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Digital Entertainment Network

Background

Wikipedia

DEN is a multimedia dot-com company.

From Dot-com

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.

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Many industry observers noted that DEN is a quintessential example of the excess and lack of control of the dot-com craze. The company's troubles mounted after its three founders, including its chairman Marc Collins-Rector (who became a registered sex offender) resigned. A 75 million dollar IPO was cancelled in February 2000. DEN later filed for bankruptcy. Subsequently, civil lawsuits from Michael Egan 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.

  • 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.

Articles

  • 20May2002 - DEN Founder Marc Collins-Rector Arrested in Spain After Two-Year Manhunt - VentureReporter.net Monday, May 20, 2002, 4:15 PM ET
  • 11/05/07 - FAST COMPANY: A high-flying Web start-up, DEN imploded among allegations of drug use, guns, and pedophilia
  • 24Nov2008 [1] - (Wired) The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire (about Brock Pierce and his history with DEN and other organizations)
  • 18April2012 [2] - (TFU Studios website) Employee's story of working for DEN on the coding side (not much of note, except Michael Huffington coming out to the staff as gay)
  • 22April2014 [3](need to archive link) - Accusations in Hollywood Sexual Abuse Case Broaden
- "Michael Egan, who in a lawsuit last week accused the director Bryan Singer of drugging him and sexually abusing him, has filed separate suits making similar accusations of forced sex and drug use against three entertainment executives: Garth Ancier, Gary W. Goddard and David A. Neuman..."
  • 22April2014 [4] (need to archive link)- (NY Daily News) Bryan Singer sex abuse accuser names three more Hollywood bigwigs in lawsuits
  • 15May2014 [5] - (Communities Digital News website) Hollywood pedophile parties: Symptom of a rampant disease feeding on innocent children
- "X-Men director Bryan Singer is accused of being involved in a series of pedophile parties where young boys were molested. Along with Singer, producer Gary Goddard, former Disney exec David Neuman and executive Garth Ancier are alleged to have been involved in the targeting and victimization of young boys. The accusations against Singer emerged when Michael Egan, a former child actor and model, filed civil suits against Singer, Goddard, Neuman and Ancier. Egan told the New York Post that during the 1990’s, he and other young boys were treated “like pieces of meat at sex parties.” His attorney Jeff Herman has stated that since filing suit, he has been contacted by other victims who have broken their silence in the hopes of saving the next child from suffering as they have. The New York Post also reports Egan’s mother previously reported the abuse to the LAPD and FBI and no action was taken. Singer and the others named by Egan have has vehemently denied the accusations against them..."
  • 30July2014 [6] (need to archive link) - (UK Daily Mail) Former child model who claims he was sexually abused by Bryan Singer 'accepts $100K settlement from the X-Men director ... and then backs out of the deal'
  • 7Sept2014 [7] (need to archive link) - (Vulture website) What Happens When You Accuse a Major Hollywood Director of Rape?
- "He couldn’t see past the walls at first, but then the wrought-iron gate swung open and the limo he was riding in pulled past the gate, and Michael Egan got his first view of the M&C estate. The 12,600-square-foot Spanish Colonial, surrounded by immense columns and gaping bay windows, was previously owned by the rap mogul Suge Knight. Inside was a home theater and more than one aquarium. Outside he could see a Ferrari and Lamborghini, a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a hot tub big enough for a dozen people. To the neighbors, it might have seemed like just another Encino McMansion. To a 16-year-old from Nebraska, it seemed like everything he thought Hollywood would be..."
  • 9Dec2015 [8] (need to archive link) - (UK Daily Mail) Former child model Michael Egan who claimed he was sexually abused by X-Men director Bryan Singer is jailed for two years in fraud case
  • 25Jan2017[9] - (Disobedient Media website)
- "In 2000, DEN suffered an absolute disaster amid claims by employees and several Hollywood child actors such as Michael Egan III that Brock Pierce and his partners, Chad Shackley and Marc Collins-Rector ran a child abuse ring with a number of other Hollywood directors and A-list actors, many of whom were financially tied to DEN. Egan alleged that between the ages of 15 to 17, he would be given alcohol, cocaine and other drugs and was raped repeatedly along with other young boys who were present. The abuse allegedly occurred at the house shared by Collins-Rector, Shackley and Pierce as well as on trips to Hawaii. On at least one occasion, Collins-Rector threatened Egan with a gun to force him into compliance. Egan filed a civil suit after his reports to the LAPD and FBI fell on deaf ears. Individuals named in the suit included Pierce, Collins-Rector, Shackley, as well as Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman....Mr. Egan’s allegations mirror other similar claims made by actors such as Corey Feldman and Elijah Wood that child sex abuse is rampant in Hollywood...Pierce and his co-accused resigned from DEN and fled hurriedly to Spain to escape the FBI. Collins Rector was apparently primarily concerned that investor David Geffen wished to kill him over the scandal. Depositions taken from Pierce revealed that Geffen had purportedly been paying an employee to spy on DEN, and that he had been fed information and stolen faxes... Ultimately, Collins-Rector was the only individual charged with sex offenses in relation to the scandal. Brock Pierce was never able fully escape negative public opinion over the role he played however. When he became the Chairman of the Board at the Bitcoin Foundation, at least 10 members resigned in protest. Several resignation letters explicitly listed Pierce’s association to pedophilia and child pornography as the reason for their departure... Pierce is one of several public figures dogged by allegations of child sex abuse with financial or social ties to the Clinton Foundation."
- case files?, Pierce's deposition?
- judge and lawyers related to Collins-Rectors charges?

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to Brock Pierce

Connection to David Geffen, Bryan Singer and Michael Huffington

From The Australian, Hollywood’s evil secret: pedophilia, by Oliver Thring, published on May 23rd, 2016:[10]

The most explosive allegations of Hollywood paedophilia surround “pool parties” at a Los ­Angeles mansion in the late 1990s hosted primarily by Marc Collins-Rector. He had co-founded Digital Entertainment Network, which generated its own online content — some of it with overtly ped­erastic tones.

DEN attracted almost $US100m of investment from Hollywood giants, including David Geffen and Michael Huffington, as well as Bryan Singer, now one of the most feted directors in Hollywood, and the film maker behind The Usual Suspects and the billion-dollar-grossing X-Men franchise. Geffen, Huffington and Singer are all alleged to have been at the parties but none is accused of any wrongdoing.

Connection to investigative journalist, John Connolly

John Connolly, who appears in the 2014 documentary, An Open Secret, heavily investigated the organization. When his work was almost ready to print, he was told to kill the story by the publication.

Timeline

  • 1996 - DEN was founded
  • 1999 - raised $72 million in investment before opening
a massive amount of capital considering that, at least on the surface, DEN was not yet providing investors with anything in return. At the time news sources scoffed at the massive salaries top executives were paid when the company was not even creating revenue. An SEC filing obtained by Hollywood periodical Radar Online reveals that DEN’s investors included a shocking number of big name personalities such as media executives Garth Ancier and David Geffen, former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, film producers Gary Goddard and Bryan Singer, Wall Street czar Mitchell Blutt, A&M Records head Gilbert Friesen (now deceased), former Disney executive David Neuman, manager and label executive Gary Gersh, investor Jeffrey Sachs, former Congressman Michael Huffington, actors Ben Savage and Fred Savage, and tech companies such as Microsoft and Dell. The lack of apparent revenue raises questions about what investors in DEN were expecting in return.
  • May1999 - The site opened and produced 26 original series aimed at teenage boy subcultures, including gay teens, Christian kids and extreme sports enthusiasts.
  • Sept1999 - the company filed for its IPO [11]
  • Oct1999 - Marc Collins-Rector settled a suit in New Jersey brought by a boy who claimed the DEN founder had sexually molested him over three years, starting in 1993 when he was 13. Collins-Rector settled the suit quickly and quietly [12]
  • 25Oct1999 - The IPO was deferred, and on October 25, DEN’s three founders resigned [13] ...More lawsuits followed, other young men naming all three former DEN executives in sexual harassment claims. Some $4.5 million in judgments were awarded by default— Pierce insists he didn’t even know about them, and according to one of Pierce’s former attorneys, the claims against him were later dismissed. But at the time, nobody could locate the defendants to collect.
list of investors? pay for play?
  • February 2000 - (DEN), a 75 million dollar IPO was cancelled
  • May2000 - DEN laid off its last employees, the founders were living quietly in Spain, in the seaside resort town of Marbella [14]

In Media

See Also

Needs Incorporation

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