Nicole Gerhards studied Theatre and French in Paris as well as Film Production at the dffb (Deutsche Film and Fernsehakademie) in Berlin. Besides working for various production companies as production manager and freelance producer, she graduated from the dffb with the film CHARLOTTE, which screened in 2004 at both the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and at the Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlin Film Festival. 

In 2005, Nicole Gerhards founded NiKo Film with which she has produced successful, award-winning films such as the Kosovar Oscar-Entry BABAI by Visar Morina (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Best Director), THE STRANGER IN ME, KILL ME and co-produced Matías Bize's new feature film THE MEMORY OF WATER (Venice Days 2015), Stina Werenfels' DORA OR THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS (Berlin International Film Festival 2015 - Panorama) and THE PRIZE by Paula Markovitch, which won two Silver Bears at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011, amongst other accolades. Furthermore NiKo Film produced last year it's first commercial and is developing and financing two national films and two co-productions. 

Nicole Gerhards is a member of EAVE, ACE, the European and the German Film Academy. In 2012 she was chosen to represent Germany as Producer on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival and also took part in the Producers Lab Toronto and the prestigious Inside Pictures Programme.