About us

Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion is an award winning documentary production company. 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 Johannes Kepler – Shooting For The Stars (SWR/ARTE), the impressive contributions for the Terra X series, such as A Short History of… with Mirko Drotschmann, or the next Case for Lesch and Steffens on the origin of conspiracy theories or a three-part story about Artificial Intelligence.

New scientific perspectives and exciting findings are the focus of our productions Terra X, Lesch’s Cosmos, nano and pur+. Additionally, we produce current and sensitive reportages, such as our seventh collaboration with Markus Lanz. We have not been shy to address the pandemic this year with the productions Corona – A View From Above (ZDF) and Corona – Shock and Change of Times (3sat). Recently we were awarded the German Television Prize twice: in 2019 for Migration – The Journey of Mankind in the category ‘Documentary Multi-Part’ and this year again for Director Entertainment of Our Treasures – The Great Terra X Show, a co-production with Riverside Entertainment.

Throughout the year we also stage classic studio productions with Maybrit Illner and The Literary Quartet.

The company was founded in 1990 and has its headquarters in Cologne, with two branches in Hamburg and Berlin. Alexander Hesse and Stefan Schneider lead our creative team that has grown over many years and constantly renews itself.