(AP) Brill Media Holdings LP has closed its Contentville Web site, the company’s founder, Steve Brill said in a message posted on the site.
The site shut down Sept. 28, and 15 people will be laid off, but it won’t affect the publication of Brill’s Content, a quarterly magazine that focuses on the media industry.
In the message left on Contentville, Brill said the site was shut down because “we simply were unable to entice enough people for us to see our way to a viable enterprise.”
Contentville was founded in July 2000 as an online seller of book and other media content, including term papers, speeches, and more.
Brill has a record as a successful but sometimes controversial media entrepreneur. Prior to launching Brill’s Content and Contentville.com, he built several legal-related media ventures including The American Lawyer magazine and Court TV.