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First Friday Fanfare June 6th, 2014
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Join us Friday, June 6th for this month's First Friday Fanfare! We'll learn about Kickstarter Secrets from Mike Neel and hear about Ross Bagwell's journey over pizza and beer at KEC! RSVP quick, this one is sure to fill up!
Tools & Tips with Mike Neel: Kickstarter Success Secrets
Since the launch of Kickstarter, many projects have raised millions of dollars in funding. Beneath these headlines though lives a vibrant community of smaller projects getting the funds they need every day. Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing approach has unlocked a source of crowdfunding that anyone can use. With over a 40% success rate, the question isn’t “can” I raise money on Kickstarter, but “how.”
Michael C. Neel is an active community leader who organizes the Knoxville Game Design group, co-founder and volunteer at the Technology Cooperative, a non-profit focused on technology access and education, and founder of CodeStock, a developer's community conference in Knoxville TN.
Founders Series with Ross Bagwell Sr.
Ross Kennedy Bagwell was born in Madisonville, Tennessee on 1/17/32 to Charles Herman Bagwell and Jeannette Kennedy Bagwell.
His family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1935. He attended Staub Grammar School, Tyson Junior High and graduated from Knoxville High School, class of 1951. Ross married Sue Burchfield on 9/23/51; a son, Ross K. Bagwell, Jr., was born in 1952 and a daughter, Susan Denise, was born in 1954.
After serving in the United States Air Force 1951-53, Ross worked for Union Carbide as a lab technician and attended University of Tennessee 1953-55. He also attended New York University and American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1958.
Ross was employed by NBC Television Network, New York, New York from 1955-63. He began work as a Pageboy and worked as Associate to the Producer of Peabody Award winning children's show "Howdy Doody" as well as other show assignments at NBC. He worked on the game shows "Do-Re-Mi," "Charge Account, "Split Personality," "Concentration," and many other shows such as the "Today Show" and network specials. In the late 1960s he worked in Canada developing programming for CTV Canadian Network as well as program merchandising for NBC and CTV.
Ross returned to Knoxville in 1963 and joined WATE-TV as Account Executive for six months. In 1964 he worked as an Account Executive for Lavidge, Davis and Newman until 1967. He was Sr. Vice President and President of Lavidge and Associates Advertising and Marketing with offices in Knoxville, Greensboro NC, Chattanooga and Atlanta from 1967-73. He received the national Addy in 1969 for Best Television Campaign in the USA. In 1993 he received the Silver Medal Award from the Greater Knoxville Advertising Club, the highest honor bestowed to an individual. From 1973-94 he was Chairman and C.E.O. of Bagwell Communications, Inc./Cinetel Productions. In 1993, Cinetel Productions became the largest independent cable network program production company in the United States with contracts to produce over 3,500 television shows with seven national cable networks - The Nashville Network, The Discovery Channel, Arts & Entertainment, Nickelodeon, The Learning Channel, ESPN and The Travel Channel. He also worked with Roy Rogers for 32 years and Gene Autry for 15 years in their television projects.
On 3/31/94, Ross sold Bagwell Communications, Inc./Cinetel Productions to Scripps Howard Broadcasting of Cincinnati, Ohio for use as the headquarters for the cable network, Home & Garden Television Network. On 4/1/94, Ross, along with his son Ross Bagwell, Jr., formed Bagwell Entertainment, LLC/Ross Television Productions, ThunderRoad Production Services, and Pageboy Productions, a cable programming development and production company where he serves as C.E.O. and his son served as President.
In 1999, Ross K. Bagwell, Sr. and Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. transferred the ownership of Ross Television Productions and ThunderRoad Production Services to his daughter, Dee Bagwell Haslam, under the banner of Rivr Media and Ross Television Productions with two studios and executive offices at 342 Troy Circle. Bagwell Entertainment moved to 340 Troy Circle. Her companies have produced “Whale Wars” for the Animal Planet, “Renovation Realties” for HGTV, “Appalachian Justice” for A&E, along with a new company called Moving Picture Books which creates children’s stories that will be available in Wal-Mart. He is currently developing program concepts for Rivr Media from his offices in Knoxville, TN and Jupiter Island, FL.
Ross K. Bagwell, Sr. served on committees for the Thompson Cancer Center, the advisory board of the Salvation Army, The Chancellor's Associates of the University of Tennessee, the College of Communications Board of Visitors Members of the University of Tennessee, the Clarence Brown Theatre Board of Advisors, the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, named a Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate 2005, Jupiter Island Beach Road Association Board of Directors 2008, and Claridge Condominium Board of Directors 2010.
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