the filmproduction „tellfilm Deutschland“.
Oliver Schütte is a founding member of the German Film Academy.