• There’s so much confusion in the mainstream media (and the adult media is not much better, yet in a different way . . . ) concerning STDs, HIV, condoms, Adult Performer Testing — and what not — The April SMPC Newsletter sorts out the myth from the reality.

    I’d like to thank DJ and Pete for the “Bravo” email I just received as well. ; ) We have quite a few adult industry insiders subscribed to our newsletter, and it’s nice when we can share information, and insight, on laws, regulations and other BS that affects all of us.

    I also need to make an announcement:

    At this time, we are closing new subscriptions to the SMPC Newsletter list. Everyone that is already on the newsletter mailing list will continue to receive our bi-monthly editions, however the contact form is being abused by those that either can’t read, or are deliberately impersonating others as some sick “revenge” game.  SMPC will not be a part of idiocy — when the games start, we don’t play!

    What I find most obnoxious about all of this, is that the SMPC Newsletter does not , and never has, contained any form of “porn”, no images, no links that don’t go to startmyporncompany.com, and no subject matter that wouldn’t be considered boring by the average reader. It’s all business information.  LOL

    We hope at some point to be able to offer the Newsletter to new subscribers again,  but until we can find a way to protect those that morons are trying to harass and embarrass  by signing up to the newsletter using their intended victim’s name, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

    All my best,

    Sherry

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  • sexy witch on broom It’s October and that means Halloween is rolling around again! The SMPC Newsletter for October 2012 (and November – since the news letter is bi-monthly) relates three frightful tales of porn shoots gone scary!

    Sometimes no matter how well you plan a production shoot, things can go wrong. However, in these cases things didn’t simply go wrong — they turned into horror stories!

    Avoid the avoidable, those little things that do go wrong because you weren’t prepared for the reality of an adult production, with the services of Start My Porn Company. Not only will it save you time and money as you start your content business, it will help you grow it faster and more profitably!

  • Linda, Chris King, Frank Castle and I have spoken with hundreds of people about starting their own porn companies since we launched Start My Porn Company. A similar thread has run through all of these conversations:

    Is there an easy way for me to learn what it takes to start my company without spending a lot of time and money, before I decide if I really want to do this?

    Before we started SMPC, members of the ProNet sat down and started outlining what all new producers need to know before they decide to start an adult production company. We use various parts of the outline we came up with for our free introduction calls, in creating our workshop presentation plans and also in the information we provide to clients that retain our consultation services.

    But there was still a need to get that information out to those that either can’t attend our workshops, or who prefer to research on their own before speaking to someone at SMPC about their plans to start a production company. Because our goal is to get the real and 100% accurate information out to as many people as possible, we came up with a plan to develop some type of product that would do that. We came up with the SMPC Porn Primer.

    The SMPC Porn Primer contains the most important information on everything from how to set up your adult production business legally, what regulations and laws you need to be aware of to stay legal and retain some personal privacy, and how what you shoot and the delivery methods you can leverage to sell it, affects the potential profits you can make in this industry. The SMPC Porn Primer also includes samples of the legal contracts and Federal regulations concerning adult production. The model release, Age Affidavit and other samples that we have included in the Primer, easily saves you over $2500.00 in legal fees, that you can use toward actually shooting content, instead of paying a lawyer to create them from scratch!

    Take a look at the SMPC Porn Primer and get started on your way to becoming the next adult producer here.

  • Start My Porn Company has been working on more ways for those that are interested in starting their own adult production companies to get the real information they need to have a shot at success in this very competitive industry.

    In a few weeks, we will be making the first of those offerings available through the Start My Porn Company website. This is something that we have been working on since 2010, and I must say that it is much more comprehensive and valuable than I dreamed it would be for new porn producers! All of the information, legal records, sample documents and everything else that new producers need is included . . . .

    I’m not ready to give away what it is just yet — but it is the ultimate resource for all those that have been seriously thinking about getting into adult as producers, and have been looking for the whole truth about this industry in an easy to access format.

    We had a great time at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, and being able to get together with our industry friends all at one time, in one place (with no deadlines looming), has opened up some other potential services and exciting offerings that will become available through SMPC during the next 16 months, and all of them are going to be of great benefit to new porn producers!

    The next edition of the Start My Porn Company Newsletter will be going out by February 10, so sign up for the newsletter now to keep from missing anything.

  • Extra Lunch Money’s Benic Way took the time to discuss the reality of what it takes to build a successful porn production company with Linda Roberts and Sherry Ziegelmeyer, of Start My Porn Company (SMPC), on the most recent edition of the popular web cast, ELM Avenue.

    The interview covered many topics of interest to those that are thinking about starting their own adult production companies, including information on the revenue streams in adult content sales, tips for those that are interested in investing in existing production companies and what Start My Porn Company offers to our clients.

    Linda and Sherry also announced the Weekend Intensive Production Workshop that Start My Porn Company has scheduled for February 24 through February 26 in Porn Valley, California.

    Listen to the entire broadcast at http://elmaveshow.com/start-my-porn-company-interview/.

  • Dates have been determined for the first Start My Porn Company Weekend Production Intensive Workshop of 2012, and pre-invitations have been sent to all of those on the Start My Porn Company Newsletter mailing list.

    Since Start My Porn Company officially launched in November of 2010, we have received hundreds of requests to hold an interactive workshop, where budding adult producers can watch hardcore adult video being shot first hand. This was no surprise, considering that Marquis Productions and Black and Blue Media had considered holding “boot camps” as far back as 2007, due to the demand for live, first person, access to production training in the adult industry.

    When we started planning those workshops, we realized that there were things that we should do differently to accommodate the real interests of those that were looking for “porn industry training workshops”. At the time, options were entirely split between “classes” based and “video based” workshops. Well, all of us at Start My Porn Company know from experience that neither of those can stand alone to give anyone a true idea of what it takes to launch a successful porn production company. It takes a combination of knowing the truth about the legalities, the costs and the time and effort that goes into producing quality product, as well as technical experience in shooting and packaging it, to get an idea of how the adult entertainment industry works from the stand point of production of content.

    All Start My Porn Company Weekend Production Intensive Workshops cover the real information that new producers need to know. You will not only learn about model contracts, US regulations on Age Verification record keeping (2257) and how to set realistic budgets for your productions . . . but you will also be on-set with Start My Porn Company’s ProNet while a full length, hardcore, adult video is being shot. The Start My Porn Company Production Intensive Workshops also include insider information on how to maximize your potential return on your productions by detailing the different revenue streams in adult, what you need to know to shoot and edit content that will allow you to take advantage of each of those streams and information on how to package and market your product for those different revenue streams.

    We cover a lot of ground in our workshops, and we know from experience that what we are offering is the total package that new producers need, to be prepared to succeed in this industry! Everyone attending will also receive their own copy of the Start My Porn Company Porn Primer, which gives you reference materials on every contract, agreement and check list that all new producers need to start off their company right. This is a $2000+ value, which is Start My Porn Company’s gift to you, when you attend our Weekend Production Intensive Workshops.

    The first 2012 Start My Porn Company Weekend Production Intensive Workshop is slated for Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26. The attendance list is limited to 15 for this workshop, and those who are signed up for the Start My Porn Company Newsletter have first choice of the available spots. Open registration will begin on January 10, 2012. However, we expect to be sold out by then through pre-registrations, so get your advance invitation today!

  • 2011 may be drawing to a close, but everyone involved with Start My Porn Company is working away on new services and educational offerings, expanding our list of ProNet providers and getting out to conventions to spread the word on our mission to help those new to the adult industry set up their businesses safely and legally.

    Plans are in motion for adding weekend long workshops to the Start My Porn Company services, aimed at helping budding porn producers get their companies off to a bright start. Advance invitations will be sent to those on the Start My Porn Company Newsletter mailing list in December. So if you aren’t signed up to receive our newsletter, why not do that now?

    Start My Porn Company is also laying plans to offer an on-line guide to getting started in the adult industry as a producer. This will be a good option for those that are thinking about starting in the industry, but aren’t ready to take on consultation quite yet.

    We’re also adding Start My Porn Company consultants for those that are thinking about working as models in the adult industry. It’s something we’ve been planning for a while now, but as with everything Start My Porn Company does, we do thorough back ground on everyone we work with. We only work with professionals that are the best in their field to guide people that are new to this industry. We have finally found industry insiders that are honest, reliable and know their stuff when it comes to guiding new talent in how to make it in adult.

    Finally, we will be adding a new production coordinator and director to ProNet, that is very interested in working with new producers. He has 15 years of industry experience, shooting both adult and mainstream content in Europe and South America. He is also experienced in shooting niche content. Niche content is a huge consumer market, and we are very happy that we will have a ProNet service provider that specializes in these areas.

    So that’s what’s coming up with Start My Porn Company. Official announcements are forthcoming. Stay tuned and don’t forget to sign up for your copy of the Start My Porn Company Newsletter, for news and invitations to our upcoming events!

  • It’s tough out there. Who to trust? Who is a professional with experience in the adult industry? Who will tell you the whole truth about everything from revenue streams in adult, to how much they really charge for their services?

    You found this site because you are thinking about getting into the adult entertainment industry as a producer, or investor, and you probably found a lot of sites that claim to do what Start My Porn Company does. You probably also found at least one other site that also claims the people behind it have the experience that the people who run Start My Porn Company do. Well, truth be told, Start My Porn Company is the only one out there that provides real, experienced and honest business consultation and management services to people who want to start their own adult production companies.

    Whether you are only interested in investing in an existing company, or you want to own and run your own adult business, you need to work with someone that is honest and truthful with you in every aspect of how the porn industry works, what it costs to produce adult content and also what your consultant or manager is charging you.

    Recently, an investor with another self-proclaimed “professional adult business manager” was charged close to $40,000 for a production that in reality was budgeted at a little over $30,000. That investor is still trying to find out exactly how much he over paid for the production, and where that money went.

    Where did the remaining money go? Well, my bet is that the people behind the “management company” that arranged that particular production are living well on the money they pocketed from that investor.

    What is really tragic, is that this “management company” claims that they ‘make no money until the investor makes money’. Well, making close to $10,000 before the movie is even shot doesn’t sound to me like those people “make no money until the investor makes money.” Does it sound like that to you?

    As an investor in the adult industry, (whether it is for your own production company, or as an investor in an existing production company) you owe it to yourself to get all the facts before you lay out even one penny to anyone, for any reason.

    Here’s some questions you should ask anyone that is trying to sell you on using their business management and consultation services to start any adult company, even if you are only an investor:

    What are the six revenue streams in adult and what type of content do I need to make to profit from all of them?


    Do I have ownership of the productions that I pay for and how much ownership?


    Can I see the production budget before I decide if I should give you my money?


    Who is really managing my production?

    Once you have those answers from the person you are thinking about working with, then contact Start My Porn Company and get the truth about those same questions.

    A year or two back members of ProNet attempted to train at least one of the other “adult business consultant and management” providers in how this industry works, but it must not have stuck. We try our best, but some people just choose to remain ignorant and clueless.

    Now that “provider” is out there attempting to convince people that they know all there is to know about the porn industry. Unfortunately, we are hearing all about how their investors are getting ripped off for more money than the production actually is budgeted for, the productions are not being started on schedule and that the fool doesn’t even remember the multiple revenue streams content can be sold through, no matter how hard we tried to teach them . . . . I guess this is a case of “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” LOL

    Be smart – don’t listen to slick sales jobs from people that are wanna-bes (or never-beens) in this industry. Linda, Sherry and the rest of the Start My Porn Company ProNet have over 175 years of collective experience in this industry. We know everything there is to know about the porn industry and practically everyone in it.

    Be careful out there!

  • Well, all of us at Start My Porn Company have been saying that not only is it not legal to shoot adult content in Florida, but that the State of Florida seemed to be making a lot of moves toward making it very hard for porn companies to work from there. Call it prophecy, but no one at Start My Porn Company needed a crystal ball to predict that most porn companies would leave, or be pushed out of, Florida.

    The most recent rumor on the adult news vine is that Brazzers is curtailing their adult content shoots in Florida, and will only be producing in California and Las Vegas. We’ll see how long they last in Nevada, as it isn’t legal to shoot there either and especially the Vegas law enforcement is quick to shut down porn shoots.

    There’s a lot that could be said about Brazzers bringing any unwanted legal attention down on themselves . . . If nothing else, their publicly taped productions have gotten them in hot water, as has the fact the most recent HIV+ performer concern (later found to be not positive) came from a Manwin production, and Manwin is the parent company of Brazzers. Nothing like giving the State a way to declare porn production a public nuisance and health risk while avoiding having to test Free Speech Statutes that have made porn legal to shoot in both California and New Hampshire, Manwin!

    For some past intel on Florida’s aims for the adult industry there, here’s a repost of a story Start My Porn Company ran in June on Kimberly Kupps arrest in Polk County:

    Speculation is that Florida may be testing the waters on prosecuting porn producers in the sate with the arrest on Friday, June 3, 2011 of Kimberly Kupps, who was the owner and star of KimberlyKupps.com, as well as a store owner of Clips4Sale.com.

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation on Theresa Taylor (aka Kimberly Kupps) in March of of this year, after receiving tips that she and her husband, Warren Taylor, were filming and distributing adult sexual content form their home in Lake Wales, Florida. An investigator for the Sheriff’s Office monitored Taylor’s Twitter account and also paid for a membership to KimberlyKupps.com. The investigator downloaded six videos of Taylor having sex with men and women. The investigator then turned the videos over to County Judge Reinaldo Ojeda, who ruled the videos were obscene material under state law on April 7, 2011.

    On June 3, Taylor was booked on six counts each of selling obscene material and distributing obscene material, both misdemeanors. She was also charged with the felony wholesale promotion of obscene material. Taylor was set to be released Saturday night after posting $7,500 bail.

    Her husband was booked on six counts each of wholesale promotion of obscene material and distribution of obscene material, a misdemeanor. Both presumably related to his admission that he uploaded the video to their Clips4Sale store. Her husband remains in jail as of this writing.

    The full story is here, however my friends in Florida have verified that at least one Florida TV station has reported that information from her Twitter account was obtained by Florida Department of Law Enforcement and turned over to Polk County Sheriff’s office, ending the news report with the statement that this may be the beginning of a larger, statewide crack down on adult film production.

    It has long been known that Polk County is not “adult friendly”, due to factors including a strong religious influence that tends to sway political elections, and Sheriff Judd’s own view of adult content, so this is nothing new for that area.

    However, if the report is true that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was indeed involved in this investigation, it may mean that Florida is ready to take a stand on the increase in adult production in the state.

    People, listen up — if you have been told by anyone that it is “legal” to shoot porn anywhere but in California or New Hampshire — you have been lied to! Run from anyone that tries to tell you that you can shoot porn anywhere legally. Stick with adult business advisors that will tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Stick with Start My Porn Company!

  • There is a disturbing trend starting in the adult industry, and it all centers on “fair use” and the definitions of “parody” and “satire”, versus adaptations of existing material that is then re-worked for an adult audience, with sex scenes added to the original material.

    For one thing, we need to understand the definition of “Parody”. The definition is not over broad. It states categorically that

    A parody (pronounced /ˈpærədi/; also called send-up, spoof or lampoon), in current usage, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on, or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation.

    The Supreme Court weighed in on the case of Parodic and Satiric Fair Use in Campbell v. Acuff- Rose Music, Inc. in 1994 and the following is a synopsis of that ruling, that turned into the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. § 107):

    The Supreme Court has unequivocally held that a parody may qualify as fair use under § 107. According to the Court, a parody is the “use of some elements of a prior author’s composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author’s works.” (Id. at 580). Like other forms of comment or criticism, parody can provide social benefit, “by shedding light on an earlier work, and, in the process, creating a new one.” (Id. at 580).

    In other words, parodies can be considered “transformative” works, as opposed to merely “superseding” works. Since transformative works “lie at the heart of the fair use doctrine’s guarantee of breathing space within the confines of copyright,” the more transformative the parody, the less will be the importance of other § 107 factors that may weigh against a finding of fair use. (Id. at 579.)

    So, if someone wanted to make a porn parody of the Hollywood musical, The Music Man, and named the leading lady “Marian Paroo”, set her in River City, Iowa and follow a style of story line, cinematography and genre that imitates and expands on “The Music Man” with an adult twist, that is actually fair use under copyright law.

    How would that play? Well, let’s try a synopsis . . . .

    Let’s say that we decide Marion is going to be the town librarian and is suspicious of a con man named Howard Hill who has come to River City to create an all-girl harmonica band. Hill has convinced the town’s people that he has the most pure and righteous intentions and this idea will make River City famous for it’s God Fearing, ecclesiastical, divine band – and it will only cost the town $75,000 dollars!

    Well, Miss Marion finds out the truth behind his grand scheme is to train women to give perfect blow jobs, and not the “Church Picnic Band” that he’s telling the community leaders he’s forming, “filled with heavenly angels of the harmonica”. She realizes this because Howard Hill spends all of his time hanging out at the local whore house, and has never spent a minute talking to the girls at the church about being part of his all-girl harmonica band!

    [Silly idea. However, it won’t surprise me if one of the “Parody Kings” in this industry steals it before 2011 is over . . . . sz]

    Please remember that we would also have to re-score the entire thing, if we are making it a musical. The music and lyrics are also copyrighted to Meredith Wilson, along with the story.

    However, what you can not do is take a copy of the script of an existing movie, following it word for word, character for character, and just insert a few lines that are new, and a few sex scenes to make it into a porn movie. That does not fall under “fair use” in the form of parody or satire, and is therefore not considered exempt from copyright infringement under 17 U.S.C. § 107.

    This is especially a concern with dramatic film works, that are then recreated as dramatic works where the script and characters have simply changed enough to allow the existing storyline to include sex scenes. This type of movie is properly called an adult remake, adult interpretation, or in some cases an adult adaptation, it is not a parody by definition!

    Make no mistake, if the above is true of your intended adult video and you think you can just rework a script of any type, just adding in sex scenes that didn’t exist in the original, you are dealing with outright copyright infringement. You, and any distributor of your material, can be prosecuted to the full extent of the laws that govern copyright infringement. This includes retailers, cable and satellite carriers and broadcast stations. The legal penalties for copyright infringement are:

    1. Infringer pays the actual dollar amount of damages and profits.
    2. The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed.
    3. Infringer pays for all attorneys fees and court costs.
    4. The Court can issue an injunction to stop the infringing acts.
    5. The Court can impound the illegal works.
    6. The infringer can go to jail.

    [Most copyright infringement cases also carry an automatic $150,000 damages fine, so don’t get all excited it will only cost you $200 when you’re found guilty!]

    We can not stress this enough – do not work with people that claim they know all about the adult industry but have no real experience in it! The real professionals of Start My Porn Company know and understand the copyright laws, US 2257 regulations and other laws and regulations that govern adult entertainment in all forms! When you work with Start My Porn Company as your adviser, you will avoid the costly and damaging results that you could fall into by making a movie that violates the copyright of another producer.

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