Michael Perri is a dramatic writer who was born Emmanuel Pedro until his adoptive parents changed his name when he was ten.
Growing up in Chicago’s foster care system, he wrote plays and asked (okay forced) the other kids to act them out. Before moving to LA to write full time, he traveled the world as a technology and cyber-security consultant. Recently, Perri was awarded a coveted spot in NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program. Prior to that, he was a finalist in the Disney | ABC Writing program and a participant in the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Television Writers Fellowship sponsored by ABC Creative Talent & Development and NBC’s Talent Diversity initiatives. Perri also made Tracking-Board.com’s 2012 Young and Hungry List. He attributes his success to the same resolve and optimistic attitude he displayed as a child in foster care.
Perri’s characters often reflect his own upbeat and positive attitude, persevering to overcome their obstacles no matter the odds. As a nice Catholic boy, his dream was always to marry a sweet Jewish girl and join the enormous family she puts up with. Mike’s dream came true and he looks forward to raising his children to be guilt-free ‘Cashews’ one day.
He has been a staff writer on NBC TV’s hit show Blindspot, and now joins the staff of TERESA on Starz. Before that, Perri was a staff writer on NBC TV’s CIA Conspiracy Series State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard. He is repped by Gersh and Echo Lake Management.