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Rake leaves Fox for Sony

Exec inks two-year deal to create, develop projects

After nearly five years at 20th Century Fox TV, scribe-producer Jeff Rake is ankling the studio and heading to Sony Pictures Television.

Rake has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Sony to create, develop and exec produce series projects. While known for his work on one-hour dramas – including “Boston Legal” and “The Practice” – Rake is expected to write both half-hour and hourlong projects for Sony.

Deal creates a reunion of sorts for Rake and Darren Star, who moved to the Sony lot last year. The two co-created 2001 Fox drama “The Street” and later teamed to exec produce “Miss Match,” the Rake-created romantic dramedy starring Alicia Silverstone.

Rake, while expressing gratitude to 20th’s top brass, said Sony’s status as one of the town’s few remaining indies played a role in his decision to set up shop there.

“I’ve never written a pilot for cable, and I’m eager to do that,” he said, noting that Sony’s business model allows him “the freedom to develop for any network.”

Rake also had a pre-existing relationship with SPT programming/production co-topper Jamie Erlicht. Erlicht was an exec at Artists Television Group when Rake and Star were developing “The Street” for Michael Ovitz’s now-defunct production entity.

In addition to “The Street” and “Miss Match,” WMA-repped Rake exec produced last fall’s short-lived Fox hour “Head Cases.” Most recently, he’s been working as a consulting producer on “Bones.”

Rake, who’s still in his 20th offices, begins his deal with Sony on March 30.