ZDF Studios and Werner Film Productions team up to develop "Surviving Summer"

Created by Josh Mapleston and Joanna Werner, the title will return to Australia for another eight episodes, following its premier on Netflix in June of this year.

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ZDF Studios and Werner Film Productions recently continued their partnership with the development of Australian drama, "Surviving Summer." The ten-part global series is set to return to Netflix for another season.“We're absolutely stoked that 'Surviving Summer' made waves both here at home and around the world, and are proud to be bringing this brilliant Aussie teen series back to Netflix for a second season," Que Minh Luu, Director of Content, ANZ, said. "Bringing the creative team at Werner Productions and our wonderful young cast back together again is a thrill, and we can't wait to share the next chapter of this quintessentially Australian story with the world.”

Produced by Werner Film Productions and ZDF Studios, who is also the international distributor, season 2 will see the cast return to the iconic beaches of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria (Wadawurrung Country), Australia for another 8 episodes. Following the drama’s premier on Netflix in June 2022 in Australia, it became the streamer’s 9th most popular TV series in the country. Further afield, it was one of Netflix’s top 10 English speaking shows globally, a hit in over 42 countries achieving 20 million plus views. A TikTok sensation as well, #survivingsummer amassed over 52.4m views on the platform. Katharina Pietzsch, Director Junior ZDF Studios, said: “Our long-standing partnerships with both Joanna Werner and Netflix have resulted in this fantastic series which rapidly became a huge success all over the world. The combination of engaging storylines, stunning locations and a superb young cast that includes top surfing talent, attracted a young, social media savvy audience which quickly expanded around the globe.”

"Surviving Summer" was created by Josh Mapleston and Joanna Werner, head of the three-time Emmy-nominated Werner Film Production company whose credits include Dance Academy, The Newsreader and Riot. A ZDF Studios and Werner Film Production co-pro, the drama series is also supported by Film Victoria and was developed with the assistance of Screen NSW.“The response from fans around the world was overwhelming as audiences fell in love with Summer, Ari, Marlon, Bodhi and Poppy and their adventures both in and out of the surf,"  Joanna Werner, Producer of "Surviving Summer," said. "We are thrilled to be bringing our amazing cast and crew back together for Season 2 and can’t wait to be back filming all along the Great Ocean Road. Here’s hoping we get some epic surf!!”

"Surviving Summer" follows Summer Torres, a rebellious New York teen, as she’s sent Down Under to live with family friends in a tiny seaside town on Victoria’s scenic South West coast. Sky Katz stars in the lead role as Summer, a NY teen rebel expelled from school and exiled to Australia who makes waves among a young surfer’s inner circle - and leaves a mess in her wake. Starring alongside her is Brazilian actor Joao Gabriel Marinho, Australia’s Kai Lewins and Savannah La Rain. Also in the cast is Lilliana Bowrey, a five-time Queensland junior state surf champion, making her first foray into acting.

We're absolutely stoked that 'Surviving Summer' made waves both here at home and around the world and are proud to be bringing this brilliant Aussie teen series back to Netflix for a second season. Bringing the creative team at Werner Productions and our wonderful young cast back together again is a thrill, and we can't wait to share the next chapter of this quintessentially Australian story with the world.” Que Minh Luu Director of Content, ANZ

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