Cheryl Guerriero - WRITER
Cheryl Guerriero was born and raised in New Jersey by two dysfunctional loving parents and an older sister who once threw a pair of scissors at her head. Thankfully, her sister missed. Guerriero, an athlete since birth, went on to college where she became a National Lacrosse Champion. Upon graduating, her mother insisted she get a job at Prudential Life Insurance company and get married. Guerriero promptly moved to New York City and came out as a writer and a lesbian.
After Guerriero received her first check for writing, her parents got off her back about getting a real job.
In 2006, Guerriero received her first produced screenplay credit with National Lampoon’s Pledge This!Guerriero who was voted “funniest” in high school co-wrote the screenplay with another friend who had been voted “most likely to succeed.” Sadly, the movie was neither funny nor successful. As one kind reviewer noted, “Don’t even bother. It makes you stupid” and “My brain tried to strangle me.”
Guerriero continued on her way receiving various writing assignments and seeing her next original screenplay, Hunting Season, make it from the page to the screen. The second time proved to be a lot better than the first. Hunting Season, a mystery thriller, has aired on HBO/Cinemax, Lifetime and numerous TV channels around the globe.
Third time has proved to be the charm with Guerriero’s original screenplay Palmer. In 2016 Palmer made it onto the prestigious Hollywood Black List. In 2019, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment produced the film with Award Winner Fisher Stevens directing and starring Academy Award Nominee Justin Timberlake alongside newcomer Ryder Allen, Juno Temple, June Squibb and Alisha Wainright. Apple TV+ released Palmer in January 2021 and it quickly became Apple TV+’s most watched film, breaking records globally.
Guerriero stepped into the publishing world with her debut suspense novel Girl on Point. In 2019, Italian film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis snatched up the movie rights and hired Guerriero to adapt.
In addition, in 2004 Guerriero was invited onto the Oprah Winfrey Show as guest to discuss her documentary My Best Kept Secret. It was one of the season’s highest rated segments.
Most recently, Guerriero was hired by Monarch Media (producers Alan Powell and Steve Barnett) hired Guerriero to adapt her documentary “My Best Kept Secret” into a feature script. In addition, Cohen Media Group hired Guerriero to pen “Girl at Sea,” based on the true life story of Tania Aebi, the first and youngest American woman to complete a solo circumnavigation of the globe in a sailboat.
Guerriero lives in Los Angeles and when she isn’t writing, she can be found playing poker and over eating. She is represented by manager Markus Goerg at Heroes & Villains Entertainment, Jessica Kantor at UTA and Peter Sample at Jackoway, Tyerman et al.