AirTalk for January 21, 2014

Porn production moves to Las Vegas after LA condom law passes

Aerial view of the Las Vegas boulevard,

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Aerial view of the Las Vegas boulevard, the Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 10, 2011. The Las Vegas Strip is an approximately 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to, but outside the city limits of Las Vegas proper

The number of applications to film adult movies in Los Angeles has decreased by an estimated 95% following the passage of a law requiring actors to wear condoms in pornography. The law, which went into effect in 2013, has caused a flight of adult filmmakers from L.A. County to Las Vegas.

While Los Angeles law mandated health checks and charged hundreds of dollars for permits, Clark County, where most films are currently being made, charges only a nominal fee for filming and does not require health permits. Critics of the condom law say that the ban will cause a loss of revenue for L.A. County. How has the condom law changed the adult film industry in Los Angeles and Las Vegas? What will the continued financial trends be?

Guest: 

Mark Kernes, writer for Adult Video News

Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman, Vivid Entertainment


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