Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville is set to host a state-of-the-art television and film studio thanks to a partnership with a local independent production company and business leaders.
Knoxville-based RIVR Media has partnered with HGTV co-founder Bob Baskerville and Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam to open RIVR Studios in summer 2021. According to a report by Deadline.com, the 20,000 square foot studio will include more than 6,000 square feet earmarked for television and film production. It would also include a 1,500 square foot studio designed for digital production in addition to full-service post-production facilities.
RIVR Media is co-led by veteran producer and entrepreneur Dee Haslam, managing partner of the Cleveland Browns, investor operator of Columbus Crew SC and CEO of Haslam Sports Group; and Emmy-nominated showrunner and CEO Lori Golden-Stryer.
In a joint statement, Dee Haslam and Lori Golden Stryer commented : “Knoxville has long been a hidden gem in the Southeast as a television and film hotbed. Seeing its continued growth over the past year, we have identified an exciting opportunity to launch a full-service studio space equipped for all forms of production. Having Bob as President will bring unparalleled experience in brand building, digital technology and business leadership to RIVR Studios.
RIVR Studios is a partnership between RIVR Media and Bob Baskerville, former Executive Vice President, Digital and Media Operations at Discovery Inc., where he led the company’s US portfolio of production and post-production services. Baskerville, one of the founders of HGTV, has led several technology businesses and initiatives during his more than 20 years at Scripps Networks. He will be president of RIVR Studios.
RIVR Media’s portfolio includes series for Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Animal Planet, A&E, Lifetime, Oxygen, ESPN and more.
RIVR Media has plenty of upcoming shows for 2021 and beyond, including “Breaking Bland” for HGTV, “Super Dad” for Magnolia, and several new series for major networks to be announced soon.
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