David Lord Paterson
David Lord Paterson (born 1966) is an American screenwriter, actor and producer.
When Paterson was a boy, his best friend, an eight-year-old girl named Lisa Hill, was struck by lightning and killed. His mother, author Katherine Paterson, used this real-life experience as the basis for her children's novel Bridge to Terabithia.
David Paterson produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the novel released in 2007.
He graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1989 with a BA.
Paterson held a special advance screening of Bridge to Terabithia on February 1, 2007, for members of the CUA community at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.