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

Raj Panikkar . Producer
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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 . Principal / Producer
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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 . Content Producer
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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.

Michelle nolden . CONTENT PRODUCER

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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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 . Content Producer
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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 . Production Coordinator

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.