CEO and Founder
Dee Bagwell Haslam is Executive Producer and Chief Executive Officer of the RIVR Media companies. Since launching RIVR Media in 1999, Dee has been the Executive Producer for ground breaking series such as “Trading Spaces,” Whale Wars,” World Series of Poker,” and “Renovation Realities.” RIVR has created and produced over 80 series, documentaries and specials.
In addition, Dee was part of the team that created “Moving Picture Books,” an award winning animated book series. In June of 2012, she started Nest Features, an independent film company that produces films in and about the American South. Before her current position, she worked in various production roles with Bagwell Communications and Cinetel Productions. Dee is part of the ownership group of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and President of The Cleveland Browns Foundation.
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 a 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 the 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.
Executive Vice President/Executive Producer
Lori Golden-Stryer field-produces, post produces, and is responsible for the creation, development and execution of innovative original series for RIVR Media. She is an award winning, Emmy nominated Executive Producer and has been creating cutting-edge television for 30 years.
In 1996, Lori joined HGTV’s commercial film division where she helped develop and produce commercials and interstitials for networks and cable TV. In 1999, Lori joined RIVR Media and helped in creating the hit series Trading Spaces for TLC; receiving an Emmy nomination for the show. During her career at RIVR, Lori has produced over 30 successful series and specials for various cable networks such as HGTV, DIY, A&E, MTV, TLC, GAC, ESPN Animal Planet, Food Network and Discovery.
Vice President of Production
Jerome Jarnigan brings over 30 years of television production to RIVR Studios. He was a news photographer in the 1980's, he honed his skills in telling stories visually and earned many state videographer awards in news gathering. In the 1990’s, Jerome branched out into live productions, including sports and entertainment, as a camera operator where there is one chance to get the shot. Jerome has experience ranging from handheld to hard camera, jib operator to helicopters.
Executive in Charge of Production
Jessica Williams joined RIVR Media in 2010 and is responsible for creating the budgets for new television series and projects and client submission Once approved, she is responsible for tracking actual expenses and budgets. In this role, she works with the production teams managing projects through pre-production, filming, post production, and final delivery. Jessica began her career in television as a news reporter and anchor for a cable television station. Moving to the other side of the camera, she continued to work in her field of passion taking a position as a Production Assistant and then Production Manager at Jewelry Television.
Vice President of Development
Over the past decade, Jaime has led development departments for Maverick Television USA and Asylum Entertainment and was the manager of development at Go Go Luckey Productions. She has developed hundreds of hours of programming, including such series as The Peacemaker for A&E, Addicted for Discovery, Paranormal State for A&E, Four of A Kind for Lifetime, Adoption Diaries for WeTV, Tailgate Takedown for TLC, Rise Up: New Orleans for ESPN, Secret Access: Super Power for History Channel, as well as series and specials for FOX, Bravo, E! Entertainment, MTV, Biography, and many others. In addition, she was a member of the story and production teams on the three seasons of MTV’s Laguna Beach. Jaime has also consulted, developed, directed and story produced for many production companies and producing partners.
Senior Director of Development
Aurelia Boyle is RIVR Media's West Coast-based Senior Director of Development. Before RIVR, Aurelia developed for Balance Vector Productions and served as Director of Development for Hearst Entertainment Productions.
Senior Director of Development
Allison Boon is the newest addition to the West Coast branch of RIVR Media's development team. She has written and produced shows for E!, Travel Channel, History, TLC, and National Geographic. Allison has worked on several feature films, the most recent being the critically acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. As the Director of Research at Actuality Productions, Allison and her team conceptualized over 150 hours of the award-winning series Modern Marvels for History. Allison is an active member with Women in Film, the Producers Guild of America, and enjoys being a mentor to several aspiring producers.
Post Production Manager
Andrew Schnaubelt oversees all aspects of the post-production process from the start of production to show delivery including digitizing, editing, audio mixing, mastering and quality control. Andrew is an award-winning editor and has been in post-production for almost 20 years and worked in post-production for television commercials for clients such as Blockbuster Entertainment, Home Depot, McDonalds, and Pepsi. In 2005, Andrew joined RIVR Media and applied his creative and technical expertise to editing, finishing and post-production supervision of programming for cable networks including A&E, Animal Planet, DIY, ESPN, and HGTV.
Director of Development
JW, a New York native, has over 15 years of television experience, having spent most of his time spent at CBS Sports. He first worked for CBS as a 17 year old runner at the US Open Tennis Tournament, and from that moment on he knew he wanted to be in the business. While attending the University of Mississippi, JW worked through school with CBS, ESPN and FOX, and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Upon graduation, JW took a full time job with CBS Sports in New York and has covered such events as the Masters, Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Final Four, the PGA Championship, SEC Football, the NFL and PGA Tour Golf. He has also been nominated for multiple Emmy’s and won an Emmy for his work on the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In 2009, JW left CBS to work for his family’s business and was responsible for growing sales in the wholesale fuel division at Pilot Flying J. He now serves as the newest Director of Development at RIVR.
Stephanie is currently the Supervising Producer for the hit series, Renovation Realities. She got her start in television when she joined the RIVR Media team in 2005. Since then, she has helped produce and write many successful series and specials for multiple cable networks, including HGTV, DIY, Animal Planet and Discovery.
Breana Leader is currently responsible for producing Scripps’s new series, “Home Wranglers.” She began her television career as a college intern for RIVR Media. Following graduation, Breanna moved to Chicago and worked for Kurtis Productions on several CNBC documentary series, including “American Greed” and “American Originals.” She received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy for her work on NBC’s broadcast of the Chicago Marathon in 2008. Breana rejoined the RIVR team in 2009 as an Associate Producer for RIVR Media Interactive and Moving Picture Books. She returned to RIVR Media’s television division in 2010 and has since worked on “Renovation Realities,” “Renovation Rookies,” and several development projects and pilots.