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

Michael F.X. Daley

Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Director for the Writing and Producing Television Program | Loyola Marymount University


School of Film and Television





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GAPF Presents: Genre Writing



Michael F.X. Daley is a television writer whose credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the CW show Reaper, where he wrote the series finale. He’s worked for Netflix on Maniac, HBO on The Leftovers and Big Love, ABC on Secrets & Lies and Resurrection, TNT on Murder In The First, STARZ on Boss, NBC on Crossing Jordan, Comedy Central on That’s My Bush! and FOX on The X-Files. He is currently shopping various pilots and screenplays around town.

Michael worked for Blindlight, writing video games. His 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.

Michael has an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from LMU, where he now teaches screenwriting and serves as the Graduate Director for the Writing and Producing for Television program. He’s writing a book titled “The Writers Took Television”, interviewing TV showrunners including Norman Lear, Carol Mendelsohn, Chris Carter, Damon Lindelof, Tom Spezialy and Vince Gilligan.

He originally hails from Syracuse, New York, where he got his B.A. 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 (1)

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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