CEO and Founder
Dee Bagwell Haslam fell in love with television when she first appeared on The Howdy Doody Show as a child. Dee started her career in advertising, but transitioned to production at Cinetel Productions. After Cinetel was sold in 1994 to Scripps, she and Rob Lundgren launched RIVR Media. Dee serves on the boards of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the Webb School of Knoxville and The University of Tennessee Foundation. She is a member of Women’s Business Enterprises, Women in Cable Television, Society of Business Fellows and International Business Fellows. Dee has received many awards, including The Genesis Award from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and numerous Tellys and Addys. She has also been recognized by The New York Festivals, and RIVR Media was acknowledged as a top 100 production company.
President and Executive Producer
Rob Lundgren has over 25 years of experience in management, marketing, sales and publishing. He joined Ross Television Productions, LP, as Chief Operating Officer in 1999, and then partnered with Dee Haslam to form RIVR Media. Prior to joining Ross Television, he was the managing partner of Venture Alliance, a venture development firm, and spent 11 years developing new media systems as a partner of Whittle Communications. While at Whittle, Rob specifically developed and launched nine publications and media systems including the company’s first international product. Rob participates in a wide variety of volunteer functions supported by RIVR Media. In addition, Rob served as founding member and chairman of The City Ballet of Knoxville and is a board member for The Johnson and Galyon Company.
Vice President of Production
Jerome Jarnigan brings over 30 years of television production experience to RIVR Studios. He was a news photographer in the 1980s; he honed his skills in telling stories visually and earned many state videographer awards in news gathering. In the 1990s, Jerome branched out into live productions as a camera operator for sports and entertainment, where there is only one chance to get the shot. Jerome has shooting experience ranging from handheld to hard camera, jib operator to helicopters.
Post Production Manager
Technical Director/Field Operations
Chaz comes from a long line of family in the entertainment business. He worked on my first shoot when he was 15 years old and fell in love with production. Chaz went on to graduate from Pellissippi State with a degree in television production. Throughout school he worked as a PA/Grip/TD for many shows produced by Ross Bagwell Sr. for networks such as TNN among others. Chaz has been involved with every aspect of field production, from libation expert to director of photography. Most recently, Chaz was field production manager for Ty Pennington at TPTV. Among other accolades, Chaz also has photography published in several magazines, as well as for the White House website.
Pete Carty has been an audio professional for more than 10 years with experience in post-production audio, custom sound design and field-production audio. He freelanced for RIVR from 2008 until recently, when he was hired on full-time as the Audio Director. Pete has worked on programming for a multitude of clients, including Discovery, DIY, WE tv, A&E, National Geographic, TLC and History.
Lisa Lacey joined RIVR Media in 2003 serving as a freelance script supervisor until early 2005 when she accepted a position as Production Coordinator. Today, as Production Manager, she is solely responsible for the individual shoot schedule, crew positions, tape management and distribution, related budget constraints, the day-to-day execution and implementation of invoices, agreements, and deal memos. In addition to scheduling shows, booking freelance crews and negotiating rates both nationally and internationally, she has also produced, co-produced and assisted with dozens of network, non-profit, and corporate shows for the past seven years.
David began working in television production part time at his church 2000, where he learned to run a camera, work a switcher and edit productions. In 2003, he began working freelance for RIVR Media Studios part-time and became Equipment Manager in January 2004 where he maintained and repaired all the production gear. Since 2004, he has worked on more than 100 different episodes as a crew member working as an Audio Engineer, Camera Man, Grip and Utility. David worked on "Whale Wars" for Animal Planet produced by Rivr Media and was part of the camera team that received a Primetime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming" in 2008 and it was honored with an Academy Award for “Television with a Conscience."
Holly Markle has been with RIVR since 2004 and has over 13 years of editing experience. She is currently the lead editor for "Escaping Polygamy" on LMN. From controversial pilots to long-running series, she has edited shows for ESPN, Animal Planet, Biography, Food Network and DIY Network, to name a few. She has also edited for CNN, and helped launch the National Geographic Channel in 2001 as a producer/editor on one of their flagship programs.
Luke Dye began work at RIVR Media in 2002. His TV editing credits include: “The United States Poker Championship,” “Renovation Realities,” “Knight School,” “Whale Wars,” "The Willis Clan," "Fat Guys in the Woods," and "Escaping Polygamy." In addition, he was an editor on the movie The Devil You Know, featuring Rosamund Pike and Jennifer Lawrence. Luke is also an accomplished filmmaker. His work on the non-profit documentary "Nashville Rises" has garnered the film two Emmy nominations. He cowrote, codirected, and edited a children's film called The Little Ponderosa Zoo. He is our "resident superhero aficianado."
Andrew Jedlicka joined RIVR in 2010. His credits include "Fat Guys in the Woods" for The Weather Channel, "Catastrophe Inc" for HGTV, “Renovation Realities” for DIY Network, “Fix This Kitchen” for A&E, and "Escaping Polygamy" for LMN. Before joining RIVR, Andrew worked for Bunim-Murray Productions on numerous shows, including “The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and “Road Rules.”
Hayden Wilson started as an intern with RIVR in early 2012 and was hired full-time that summer as an Assistant Editor. During the remainder of that year, Hayden began editing smaller projects whenever an opportunity arose. He has edited the pilot of "Escaping Polygamy" for LMN and many RIVR Media Interactive projects. Today, he is the lead editor for "Renovation Realities" and our resident "creative slate maker."
Jeffrey Cunningham started his career with RIVR as an intern. After that, he was responsible for the management of all media and project assets associated with each RIVR production. Working alongside RIVR’s post-production team, he assisted in the creation of productions for each of RIVR’s clients. Today, he works as an editor for "Renovation Realities" on DIY Network.