Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

VARIETY: CBS in 'Need' of memoir

Carol Mendelsohn Prods. to develop pic


CBS TV Studios has optioned Kate Braestrup's memoir "Here If You Need Me" for Carol Mendelsohn Prods. to develop.

Book revolves around how Braestrup coped with the sudden loss of her husband, an aspiring minister who died in a car accident. In the aftermath, Braestrup decided she would follow in his footsteps and became a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, which conducts search and rescue misions in the state. In that role, the author began comforting families also coping with loss. She is also author of "Beginner's Grace," a non-religious guide to prayer.

Little, Brown and Co. published "Here" in 2007. Deal was made by Brick House Literary Agents and Hotchkiss & Associates.

Mendelsohn is exec producer of the Eye's "CSI" mothership. Her banner is based at CBS TV Studios.