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. Tony has also been hired to write three feature screenplays.
In addition to screenwriting, Tony also studied Directing at UCLA. In 2019 he directed a proof-of-concept short film - "Together", which was selected to screen at over 20 festivals around the world, winning awards in 10 of those festivals including multiple "Best Screenplay" or "Best Film" awards. Broadvision now has a commitment for funding for the multi-million dollar budget for the feature version of "Together", which is slated for production in the first half of 2021, with Tony Directing. In late 2019 Tony was hired to write and direct a satiric comedy short - "Representation Matters", which has been selected to screen in multiple film festivals around the world.
Tony also studies acting, and 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 led 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 produced in association with Beacon Pictures, stars Eric Dane and Natalie Zea, and was written and directed by John Shea. It was released in the 25 theaters in 12 cities in the U.S. Broadvision drove the theatrical release, and Lionsgate handled the Home Entertainment release.
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, and Tokyo. He has been involved in business in China since 1993, and has basic conversational ability in Mandarin Chinese. He also has reading ability in German.