Gersh signs 'Terabithia' clan

Talent agency repping Katherine and David Paterson

The Paterson family has been adopted by the Gersh Agency.

Gersh has inked deals to rep children's author Katherine Paterson and her screenwriter-playwright son, David, as well as their production company, Arcady Bay Entertainment.

Paterson is the author of more than 40 books aimed at youngsters, including "Bridge to Terabithia," "The Master Puppeteer," "Jacob Have I Loved" and "The Great Gilly Hopkins," which David is now adapting for the screen. With screenwriter Jeff Stockwell ("The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"), David co-adapted "Terabithia" into a 2007 Walden/Disney movie that grossed $137 million worldwide.

Gersh will work with the Patersons to turn more of her catalog into theatrical projects. Paterson's latest book, "The Day of the Pelican," is set for fall release by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin.

David Paterson has published more than 20 plays, wrote the 2005 Sundance film "Love, Ludlow" and recently wrote the short film "Open Air."

Arcady, which also includes David's brother John Paterson overseeing business development, is producing "The Great Gilly Hopkins."