TESTIMONIALS

"Matt made a real difference at Syco.  He is a great guy and his diligence and charm is everything I always wanted our team to have."

Simon Cowell

"Aquilanta offers an acute, bespoke service of Business Affairs support.  In the creative world of film production and publishing, new and often unexpected challenges arise every day.  Calm, controlled, and expertly experienced, Matt maintains an excellent relationship with clients while supporting the interests and needs of those he represents."

Bettany Hughes

Creative Director, SandStone Global

"Matt has been indispensable in helping Whizz Kid operate in an increasingly competitive environment and has brought terrific experience and a steady hand to all our Business Affairs.  He is diligent, measured, and patient even in the most stressful of times and consistently delivers the right result.  A thoroughly good egg!"

Malcolm Gerrie

CEO, Whizz Kid Productions

“I worked very closely with Matt at Syco.  He is a tough, savvy and calm negotiator, who always knows which areas to focus on to get the deal done.  He is very personable and down-to-earth and understands the world of talent and Entertainment inside out.  A great person to have on your side!”

Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge CBE

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"With Matt’s vast experience, he not only makes you feel at ease, but also goes above and beyond when it comes to the business side of things - giving you more time to focus on the creative.  And he is a top man to boot!"

Kayvan Novak (star of Fonejacker & Facejacker)

& Joe Varley 

Founders, Brown Bred Productions

"I first met Matt when he negotiated my News At Ten contract on behalf of ITV.  He was a tough but sensitive negotiator and very pleasant to deal with.  He has a great understanding of television, from both the point of view of the on-screen talent and TV companies, and a fabulous commercial brain.  I would heartily recommend his services". 

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

"If you hire Matt as your Business Affairs Advisor you should congratulate yourself on making a shrewd and clever decision.  His impeccable reputation in the television and entertainment industry is second to none and rightly so.  He has worked with us on several projects, involving high-profile celebrities and is immensely knowledgable, forward-thinking and offers a reassurance that comes with being at the top of his game.  He is also a pleasure to work with.  I can't recommend him highly enough."
Yvonne Alexander
Founder, Jet TV​

"Over the past couple of years, Matt has been a huge help on celebrity dealings and wider contracts.  He has a firm knowledge of all aspects of agreements, from general to PR to social media, and it’s always massively reassuring to know he is on your side. Without doubt, he is our go to person for Business Affairs."

Lloyd Abbott

Account Director, Cow

I have known Matt for a number of years from his days at ITV.  Since becoming independent, I have engaged Aquilanta to work with us at Wonderhood.  Matt has tremendous industry experience and is a commercially astute.  I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Sachin Dosani 
Managing Director, Wonderhood Studios

“I have worked with Matt at ITV and All3Media and more recently since he set up Aquilanta.  He is a calm and clever negotiator with enormous experience across deals that range from IP and rights contracts through talent deals and including big transactional agreements.  As a specialist in TV production and exploitation, he brings real value to the table and is a pleasure to work with.”

Jane Turton

CEO, All3Media

"Matt was an incredible support in negotiating commercial terms in a specialist area I had little experience of.  He was patient, supportive, and very commercially astute in advising us how to proceed.  He made the whole process very smooth and far less stressful than I expected.  I would wholeheartedly recommend giving Matt a call to discuss any commercial agreements or projects to get his view on how to take your initiative forward."

Simon Albert

Co-Founder & Director, Charity Challenge

"Matt has been a fantastic support in helping us navigate a number of areas relating to intellectual property.  His calm and stable demeanour, combined with a vast amount of experience, has served as a huge asset."  Jasper Waller-Bridge

Creative Development Director, YM&U Group

"Matt brings a wonderful calmness to negotiations, ensuring that all parties come to a fair and amicable agreement.  He is not just a great listener but also a fantastic orator, explaining situations in an easy to understand way, making everyone feel at ease.  He is a very valuable asset to my team." 

Harvey B-Brown, Film Director

"I found Aquilanta's services professional, diligent and truly helpful.  Matt's ability to quickly grasp the issues at hand and advise in a concise and succinct fashion was a credit to him as an individual.  The work that followed was structured and professional and dealt with every aspect. Aquilanta's fee scales reflected great value for money, especially given the 5 star service provided."
Paul Naden
Director, Saving The Survivors

Matt is a hugely talented negotiator with a deep knowledge of the creative industries and content sector.  Whether you need to look after your IP, negotiate talent and rights agreements or establish contractual relationships with co-production partners, Matt will ensure you come through the process efficiently, effectively and with all parties feeling that they are entering into a mutually beneficial relationship.  He’s also just thoroughly easy to work with, which makes such a difference.

Alasdair MacCuish

Managing Director, BEEZR Studios Ltd