It’s only been 18 months since the dot-com heyday, but RealNetworks’ well-attended party at Tuesday the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood had a distinctive blast-from-the-past air, even as execs showed off their streaming technology’s newest bells and whistles to Hollywood types while cutting-edge rappers Jurassic 5 and techno music rocked the dance floor.
The night’s most prominent guest may also have been its most unhappy. Britney Spears refused to meet with Real CEO and chairman Rob Glaser and prexy Larry Jacobson after a partygoer faked that he was Glaser and began talking with her. The upset Spears temporarily decamped from her corner of the proceedings, then returned behind a phalanx of extremely protective security guards. Spears even refused to let her picture be taken.
Other guests had a more convivial time, enjoying what many called the first dot-com party in more than a year. Present were many former Netizens, including Michael Eisner’s son, Eric, formerly TheRomp.com co-founder now working on an animated feature spinoff from the moribund site. Other attendees included Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson and performers Harland Williams, Ian Ziering and Taryn Manning.