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.
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Raj Panikkar is an award winning producer and writer. 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 is a television executive with 27 industry nominations and is a two-time Gemini Award nominated producer. From his early work on the award-winning comedy series, Rent-A-Goalie to most recently delving into the documentary side of television with both The Rawside of.. and REELSIDE garnering critical reception from critics and viewers.
Matthew Lochner is a Director and Content Producer. Matthew studied at Sheridan College in the Media Arts program and has continued to expand in the industry with his early work for the television series, Rent-A-Goalie to most recently working on Meat Eugene and documentary series, The Rawside of... and REELSIDE.
James Heaslip is a Content Producer and Cinematographer. James Heaslip has worked on documentary series, The Rawside of... and REELSIDE. He is also a critically acclaimed photographer as he has spent the past nine years capturing weddings and other events. James Heaslip graduated from the Toronto Film School
Sara Blumenstein is the Marketing and Social Media Manager. Sara works closely with the Fifth Ground producers on their diverse slate of new and ongoing projects including recently launched documentary series, REELSIDE and it's accompanying digital components. Sara graduated from the University of Toronto with an Hon. H.A. in Cinema Studies & History.
Luke Colling is a Content Producer. Luke Colling has continued to be an avid producer as his work includes the creation and execution of commercials, advertisements, events and corporate productions. Luke graduated from Fanshawe College in Television Broadcasting.
Christian Wallace is a Production Coordinator and a Media Producer. Christian Wallace works directly with Fifth Ground producers to coordinate and administrate on going advertising, events, and series production. Christian Wallace graduated from Humber College in Media Studies and Film & Television Production programs.