Scott Free Productions

Scott Free Productions is a British-American independent film and television production company founded in 1970 by filmmakers and brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. They formed the feature film development company Percy Main Productions in 1980,[1] naming the company after the English village Percy Main, where their father grew up.[2] The company was renamed Scott Free Productions in 1995.[2] Scott Free has produced films ranging from the 2000 Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator (2000) to "smaller pictures" like Cracks (2009).[2] Between the productions of White Squall (1996) and G.I. Jane (1997), Ridley Scott reorganised the company.[3]

Scott Free Productions
Company typePrivate
FoundersRidley Scott
Tony Scott
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, United States
Key people
David W. Zucker
(Chief Creative Officer)
Kevin J. Walsh
Michael Schaefer
(Producer & President)
Mike Pruss
(Senior VP)
Jack Arbuthnott
(Head of Film)
Kate Crowe
(Head of Television)
Carlo Dusi
(Head of Business)
Justin Alvarado Brown
(Chief Operating Officer)
ProductsMotion pictures, television programs
OwnerRidley Scott
ParentRSA Films

History edit

On July 1, 1992, Percy Main Productions signed a production deal with Paramount Pictures to produce its feature films.[4]

On December 6, 1993, two separate production companies, Tony Scott Productions and Ridley Scott Productions, were merged into a single roof and it signed an agreement with 20th Century Fox, and Italy's RCS Video, with UK's Majestic Films International to distribute its films and made its new banner Scott Free Productions.[5]

On September 25, 1995, the Scotts moved to Disney, and Largo Entertainment took over international distribution of its product.[6] In 1996, the Scotts signed a secondary agreement with Intermedia to finance some of its films.[7]

In November 1997, the Scotts moved full-time to PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, where they produced feature films for the studio, terminating its contracts with Disney and Intermedia.[8]

On October 12, 1999, Scott Free Productions entered a two-year production deal with The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, after its original deal with Universal, which was inherited from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment ended.[9] There, the company produced Black Hawk Down for Bruckheimer.

On September 21, 2001, Scott Free was moved to 20th Century Fox, and Fox produced its feature films, after its previous agreement with producer Jerry Bruckheimer ended.[10] After Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019 and Disney dropped the “Fox” name from the studio's 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures branding and the two studios were renamed 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, respectively on January 17, 2020, Scott Free returned to Disney.[11]

On November 6, 2002, Scott Free signed a television contract with CBS to produce its television shows, airing on the network.[12]

On January 23, 2005, Numbers became Scott Free's first hit series for television.[13] The strategy repeated on September 22, 2009 when Scott Free produced its second hit series The Good Wife.[14]

On August 21, 2012, Tony Scott, who was one of the co-founders of the company in 1993, committed suicide after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles..[15]

In August 2022, Scott Free productions were signed to create an Apple TV+ eight part crime drama Sinking Spring. Additionally the show marked Ridley Scott's second TV directorial role.[16]

During January 2023, Scott Free productions signed COO Justin Alvarado Brown in a 2 year deal.[17]

During February 2023, ABC News studios announced they have signed with Scott Free to produce a four part true-crime docuseries for Hulu. [18]

In April 2023, Scott Free Productions announced that they would be working in conjunction with Apple Studios and Sony Pictures to produce Napoleon, a historical action directed by Ridley Scott that stars Joaquin Phoenix as French conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte.[19]

Scott Free Productions has offices in London and Los Angeles. It works with Ridley Scott's larger company RSA Films by assisting directors in film and television.[20]


As of Clay Pigeons, released in 1998, the production logo is a watercolour style traditional animation of a crudely-drawn man wearing monk-style clothing with a white haze surrounding him, walking and smoking a cigarette, then running and transforming into a bird. The company name (sometimes since A Good Year in 2006, without it) appears underneath the bird and everything turns blue and on a black background. The bird is between the name. It was done by Italian artist and animator Gianluigi Toccafondo.[21]

Productions edit

References edit

  1. ^ Knapp, Laurence F.; Kulas, Andrea F. (2005). Ridley Scott: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. p. xviii. ISBN 978-1-57806-726-8.
  2. ^ a b c Galloway, Stephen (16 May 2012). "Did You Know Ridley Scott's Empire Contains 'The Good Wife'?". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Parrill, William B. (2011). Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography. McFarland. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-7864-5866-0.
  4. ^ Berman, Marc (1 July 1992). "Par, Scott in 1st-look feature deal". Variety.
  5. ^ O'Steen, Kathleen (6 December 1993). "Scott brothers finalize financing, distrib deal". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  6. ^ "IN HUNT FOR BIG GAME, SOME INDIES THRIVING". Variety. 25 September 1995. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  7. ^ Weiner, Rex; Hindes, Andrew (10 January 1997). "Indies' lesson in '96: more may mean less". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Studio Report Card: PolyGram/Gramercy". Variety. 12 January 1998. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  9. ^ Lyons, Charles (12 October 1999). "Scott brothers back to Disney, via Bruckheimer". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  10. ^ Swanson, Tim (21 September 2001). "Scotts cast lot with Fox". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (17 January 2020). "Disney Drops "Fox" From 20th Century, Searchlight Logos". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  12. ^ Adalian, Josef (6 November 2002). "Bigscreen duo turns to TV". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Breaking News - These 'Numb3rs' Are Multiplying |". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Ratings - CBS Wins Premiere Week in Viewers and Adults 25-54 |". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  15. ^ Chelsea J. Carter and JD Cargill (20 August 2012). "Official: Director Tony Scott left notes in car, office before his apparent suicide". CNN. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  16. ^; Creamer, Jon (12 August 2022). "Scott Free preps Sinking Spring for Apple TV+". Televisual. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (24 January 2023). "Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions Re-Ups President And Chief Operating Officer Justin Alvarado Brown". Deadline. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  18. ^ "Ridley Scott producing Hulu true-crime series with ABC News Studios". Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  19. ^ "Ridley Scott-Helmed 'Napoleon' Set By Apple Original Films For November Sony Theatrical Release; Let The Fall Fest Jockeying Begin!". Yahoo Entertainment. 3 April 2023. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  20. ^ "Scott Free". RSA Films. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  21. ^ Bhooshan (22 November 2019). "Scott Free Productions' Animated Intro -". Retrieved 2 March 2023.

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