Meet the Team


MATT CANNON
Founder / Creator / Producer


Planet X founder Matt Cannon is a confident and hard working self starter with a creative ability and passion for crafting visually and editorially engaging content for a public audience. Hailing from a working class background in Great Barr, Birmingham Matt has the great ambition and entrepreneurial drive to grow a successful and innovative business in the region.

Matt is a highly skilled and experienced photographer, director, and producer, with over 30 years of commercial experience within the advertising and film industry working on many budget levels and delivering first class content for blue chip clients and creative agencies.

During this time Matt has shot, produced, and directed adverts for many major brands including Volvo, Subway, Amtico, GHD, London Parks and The Labour Party, as well as various private clients in large scale retail and public authorities across the UK.

Matt has devoted over two years to developing the concept and vision for the Revolution X brand and believes that his true journey and next challenge is to bring this controversial and thought provoking concept to audiences through the media of film and games.

With his production experience and a solid understanding of the value of Intellectual Property Rights and brand and concept ownership Matt has put together a commercially attractive and exciting business plan. Activities researching and building relationships with others in the film, TV and game industry over the last few years has given Matt a strong insight into working creatively with talent and professionals across the board and he feels this is an unprecedented opportunity to be strategically and creatively brilliant with the Enlightenment concept and Planet X venture.



Giada Mazzoleni
Planet X Producer


Giada Is a film producer and filmeducator based in the UK.

Originally from Italy, she worked for two years as a development producer alongside the producer Franco Bocca Gelsi (Fame Chimica, Fuga dalcall center, L'ultimo pastore), as well as working for prestigious Milanese filmcompanies that included hFilm, Enormous Film, Filmgood, NCN, 360FX, The Blink Fish and Cattleya.

In 2018 she moved permanently to Birmingham, UK where she started Paguro Film, which produced the short film Moths to Flame (2018, silver ribbon awarded and selected in more than 30 festivals around the world) and Fulci for Fake (2019, in competition at the Venice Film Festival and internationally premiered at Sitges Fantastic Film Festival).

As an educator, Giada Mazzoleni has taught at the Civic School of Cinema in Milan. She was mentored by Rachel Robey (Welligton Films) during the special Women Leadership Course promoted by Screen Central.

She is member of Women in Tv and Film in Uk association and founder together with the Vice Italian Consul of Birmingham of “Marcello” : the first Italian Film Festival in the city, supported by Film Hub Midlands and BFI Fan trough National lottery funding.

She’s head of Jury at Chelthenam International Film Festival 2020 and Producer Country Focus Italy for the festival programme.

BARRY READ
Head of Production / Line Producer


In addition to his successful freelance career, Barry was also for several years Head of Production at Objective Productions where he was responsible for the production of the hugely successful Peep Show, and several Derren Brown series and Specials among many others.

A widely experienced production professional, his freelance work has included overseeing the production of a broad variety of film, drama, comedy and factual programming for many major companies including the BBC, ITV, Baby Cow, Granada, Celador, Open Mike, Phil McIntyre, and Sky.

Barry also runs his own successful film & TV production budget and facilitation service helping him stay up to date with the changing production landscape, maintain good relations with a wide and varied plethora of production crews, resources, suppliers, tech and industry professionals.



PAUL GERSTENBERGER
Writer


Paul Gerstenberger’s film credits include 2004 crime-caper Fakers, starring Matthew Rhys and Art Malik; horror-romp Bad Meat, which premiered at the Frightfest Allnighter Festival in 2011, starring Dave Franco; All Stars, a fast-moving, heart-warming 3D family comedy starring Theo Stevenson and Ashley Jensen, which spent 5 weeks in the UK top 10 and was one of 2013’s most successful British films; and The ReZort, an action-horror film starring Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw and Martin McCann, which played a number of prestigious festivals including EIFF, Sitges and Frightfest and was released in 2016. Troll: Tale of a Tail, an animated Norwegian/Chinese/Canadian co-production on which Paul shares a writing credit was released in 2019.

For television, Paul developed and was lead writer on BBC/TVNZ’s Paradise Café, was a core writer on season 2 of the smash-hit Nickelodeon mystery-series House of Anubis, writing 13 episodes, and wrote an episode of the popular ITV/BBCA sci-fi dinosaur series Primeval. He has also written multiple episodes of Evermoor and The Lodge for Disney, and Free Rein for Netflix.

Most recently, he has been a core writer on The Worst Witch for BBC/Netflix, writing 3 episodes for Season 3 in 2019, nominated for a Bafta for Best Children’s Drama, and 4 episodes for Season 4, due for broadcast in 2020. He is currently in development on The Fifth, a sci-fi mystery series (with a pilot script commissioned by ITV) and Girl Trouble, a teen mystery series, both for Lime Pictures; Good Times, a comedy-drama (with a pilot script commissioned by Channel 4), and Running Blind, a black-comedy, both for Yeti TV; an adaptation of the NOC series of true-life spy novels by Nicholas Anderson; and a high-concept psychological crime-series called Heidelberg’s Brain for All3Media/Filmpool Fiction GmbH .



GREG DANIELS
Assistant Editor


Greg is a Canadian script editor living in Wellington, New Zealand. He worked alongside Peter Jackson as 1st assistant editor for The Hobbit series, and is currently working on another project for Jackson.



MICHAEL RYAN
Planet X Shareholder / Investor / Business Mentor


Michael Ryan is a serial entrepreneur having formed the menswear brand The Depot in the 1980s. He led the team that created the internationally recognised style and music brand “Miss Moneypenny’s” which transformed clubbing throughout the 90’s and 00’s. In 2009 he launched E-Lites electronic cigarettes. E-Lites became the European market leader and Michael led the successful fight with UK and EU government regulators to maintain the products legal status. In 2014 JTI ( Japan Tobacco International) acquired E-Lites’ parent Company.

Michael now invests and advises Companies in a number of different fields including Sports technology, Financial asset management and Investment, Film and Events.



JASON VINCIGUERRA
Creative Director


My names Jason Vinciguerra but my friends call me Vinny. I’m an award winning creative with over 20 years experience in leading multi-national and regional communications agencies. I’ve conceptualised, created and implemented multi-channel campaigns with proven expertise and experience in most media channels and sectors. I’m a strategic conceptual and visual thinker with a unique creative imagination served by technology. I've won big pitches (lost a few), launched, loved and loathed a few brands. I’ve been nominated, won and high-fived in over 50 creative and effectiveness awards at both international and national level (most of them left in cabs on the way home) and above all had great fun along the way.

Eyelovevinny Independent Creative Communications.

Creative Direction/Art Direction/Design/Branding

RBH. Creative Director. BHX/UK
Cogent Elliott. Creative head. BHX/LND/UK
JWT. Art Director. SYD/AUS
Publicis Mojo. Art Director. SYD/AUS
Y&R. Designer. SYD/AUS
McCann. Designer. BHX/UK

Awards & Nominations: D&AD, Epica, NYfest, PIAF, Roses, Fresh, Cream, Adma and ranked 52nd (yes, 52nd!) most published Art Director in the Lurzers Archive World ranking and 6th most published Typographer.



GARY TELFORD
Planet X Board Member


Gary Telford has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of tax. He was formerly a Tax Partner at both PwC and Ernst & Young, and Tax Director at Eversheds. Gary specialises in reviewing and advising entrepreneurial clients to help them achieve their business and personal objectives in the most tax effective way.

Gary is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.



EYELOVEVINNY
Advertising and Marketing


Award winning creative with over 20 years experience in leading multinational and regional communications agencies. Conceptualised, created and implemented multi-channel campaigns with proven expertise and experience in most media channels and sectors. Strategic conceptual and visual thinker with a unique creative imagination served by technology. Creative concepts, art direction, design and strategy.



Film Accountants
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THE DIGI MONSTERS
EXPERT GAME MAKERS


The Digi Monsters are a tight-knit team with superb creative talent and experience, creating and delivering games at the highest level for over 20 years.

  

Founded in 2016 by UK industry-leading artists, we understand from first hand experience, exactly what it takes to deliver games to the highest level, on time and within budget. 

Although young as a company, the Digis all have a wealth of successful experience built at Activision, Sony, Eurocom and Codemasters, working on premium AAA console brands such as Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Skylanders and Call of Duty. 

The Digi Monsters strive to stay at the cutting edge and have partnered with fellow creators and developers of all sizes, from recent Unity VR games such as Blade Runner 2049 & Drop Dead VR, Apple AR launch title Orbu, through to the anticipated Crayta from Unit 2 Games using the powerful Unreal Engine.   

Whoever the client, our goals remain the same: To produce work that is beautiful, captivating and technically outstanding.