About us

‘Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion’ is an award winning documentary production company based in Cologne with two branches in Hamburg and Berlin. We specialise in the topics of history, science, nature and society and tell complicated stories in a simple way – and thus successfully generate insights even into complex topics.

The multifaceted nature of the documentary genre is reflected in the diversity of our documentary work: be it in the docudrama Karl Marx (ZDF/ARTE), for which Mario Adorf portrayed the German prophet, or in the impressive contributions to the ‘Terra X’ series ‘The Journey of Mankind’, in which presenter Dirk Steffens shows us how typical migration is for human beings – awarded the German Television Prize 2019 in the category: Documentary Multi-Part.

New scientific perspectives and exciting findings are the focus of our productions ‘Terra X’ and ‘Lesch’s Cosmos’. Additionally, we produce current and sensitive reportages, as in our collaborations with Markus Lanz, which in a recent production provided subjective and analytical insights into the English state of mind. Throughout the year we also stage classic studio productions with ‘Maybrit Illner’, ‘The Literary Quartet’ and the new ‘Our Treasures – The Great Terra X Show’ for prime time.

Alexander Hesse and Stefan Schneider lead our creative team that has grown over many years and is constantly renewing itself.