CBS TV has the optioned the rights to Kate Braestrup’s moving memoir HERE IF YOU NEED ME. The book follows Braestrup as she decides to become a minister after her husband dies tragically in a car accident. The mother of four starts working as a chaplain for the Maine State Troopers, aiding grieving families involved with missing persons. Carol Mendelsohn Productions, which works with “CSI,” will be developing for the network.
Charlize Theron’s “Hatfields & McCoys” project is gaining traction at NBC with a deal being finalized with creator John Glenn and ABC Studios. Hot off the success of the History Channel miniseries that starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, this network reincarnation would modernize the family rivalry with a 1%/99% feel featuring the wealthy Hatfields pitted against the impoverished McCoys.
David Shore is moving to Sony Pictures Television with a new three-year, eight-figure development deal, morphing his Shore Z Productions into a full company, in search of a development executive who will work with Shore on his own projects as well as with other writers. The “House” creator was previously set up at NBCUniversal.