Dean Network

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Dean Network
DN 3.png
Type: Broadcasting Company
Founded 4 November 2018
Founder: Jack of Molrams
CEO Lord Jack
COO Earl Finn of Hawarden
Official Website https://sites.google.com/view/radiodean/home
Subsidiaries - Dean Network Youtube
- Radio Dean

- The Essexian (Magazine)

- The Nervan Guardian (Magazine)

- EssexiaTalk

The Dean Network is the Commonwealth of Essexia's official Broadcasting network.

Television/

On 16 July 2019, the Dean Network began a large effort to start producing content, with the first few days being information gathering and inquiries into what people might like. The 18 July 2019 saw the Dean Network release a provisional list of shows/properties they intend to create. The provisional list consists of nine programmes. These programmes are (X marks cancelled):

  • Skater Kids - Comedy about people who skate, and the misadventures they encounter while skating.
    Rated 15. Accepted for 1 Season.
  • DNN - Monthly or fortnightly News show covering events and news stories inside and outside of essexia, each episode being around 30 mins max.
    Rated E for everyone. Accepted without Season limit.
  • X - Well Maybe It's... - Witty talk show covering topics from history to geography to modern politics and more.
    Would either be a show or a podcast, and would have a number of different guests.
    Rated 12A. Accepted for 1 Season. Merged into EssexiaTalk.
  • Ryan's Pepsi: A Nigerian Story - A documentary show covering the Pepsi that was sent to Nigeria a few months ago, will analyse all sides of the story.
    Rated 12. 1 Season Limit.
  • Green Earth - Nature series covering the animals and plants and ecosystems in Essexia, and the landmarks they exist at.
    Rated E for everyone. Accepted for 2 Seasons.
  • X - The Review Corner - Review show, either show or podcast, that could cover movies, shows, anime, music, and more, would be 1 hour max episodes.
    Rated 15. Accepted for 1 Season.
  • Who Took My Freaking Phone? - Gameshow, contestant's phone is handed over pre-show, and they must ask the other 3 contestants questions to figure out who has their phone. More details to be added to make the show more interesting.
    Rated E for everyone. Accepted for 1 Season.
  • Paddocks Abbey - Period Drama focusing on a upper class family around 2010.
    Rated 12A. Accepted for 1 Season.
  • You Dumb or Nah? - Talk/Game show, similar to QI, but with more of an emphasis on a game show. Contestants will be tested on their general knowledge, or subject specific details.
    Rated E for everyone. Accepted for 2 Seasons.

Following a further review on the 4th July 2020, CEO Jack decided that the following productions would begin development as soon as it was safe to do so, and no staff felt that the COVID-19 would hinder production or put anyone in unecessary danger:

  • Ryan's Pepsi: A Nigerian Story - The documentary would go ahead, with writer's currently being hired and casting underway.
  • Paddocks Abbey - Writing has already begun, and filming is assumed to start later this year.
  • You Dumb or Nah? - The Network is currently debating whether this will be eligible for online production, via the use of video calling.
  • The United Office - Similar to Paddocks Abbey, this will be a satirical drama, but instead focusing on a British-American President and the struggles they face in office. It is heavily inspired by The West Wing and Designated Survivor, and writing is already underway.

The Weekly Reader

Originally a concept developed by and for the National Conservative Party of Essexia, and later the Commonwealth Party of Essexia, the Dean Network took control of this publication in mid to late 2019

FAR Network

FAR Network was a community interest company that aimed to broadcast music and news within the Commonwealth of Essexia. It was founded by Earl Finn of Hawarden on the 25th October 2018. The Network was made a subsidiary of DN in the Media Merger Act 2019 on the 11th June 2019, following an event which caused the Parliament of Essexia to distrust Earl Finn's motives. The Network continued to operate under DN until the 28th December 2019, when Earl Finn announced he would dissolve the subsidiary organisation on the 1st January 2020 at 17:00 GMT.

Despite the dissolution, Earl Jack opted to keep Earl Finn as the COO as he felt the latter's advice and experience would benefit Dean Network's executive team.

Podcasts

EssexiaTalk

The EssexiaTalk program was created on the 16th April 2020 by Earl Jack of Essexia and Emperor Vincent I of Arthuria. Earl Jack had proposed a similar idea prior to Lord Matthew, however when Vincent brought the same idea to Jack the two ideas were merged. The program, sometimes referred to as a podcast, is a series of episodes, each focusing on short takes of different areas of micronationalism. It features a varying cast of guests and hosts, and is run in weekly episodes, with breaks between seasons. Although it has been debated whether to broadcast the show live or record and edit the footage, the latter was chosen as it would allow for a higher quality program.

EssexiaTalk logo, created by Lord Matthew.
EssexiaTalk Series Overview
Season Episode Recorded Aired Host(s) Theme(s) Guest(s)
1 1 23/04/2020 25/04/2020 Earl Jack, Lord Matthew, Emperor Vincent I Micronational Militaries Jacob M
2 29/04/2020 29/04/2020 Earl Jack, Lord Matthew Foreign Relations Earl Finn of Hawarden
3 15/05/2020 17/05/2020 Earl Jack, Lord Matthew Types of Government Emperor Vincent I, Emperor Terry

It was decided by Jack and Matthew to review the status of the show following the recording of Episode 4 as to whether more episodes would be recorded, or whether to take a temporary break before resuming with another season. However, due to a dramatic schism within Essexia in early June, the last episode of the season and subsequent review never occurred.

Other Ventures

The Dean Network is responsible for the broadcasting of significant events. Despite this, the Hawarden Session (A Quorum of the Parliament of Essexia held at Hawarden) was uploaded to Earl Jack's personal YouTube due to technical difficulties.

DN began posting meteorological reports to r/Essexia for public convenience in early 2020, however these were later merged into The Weekly Reader articles for ease of access and to reduce clutter on the subreddit.

DN expanded into the micronation of Poplar Nerva on the 30th January 2020, with the creation of 'The Nervan Guardian' magazine, focusing explicitly on Poplar Nerva subjects, as well as the wider micronational community.