What is it about adult movies that men cannot seem to get enough of? From classics like “Deep Throat” and “Debbie Does Dallas” to favorites like “Taboo” and “Traci Takes Tokyo,” adult entertainment has thrived no matter what the economic environment is. For men, adult performers like Sasha Grey, Bree Olson, Traci Lords, Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick are like goddesses. Even Hollywood has tackled the theme with movies like “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Boogie Nights.” Two movies about Linda Lovelace of “Deep Throat” fame are also being done.
It is no wonder that adult entertainment brands are earning quite a tidy sum of money. Its products are relatively inexpensive and are usually bought on impulse. Of course, the problem is that it will always be scrutinized by the public and will come under regular fire from politicians and pressure groups. Still, they will always have an audience so long as there are teenage boys growing up around the world.
Here is a list of the top 10 adult entertainment brands in the world.
10. Bang Bros
Bang Bros is an Internet-based pornographic company with headquarters in Miami. It was founded in Miami, though scenes are also shot in Los Angeles. It operates a total of 36 websites, including Bangbus, BigMouthfuls, AssParade and TugJobs. It has generated sales of as much as $1.7 million.
9. Rick’s Cabaret
Rick’s Cabaret is a company that specializes in adult entertainment. It operates out of Houston and employs more than 1,000 people. Its primary businesses are strip clubs, nightclubs and adult websites. It is a publicly listed company that had its initial offering in 1995. Some of its clubs are Rick’s Cabaret, Rick’s, Jaguars, Club Onyx, XTC Cabaret and Tootsie’s Cabaret. It also operates 25 sites, such as NaughtyBids.com, CouplesTouch.com and xxxpassword.com. it also publishes Exotic Dancer and Club Bulletin.
8. Ten Broadcasting
Ten Broadcasting is the largest adult broadcast firm in Canada. It operates three adult entertainment channels, namely Hustler TV, Penthouse TV and Red Hot TV. Often referred to as X Broadcasting, the network is also behind production studios such as East Coast Whoppers, Sex Machine, Sinister Angel and West Coast Whoppers. It also plans operate additional channels with the names Skinemax and Ebabe.
7. AVN Media Network
The AVN Media Network was established in 1982. It is engaged in publishing and digital media, while also serving as an event management company for the adult entertainment world. It is responsible for publications like AVN, AVN Online, GAYVN and Intimate. It is also the group behind exhibits and conventions like the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Internextlas Vegas, Internext Florida, WebmasterAccess Amsterdam, Erotica LA, AVN Novelty Expo and the AVN Awards. The awards night is staged every year and broadcasted on the Showtime Network.
Jenna Jameson and Jay Grdina established ClubJenna in 2000. The multi-media outfit is based in Scottsdale in Arizona and specializes in pornographic films. Its first adult film feature entitled “Briana Loves Jenna” captured the AVN award for best selling and best renting title for 2002. Aside from film production, ClubJenna is also involved in online pornography and offers subscription-based cable channel. It was purchased by Playboy Enterprises in 2006.
5. New Frontier Media
New Frontier Media is the company behind TEN, or The Erotic Network. It offers six pay-per-view channels available on cable and on-demand. it is the exclusive distributor of Penthouse TV and Penthouse On Demand in the US. It also offers mature content for hand phone users.
4. Private Media Group
Private Media Group is an adult entertainment brand that deals with print publications, DVDs, Internet websites and mobile content. It has headquarters in both Barcelona and San Francisco. It traces its roots to Private magazine, a hardcore porn publication in Stockholm in Sweden. It is actually the first adult entertainment company to be listed in the NASDAQ, though it was eventually delisted because of its failure to meet the $1 minimum price for 30 straight trading days. It has won more than 130 industry awards, mainly for its high-budget adult films like “Cleopatra,” “Millionaire,” “Chateau” and “Private Gladiator.” “Millionaire” had an astounding budget of $1.9 million.
3. Vivid Entertainment
Vivid Entertainment was established in 1984. It has the distinction of having won more AVN Awards than any other studio. Based in Los Angeles, it is the company that introduced stars like Christy Canyon, Nikki Tyler, Chasey Lain, Kobe Tai, Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick and Sunny Leone. It also introduced the concept of celebrity scandals, buying the rights for the sex tapes of the likes of Kim Kardashian and Pamela Anderson. Its porn movies are known for its high quality, as it is shot in exotic places and makes use of professional lighting and cinematography. It also licenses various products by lending its name to items such as sex toys, books, condoms, clothing and even skateboards and snowboards.
2. Larry Flynt Publications
Larry Flynt Publications is the company behind the Hustler magazines and movies owned by Larry Flynt. Hustler is known to be the first publication to show open vagina shots. It also showed nude pictures of the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1975. It published everything from soft core to hard core through magazines like Barely Legal, Busty Beauties, Hustler’s Taboo and Hustler’s XXX. It also has an adult video line through Hustler Videos. Larry Flynt Publications has also gone to mainstream publications, with magazines dedicated to photography, notebooks and computers and pregnancy. It has since turned its video titles to porn websites to offset the rapid decline in magazine sales.
1. Playboy Enterprises
Playboy Enterprises is owned by Hugh Hefner and is based in Beverly Hills in California.
The magazine used to have a circulation of over seven million. The advent of new media however has seen a rapid decline in magazine sales. Its profits now come from adult content in electronic form, mostly from hardcore offerings like Spice Digital Networks, ClubJenna and Adult.com.