By Request: Brookshire Media, DexTV Update

Update: As the commodity business goes, so goes the commodity-owned TV business. DexTV has gone belly up.

A couple of commenters have recently posed questions about the Brookshire Media/ DexTV situation and wondered why I never followed up.

Well, basically, the answer is this: the owner, Brookshire and Company Ltd., whose main business appears to be Brookshire Raw Materials, seemed a whole lot more transparent than Canadian Economic Press (CEP News).

The owner, Brookshire Raw Materials, does commodity-related investment products so it’s understandable that its parent company might have a lot of cash to invest in something like an internet TV operation. Also, if you’re in the potash and pork bellies business, it’s not hard to see why you’d be attracted by industries like publishing and broadcast, which often provide access to the rich, famous and powerful. You know, the whole Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black deal.

What’s more, when I poked around a bit, I found what might be Brookshire’s business model in this press release:

The following companies will be airing on http://www.dexteritynews.com this week.

Airing Date Company

Mon. Dec. 17th, ’07 Essam Zhagloul- Fiber Optic Resources Tues. Dec. 18th, ’07 Robert Eisses- ICRON Technologies Wed. Dec. 19th, ’07 Graham Chisholm- ICS Copper Systems Ltd Fri. Dec. 21st, ’07 Linda Thorstad- Oremex Resources

For Further Information, Contact:

Scott Barber Director of Operations The Richmond Club

300A – 219 Dufferin Street and Liberty, Toronto, ON, Canada, M6K 1Y9

(Update: Because the link is now dead, I am posting what I found in Google’s cache at the bottom of this item)

It almost seemed like a television version of a trade or B2B magazine where companies pay not just for ads but for “editorial” coverage.

A while back, I also watched DexTV a bit and didn’t see anything different from the mainstream networks, right down to the bad pancake make-up. I should probably tune in again.

In the mean time though, it strikes me as a vanity broadcast operation crossed with a trade magazine.
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Update: In response to Chris Henry’s comments, I am posting this link to the information above on companies airing on DexTV. Just in case the cache link goes bad, I will post a screen grab when Blogger’s photo upload function starts working again.

Update2: Here’s the screen grab:

113 thoughts on “By Request: Brookshire Media, DexTV Update

  1. This is a reply to the recent post by “Anonymous”.I haven’t kept in touch with John over the past couple years. So I don’t have experience about what transpired with DexTV (I think what’s what you’re talking about when your mentioning investors being cheated?).I also don’t know about “big houses” or “mansions”. He lived in a modest home when I worked with him so I can’t comment on events in the past couple years.I was talking about my experiences which were all pre-DexTV.

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  2. is the girl fishing with them in that youtube video above john marshall’s girlfriend or wife?they were together quite alot

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  3. Not sure. A few years ago John was married to a German woman named Heike. Believe me, the girl in the video looks nothing like her.

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  4. I dont know what happened to Heike and their dream house in Bolton. They were just such an odd match. I can only assume that she had money and Marshall had his hands on it. Then, he moved on.

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  5. They said in TorStar that owner of that their house is Adams. Looks that they are hiding assets?What else they have in ownership aside of this `Adams` house. I guess some boat on Ontario Place?

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  6. The house in Bolton was never owned by Adams. That house actually belonged to John’s, I’m guessing, “ex” wife’s brother. Dude has been hiding for a long time. It’s the Caledon house with it’s own river that is owned by Adam’s company. Dont forget, Adams lives on “BROOKSHIRE CIRCLE”.

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  7. Must be most beautiful house if it is `dream house` with river. Boat `Ontario Place` must be on his girlfriend`s name. I guess.

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  8. Lyle put together Kingstadle solutions, predecessor of Brookshire and after JCI (where he worked as director of sales I think).

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  9. was he a shareholder, or an advisor to Brookshire? As for Clyde Harrison, it appears that he has nothing to do with the Ponzi scheme.

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  10. Do not know for Lyle but know that Julian Baldry, top mining expert was.Was Julian shareholder of Brookshire too.

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  11. Lyle has nothing to do with Brookshire or DexTV.He was part of Kingsdale Solutions for a period of time but he left that a long time ago (way before John left Kingsdale Solutions).Lyle was not a shareholder or advisor of brookshire or affiliated with it in anyway.

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  12. What some of you guys are posting about personal relationships/girlfriends is just wrong. But as that’s getting too personal/private I don’t think it’s relvant to post corrections.

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  13. Girl in the fishing video is not his wife or girlfriend. She was the first producer of DEXtv and then worked in head office. From what I know, he is still with his wife. Or at least was at the DEX launch party last summer.

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  14. Thanks for the link. I had no idea that JCI went bankrupt. Very interesting. I hope ALL of the victims take the advice of the lawyer in video and “go after” the heads of the company!(’cause they can)

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  15. It is amazing the various levels of govenments in Canada keep allowing these clowns to run con games. It appears the only people that will do something is the US.

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  16. The girl in the fishing boat was the Dextv producer. His wife was there also. I shot those fishing clips. Marshall also stiffed the production company i was working for about 15 grand in production costs.

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  17. that wasn’t shot on his boat but it was there. I can see where your wages went, his boat was easily worth 100 grand. The name “DexTV”I’ll dig up some footage and post it sometime.

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  18. Many employees of Brookshire were good meaning people that had been swindled by JM. He would hire young kids right out university that didn’t know things could be better anywhere else – they were still naive enough to think that the way things were run at brookshire was normal. The way things were run – everything was completely hack! Not to mention that he would periodically bring in his rottweiler that would freely walk around the office.

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  19. Is John Marshall on the lam? I think I know one of his residences. And he is married, but not to someone named Heike. Or maybe he has more than one wife?

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  20. If you're trying to collect from marshall, you can find him at Forward focus. I heard he may be working therewww.forwardfocus.ca

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  21. I don't know about JM but Adams recently got a new job with a big fat pay check and LOTS of perks. Who would hire these guys??? Probably another scam…

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  22. I agree with all who have stated that the woman in the video clip was not John's girlfriend. She was the first DexTV producer, who then went on to work with the marketing/design business (which were a great bunch of people who just had a horrible investor). Never saw the slightest bit of evidence of impropriety in their relationship, all business.I worked at DexTV in the summer of 2008 as a seasonal intern. I actually sat closer to Marshall than anyone in the office. Within a month of working there I knew that there were some very fishy things going on, but it was also clear that everyone else was trying to work hard and get things done before John/Stephen would inevitably play the foil and delay what seemed to be basically intelligent actions. I quite literally cashed my paycheques during my breaks on the day I got them because I was afraid of them bouncing.I can understand why some may want to accuse the on-air talent or Dex.TV producers for not realizing the extent of what was occurring, but you shouldn't forget that they didn't work in the same building and weren't even connected to the day-to-day side of any of John Marshall and Stephen Adams dealings. I was on the periphery without any inside access and I knew something was up.The two accountants were nice guys, but both had not been in this country for long and it's not surprising that Adams could feed them a line. The analysts were kept away from any inside financial material because they would've cracked it. There was also this guy, Gary Ussling (sp?) who was always coming in and seeming to do very little work. I'm still curious as to what he was doing…Most of the people in the Brookshire umbrella were good people just doing there job. Most new something was strange, but never saw anything to suggest that financial impropriety was what it was. VERY few people were privy to the "inside game".

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  23. John Marshall owns the hose at the Sneath Rd.bridge in Bolton.It is currently up for sale (MLS)for $799,000. and his big fishing boat that is worth over $100,000. is also for sale for I think $80,000.John used to be a friend and although he took us out many times for very expensive evenings I told him there was no way I could reciprocate on my earnings.We got along great until he owed me $500.00 for his vehicle repair.We had them over for dinner and he had one beer and said all of two words the entire evening.Heike said they would have us over for dinner soon.That was almost a year ago.Another issue was he tried to sell me 2 lots on a golf coarse they were developing in Port Severn.I was interested but when I checked local pricing it seemed like a scam.Also there was no equipment on site which seemed very strange at the time.We liked the Marshalls and feel its to bad they have to burn all there bridges especially with people you think are your friends.I guess every thing in his life is material and nothing else matters.Good luck in the future where ever you may go John,I just don't know how long you can run and hide

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  24. Does anyone know the latest on the investigation or the current activities of Marshall/Adams? I am a former employee from another company they launched 11 years ago – exactly the same story, just substitute "digital file services for Media companies" with "DexTV".

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