Dee Haslam stepping down as CEO of RIVR Media

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Dee Haslam is stepping down as the CEO of RIVR Media, the company announced Tuesday.

Haslam is stepping down as the company’s CEO to devote more focus to the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland community.

RIVR Media, an award-winning production company in Knoxville, has produced 3,000 episodes for 21 different television networks. Some of the company’s credits include “Trading Spaces,” Whale Wars” and “Knight School.”

RIVR co-founder Rob Lundgren will take over as CEO and Lori Golden-Stryer will transition to president. Haslam will remain a partner and executive producer.

“Television production has been a life-long passion and I have taken great pride in building RIVR Media with Rob and Lori and establishing a prolific production house in Knoxville,” said Haslam.  “We love creatively bringing exceptional stories to life to engage viewers around the world. While I may transition roles, I will remain involved and committed to our consistent production of entertaining and unique content and am excited to see how we continue to evolve.”

Before founding RIVR, Haslam worked in various production roles with Bagwell Communications and Cinetel Productions, companies founded by her father, Ross Bagwell Sr., a cable TV pioneer.

“Dee is a great leader, a great partner and an even better friend,” said Lundgren. “We miss her here every day at the office, but she will always be an integral part of RIVR Media.” 

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