Mike Zunic is a WGA Award-winning, LGBTQ+ screenwriter and broken neck survivor with a passion for telling visceral stories that unpack trauma in relatable, perspective-shifting ways. He has written two Emmy-nominated short-form series, which garnered him 2 WGA Award nominations, including one win. He also served as a staff writer on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.
The first-born son of a Croatian refugee and a Jewish mother from Inglewood, Mike grew up closeted in New York’s scenic (read: sleepy) Hudson Valley. The polarizing differences between his parents’ personalities coupled with his own repressed identity led to a fascination with psychology, which would later become the basis for his story-telling.
Mike studied personality, social, and abnormal psychology at Duke University in an effort to better empathize with others and understand what makes people behave in the ways that they do. Following graduation, Mike earned his MFA at the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, where he realized that his lifelong hobby of writing could be a viable career choice. Since then, he’s written authentic stories about the underrepresented, oppressed, and marginalized. He believes visible representation and inclusive stories that celebrate diversity have the power to save lives.
Mike is drawn to stories about characters who lead double lives, carry heavy secrets, and work through trauma.