Timeline 10:
I assign the variable "company" a value:
company = ford;

Timeline 20:
I have a button with the following script that needs to access a movieClip called "ford" (also located at timeline number 20):
on (press) {
company.gotoAndPlay(2);
}

The variable doesn't get passed. I have tried tracing it with:
trace(company);
trace(typeof(company));

In both instances I get "undefined" back.

When I insert "company = ford;" directly in the button so it looks like this...
on (press) {
company = ford;
company.gotoAndPlay(2);
}
... it works, and my traces gives me:
_level0.instance1.ford
movieclip

I tried replacing "company = ford;" with "_global.company = ford;" at timeline 10, but still no luck.

Any good ideas on how I can assign "ford" to a variable early on the timeline and then use the variable as a movieClip name later?

Thanks in advance!
:: serviator