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.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety