Universal Channel has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Fox’s mid-season legal drama Rake.
Based on the Australian series of the same name, Rake follows a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer named Keegan Deane. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment and stars Greg Kinnear, John Ortiz, Miranda Otto, Bojana Novakovic, Necar Zadegan, David Harbour and Tara Summers.
The pick up of Rake is the latest scripted acquisition for Universal Channel following their rebrand earlier this year to focus on more character driven, rather than procedural, series. Other high profile acquisitions under the new strategy have included Bates Motel, Graceland and Sleepy Hollow – which premiered earlier this month to a record audience of 0.674 million viewers.
“Rake was one of the most talked-about series of this year’s LA Screening and we knew it would be the perfect fit for Universal Channel and our new positioning”, said James Newton, Channel Director of Universal Channel. “It immediately became a prime target for us, and we’re delighted to have secured it this early, long before its US launch. Keegan Joye is one of the most memorable small-screen leads since Gregory House, and we’re confident he’ll fit right in with Universal Channel’s growing roll-call of truly magnetic characters.”
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