Porn Shoots Fizzling in Los Angeles, Thanks to On-Set Condom Rule

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Los Angeles is losing its status as the production center of pornographic films, thanks to  a voter-approved measure requiring performers to wear condoms on sets.

Permits issued for X-rated productions have fallen by 90% since 2012, when Los Angeles County voters passed Measure B in November of that year after a campaign contending that the law  would protect performers from outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases. The porn industry had opposed the measure, asserting that mandatory testing of actors for HIV was effective.

FilmL.A., which handles permits for the city and county, said that the number of permits issued last year for porn shoots totalled 40. For 2014, that number through July was 20, which would likely equal about 35 by the end of the year.

Paul Audley, president of Film L.A., told Variety that prior to 2013, the agency gave a “best guess” number based on having included “nudity” as an activity and then looked at known adult film producers to come up with an estimate. Starting in 2013, the county and city required a new category, “non-simulated sexual activity,” which is used for current figures.

FilmL.A. has been campaigning in favor of legislation to expand California’s production tax incentive program to compete more effectively with other states such as New York and Georgia.

“It’s not helpful to have another segment of the industry leave the region,” Audley said.

The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

 

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  1. Leonardo D'Espósito says:

    Must be 400 movies and 35 permits by the end of the year, so the 90%. Right?

  2. Jon Daly says:

    40 porn shoots a year? i thought it would something like 400.

  3. Brubeck says:

    The porn business already started migrating to Miami years ago anyway. This law is just encouraging more production companies to move there where there are less taxes and better privacy laws.

  4. @eM_Man says:

    What does LA Film charge for a permit? How much cash has this stupid law chased away to date?

  5. i wonder how many productions are filming without permits? my best guess would be 90%

  6. Spike says:

    Hey you’re busted for Prostitution!”It’s ok officer,we’re filming it”!

  7. Leon A Davis says:

    You really have to love California. It’s like politicians look around for things they can deliberately screw up to make things worse. My favorite so far is when politicians decided a little tiny fish is more important than agriculture. Farms are dying but will they give them water? No way. The fish comes comes first. So now they chase out the multi-billion adult film industry and they all go to Florida and offshore. Gotta love it.

  8. Alex says:

    It’s funny. This is exactly what some predicted would happen. With those permits come fees. With those productions come catering, set rental, lighting etc. All money leaving LA for some puritanical motive.

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