Digital Entertainment Network

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Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) was a multimedia dot-com company.[1]

Dot-com[edit]

Marc Collins-Rector hired media executives from television, movies, commercial, documentaries and cable shows including former Disney TV executive David Neuman, to create a website featuring "5 minute shows". Founded in 1996, it raised $72 million from a combination of private investors and venture capital firms. The site opened in May 1999, and produced 26 original series aimed at teenage boy subcultures, including gay teens, Christian kids and extreme sports enthusiasts.[2] After a substantial amount of hype, the site itself turned out to be rather conventional for the time. DEN developers wrote the ports for Windows Media Player, QuickTime and RealPlayer for the Linux OS, which helped enable sites like YouTube and Myspace.[clarification needed][citation needed] DEN Developers also obtained a patent for delivering video advertising over the Internet.[3] DEN.NET Streaming media content was delivered in three formats and three different download speeds.[citation needed] DEN signed record breaking advertising deals with sponsors such as Ford,[4] Microsoft, Pepsi, Penzoil, Blockbuster Entertainment and DELL.

Collapse[edit]

Many industry observers noted that DEN is a quintessential example of the excess and lack of control of the dot-com craze.[5] The company's troubles mounted after its three founders, including its chairman Marc Collins-Rector (who in 2002 pleaded guilty to child enticement and must now register as a sex offender) resigned.[5][6] A 75 million dollar IPO was cancelled in February 2000. DEN later filed for bankruptcy.[7] Subsequently, civil lawsuits from Michael Egan[8] and other DEN employees alleged sexual abuse and coercion using drugs and guns by Collins-Rector, co-founder Chad Shackley, and DEN Executive VP Brock Pierce.[9][10]

The 2014 documentary An Open Secret details the men behind Digital Entertainment Network, who threw huge Hollywood parties where boys were being raped at gunpoint and being forced to do cocaine.[11]

Legacy[edit]

DEN alumni created other Internet sites including those of Proxicom,[12] Revver, the Aspen Comedy Festival, Dark Horse Comics, IXL, Static, and Intuit.[13][14][15][citation needed][16]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Angelo, Jesse (1999-10-01). "MONEY FOR NOTHING? DEN PAYS EXECS BIG FOR NO REVENUES". New York Post. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  3. ^ "patft.uspto.gov". Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ "highbeam.com". Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Digital Entertainment Network: Startup or Non-Starter? A sex scandal clouds Webcaster DEN's IPO". Business Week. November 15, 1999. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Florida Sex Offender Registry". Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  7. ^ "news.com.com". Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (2014-05-25). "Former Disney Executive Claims Bryan Singer’s Sex Abuse Accuser Contradicted Himself". 411Mania.com. 
  9. ^ "radar.com". Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Michael (7 November 2000). "The Last Pixel Show" (3 pages). News. ZDNet Australia. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Corey Feldman on Elijah Wood Hollywood Pedophilia Controversy: ‘I Would Love to Name Names’". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-05-26. 
  12. ^ "findarticles.com". Business Wire. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  13. ^ "buytough.com". Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  14. ^ "DEN - Desi Entertainment Network den.in". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  15. ^ Bernstein, Paula (2001-06-14). "CNN taps Bondy, shuffles exex". Variety. 
  16. ^ "usatoday.com". USA Today. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2007-11-15.