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Writer  |  Director  |  Actor  |  Producer



Tony is an actor/ producer based in New York.

Founder of BackBone Pictures

Lionsgate Theatrical release in US theaters 2023


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Paper Empire - Trailer Season 1 2023

CSI: NY - Paul Martin -TV Series


Complication of Scenes

DARC - Scene Extracts 

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Backbone Pictures president, Tony Schiena, is unique in the film industry.

A name synonymous with counter-terrorism and espionage. Tony is a former intelligence operative and the founder of MOSAIC (, a highly-respected and successful, global crisis management and defense intelligence firm.


Tony has been an expert advisor on terrorism and espionage on networks from CNN to FOX, including BBC, AL JAZEERA, i24, ABC, HLN, etc, as well as being featured in the award-winning VICE documentary “Superpower for Hire”.


As a  former undefeated world karate champion, Tony was approached early on by Hollywood for movies and quickly became a leading action star. The cross-over between his two worlds came when a former chairman of NBC and Emmy / golden globe winner approached him for a docu-series. Spike TV immediately financed filming on what was to be called The Sheriff, in which Tony leads a team of special forces, training SWAT teams to fight against the Mexican drug cartels. His first role as producer was Al Pacino’s passion project “Wilde Salome”. When you watch the film, look out for a clip of Tony and Al walking through the streets of London trying to find Oscar Wilde’s home.


Tony’s first acting credit was “Merchant of Venice” with Al Pacino and his first credit as executive producer was once again with Pacino.

Tony recently garnered critical acclaim with the action feature DARC which premiered on NETFLIX and ran on NETFLIX and AMAZON PRIME simultaneously for two years.


Tony co-wrote and created the characters and story, executive produced, and starred in it. His latest action movie success is The Weapon, released by Lionsgate in theaters and multiple platforms. Tony’s company Backbone Pictures, co-financed and produced The Weapon in which Tony stars, produces, and directs. Backbone Pictures currently has a slate of feature films and documentaries at various stages of production.


Tony is currently in pre-production of the sequel to “The Weapon” as well as pre-production of the action feature “FRANCO” to be shot in Rome, Italy. 

The TV series “Paper Empire” will be entering its third season of filming. Tony is a lead actor, laying an FBI agent who’s tracking Robert Davi’s character. This ensemble Stars Tony alongside Kelsey Grammer, John Lovitz, Wesley Snipes, Cuba Golding Jnr etc.

Tony recently completed the romantic comedy “Sicilian Holiday” in which he stars opposite Italys biggest star, Claudia Gerini and is slated for an Italian theatrical release in 2023. 

Backbone Pictures is currently in development of “Beach Break”, a thriller set on an island which will be co-executive produced by Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco.


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