Take Two for April 22, 2013

Permits for porn shoots in LA drop sharply due to Measure B

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Los Angeles adult film performers may soon be required to use condoms for some film shoots.

Back in November, voters passed Measure B, which requires adult film productions to obtain health permits before shooting, as well as mandating the use of condoms in sex scenes. The measure passed with 56 percent of the vote.

Shortly after Election Day, Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid Entertainment, made this grim prediction about the future of his industry:

"There are so many requirements that are a part of this law that there is absolutely no chance that anybody will be shooting in the county of Los Angeles if this law is passed as written."

Now there may be some data to back that claim. LA county normally issues 500 permits a year to adult film productions, but now, with nearly a third of the year behind us, they've only handed out two.

For more on the effect of the condom mandate, we're joined by Gram Ponante, an adult industry reporter who files for publications like Fleshbot and Hustler.


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