The Cut

The Cut - takes a shot at sports management

The Cut, a new six-part ABC TV drama exploring the sometimes murky world of sports management commenced filming today with Gold Logie award-winning actor John Wood starring as rogue sports agent, Bill Telford.

While managing a stable of sporting superstars some of Bill Telford'sdodgy deals begin to unravel when he is injured in a terrorism attackoverseas.

Written by one of Australia's most highly regarded writers, John Misto,(Heroes Mountain, Day of the Roses, The Damnation of HarveyMcHugh), The Cut takes a mordant look at professional sportsmanagement - the players, their agents, the middlemen and the mediahype and reality.

The 6x55 minute series is produced by Tom Blacket and directed byMandy Smith and Karl Zwicky, The Cut is a Blacket Televisionproduction for ABC Television, with financial support from the FilmFinance Corporation Australia and the New South Wales Film andTelevision Office. The Cut is being distributed internationally by TargetEntertainment.

Executive Producer for ABC TV Amanda Higgs said: "John Misto haswritten some terrifically funny and cheeky roles for this very fine cast,headed by the incomparable John Wood. The Cut is certainly tappinginto the zeitgeist of the current sporting climate."

Producer Tom Blacket said The Cut is a great script from one ofAustralia's leading writers. "The Cut takes a wry look at the world ofprofessional sport, with stories told with a lot of humour."

The Cut stars:
John Wood (Blue Heelers, Flying Doctors, Rafferty's Rules) as BillMatt Passmore (McLeod's Daughters, The Alice, Last Man Standing,Blue Heelers) as Bill's hapless son, AndrewJulieanne Newbould (White Collar Blue, Home and Away, All Saints) asBill's wife, Roz TelfordBen Oxenbould (The Surgeon, Hey Dad!, GP) as Danny

The Cut will be filmed predominantly on location at sportsgrounds andwatering holes around Sydney.