The NEW to Distribute Premiere Adult Entertainment Offerings From Playboy Entertainment Group

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Escom LLC, the owners of the storied domain name, today announced a distribution deal in which the new will become a premiere online destination for broadband premium services representing the best in entertainment for adults.

The agreement calls for the Playboy Entertainment Group to power the web site, providing content options that include a wide array of high-quality erotic programming and interactive elements that allow for social networking between consenting adults.

The suite of premium broadband offerings will include:

Playboy TV Jukebox

Club Jenna

Naughty Amateur Home Videos

Spice VOD

" is the most sought after and powerful domain name on the Internet, said Jay Janarthanan, Chief Technical Officer, Escom. After fielding partnership discussions and strategic opportunities from almost everyone interested in adult content, it became clear that we wanted to build with Playboy, as they are unequivocally the premiere provider of entertainment programming for adults. With their broadband platform and range of offerings, we are excited about this partnership and the opportunity to provide premium content. And given Playboy's commitment to operating their business in a socially responsible manner, we could not think of a more trusted partner."

"We are committed to offering the best entertainment and lifestyle offerings for adults across all platforms," said Michael Sprouse, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Playboy Entertainment Group, "and we are delighted to expand the reach of our broadband offerings by partnering with"

Information regarding the broadband offerings to be made available by the Playboy Entertainment Group on

Playboy TV Jukebox This sexy video site brings together the highlights from all of Playboy TVs hottest shows including: Totally Busted (The practical joke show with a Playboy twist), Night Calls (Rock-n-Roll and sex. Televised.), 7 Lives X-posed (One house. Seven housemates. Twenty-one cameras.), Foursome (If threes a crowd, fours a party, as sexy strangers borrow Playboys digs for 24 hours.), and much more.

Club Jenna Official site of the most famous adult superstar in the world, Jenna Jameson. This site features exclusive video content from Jenna herself as well as the next generation of stars, the Club Jenna girls.

Naughty Amateur Home Videos This site features the worlds largest library of hot amateur content, plus some of the best clips from Playboy TVs popular series of the same name. Features and benefits include daily updates, video and picture galleries, downloads, erotic stories, and many community tools including rating functionality.

Spice VOD A collection of more than 35,000 full-length adult movies from all of the major adult studios covering almost anyones individual taste in adult entertainment with near DVD quality for those who have a fast connection. These titles are available to rent a la carte or in a convenient pay-per-minute model.

As a premier online destination for adults, is intended only for adults and will comply with all major filtering software, giving parents the ability to block the site as appropriate. This continues Playboy Entertainment's Parental Control campaign, which includes a web site located at which is designed to educate parents on protecting children from content intended for adults.

About Escom, LLC: Escom, LLC, is a privately held Delaware company that owns the highly publicized domain name, registered trademark, and website. is being developed in partnership with the Playboy Entertainment Group.

About Playboy Enterprises, Inc: Playboy Enterprises is a brand-driven, international multimedia entertainment company that publishes editions of Playboy magazine around the world; operates television networks and distributes programming globally; owns, a leading men's lifestyle and entertainment web site; and licenses the Playboy trademark internationally for a range of consumer products and services.






Is Online Porn Leaving Kids Too Sex-Savvy?

A college student at Duke University clearly remembers how he crept into his parents' bedroom as a boy to find a cache of pornographic magazines that his parents had hidden away.

"My little friend was over at my house, and my parents were gone, and we decided we were going to look for pornography," the male student, who chose to remain anonymous, told 20/20's Lynn Sherr in 1993. His friend suggested that the porn could be hidden in the same place his parents hid his birthday presents his mom's closet.

"And so we went in there, and there was this big box up on the shelf. And we opened it up and there were like tens and tens and tens of Playboys and Penthouses and things and, you know, it's just like porn bonanza," he said.

A decade later, young boys don't have to sneak around looking for porn. The hard-core images known as "adult entertainment" are everywhere. Go online and you'll easily find it on the Web, or in your e-mail in-box, regardless of your age or gender. Porn finds you at home, at work, even at the library usually through uninvited spam.

But experts are concerned that boys who access pornography early on are spoiling their future sex lives. Exposure to porn can make young men less inhibited sexually, because they've seen it all, said Laura Berman, a sex therapist and the director of the Berman Center in Chicago.

"But it can also make them more inhibited, because they've never been involved with a real, live person, who has needs and feelings, and limits," said Laura Berman. "An Internet woman never says no, so she's easier to deal with than a real woman."

Porno Pop-Ups at Age 10

The sexual images on the Internet have a definite impact on young boys, who are now getting pornography pop-ups on their screen, Berman said.

"You become de-sensitized," Laura Berman said. "After looking at hours of Internet porn, sex is no longer exciting, or titillating. For these young men, who grow up watching these images and seeing them as ideal, they are disappointed by real women and real experiences."

It impacts the image of their own sexual selves and how they feel about themselves and their partners later on.

"It becomes their sex ed," Laura Berman said. "It is very rarely what they find in their real relationships."

Demystifying Sex for Girls

The availability of online porn has demystified sex for young women, making it more accessible, said Dr. Jennifer Berman, a urologist and co-director of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA. She says while porn can actually spice things up for some couples, the images and expectations can be detrimental for younger, impressionable people.

"It can create unrealistic expectations about what she should look like, what she should do, what she should expect both for her, and for her partner," Jennifer Berman said.

Parents should monitor what their children do on the Internet.

"The porn is there, and if you don't want them to see it, find out about the parental controls available to you and use them," Laura Berman said. If children do see porn, use it as an opportunity to start a healthy dialogue about sex.

"Arm them with real information," she said. "Tell them that real women don't look like that, and may not like what they are doing Breast Bondage Videos in the pictures. This is a real opportunity to discuss sex with your child, and you have to use it to educate your child."

What About Adults?

Greater access to pornography may be influencing relationships both sexually and emotionally for adults, too. A recent study from the University of Florida revealed that among 86 married people who went to Yahoo's "Married and Flirting" or Microsoft's "Married But Flirting," chat rooms, more than 83 percent didn't see their electronic trysts as cheating.

One of the young men who spoke to 20/20 said the exposure to porn early impacted his life greatly later on.

"I feel like I spent the first, like, four or five relationships, serious relationships of my life, working through the difference between what I took as gospel truth you know, Penthouse Forum was it and working out what real relationships were like," the student told 20/20. "And when the emotional stuff came around and when I started falling in love, I fled. The information that I had at that point didn't leave room for the types of feelings that I was having."






Third Annual MusiCares MAP Fund(SM) Benefit Concert on May 11 to Honor Chris Cornell and Jeff McClusky

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The third annual MusiCares MAP FundSM benefit concert, honoring two-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell and legendary independent music promoter Jeff McClusky, will be held on Fri., May 11, 2007, at The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. The benefit is sponsored in part by Gibson Foundation.

Cornell will be honored as the recipient of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process. McClusky will be the recipient of the MusiCares From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. The evening will feature a buffet dinner and performances by Army of Anyone featuring Richard Patrick from Filter, Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Ray Luzier; David Gahan of Depeche Mode with Victor Indrizzo (Beck and Macy Gray), Vincent Jones (Sarah McLachlan) and Martyn LeNoble (Porno for Pyros, Janes Addiction and the Cult); Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart and Gods And Monsters); and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Noah Hunt and Double Trouble's Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. Actor, stand-up comedian, musician and singer Tommy Davidson will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition, the evening will feature a special performance by Cornell, who will release the 13th album of his career, Carry On, on June 5. A range of other artists and special guests will be announced at a later date. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.

"Each year, the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honors individuals in our community who help focus attention on the critical problems of addiction in our industry and who work to help music people in need," said MusiCares and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "This heartfelt and uplifting event helps to shed light on the important resources available through the MusiCares MAP Fund, and encourages people to seek our help. We thank Chris and Jeff for being strong champions of our cause."

Tickets are offered at three price levels: floor placement in a private living room grouping of 10 for $10,000; floor seating for $1,000 each; and balcony seating for $100 each.

About the Honorees:

Chris Cornell

Ranked 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music" survey, Chris Cornell has been called "the single most dynamic rock and roll force produced by the grunge revolution of the early 1990s." As the frontman for Soundgarden, he marshaled five studio albums including the groundbreaking Superunknown, which sold more than 3 million copies and earned two GRAMMY Awards. His songwriting continued to develop with the mid-Soundgarden side project, the critically acclaimed, eponymously titled release Temple Of The Dog, a collective of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members who formed in tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood. More recently his tenure as the frontman for the rock super-group Audioslave continued his multi-platinum success and produced the hit singles "Like A Stone" and "Cochise" in the millennium.

Cornell will lay fresh ground for himself with his upcoming solo album Carry On (Suretone/Interscope). This album promises to extend his status as a musical risk-taker. As a solo artist he previously explored his creative range on Euphoria Morning, whose single "Can't Change Me" earned a 1999 GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Carry On produced and mixed by GRAMMY-winning British producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Morrissey, and the Dave Matthews Band) showcases Cornell's distinct voice, which Blender magazine dubbed, "one of alt-rock's most elastic instruments." The album will include the Top 10 European hit "You Know My Name," the main title song for the recent James Bond theatrical release, Casino Royale. Cornell wrote and recorded the track with longtime James Bond composer David Arnold for the film. In addition to his work in the music world, Cornell served as the face of the 2006 John Varvatos ad campaign and became a restaurateur with the opening of Black Calavados (BC) in Paris, where he resides part time.

Jeff McClusky

Jeff McClusky's passion for music began while growing up in the Yonkers-Bronxville area of New York, listening to legendary Top 40 WABC/New York at night with a transistor radio on the pillow. By the time he finished grade school, McClusky was singing and playing rhythm guitar in the Hangmen and later, the Grateful Dead-influenced Tidal Wave. He eventually became music director for his Stonehill College radio station, sang a bit in the local coffeehouses and interned at pioneering FM radio station WBCN/Boston. Relying on his relationships with artists and managers such as John Barbis, Judas Priest, Craig Lambert, Eddie Money and Santana, McClusky began his business in his basement apartment in the early 1980s.

From 1984 to 2001, he enjoyed a developing faith, sobriety, a wonderful marriage, and the birth of two daughters, Lauren and Rachel. Professionally during this time, he experienced the growth of his business beyond his expectations with 50 employees in four offices including a deep radio promotion entity, as well as a consulting company which reaches into all corners of music and entertainment. In addition to his support of MusiCares, McClusky works on behalf of education and intern programs and the Special Olympics. "The last six years have been extremely challenging for the business and a humbling reminder that there are no guarantees, and that we must meet our challenges head on," said McClusky. "I start with the knowledge that life has never been better. I have been blessed with a marriage of 23 years, a belief that God continues to have a plan for me, 23 years of sobriety, two teenage daughters, a family relationship that is no less than wonderful, and a business that is challenging Jasmine Gomez and yet, a very exciting place to be with all that being considered, I am extremely blessed."

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit

As a result of acquiring MAP in September 2004, MusiCares developed the MusiCares MAP Fund as a pool of resources set aside specifically to address addiction recovery and sober living needs. Named for the Musicians Assistance Program, the MusiCares MAP Fund represents the joint goal of MAP and MusiCares to provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial circumstances.

Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., the world's premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology. The mission of Gibson Foundation is to make the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. For more information, please visit

"MusiCares for Music People."






Communicating with Your Kids

Yesterday I enjoyed a long lunch out with my younger son. He is 26 years old, a scrappy entrepreneur who is street-smart, determined, and a learner. Over Vietnamese noodles, we talked about lessons he has learned from observing me, his father, and other mentors in the professional world. The conversation was lively, honest, interesting and pragmatic. Later today, I will spend several hours with my older son (age 29) for one-on-one time. Our conversation will undoubtedly take a different path; as a college professor, his interests lean more towards literature, philosophy, and current events. Our time will stretch me in a different, more intellectual way (except for the time we spend laughing about the colorful personalities in our family). Although quite different, I cherish my time with both of my sons.

While I always yearn for more time to just hang out with my sons (both live in other cities and have busy lives with their respective jobs, significant others, and social commitments), I am always grateful that we have the kind of relationship that we can talk about anything. But this kind of relationship did not just happen once our children became adults; it has been nurtured since they were small children. Even though their Dad and I both worked full time, we made sure that we had lots of time together as a family, and with both sons individually. We taught them to be curious about the world, to be observers, and to explore new ideas. Although one son is more introverted, both are very verbal and thoughtful.

Looking back over the years, I recall some things we did as parents that helped shape our boys into articulate, fun, engaging young men. We had a conversation jar where anyone could drop in a topic of interest, newspaper clipping, or controversial issue. Each night over dinner, we would randomly pick something from the conversation jar to discuss. It made for lively debates, and our sons learned to voice their opinions and thinking on a variety of topics.

We also limited television to five hours a week. That usually consisted of one or two shows all four of us enjoyed (The Simpsons was a big favorite, as was Seinfeld as they got older). The only problem with this plan was that initially our sons felt out-of-the-loop when their peers discussed other popular shows they watched (many of which we had declared off-limits, usually because of violence, adult content, or just the fact that they were too insipid to waste time watching). That dilemma was solved with a subscription to Entertainment Weekly, where they could read enough about current shows and movies to be able to hold their own in conversations around the lunchroom at school. So, they learned to be flexible and creative in how they learned, so that they could engage with others on topics of interest to their friends.

I still relish talking with my older son about all kinds of things around the kitchen table while baking cookies well into the night. From an early age, he was my night owl and was most engaged during those hours when I preferred to be asleep. But Im so glad that I manage my time and energy so that I can stay up late and talk (and the lure of cookies always helped; food is a great inducement to hang out). My younger son at about age eight started publishing a newspaper with interviews of our neighbors, which gave him increased confidence with adults and in his writing skills. My older son was asked in high school to keep a journal of his thoughts about school, which the headmaster used to better understand how kids see the world. We encouraged all activities that helped them build skills in listening and in communicating their thoughts. Sometimes this created challenges, such as when one son was banned from a well-known national chain store for picketing against child labor practices used by the makers of the goods sold there. We were proud of him for speaking up and stood by his decision to do so. His brush with the police was yet another topic of spirited debate at the dinner table.

How do you engage your children in ways that encourage them to be strong communicators of their ideas? What helps them to think more deeply, listen more carefully, and engage more fully with others? We would love to hear your ideas on communicating with kids. It is a life-long adventure. Good luck!

Author's Bio:

Sharon Keys Seal is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program and CoachU, and has earned her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation. She is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile (a 360 assessment tool), The Leadership Circle Culture Survey, DISC (behavioral assessment), and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (psychological assessment). She completed the Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Fundamentals program from Coach Training Institute. As founder and host for three years of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Sharon works to promote the professional community of coaches in Maryland. She has served as a contributing expert columnist for Entrepreneur Magazines on-line publication She also contributes her works on children and parenting at






I Caught My Child Looking at Porn -- What Do I Do?

A little while ago, I wrote a post detailing how to secure an iPhone so that kids couldn't stumble onto explicit content. I had a few readers email me and ask for advice on what to do after you've found your child looking at adult content online. I want to talk about it because I think it's important and relevant for all parents. Kids in the Internet age will be curious about porn, and they have unprecedented access to it. Despite our best efforts, kids may find ways around the stop guards we put in place. I'm putting on my therapist hat for this post since I've not experienced this as a parent, but I can tell you that in my practice, many shocked and dismayed parents called me after discovering an Internet history full of porn sites accessed by pre-teen kids.

It's alarming to discover your child has been looking at porn. Pornography is an unfortunate and unrealistic education for most kids, but it can also quickly become a preoccupation. It's important to remember that curiosity about sex is normal. Unfortunately, what isn't normal is the extreme and often violating nature of sex depicted in pornography. Pornography websites are rarely focused on sex between a loving couple ... very quickly, most sites are flashing advertisements for extreme fetishes, rape fantasies, degrading imagery or "barely legal" girls (which is code for molestation fantasies). It's a far cry from the days of a child stumbling upon a Playboy. Internet pornography is a disturbing introduction into human sexuality, and it's reasonable to feel alarmed and disappointed. However, it is also critical that you respond with concern, empathy and reason instead of anger and judgment. Your reaction could shape your child's view of sex, and the most important step is to approach the situation in a way that will leave the door open to an ongoing conversation. Here are some tips for talking with your child:

1. Try to remain emotionally neutral. This is a hard one, because parents usually have strong feelings upon learning that their child is looking at sexually explicit stuff. It's really important not to become unglued in front of your child. For one thing, it will increase their shame, which is not helpful to the situation. If you seem too emotional or angry, they are also less likely to listen and less likely to share. Remember: It's not an emergency. Take the time to diffuse your own feelings and calm down before you talk to your child.

2. Normalize the situation. It's likely that your child feels some shame about the behavior, and it's important to reduce the shame. Reducing shame doesn't mean you endorse the behavior, but it DOES mean that you reduce your child's fears that they are dirty or perverted for being sexually curious, or for being aroused by looking at sexual imagery. The pairing of sex and shame is an insidious and toxic combo. Your child needs to know that his or her sexual feelings are not innately bad, but rather something that you would prefer to be expressed in another way.

3. Talk in positive terms. It's easy to fall into NO! BAD! language when we talk about porn, but it's important to explain the reasons to your child beyond you wanting to ruin their good time. Encourage your child to view sex as something good and healthy, and affirm that you actually want them to have good, fun sex when they are adults. Help them take a long-term view of sex with the goal being healthy sexual relationships, educating them on the research that indicates that extensive viewing of pornography produces a decreased respect for long-term, monogamous relationships and can even cause sexual dysfunctions. Teens are old enough to understand delayed gratification. Making rules about porn about goals instead of punitive rules can help your child see that you aren't just being a prude, but that in fact you have their best interest in mind.

4. Educate your child on the fallacies of porn. If they've been looking at porn, they've probably seen it all, so it's no time to be delicate. You need to have a frank conversation about the mechanics of sex and the realities (and fallacies) of pornography. Time for an education on the male vs. female sexual response and the fact that pornography is a production and therefore not representative of the way a typical sexual encounter occurs. If you haven't yet, it's probably time to talk about masturbation as well.

5. Explain why porn is problematic. For some families, this might include religious convictions. But if you are an adult who doesn't condemn porn outright, it's still important to help your child understand that explicit material is harmful for the developing brain. The video below does a great job of explaining it, and I think it's appropriate to watch with any child who is old enough to be interested in porn.

WATCH: The Science of Porn

You may also want to talk to your child about the exploitive nature of porn. Many feminists are opposed because the exploitation of women involved in pornography is rampant. Porn also eroticizes the domination, humiliation and coercion of women, and reinforces attitudes that condone rape and sexual harassment. Many believe that pornography contributes to the male-centered objectification of women and thus to sexism.

6. Ask them what they've seen and if they have any questions. Again, it's no time to be delicate. Show your child that you aren't afraid of the subject and that you are there and willing to talk, help and answer questions. Honestly, when I counseled parents and kids through this, this question often elicited a lot of emotions from kids, because they really did want to talk to their parents about it. Let your child know you can handle what they saw by asking questions like, "Did you see anything that scared you?" or "Is there anything you saw that was confusing to you?" to help facilitate the conversation. This part may not be comfortable. Pretend like it is, and be prepared to answer any questions they have.

7. Explain your boundaries going forward, and enforce them. After you've had the chance to normalize, reduce shame, answer questions and explain your rationale, it's time to go over the rules again. If you haven't previously installed controls on the devices in your home, now is Lacy Channing the time. I cannot tell you how many parents have told me, "We didn't do controls because we talked about it and we trusted them." My opinion is that this approach is doing a disservice to children. It's like slipping a candy bar under their pillow and then talking about how you trust them not to eat it. The best way to approach porn in your home is to MAKE SURE IT'S NOT AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN IN YOUR HOME. I cannot stress this enough. Last year, I wrote a post detailing how to install controls on a Windows computer. Some other Mac-friendly options are OpenDNS and K9 Web protection.

Have you dealt with this as a parent? Any wisdom or experience to share? If you aren't there yet, have you thought about how you would handle this situation if it came up?


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