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Meet the guy Scientology is relying on to get the ‘disconnection’ billboard stopped


[Dennis Holt, center]

On Tuesday, Phil Jones signed the contract for his Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard with Regency Media, and he then gave us the green light to tell our readers about its location and the date of its unveiling. On March 22, the billboard will be dedicated at a celebration held by Phil and his wife Willie at the sign’s amazing location — just a block west of the office where Scientology leader David Miscavige works when he’s in Los Angeles.

The next day, Scientology got to work. Phil heard from Regency that on Wednesday, it received two phone calls from a man named Dennis Holt of US International Media, who explained that he is the media buyer for the church. It’s Holt who arranges for Scientology’s many billboards that go up around the country.

In the photo above, he’s the gent in the center, receiving an award from his alma mater, USC.

Phil told us that Holt had initially told Regency that Scientology wanted to buy up every billboard on Hollywood Boulevard and wanted to know what was available. Later, he called back and dropped the pretense, complaining about the specific artwork of Phil’s billboard.

Phil tells us that a third call — he didn’t tell us if it came from Holt — tried to scare Regency that posting Phil’s billboard might get them into legal trouble.

“She [the Regency sales rep] also had an email from [Holt’s] media company offering to buy up all their billboard properties for the church in the entire area and up through the end of July,” Phil tells us.

Phil says that the intimidation attempt isn’t working, and that Regency is still in his corner. But we thought you might like to know about Mr. Dennis Holt, who is one of Scientology’s enablers.

A few years ago, a member of the church who was still in the organization but disaffected called us and told us that one thing he’d like to see more coverage of is the professionals who carry out so much of the actual work for Scientology, whether it was to help Scientology with its real estate deals, or to intimidate its membership into silence.

We told him that was a great idea, but it’s not an easy task. We’re grateful to Mr. Holt that he made the job so easy in this instance.

We called and left a message for Mr. Holt, and also emailed him directly. We’ll let you know if he gets back to us.


What Scientology paid for an empty building in Orlando

Our readers were all over it when Scientology was trying to buy a building for an “Ideal Org” in a real estate auction in Orlando recently. Pete Griffiths spotted a story that reveals how much Scientology forked over: The church paid $1.7 million for an office building in Lake Ellenor, Florida.

Scientology leader David Miscavige’s Ideal Org program has been running into snags in part because some of the building purchases have been less than super smart. What do you think of his choice this time? The price is lower than he’s been paying in other places, but this location doesn’t exactly suggest “foot traffic” to us.



More evidence of the rapidly shrinking world of Scientology

A great observation by former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder over at his blog this morning, regarding next week’s LRH Birthday celebration in Los Angeles, which will consist of people watching a video of the actual celebration which takes place in Clearwater this weekend…

Traditionally, there was a single March 13th event for all of the LA area — including Orange County and the Valley. It used to be held at the Shrine Auditorium, but that became embarrassing as they couldn’t even fill the lower level, let alone the upper. So, they moved it to the Dolby Theater, capacity 3,400. Now they have shifted it to the “Ray Dolby Ballroom,” capacity 2,000. But it seems they are having inordinate difficulty filling even that venue (this is not much bigger than the Flag auditorium) in the home of the “largest concentration of Scientologists on earth.”

Ouch. Not even 2,000 in L.A.? Things are truly getting desperate.


Will Scientology’s media studio ever open?

In an issue of Planetary Dissemination, Scientology gave another peek inside the new media center it’s created out of the old KCET studios in Los Angeles. As ever, it’s a pitch for more donations. Here’s what the text says…

While it is the industry norm to have production lines spread out across several different companies, often in separate locations, Scientology Media Productions will have the gear and equipment necessary to do set building, writing, shooting, audio recording, audio mixing, editing, broadcasting, design, marketing and more, all on its 5-acre lot.

To ensure all gear and equipment is a perfect fit, and to allow each separate space to fulfill its purpose at the highest quality and efficiency, top professionals in the industry and in their respective fields are being consulted throughout the establishment of Scientology Media Productions.






Bonus items from our tipsters

Here’s today’s treasure from XENU TV. Says Mark Bunker: “February 2000 – Bob Minton felt that the police officers who were being paid by Scientology should fall under the permanent injunction, especially after some experiences we had with the police.”


Actress Elisabeth Moss, from a new profile at the Guardian


Moss was raised, and remains, a Scientologist. She has long since given up defending the religion, speaking with the honest conviction of someone who knows their own belief to be pure-hearted. “It is weird for me to be put in the position where I am like, ‘No, I can’t. I don’t really want to talk about this.’ You feel kind of like, I am a nice person who likes to talk about stuff. I also get the curiosity. I get the fascination. I become fascinated with things that are none of my business as well. I am just fascinated when someone breaks up with somebody. I want to know all about it. I am very interested in what people are wearing, and all of that kind of thing, but you have a right to your privacy.”

The latest come-on…



3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 12, 2016 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
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GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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  • new bollocks

    [sorry Tony – I try not to purloin too much direct stuff from here so quickly but I wanted this to go out in time for Dennis Holt’s lunch date today…. ]

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      His lunch date tweet was posted in 2010, no?

      • indeed it does, could have sworn it said this weekend when I was looking at it

  • Juicer77

    I truly think DM chooses these buildings purely on which photos can be made to look best in promo materials. “Palm trees? Great! That’ll look upscale!”

  • Fink Jonas

    Scientology is has more real state that Donald Trump, why? why do they wanna keep buying empty buildings that remain empty?

  • Antonia Willis

    OOh, a bit of press coverage here in the UK for the Birthday Boy:

    • Graham

      And there’s a link from there to Tony’s 2011 assessment of the number of Scientologists. The word is getting out!

      • Juicer77

        Heh heh heh.

    • Juicer77

      Thumbnail, but on the whole mostly correct. Amazed they got the 25,000 number in there. 🙂 They would have done better to link to the newest Bunker article on the subject, but the TO at the Village Voice will do.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Was there any additional info posted about that clam (Desiree Silvani- Cardoso) who posted on Facebook about her disconnected dad dying? It looks like she has deleted that post. Did she get blowback from the CO$ after Tony mentioned it?

  • BarryObama2014

    Interesting to see what they will produce at this t.v. station. Prehaps Scientology news with special reports from the squirrel busters, or maybe a LRH trivia game show or better yet a geography game show called “Where in the world is Shelly Miscavige”

    • Juicer77

      That’s a good one. There were some hilarious show suggestions back when this story first came up… Does somebody have it bookmarked?

  • hmmm, when Niacin is involved in rehab my ears prick up…. this looks pretty dodgy to me and involves England football legend Gazza… maybe those who follow the Narconon stuff might want to look into this guy John Gillen and see if he’s narconon/clam connected:

    “The infusions are the brainchild of recovering alcoholic John Gillen, a former jockey and horse-trainer.

    The Scotsman brought the idea to Britain from the United States, and set up his Bionad clinic near Harley Street in London.

    He also provides the service at rehab centres around Britain.”


    • Dice

      Niacin is found in many products – so the Marmite connection is a hoax & stupid. But if he can sell for £400 a treat, what is that going to make him?

      • “…£400-a-time infusions ”

        and you reckon he’s not going to say that a typical course is a dozen treatments or more… maybe even permanent… that’s big money; offices on Harley Street do not come cheap

        • Dice

          Yep! It’s probably even a DailyMail – paid advertising! if they do this. idk

        • Dice

          But! this NAD+ apparently is different form the Niacin acid you get advised from Scientology and there is a whole spectrum of B vitamins that is use by the body.
          So i don’t see the connection with $cn at all.

          • I’m no expert but this is the 2nd time ever that I have seen the word niacin and rehab used outside of Narconon

            • Dice

              I think i remember you posted about that, a long time ago!
              As someone noticed in that article – it’s the direct infusion into the blood stream that is concerning – we also know that Cathriona White did this thing.

            • wasn’t me… it might have been in some text I posted on my blog relating to her death that I missed but I don’t remember it

  • rare: normal sized man takes first selfie of Tom Cruise without his lifts

    • Dice

      I think TC has a nozzle so they can inflate him on the set!

  • Juicer77

    O/T: given the lovely weather yesterday, I finally got my hands into some dirt (gardening). Put in a few perennials that will hopefully survive long past my stay here in the UK, providing a haven for insects and birds. Also bought myself a new, nifty galvanized tin watering can with copper accents. 🙂

    • Dice

      Pict.. or it didn’t happen!

      • Juicer77

        Gotta upload my pictures. There’s dirt under my nails!

    • vicariousthrill

      love england, love gardening (sigh). Wish I were there. Enjoy it, Juice.

      • Juicer77

        It’s kind of nice to dig in mid-March. Back at home the ground is still frozen.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
  • Scream Nevermore

    March 22 is my birthday. Awesome choice of date!