AirTalk for August 30, 2013

Is Los Angeles still a porn production hub after Measure B passed?

'The Canyons' Photocall - The 70th Venice International Film Festival

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Actor James Deen attends 'The Canyons' Photocall during The 70th Venice International Film Festival. Recent films like The Canyons and Lovelace document aspects of the porn industry, but what's the state of the industry in Los Angeles?

Back in November, voters passed Measure B, which required adult film performers throughout L.A. County to wear condoms during porn shoots and also get permits from the health department. The adult film industry tried to defeat the measure by arguing that it would hurt business and drive porn production out of LA. But voters disagreed and passed the measure by 57 percent. Earlier this month, a federal court defeated a lawsuit filed by two adult film studios, Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions, and ruled that the requirement is constitutional.

How has the porn industry been affected in the months since measure B passed? Have adult video production companies closed up shop and moved out of LA? Or has porn production moved underground and continued without getting the required permits?

Guests:
Mark Kernes, senior editor for legal affairs at Adult Video News network

Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist and a lecturer at Cal State Northridge

Jessica Drake, adult video performer and director


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