Led by Chris Szarka and Raj Panikkar, our team consists of a collective of industry professionals with a wide range of expertise and experience. We are storytellers for every screen – from documentary to scripted to branded content – our award winning team will bring your story to life.

Interested in learning more, or do you think you would be a good fit for the Fifth Ground team? Contact Us

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Raj Panikkar . Producer
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Raj Panikkar is an award winning producer, director and writer, with Canadian Screen Award nominations for both producing and directing on the series REELSIDE. Panikkar acted as the executive producer on the feature film, At Home By Myself With You. With a BSc. in Psychology from McMaster University and a BFA in Film from Ryerson University, Raj also operates and functions as an independent writer, filmmaker and creative consultant.

Chris Szarka . Principal / Producer
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Chris Szarka is a television executive with over 30 industry nominations and is a two-time Gemini and one-time Canadian Screen Award nominated producer. Credits include the award-winning series: Rent-A-Goalie, The Rawside of.. and REELSIDE.


Reginald Grey . Content Creator / Director
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Reginald Grey is a Director and Content Producer. Reginald studied at Sheridan College in the Media Arts program. Credits include Rent-A-Goalie, Meat Eugene, The Rawside of... and REELSIDE. Reginald was nominated for a CSA for direction on REELSIDE and most recently was nominated for the series he created Reggie From The Road.

Michelle Nolden . Content Creator
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Michelle Nolden is a Content Producer, Director and award winning Actor.  With over 80 acting credits to her name, she has written and directed "Loonie", "A Man's World" and "I Need a Hero" for Fifth Ground Ent.  She has co-created the television shows "Slacker Moms", St. Bat's" and "The Whip" which is currently being shopped.  She is the artistic Director of the Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival and hosts an inspirational blog at www.michellenolden.com 

Sara Blumenstein . Marketing & Social Media Manager
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CHRISTIAN WALLACE . cinematographer / Production Coordinator
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billy mccormick . cinematographer / editor

nathaniel barker . sound engineer

ryan cowan . production coordinator
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jenya sirenko . editor / photographer
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logan wagner . editor
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Luke Colling . Editor / Content Producer
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