St. John's College High School
San Dieguito High School
Directed J.D. Salinger biopic "Salinger"
Co-authored written biography "Salinger"
Wrote the screenplay for "Aliens vs Predator: Requiem"
Executive Produced (also wrote) "UC: Undercover" (NBC)
Established his own production company, Chasing Time Pictures
Worked on writing a script with filmmaker and personal idol Michael Mann about the drug trade
Created pilot "UC: Undercover" with novelist Don Winslow about a team of undercover agents; pilot greenlighted by NBC
Worked on developing "Bay of Pigs" for director Ving Rhames
Met acclaimed "Boyz N The Hood" director John Singleton; co-wrote screenplay for "Shaft" (2000)
Received first feature screenwriting credit for "Armageddon"
Met director Michael Bay and began work on the Jerry Bruckheimer produced "Armageddon"
Worked on developing two more features, the thriller "Breakdown" and a script about the Zodiac serial killer for Touchstone
Sold "Thunder Blow" to Dino DeLaurentiis for $600,000 and adapted "A Season in Hell" for Steven Spielberg and the newly formed Dreamworks Pictures
Signed with CAA and got out of his TV deal
Assigned to develop action features "A Season in Hell" and "Thunder Blow" with producer Arne Schmidt
Signed a three-year deal with Universal television and producer Dick Wolf to write for "New York Undercover" (Fox); clashed creatively with producers and other writers
Began unpaid internship on the set of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
Moved to Los Angeles
Produced his own documentary for public access "Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs"
Hired to rewrite "Alien vs. Predator" which was released in 2004; never received screen credit
Salerno was voted "Most Likely to be Famous" in high school and was often compared to Alex P. Keaton, Michael J. Fox's character from "Family Ties"