• 2018

    Almost Home was picked up for 8 one-hour episodes on HGTV.

    Going RV season 6 premiered on GAC in March.

    RIVR made RealScreen's "Global 100 Top Production Companies" again.

    State Plate was greenlit for a season 3 on INSP in April.

    Escaping Polygamy season 4 premiered on Lifetime in June.

    Going RV season 7 premiered on GAC in July.

    State Plate season 3 premiered on INSP in September.



    State Plate was greenlit for a season 2 in January.

    Escaping Polygamy: After the Escape premiered on A&E in January.

    Going RV season 4 premiered on GAC in February.

    State Plate won "Best Reality Series in the Travel Category" in the Cynopsis TV Awards of 2017.

    Going RV season 5 premiered on GAC in July.

    Going RV was renewed for a season 6 on GAC.

    State Plate season 2 premiered on INSP in August.

    Escaping Polygamy season 3 premiered on A&E in August.

    Vintage Rehab premiered on DIY Network in September.

    Almost Home premiered on HGTV in November.

    Taylor Hicks won the Cablefax award for "Best Host of a Family Friendly Show" for State Plate.

    Going RV on GAC was renewed for a season 7.


    Renovation Realities season 16 premiered on DIY Network in January.

    RIVR made "The RealScreen Global 100 Production Companies." 

    Going RV was renewed for a season 3 on GAC.

    Going RV season 2 premiered on GAC in May.

    Renovation Realities season 17 premiered in July on DIY Network.

    Going RV season 3 premiered on GAC in July.

    Escaping Polygamy season 2 premiered in July.

    State Plate with Taylor Hicks premiered on INSP in October.

  • 2015

    Going RV premiered on GAC in July.

    Going RV was renewed for a 2nd season.

    Fat Guys in the Woods season 2 premiered on The Weather Channel in June.

    Escaping Polygamy premiered on LMN in July.

    Friday Night Impossible with Jerry Rice premiered on GAC in January.

    Renovation Realities season 14 premiered in February.

    Renovation Realities season 15 premiered in November. 


    Renovation Realities premiered its 13th season.

    Home Wranglers aired on DIY Network.

    HGTV began re-airing Renovation Realities on Fridays as part of #HGTVFridays.

    RIVR Media made “The RealScreen Global 100 Production Companies."

    Renovation Realities was renewed for a 14th and a 15th season.

    Fat Guys in the Woods premiered on The Weather Channel in August.

    Fat Guys in the Woods was renewed for 2nd season.

    Going RV premiered on GAC in October.

    Chasin’ Crazy premiered on GAC in October.

    Escaping Polygamy premiered on Lifetime Movie Network in December.

    Medal of Honor: The History aired.

    Living on the Edge aired on Animal Planet.


    Renovation Realities was renewed for a 13th season in August.

    Living on the Edge aired on Animal Planet in December.

  • 2012

    RIVR Media as a whole brings home 27 Knoxville Addy Awards.

    Great American Heroes featuring Trace Adkins begins filming throughout the nation. Each episode of this GAC show honors a hometown hero that makes an impact on their community in some way.

    RIVR premieres NFL Road Tested: Beyond the Field with the Cleveland Browns. The show features never-before-seen footage of the weekly process behind getting ready for a game in the NFL.


    Recognized as a Pinnacle Award, Outstanding Small Business finalist for its national leadership within the industry and its community leadership as a team that donates hundreds of volunteer hours and dollars to a host of worthwhile organizations.

    Run My Makeover is launched on HGTV as a show that engages the TV audience to design rooms online for homeowners. 

    Run My Renovation enters its 2nd season as part of DIY programming and allows the viewers to decide on the materials for each room’s renovation.

    Recognized by the East Tennessee advertising community with more than a dozen Addy Awards for work in short-format programming.

    Whale Wars, featured on Animal Planet, enters its 4th season as the Sea Shepherd and its crew continue to fight whaling in the Antarctica.

    Renovation Realities, for DIY, celebrates with its 100th episode of inexperienced homeowners facing the “reality of remodeling” projects!

    Blog Cabin enters its 5th season as an HGTV viewer staple and completes another beautiful home, this one on the Maryland shore, designed exclusively based on viewer input.

    Fix This Kitchen begins its 2nd season on A&E and kitchens never looked so good, as RIVR identifies deserving homeowners who love to cook and completely renovate their kitchen.

    Dee Haslam is named as one of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureates.

    Keepin' the Peace, a series highlighting the Jefferson County Tennessee Sheriff Department as it fights crime with compassion for the community, airs on A&E.

    RIVR Media brings home five Knoxville Addy Awards.


    Fix This Kitchen premieres on A&E and features nominated homeowners coming home to find that their kitchen is missing and then in just a week is redesigned and rebuilt. 

    Renovation Realities kicks off its 6th season on DIY.

    Run My Renovation, premieres on DIY, and features homeowners who turn their renovation design over to DIY viewers.

    Produced interstitials featuring some of the biggest country music stars in the business as Great American Minutes for GAC.

    Blog Cabin creates its 4th home by engaging millions of viewer votes on ”how to” another dream home.

    Whale Wars for Animal Planet begins  its 3rd season.

  • 2009

    Survive and Advance, illustrates the pulse of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and airs on Fox Sports Net.

    Garage Mahal features some of the most outrageous garage makeovers ever recorded.

    Whale Wars, for Animal Planet, continues the fight to stop Japanese whaling as the second season begins.

    Renovation Realities, reaches its third, fourth, and fifth season with homeowners continuing to take the challenge of completing their renovations without often “much needed” professional help.

    Blog Cabin completes construction on its third home in this 10-part series for DIY.


    Blog Cabin completes a build on the water with spectacular views for its second season.

    Whale Wars premiers on Animal Planet and chroniciles Captain Watson and the crew of the Sea Shepherd’s pursuit of Japanese whalers in an attempt to prevent them from slaughtering whales. 

    Received a World Genesis Award from the Television Academy for producing “television with a conscience for Whale Wars.”

    Work That Room premieres on Fine Living and highlights Christopher as he designs stunning rooms with inspiration from some of the most beautiful rooms in Los Angeles.

    Bonus Room Breakout airs on DIY and illustrates how a little creativity can transform an average basement into the ultimate playroom.

    Wasted Spaces, created for DIY, finds unused spaces in homes and creates the perfect-use solutions.

    To the Rescue, completes its 117th episode spanning nine seasons, and features Karl Champley, Amy Devers and Nathan Haun as they travel around the country rescuing homeowners from their unsuccessful attempts at renovation or their unfinished projects.


    Divine Canine, for Animal Planet, illustrates dog training at its best with the Monks of New Skete.

    Mail Order Makeover, a Fine Living project, takes a husband and wife and has them compete for the room of their dreams designed entirely from a catalog.

    Move It Outside, a special production for DIY, observes homeowners transforming their outdoor space.

    To the Rescue, for DIY, enters season seven and eight.

    Blog Cabin premiers on DIY and is featured in an article in the  the New York Times, as an innovative television series that allows at-home viewers to vote on the designs that will go into the luxury vacation cabin.

    Blog Cabin wins a Global Media Award for Outstanding Platform-Interactive.

    US Poker Championship begins season two for ESPN and records the best in poker as they compete for the US title.


  • 2006

    Knight School, a competition reality series created for ESPN, featured legendary coach Bob Knight where each week a player was eliminated until one player was chosen to play on the Texas Tech Basketball team.

    Backyard Habitat, for Animal Planet, transformed outdoor spaces into animal habitats in homes in every region in the United States.

    The Whole Picture  was a “how to” series for DIY that taught the best practices in photography.

    To the Rescue, entered season five for DIY and continued to feature homeowners who needed rescuing from their renovation mistakes.

    Classic Car Restoration, created for DIY, features how to restore and maintain vintage automobiles.

    Classic Rides Restoration, for DIY, showed boats, campers, and motorcycles as they were restored.

    Material Girls, created for DIY, served up an interesting look at home decoration with fabrics curtains, upholstery, bedding and pillows.

    Grounds For Improvement appearing on DIY created innovative living spaces for the backyard.

    Freeform Furniture, a series for DIY, illustrated how contemporary furniture was created from clocks, tables, chairs and beds.

    Weekend Mechanic¸ for DIY, provided car repairs advice for everyone.

    Hot Trends for 2006, takes a close look at new and unique products for the home for DIY.

    Catalog This!, for Fine Living, featured mail order decorating using a catalog.


    Date Plate receives the Platinum Best of Show Award and "Grounds for Improvement" receives the Gold Aurora Award. The Aurora Awards were designed to recognize local, regional, independent, and industrial excellence.

    Date Plate, Grounds for Improvement #106, DIY to the Rescue #406, and Ed the Plumber recognized with Telly Awards.

    Ed the Plumber #212 receives an Aurora Award.


    Robot Rivals given the Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award for local, regional, independent, and industrial excellence.

    Robot Rivals and DIY to the Rescue #203 honored with Telly Awards.

    Warehouse Warriors recognized with an Emmy nomination.

  • 2003

    Clues in Crime: The Role of Forensic Science in Criminal Investigations awarded "Best Software 2003" by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In partnership with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), the RIVR Media Interactive division developed Clues in Crime as part of a three-part series of interactive, multimedia CD-ROM courses for middle and high school students with a simple philosophy in mind: learning should be fun, engaging, challenging, and memorable. Instructed by Dr. Marylin Miller, professor of forensic science at Virgina Commonwealth University, Clues in Crime is an innovative and interdisciplinary format that is kid-tested and parent-approved.

    The RIVR Media Interactive division receives a Telly Award for the "Arnold Palmer Hospital - Look Inside Arnold Palmer" multimedia CD-ROM.


    Trading Spaces nominated for a 2001 Daytime Emmy in two categories: Outstanding Special Class Series and Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing.

    High Rollers Vegas 2, Nascar Garage, Trading Spaces, Elvis Presley's Graceland, and Elvis Presley's Memphis each receive the Telly Award (an award program honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest in video and film production).

    RIVR Media Interactive division receives the IABC Atlanta Golden Flame Award in the Electronic Media category for the Morrison Management Specialists MVP Benefits Enrollment Program training CD-ROM.


    Trading Spaces recognized with the New York Festivals (NYF) Finalist Award for outstanding achievement in the International Competition for Television, Film and Video Communication for excellence in creative communication, work that has touched the hearts and minds of readers, listeners, and viewers worldwide.

  • 2000

    Network clients expand with the production of some of cable television's biggest breakout hits, including Trading Spaces featured on TLC.

    RIVR Media creates a new interactive division, expanding their services to include customized multimedia and communications systems. Drawing from RIVR Media's television production capabilities, this new division integrates entertainment and education to create explosive training programs.


    Dee Bagwell Haslam and her business partner, Robert Lundgren, assume control of Bagwell Entertainment and rename the company RIVR Media.


    Cinetel Productions is sold to Scripps Howard - a national media company looking to headquarter and launch its newly formed cable network HGTV.

    After the acquisition, the Bagwells form a new television production and development company called Bagwell Entertainment LLC / Ross Television Productions, and continue producing for a variety of cable networks, including HGTV.

  • 1985

    After a decade of producing award-winning commercials and industrial films, Ross Bagwell, Sr. and his son, Ross Bagwell, Jr., take a huge risk with their Knoxville-based advertising agency, Bagwell Communications, and agree to produce a sitcom for the Nashville Network - a challenge that was unheard of at a time when cable television was in its infancy.

    The risk pays off. Bagwell forms Cinetel Productions and goes on to produce 415 episodes of "I-40 Paradise," cable television's first sitcom. Over the next decade, Bagwell grows the company to be one of the largest independent cable production programming facilities in the Southeast.

    Cinetel develops and produces programming for A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, Nickelodeon, and The Nashville Network.