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Cari Daly has won AFI's William J. Fadiman Screenwriting Fellowship and AFI's Writers' Room Ready award. She has received over thirty Finalist, Semifinalist, and Quarterfinalist rankings, including Nicholl Quarterfinal, Nicholl Top 20%, Tribeca Sloan Top Five, Big Swing Finalist, Coverfly Red List Top Twenty Scripts of the Year, Page Semifinal, three Austin Second Rounds, and Finalist in We Screenplay Diverse Voices, Set in Philadelphia, The Launch by Screencraft, Stowe Story Lab Tangerine Fellowship, and New Orleans Film Festival, among others.

She is the grandchild of Irish gangsters, immigrants, Canadian mennonites and Southern orphans, who grew up in Washington, D.C., escaped to NYC and currently lives in South Central LA. Cari received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School where she was awarded the Artist and Scholar Award, the Playwrights' Horizons Award and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Scholarship. She continued to the AFI Conservatory, where she received her MFA in Screenwriting.

She recently concluded work as a staff writer on a new Ali Baba sci-fi romance series(now in pre-production) and currently has projects in development with showrunner Ed Decter (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, SHADOWHUNTERS), and producers Maor Azran and Thomas Hartmann.

Highest Staffing Level
Staff Writer
Guild Membership
Alma Mater


Cari Daly

In the bizarre world of high-tech prosthetic limb design, an emotionally unavailable female prosthetist finds an unlikely connection with a pain-in-the-ass, former pro-skater when she’s tasked with making him new legs.


Cari Daly

AMERICAN CANDY is a one-hour drama based on the tangled true story of the family that built the multi-billion-dollar Ferrara Pan Candy empire—set against the glittering backdrop of 1920’s organized crime and Prohibition in Chicago’s Little Italy... Think BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets OZARK set in the addictive world of WILLY WONKA.


Cari Daly

Bloodthirsty winter. Rebels. Scabs. Impossible friendship forged in the fire of riots-- Massachusetts, 1912: When the savage textile-mill owners slash workers’ pay, a ferocious young widow must choose—stay silent to save her child, or risk their lives to join the revolution. Based on the insane true story.


Cari Daly
Drama Mystery & Suspense

After her Irish mob-boss husband is arrested by the FBI, a strong-willed mother abandons plans to leave him and takes over the family business as a single parent.