Selling x movies in USA

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Question
I keep seeing all these amatuer & girls gone wild type of videos and keep thinking I could do that. As a producer of adult content what information does one need in order to not end up in court/jail? Can a release simply be filmed? How long does one need to maintain the info? Is there an authoritative guide to making adult content? How does one find an adult industry attorney? Have any reasonable adult attorneys? How easy is it to get one’s content distributed?

Answer
Hey GT, how are you doing?

Let me answer your questions as best I can.

To produce adult movies for your own private viewing, you do not need to have any kind of legal documentation. You are just not allowed to sell it or distribute it.

In order to sell or distribute an adult movie, you basically need to go through one of the major distributors. Though VCA, Vivid, Elegant Angel, Evil Angel, the Evil Empire, JP, JKP, Rain, Metro, Wave etc… all have their own production companies, some of them also buy independent movies or series and distribute them. There are also independent distributors and all of them have listings in Los Angeles directories. There are a few in New York, a couple in Vegas and Miami, and one or two elsewhere in the USA. There are many in Europe and the Far East.

In order to sign a contract with a distributor, you must (a) have a license to make and distribute materials – you would have to contact your local government to find out how to obtain one or if one is necessary in your state, as it varies from place to place.

Then, (b) you must keep valid, printed documents (they may need to be registered documents) that show that everyone in your production was willing and consenting and over the age of 18 (21 in some states, 16 in some European countries).

„Can a release simply be filmed” – I’m not sure what you mean, but if you mean can you go ahead and make one today, yes, but you can’t RELEASE it without the proper paperwork, and no distribution company will SELL it without the paperwork, so you may as well get it first or you’ll have to either abandon the idea of distribution or fake the paperwork (people do) which can get you arrested.

If you want to distribute it via the internet, you don’t need any paperwork (technically you do but no-one follows that rule), but if you want to SELL it via the Internet, it’s best to register and cover your back.

You need to keep the info FOREVER and print ON THE BOX OF THE MOVIE/DVD where the records for that movie are kept. It also has to be printed on the videotape itself, I believe.

There are lots of guides to making adult videos available – I have never read any of them because I don’t think there is a „set way” to make them, so I can’t recommend any, but if you search on Amazon.com you should find several.

Adult industry attorneys are mostly located in Los Angeles, California, in the San Fernando Valley. Most of them do not list that specialty, and can be found by calling general attorneys and asking them if they deal in that kind of business. Many of them will say yes, but that does not mean they are specialized. It is best to find one that does NOT specialize in that business, and ask them to recommend an adult industry attorney who IS a specialist. Or write to studios and porn actors that you trust and ask them to put you in touch with their attorneys. Send e-mails, regular letters are time-consuming and are rarely replied to unless you are a member of a fan club or business organization.

It is VERY difficult to get content distributed, but if it is well-produced and the girls are good looking, then you have a decent chance. It is best to be living in Los Angeles because 98% of US porn is produced there, and you will have to shop around for the best price.

I hope this answers some of your questions. If you have more, do not hesitate to write back. Good luck in making your movies – I had a brief stint as a porn actor, and let me tell you that it is a VERY competitive business, though extremely laid back. You need to come up with something original, and you need to physically go to LA and market your stuff to them there.

I recommend talking to VCA Platinum, Wicked Pictures and Metro Pictures, all in Chatsworth, CA, because they have the authority to buy your movies, they have plenty of money, and they’re run by half decent people. You might want to use your movie like a demo tape, make it really good, and use that to get them to sign you to make movies FOR them, because then you can use real porn stars. Companies are always nervous about buying movies featuring girls they’ve never heard of, simply because there’s always the chance that they’re 15 and you forged documentation. Such a scandal can bring down an adult video empire.

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