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Michael F.X. Daley - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Michael F.X. Daley Michael F.X. Daley

Clinical Professor of Screenwriting | Loyola Marymount University


School of Film and Television





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GAPF Presents: Genre Writing



Michael F.X. Daley is an experienced television writer whose five episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have won him three awards: a Genesis Award, an S.E.T. Award and E! Television’s The Soup Award. Michael also served as a Staff Writer for the critical and fan favorite CW show Reaper, where he penned the series finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver.” He currently works for HBO on The Leftovers, and has worked on Resurrection for ABC, Murder In The First for TNT, Boss for STARZ, Big Love for HBO, Crossing Jordan for NBC, That’s My Bush! for Comedy Central, and The X-Files for FOX. In addition, he developed a TV pilot with Alloy Entertainment, and is currently shopping that and other TV pilots.

Michael also served as a Writing Producer for Blindlight, a video game company. His video game writing credits include Ninja Gaiden for Tecmo, Jet Li’s ‘Rise To Honor’ for Sony, Igor for Legacy Interactive, Shrek 2 for Dreamworks, and Dead2Rights: Redemption for Volatile Games.

Mike has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, where he’s now teaching Television Writing as an Adjunct Professor. He originally hails from Syracuse, New York, where he earned his Bachelors in English Communication from Le Moyne College.

Education (2)

Loyola Marymount University: M.F.A., Screenwriting

LeMoyne College: B.A., English/Communications


Areas of Expertise (4)

TV Writing

The One-Hour Drama

Procedural Shows

Genre Shows

Industry Expertise (4)


Fine Art

Writing and Editing

Motion Pictures and Film

Affiliations (1)

  • Writers Guild of America

Media Appearances (2)

Interview: Michael FX Daley

CSI Files  


Writers’ assistant Michael FX Daley has written two previous episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, season eight’s “Lying Down With Dogs” and “Man Up” from last season. This week’s installment, “Split Decisions”, is his third credit for the series, and he co-wrote the episode with Co-Executive Producer Richard Catalani. Daley answered some questions for CSI Files’ Rachel Trongo about the writing process, CSI’s transitional twelfth season, and a unique forensic process that will be featured in “Split Decisions”...

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When to Quit

Los Angeles Magazine  


Michael F.X. Daley, a 43-year-old script coordinator on HBO’s Big Love, has been playing this game for a long time. His master’s in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount led to entry-level assistant jobs on shows such as The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, and the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, where he penned a script that was made into an episode. On the side he wrote spec scripts for The West Wing, Ally McBeal, Six Feet Under, The Shield, and Without a Trace. He finally got a staff writer job on the CW network’s 2007 fantasy series, Reaper. The gig almost tripled his salary. But the show was canceled. His agent sent him to interview for writing jobs, but nothing panned out—which means he proofreads other writers’ scripts even as he yearns to become a staff writer himself...

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