A graduate of the USC cinema program, Cyrus Nowrasteh has worked in the motion picture and television business for over 20 years.
Cyrus Nowrasteh was born in Boulder, Colorado of Iranian parents, and lived in Iran as a young boy. A graduate of the USC cinema program, he has worked in the motion picture and television business for over 20 years. He has worked as a writer on a number of TV series, most notably developing and writing the pilot for the hit USA network show, “La Femme Nikita” which ran for five years and was the most successful series on USA up to that time. In the following years, Cyrus focused on docudrama and history. In 2001 he wrote and directed the highly acclaimed Paramount/Showtime feature presentation, “The Day Reagan Was Shot.” The following year he reteamed with Showtime to write
“10,000 Black Men Named George.” For both of the above films, Cyrus received the PEN Literary Award for best teleplay, becoming the only writer in the history of the PEN awards to win two years in a row in the same category. Cyrus went on to work on two controversial projects “The Path to 9/11” and “The Stoning of Soraya M. Cyrus latest project is “The Young Messiah,” a biblical drama that follows Jesus Christ at age 7 when he returns to Nazareth and learns about his true place in the universe as the Son of God.