Founder and Executive Producer
Dee Bagwell Haslam is Executive Producer of the RIVR Media companies. Since launching RIVR Media in 1998, Dee has been the EP for ground-breaking series such as "Trading Spaces" for TLC, "Whale Wars" for Animal Planet, "Renovation Realities" for DIY Network, and "Escaping Polygamy" for LMN, A&E, and Lifetime. RIVR has created and produced over 3,000 episodes for 21 different networks.
Before founding RIVR, she worked in various production roles with Bagwell Communications and Cinetel Productions, companies founded by her father, Ross K. Bagwell, Sr., cable TV pioneer. Dee and her husband, Jimmy, are owners of the Cleveland Browns NFL team. She is also part of the family ownership group of the Travel Center company Pilot Flying J. Dee serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Cleveland, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The University Hospitals, Emerald Youth Foundation, Lakeshore Park, and the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business Advisory Council. She is also on the NFL Legislative Committee and the Conduct Committee.
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. As the VP of Production, he oversees all crew hiring and direction, as well as acts as the DP on many RIVR productions.
Vice President of Post Production
Andrew Schnaubelt oversees all aspects of the post-production process from the start of production to show delivery, including ingesting, editing, audio mixing, color correcting, mastering and quality control. Andrew is an award-winning editor and has been in post-production for 25 years. He has worked in post-production for commercials, documentaries, music videos, movie trailers and cable television. In 2005, Andrew joined RIVR Media and applied his creative and technical expertise to editing, finishing and post-production supervision of programming for networks including A&E, LMN, Lifetime, GAC, The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, DIY, ESPN and HGTV.
Technical Director/Field Operations
Chaz comes from a long line of family in the entertainment business. He worked on his 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 field audio to director of photography. Previously, 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. Chaz regularly travels for RIVR shoots as an audio operator.
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 Lifetime and an editor for "Almost Home" on HGTV. She edited the hit series "Renovation Realities" on DIY Network for years. From controversial pilots to long-running series, she has edited shows for ESPN, Animal Planet, Biography, Food Network, LMN, and A&E, 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 "Almost Home" for HGTV, "Fat Guys in the Woods" for The Weather Channel, "Going RV" for GAC, "Catastrophe Inc" for HGTV, “Renovation Realities” for DIY Network, “Fix This Kitchen” for A&E, and "Escaping Polygamy" for LMN, A&E, and Lifetime. 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. He was the lead editor for "Renovation Realities" on DIY and our resident "creative slate maker" for that show. He also edited "Vintage Rehab." Today, he is an editor for "State Plate" on INSP.