20th TV takes stake in Rake

Pact to allow scribe-producer to create, write, produce skeins 'til 2003

Scribe-producer Jeff Rake (“The Street”) has inked a seven-figure, multiyear overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Rake will create, write and produce series programming for 20th under the terms of the deal, which runs through 2003. Scribe had been based at Artists Television Group; the deal with 20th is a new agreement.

Along with Darren Star, Rake co- created and exec produced “The Street,” a fall 2000 drama for Fox about the young guns of Wall Street.

“We loved the work Jeff did on ‘The Street’ and instantly recognized that he was an incredibly exciting new voice for television,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden. “We are thrilled that he’s chosen 20th as his new home.”

Rake said he and 20th “are a natural fit for each other.”

“I couldn’t be more impressed with the executives, and I’m incredibly excited to be developing projects with them,” Rake said. “My goal is to create character-driven shows that are funny, offbeat, feel very real — and don’t suck.”

After “The Street” halted production, Rake and Star teamed to create a hotel-based drama pilot for Fox Broadcasting Co. Before teaming with Star on “The Street,” Rake was a practicing lawyer.

Deal was brokered by Rake’s reps at William Morris and Lenny Bekerman of Anonymous Content.

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