Bagwell, Neel featured at KEC’s “First Friday Fanfare”

KECThis month’s “First Friday Fanfare,” hosted by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), features legendary local media executive Ross Bagwell, Sr., and Michael Neel, Co-Founder of the Technology Cooperative and Founder of CodeStock. We previously profiled Neel in a two-part series on that can be accessed here – article one and article two.

The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. June 6 at KEC’s Market Square office. Bagwell will speak under the “Founders Series” banner, while Neel’s topic is “Kickstarter Success Secrets.”

To register, click here.

Bagwell founded Cinetel Productions in 1985 and worked with The Nashville Network (TNN) to produce 415 episodes of “I-40 Paradise.” Over the next 10 years, Cinetel developed programs for A&E, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, Nickelodeon, and TNN.

The company was sold in 1994 to Scripps Howard, a national media company preparing to launch HGTV, and became the foundation for Scripps Networks Interactive. After the acquisition, the Bagwells formed a new company, Bagwell Entertainment LLC / Ross Television Productions, and continued producing programs for a variety of cable networks, including HGTV.

In 1999, Dee Bagwell Haslam took over the company. She continues at the helm of what’s now called RIVR Media, with business partner Rob Lundgren.

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