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11 10 2017 - Media release

Killer cast for Nine’s new crime thriller Bite Club


Ash Ricardo, Dominic Monaghan and Todd Lasance on the set of Bite Club / Photo credit Lisa Tomasetti

An all-star cast for Playmaker’s new crime thriller Bite Club was announced today at Nine Network’s up-fronts event. Currently in production in Sydney, Bite Club has attracted major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW.

In Bite Club, after surviving a shark attack, two detectives join forces to hunt the ultimate predator…the serial killer who is also hunting them. 

The killer cast includes Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Vampire Diaries, Underbelly Files: Chopper), Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Party Tricks), Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Janet King), Deborah Mailman (Redfern Now, Offspring), Robert Mammone (Underbelly, Fat Tony & Co, Janet King), Pia Miller (Home and Away), Marny Kennedy (Wentworth, Janet King), Darcie Irwin-Simpson (Love Child) and Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of The Rings, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wild Things).

The 8 x 44 minute series is being produced by Sue Seeary; executive produced by Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney, David Maher, David Taylor and Sarah Smith; written by Sarah Smith and John Ridley; and directed by Jennifer Leacey, Geoff Bennett, Wayne Blair and Peter Andrikidis.

Executive producers David Taylor and David Maher from Playmaker said: “With such a talented cast, and one of the best creative and production teams around, we’re hugely excited to be producing Bite Club. We love working with Nine, and from the outset everyone involved has embraced the idea of breaking new ground with Australian crime drama.”

CEO of Screen Australia Graeme Mason said: “Bite Club’s marquee cast and stunning Sydney locations promise to deliver a crime thriller series with an unmistakeably Australian feel. With the exceptionally talented Playmaker producing team joining forces with such accomplished directors, this series is bound to resonate with Australian audiences and beyond, as we expect this show will also have strong international appeal.”

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey added: “We are delighted to play such a significant part in enabling this quality production from Playmaker through our Made In NSW fund, which will provide a great boost to our local economy. The impressive creative team is matched by an equally impressive cast list and we look forward to the iconic Sydney backdrop being promoted to international audiences.”

Nine’s Heads of Drama Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney said: “With its international all-star cast, stunning locations and gripping crime stories, Bite Club is set to be the freshest and most thrilling new drama of 2018. We’re excited to join with Playmaker and some of Australia’s leading writers, directors and actors on a new drama that promises passion, danger and above all, great entertainment.”

Bite Club will premiere on the Nine Network in 2018, with Sony Pictures Television handling international sales.

Bite Club / Photo credit John Platt

About Playmaker

Playmaker was established in 2009 to produce writer-driven drama for broadcasters both locally and internationally. Principals David Taylor and David Maher are award winning and Emmy® nominated producers with extensive experience across all genres of production. Playmaker’s credits include the TV Week Logie Award-winning House Husbands and Love Child for Nine Network; the highly anticipated miniseries Friday On My Mind and the multi award winning series The Code for the ABC; The Wrong Girl for Network Ten; Chosen for IQiyi; Hiding for the ABC; the multiplatform drama series SLiDE for Foxtel; and the telemovies Wicked Love and Blood Brothers for Nine Network.

Playmaker’s SCRIBE program, an initiative to develop show-running talent, has produced four original commissioned drama series since it began in 2011, and the company was announced as the ‘Media Super Production Business of the Year’ at the 14th Annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 22 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.

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