“The Swarm” opens Berlinale Series // #TheSwarmIsComing to Berlin

Intaglio Films and ndF IP’s eco thriller to celebrate its World Premiere during the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival

Munich, 20 December 2022. The event thriller series The Swarm will premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, opening the prestigious Berlinale Series section on Sunday, 19 February 2023. The highly anticipated series, produced by multiple Primetime Emmy® award winner and Game of Thrones-Executive Producer Frank Doelger and ndF IP’s Managing Director Eric Welbers is one of Europe’s biggest current TV projects, based on Frank Schätzing’s international bestseller, published around the globe and translated into 27 languages. 

The Swarm chronicles the struggle of humankind against an unknown enemy demonstrating swarm intelligence that lives in the depths of the sea. When the reckless treatment of the oceans threatens the natural habitat of this mysterious collective, it strikes back. In a very short time, all human life is at stake – and the fate of the entire population of the world rests in the hands of a small group of scientists. 

Directed by Barbara Eder (Barbarians), Luke Watson (Ripper Street), and Philipp Stölzl (The Physician), the eight-hour series attracted an international star ensemble, including Alexander Karim (The Lawyer), Cécile de France (The New Pope), Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin, The Crown), Joshua Odjick (Unsettled), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt), Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049), and Takuya Kimura (2046, I Come With The Rain).

The scripts are written by Steven Lally (Strike Back), Marissa Lestrade (Deep State), as well as Chris Lunt and Michael A. Walker (Young Wallander, Devils). The series’ scientific advisors are polar and deep-sea researcher Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany and Dr. Jon Copley, Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

The series is produced by Schwarm TV Productions GmbH & Co KG, a joint venture between Intaglio Films and ndF IP for ZDF, France Télévisions, Rai Fiction, Viaplay Group, Hulu Japan, ORF, SRF, in co-production with Bravado Fiction and Beside Production, in co-operation with ATHOS KG. 

Academy Award®-nominated producer Mark Huffam (The Martian, Game of Thrones, Saving Private Ryan), Ute Leonhardt (White Lotus, The Great, Killing Eve), the novel’s author Frank Schätzing, Jan Wünschmann, Till Groenemeyer, Barbara Eder, Luke Watson, Moritz von Kruedener, Robert Franke, and Jan Theys are serving as executive producers, with Friedemann Goez (The Same Sky), Charlotte Groth (Alles Klara), Frank Buchs (Babylon Berlin), and Rafferty Thwaites (Game of Thrones) producing.

The Swarm was produced according to guidelines of the initiative “100 Green Productions” by MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg GmbH and in compliance with the German Film & TV Sustainability Regulations, and has been shot primarily in regions of Italy, among others in Lazio, Veneto, and Puglia, as well as in one of the world’s most advanced water tank facility in Brussels (Belgium). 

Beta Film and ZDF Studios are handling world sales. 


#TheSwarmIsComing #DerSchwarmkommt

For more information, please contact: 

Dorothee Stoewahse, Beta Film Press, dorothee.stoewahse@betafilm.com, + 49 170 63 84 627

Christine Denilauler, ZDF Studios, christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.com, +49 152 08941526

Anja Konen-Praxl, ndF, anja.konen-praxl@ndf.de, + 49 89 95826 155


Notes to editors:

About Intaglio Films GmbH

Intaglio Films GmbH is a production joint venture between Beta Film and ZDF Studios, lead by its managing directors Dr. Jan Wünschmann and Robert Franke. The company, headquartered in Berlin, develops, finances, and produces scripted English language drama aimed at both the national and global market. Intaglio is creatively headed by multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer Frank Doelger (Executive Producer on HBO’s Game of Thrones, John Adams, and Rome). Beta Film and ZDF Studios are supporting the company with their expertise in the field of international co-production and distribution. 

About ndF International Production

ndF International Production GmbH was founded as a subsidiary to ndF, one of the leading scripted TV production companies in Germany.  ndF produces German smash hits as “DER BERGDOKTOR”, “UM HIMMELS WILLEN“ and „AKTENZEICHEN XY“. ndF: International Production will focus on international Co-Productions and capitalize on Eric Welbers long experience in the field. Next to THE SWARM, ndF International Production premiered on ARD “SOPHIE CROSS”, a coproduction with Belgium production powerhouse Demensen and France Télévision.