Tony’s love of film led him to a career in the film business. In 1988, after successfully completing film school, Tony accepted a staff position at Dexter, Dryer and Lai, a major commercial production company in Hollywood. Its founder, Ron Dexter, took Tony under his wing, exposing him to all aspects of film production.
For the next three years Tony worked on many national and international spots, including Cathay Pacific Airlines, Jiffy Lube, Payless Shoes, Buick, and Kraft Foods.
Tony’s keen interest in feature films led him to PM Entertainment Group, where he worked as a production assistant on the feature film, “Ring Of Fire II”. Impressed with his competence and enthusiasm, the executives immediately promoted him to Production Manager on four features. “Private Wars”, “Fist Of Honor”, “No Escape, No Return”, and “To Be The Best”.
In 1993, confident that he can make it on his own as an independent producer, Tony found financing for, co-wrote, produced and co-directed his first action-adventure film feature entitled “L.A. Wars”, which has had a huge success worldwide.
While overseeing the worldwide sales of “L.A. Wars”, Tony developed and executive-produced, with Cinepix Film Properties and Moonstone Entertainment, the action-adventure feature film, “Mask Of Death”, starring Lorenzo Lamas, Billy Dee Williams and Rae Dawn Chong, which world-premiered on HBO in 1996. Following the success of “Mask Of Death”, Tony developed another screenplay entitled “New Breed”, which he sold to Cinepix Film Properties which was acquired by Lionsgate.
Tony developed many screenplays including the sci-fi, action-adventure feature, “Starforce” which he also produced in 1999. “Starforce” stars Michael Bergin (Baywatch) and Amy Weber, and was sold worldwide.
In 2004 Tony founded Hollywood Wizard a boutique production and sales company to represent and license the rights of feature films from independent filmmakers to worldwide distributors. As a sales agent and distributor Tony exhibited at over 60 film markets around the world, The Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale – The European Film Market, MIPTV, NATPE, and The American Film Market, met with hundreds of international buyers from over fifty territories, represented and sold a library of over 100 feature films domestically and internationally, developed strong and personal relationships with buyers worldwide who continually buy his films.
Under the Hollywood Wizard banner Tony executive produced, financed and distributed “Shira: the Vampire Samurai” released in 2005, executive produced, financed and distributed “Horrors of War” released in 2006, financed, produced and distributed “Ballistica” released in 2010, in 2014 Tony produced “Always Faithful”.
In 2013 Hollywood Wizard was rebranded as FlixHouse Global.
From 2006 – 2012 Mr. Tony served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).