A.W. "Tony" Scott began screenwriting after a career as one of the world's leading consultants to companies at the intersection of media and digital technologies, and a successful Venture Capital investor with multiple exits through IPOs and acquisitions.
Tony entered the UCLA Graduate Film School’s Professional Screenwriting and Writing for Television Programs in 2012. While completing the programs, Tony's first screenplay "At Last" won multiple screenwriting competitions, and was named one of the top 10 drama scripts and top 30 scripts across all genres on the in 2013 (out of over 5000 scripts). He optioned two screenplays to a Chinese production company, and in 2015 his script “Sentience” was named best screenplay in the Professional Programs. It has a commitment for full financing on a $10+ million budget from Mutressa Movies (Elika Portnoy, the largest single investor in “Beast of No Nation”. “Sentience” is expected to go into production in 2017. Broadvision Entertainment, of which Tony was one of three co-founders, will be one of three Production Companies on the movie. Tony is currently novelizing "Sentience". Recently, Tony was engaged by Chinese Director Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern”, “The Great Wall”) to write an English voice-over and assist in re-editing his documentary “Stories Through 180 Lenses.”
In addition to screenwriting, Tony also studied Directing at UCLA. He recently directed a proof of concept reel for Broadvision’s unscripted/docudrama series “Goalliners”, and will direct a music video in January that is currently in pre-production. He studies acting at the Actors Academy in Santa Monica, and in the last two years has been a supporting or lead actor in two shorts (“Refuel” and “Starlight Inn”); a Chinese drama television series ("Marry to the West") and an independent feature ("7X7").
Tony is currently leading the marketing and PR strategies for the theatrical release of Broadvision’s first feature movie – “Grey Lady”- with an emphasis on social media marketing. "Grey Lady", which Broadvision Entertainment produced in association with Beacon Pictures, stars Eric Dane and Natalie Zea, and was written and directed by John Shea. It will be released in the U.S. on April 21. Broadvision is driving the release with Lionsgate.
Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Tony was President of ChampionScott Partners, one of the world’s leading executive search firms focused on the technology and new media sectors. Earlier, he was Managing Director of the Global Technology and New Media practices for A.T. Kearney, one of the world's leading strategy consulting and executive search firms. He also founded and served as a Managing Partner for EDS Corporation's Corporate Venture fund. In his 20+ year career as a consultant and venture capitalist to high tech companies around the world, his clients and investments achieved multiple successful exits through IPOs or acquisitions.
Born in New Orleans, Tony grew up in Mississippi and worked as a jazz/funk/R&B musician in high school and college. He received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and a MBA in marketing and strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Tony has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Beijing, London, Tokyo and Zurich. Tony has been involved in business in China for since 1993, and has basic conversational ability in Mandarin Chinese. He also has reading ability in German.