Netflix’s Australian teen drama Surviving Summer now filming season 2

ZDF Studios again on board as co-producer and international distributor

Mainz, February 2nd, 2023

The international Netflix hit TV series Surviving Summer has commenced production of its second season today on the iconic beaches and stunning surf coast found along the Great  Ocean Road on Wadawurrung Country in Victoria.

Surviving Summer is created by Joanna Werner and Josh Mapleston and produced by Werner Film Productions for ZDF Studios and Netflix. ZDF Studios is in charge of the worldwide distribution outside Netflix' rights.

The second season follows Summer Torres, when she returns to Shorehaven and stuns her Aussie mates with her newfound surf skills. As she pursues her surfing dream, she’ll contend with rollercoaster romances, a mysterious new coach… and a rival surfer determined to take her down. Surviving Summer season 2 will be directed again by Sian Davies, along with Christian Van Vuuren.

Season 2 sees the return of Sky Katz as the unstoppable Summer, Kai Lewins as Ari Gibson, João Gabriel Marinho as Marlon Sousa, Savannah La Rain as Bodhi Mercer and reigning Open Women’s Queensland Surf Champion Lilliana ‘Lil’ Bowrey as Poppy Tetanui.

Joining the cast this season is Olympia Valance (Neighbours, Playing For Keeps) as Elo, Annabel Wolfe (Black Snow) as Wren and Josh MacQueen (Black Snow) as Baxter.

Following its release in June 2022, the first season amassed over 20M hours viewed globally in its first two weeks and reached the top 10 shows in over 42 countries around the world on Netflix, including Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Brazil and countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. Fans engaged across social platforms with #survivingsummer racking up over 52.4M on TikTock

The series received production support from Vic Screen.

Que Minh Luu, Director of Content, ANZ: “It’s so rewarding to see audiences around the world embrace Australian storytelling. We’re stoked to be back in the waters with Werner Productions to ride the next wave of this brilliant Aussie teen series.”

Joanna Werner, Producer of Surviving Summer: “We were so thrilled with the response around the world to the first season of Surviving Summer on Netflix and couldn't be more excited to be commencing shoot on the second season.  Our fabulous cast have just finished their intensive surf training camp and are ready to go, along with some exciting new cast members.  We have a brilliant crew assembled on the Surf Coast and the sun is shining here in Anglesea - here's to a great shoot!”

Katharina Pietzsch, Director Junior, ZDF Studios: “After the tremendous worldwide success of the first season, we are excited to see Surviving Summer now going into its second season. We congratulate our long-standing partners Joanna Werner and Netflix on this fantastic series and cannot wait to make it available to young audiences around the globe.”


About ZDF Studios
ZDF Studios was originally founded in 1993 as ‘ZDF Enterprises’, a private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. The company was renamed ‘ZDF Studios’ on 1 April 2022. Based in Mainz, the business is responsible for distributing programmes worldwide, implementing international co-productions, acquiring licences and merchandising key brands under its own name, for ZDF and for third parties. Successfully established as an independent market player in Germany and globally, it operates as part of a strong network of 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliates. ZDF Studios has the largest German-language programme stock in the world, plus a constantly growing catalogue of international productions consisting of series and mini-series, television films, documentaries and children’s programmes. By continually evolving, the ZDF Studios group has been able to open up numerous business areas in the television and media sector. As a result, ZDF Studios now provides a comprehensive full-service offer and covers every stage in the creation and exploitation chain of successful TV productions in all genres, from developing content to producing, licensing, marketing, merchandising, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Studios
Christine Denilauler (VP Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Studios GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Email:


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