SPT fits Rake for 'Cashmere'


Writer-producer Jeff Rake has extended his overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Under the new pact, he will serve as executive producer/ showrunner on "Cashmere Mafia," the studio's upcoming drama series for ABC.

If "Cashmere" is successful, Rake is set to run it for two years. Rake, who is in the middle of a two-year overall deal with SPT, is expected to turn his attention to development after that.

"Cashmere," a co-production with Darren Star Prods., stars Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto and Bonnie Somerville as four successful female executives, friends since college, who rely on one another as they juggle the demands of career, family, hard choices and high ambitions in New York.

Rake said he loved the "Cashmere" script written by "Working Girl" scribe Kevin Wide and was impressed by the pilot directed by Peyton Reed.

"It's about real situations and real people's lives, and it combines comedy and drama, which is right up my alley," Rake said. "It is the type of show I love to watch and write."

Production on "Cashmere" will be based in New York. Rake and Wade will spend the next couple of months in Los Angeles assembling the writing team and getting it off the ground. Then Wade will go to New York, while Rake will stay in Hollywood, running the writers' room.

"Between the two of us, hopefully we'll have all bases covered," Rake said.

On "Cashmere," Rake will serve as executive producer alongside Star, Wade and Gail Katz.

The project reunites Rake and Star. The two co-created and executive produced the Fox drama series "The Street," which gave Rake his start in television, and the NBC dramedy "Miss Match," starring Alicia Silverstone.

"He had given me great opportunities in the past; he jump-started my career, and I'm always ready to jump when he reaches out to me," Rake said of Star.

As for extending his stay at SPT, he added, "I'm fortunate that I'm going to have an increased opportunity to work with them, executive produce 'Cashmere Mafia' and hopefully develop with them down the line."

Rake's series credits also include ABC's "Boston Legal" and "The Practice" and Fox's "Head Cases."

He is repped by WMA, manager Lenny Bekerman and attorney Matt Johnson.