Film Permits for Adult Production Plummet in Los Angeles

November 15, 2013

no-on-measure-b2‘Measure B’ condom law blamed for over $450,000 in lost permitting revenue as shoots, jobs move out of state

According to information from film permitting agency FilmLA, only 24 permits for adult film productions in Los Angeles County have been filed as of their last report in 2013. That number is down significantly from approximately 480 permits filed by this time last year and prior to last November’s passage of Measure B , L.A. County’s controversial condom mandate for adult film productions.

This means that, at an average cost of $1,000 in fees for each permit, L.A. County has lost approximately $456,000 in revenue. Added to this loss, L.A. County is also involved in a costly lawsuit challenging Measure B, which is currently on appeal. And, if the Measure B regulations were implemented, this would mean that L.A. taxpayers would be obligated to pay for a new local agency to serve as “condom inspectors” on adult production sets – an expensive proposition overall.

“We predicted that lost jobs and revenue would be one of the results of AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) misguided attempts to police the adult industry,” said Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke. “As a result of the passage of Measure B, hundreds of thousands of dollars in permit fees have gone elsewhere — and that does not take into consideration the jobs and vendor revenues that have followed the productions out of LA County and for some companies, out of the state of California entirely.”


Free Speech Coalition Applauds AHF Employees Protesting Working Conditions

September 27, 2013

more_protesters_AHF_rallyWhile the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) leadership under founder and executive director Michael Weinstein continues a self-aggrandizing publicity tour attacking the adult film industry, his own doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners staged a protest today at AHF offices over poor working conditions and understaffing that has put patients at greater risk.

“Michael Weinstein has been crusading against the adult film industry while the patients under his care and the medical personnel working for him have suffered the brunt of his neglect as he seeks more publicity for himself,” said Diane Duke, chief executive officer for the Free Speech Coalition (FSC). “If Mr. Weinstein paid as much attention to caring for the doctors and nurses working for him and the patients under his supervision as he does every radio and TV appearance, the plight of AIDS patients in Los Angeles County might be much improved.”

The FSC has long maintained that the crusade by AHF and Weinstein against the adult film industry has come at a high price in terms of the care and level of services provided to AIDS patients, especially those from poor, minority communities where AIDS has been the most devastating, Duke said.

The protest by AHF physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants follows a July 31 vote to unionize in an effort to improve working conditions. Among the complaints cited by protesting medical personnel are:

  • Heavy handed policies on patient loads and quotas, some as high as 21 patients a day per doctor
  • A lack of Spanish-speaking translators for patients
  • Patient quota decisions being made by supervisors with no medical backgrounds
  • An increased focus on politics and advocacy while clinics see an increase in urgent-care patients

They allege that Weinstein and the organization’s involvement in politics – notably, AHF’s anti-adult industry mandatory condom campaign, as well as its initiative to create a new health department for the city of Los Angeles – have overrun AHF’s mission of caring for patients.

All of this comes in the wake of an audit in which Los Angeles County alleged AHF overbilled the Department of Public Health by $1.7 million in fiscal year 2008-09.

“The Free Speech Coalition has long maintained that Weinstein is more concerned about headlines than providing real care and like any large healthcare provider, making money and driving fundraising is a very real issue for him, which is why he has used a bogus health issue in condoms in filming to drive his media efforts,” Duke said. “It is clear there is no media interview Weinstein will turn down, but there are apparently plenty of patients that will have to wait longer for care at AHF facilities.”


FSC Announces Moratorium To Lift On Friday, September 20

September 16, 2013

FSC-PASS-logoThe Free Speech Coalition’s (FSC) PASS (Performer Availability Screening Services, formerly APHSS) Program announced today that the moratorium will be lifted Friday, September 20th. All performers must test on or after Thursday, September 19th in order to be cleared to work. Additionally, all performers will now be required to test every 14 days in order to be cleared for work.

“Our industry protocols are designed to be conservative and our doctors support a conservative approach, for the health and well-being of the performers,” said Diane Duke FSC Chief Executive Officer. “That is why moving forward, the physicians have recommended and we have implemented, a 14-day testing protocol.”

The change in policy comes after three performers tested positive for HIV. Subsequent tests of scene partners established that the virus did not originate and was not transmitted on-set, and PASS doctors worked closely with the performers to identify 1st generation exposures. No additional incidences of HIV have surfaced.

September 19th marks 14 days since Patient #3 tested positive for HIV. The window period for the HIV RNA Aptima test is seven to ten days, but industry protocols dictate that retests occur 14 days or later as an added precaution.

In addition to the change to a 14-day testing period, FSC’s PASS program plans to work with doctors, workplace safety specialists and performers to support a performer education program.

“We can do more to help our performers learn how to protect themselves, on screen and off,” Duke stated.  “While the increased testing will further ensure safer sets, it is important that we remain vigilant. Going forward, we need to constantly look to both performers, producers and health care professionals to find ways to improve our protocols.”


AHF and Hall’s Mandatory Condom Bill AB640 Dead for This Session

September 13, 2013

bigstock-Condom-packages-18422987FSC is pleased to report that AB640, a bill into the California Legislature that would have mandated adult performers use condoms will not make it out of the 2013 Legislative session.

“Thankfully, science won over scare tactics.” said Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition. “Three performers did test positive for HIV in the past month, but none of them contracted it on an adult set. Politicians tried to use concern about HIV to push through a mandate opposed by both performers and producers. ”

AB 640 had originally been a tobacco bill, but was gutted and amended by Assembly Member Isadore Hall when his original mandatory condom bill, AB332, failed to pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“We need to make sure that performers are safe,” said Duke. “We have not had an on-set transmission of HIV in the adult industry in nine years, and we should always be vigilant. But this was a bad bill that would have made things worse.”

The bill rested in the Senate Rules Committee as the 2013 Session of the California State Senate came to a close just after midnight Friday morning.

“A number of people put forth a great deal of effort, to make sure this bill would not see the light of day,” Duke stated.  “From our coalition partners to the performers and countless industry members who showed up in Sacramento to protest, we owe you all a debt of gratitude.  This was truly a team effort, thank you.”


FSC Reports That Production Moratorium is Lifted

August 28, 2013

Anonymous_Camcorder copyThe FSC announced late Tuesday that the moratorium on adult filming has been lifted. A PASS (Performer Availability Screening Services—formerly APHSS) panel of three doctors met and confirmed the following:

  • All performers who worked with Cameron Bay have been tested and cleared
  • It is safe to lift the moratorium
  • August 19th is beyond the 2 week window date for the Aptima HIV test

Therefore, the following conditions are immediately in effect:

  • Any performer who tests clean after August 19th is safe and available to work
  • All test panels taken prior to August 19th are now expired on the PASS database
  • In the process of reviewing the case the PASS Medical Advisory Council agreed to, meet later this week to consider revising the minimum test requirement from 28 days to 14 days.

Special thanks to industry producers, directors, performers and agents for honoring the moratorium to ensure performer safety.

 

 

 


AHF Gets it Wrong Again: Confirmatory Syphilis Test is Negative

August 8, 2013

syphFSC (Free Speech Coalition) wishes to report that, once again, AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) has gotten it wrong. Results from two separate confirmatory tests, conducted by the original testing facility for the performer in question show that the patient is negative for syphilis. Doctors from both Cutting Edge and Talent Testing have coordinated their efforts to ensure that APHSS (Adult Performer Health and Safety Services) medical protocols were followed.

APHSS industry protocols dictate that testing facilities utilize the TrepSure test a highly sensitive and specific test for syphilis – far more sensitive than a standard syphilis test.  The result is, from time to time, the test will indicate a positive for syphilis when in fact the patient is negative, which is why APHHS protocols dictate that confirmatory tests are required with a positive TrepSure.

“Unlike AHF, we choose to get our information from medical professionals rather than from the gossip or conjecture of bloggers,” said Diane Duke, FSC’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Unfortunately AHF has gone on another witch hunt trying to cause a media frenzy by suggesting an ‘outbreak’ when the performer in question has tested negative. Patient privacy and respect are of utmost importance to us and we encourage responsible reporting rather than the spread of misinformation by rumor mill opportunists who may take this situation as prospect for media attention.”

ABOUT APHSS: Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS) is a system developed and operated by the Free Speech Coalition to uphold STD testing protocols for adult industry performers, as well as medical protocols put in place to safeguard adult industry productions.


FSC Statement on Possible Syphilis Case

August 6, 2013

305px-SYPHILIS_CAN_BE_CURED_-_NARA_-_515520In response to media reports of a possible incidence of a positive syphilis test being returned for an adult performer, FSC (which operates APHSS.org) has released the following statement:

“FSC wishes to address rumors of a syphilis ‘outbreak’ in the adult industry. A performer tested positive for syphilis on one type of test and negative on another, and we are awaiting the results of definitive confirmatory tests.

“FSC’s Adult Performer Health and Safety Services (APHSS.org) will follow sound medical practices for either positive or negative test results as directed by the doctors associated with the program. Only if and when a positive confirmation is received, FSC will follow the notification protocols already in place.

“Patient privacy and respect are of utmost importance to us and we encourage responsible reporting rather than the spread of misinformation by rumor mill opportunists who may take this situation as prospect for media attention.”


Photos: Porn Star Bowling

August 2, 2013
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Concentrating on a strike…

Bonnie Rotten handles the balls

Bonnie Rotten handles the balls

Matching outfits and bowling shoes

Matching outfits and bowling shoes

(Photos: Courtesy of Renard Garr)


Porn Star Bowling Event a Great Success

July 30, 2013

320px-BowlingballThe Porn Star Bowling fundraiser on Sunday night was a great success, drawing upwards of 300 adult industry members and fans together for an evening of fun. Co-hosted by the Licensed Adult Talent Agents Trade Association (LATATA) and Free Speech Coalition (FSC), both organizations benefited from event, which netted revenue of more than $6,000.

“We’d especially like to thank Shy Love for spearheading this event,” FSC Membership Director Joanne Cachapero said. “Also, we’d like to thank each of the LATATA member agencies for volunteering their models; the event sponsors that contributed product; all the performers that gave their time; and everyone that came out to bowl.”

Corbin Bowl, located in Reseda, CA, was packed with a lively crowd that enjoyed tournament-style bowling, karaoke and a silent auction stocked with baskets of adult DVDs, books, T-shirts and other premium swag. Fans also were tempted by items including a day on the set with Immoral Productions, as well as a yearlong membership to Kink.com sites.

Serious bowlers competed for cash prizes, with the team from Evolved Novelties taking the top prize of $500.

Sponsors for the event included: Doc Johnson, Hustler, Immoral Live, Penthouse, ATKingdom, Zero Tolerance, New Sensations, Digital Sin, Fantasy Lingerie, NS Novelties, Juicy, Vivid Entertainment, Girlfriend Films, Adult FriendFinder, Kink.com, Wicked Pictures, Adam & Eve, Manwin, Evil Angel and Exquisite.

LATATA talent agencies include: LA Direct, ATMLA, Matrix Models, Foxxx Modeling, OC Modeling, Type 9 Models, and Spiegler Girls.

“Folks were really having a good time,” Cachapero added. “It was great to see so many industry people getting together with old friends and fans. Looks like we may have to do Porn Star Bowling again next year.”


Porn Star Bowling Fundraiser Adds Sponsors, Models

July 5, 2013

BowlingThe Porn Star Bowling fundraiser to be held July 28, at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, CA, has added an impressive number of models to the guest list, as well as some of the adult industry’s best known companies as sponsors for the night’s festivities.

In addition, $20 admission is now available for attendees that would prefer not to bowl. Individual and team tickets can be purchased at PornstarBowling.com.

“We just want to thank each and every one of the sponsors that donated gifts for the silent auction,” FSC Membership Director Joanne Cachapero said. “Guests will have a chance to bid on some great merchandise.

“And the member agencies of LATATA have really stepped up to provide an incredible list of models. It’s shaping up to be one of the big events of the year,” Cachapero added. “We encourage adult and mainstream businesses to sponsor a bowling team – every team will include a model as a fifth bowler.”

Models that will attend, by agency:

ATMLA: Julia Ann, Sadie Santana, Kimmie Olsen, Donnie Cabo, Alex Chance, Monique Symone, Flynet Domenic, Britney Amber, Angela Sommers, Nikki Sexx, Ce Ce Cruise, Destiny Dixon, Kortney Kane, Aaliyah Love, Allison Moore, Aubry Addams, Reen Sky and Eve Evans.

FOXX Modeling: Zoey Monroe, Angel Del Rey, Tinslee Reagan and Tegan Mohr.

LADirect Modeling: Andy San Dimas, Adriana Chechik, Aleksa Nicole, Allie James, Holly Brooks, Ivy Sherwood, Danielle Delaunay, Karmen Karma, Raven Rockette, Raven Bay, Laela Pryce and Kimberly Kendall.

Matrix Models: Jenna Ross, Cassie Laine, Whitney Westgate, Mia Malkova, Kiera Winters and Alice March.

OC Modeling: Dani Daniels, Anikka Albrite, Lily Carter, Roxxi Silver, Alexa Aimes, Alysha Rylee, Angelina Valentine, Karen Fisher, Leya Falcon, Bianca Breeze, CeCe Stone, Ashley Stone, Cindy Starfall, Claudia Valentine, Emily Austin, Evi Foxx, Helly Hellfire, Sarah Jessie, Jay Taylor, Kendra Lust, Layla Sin, Lilly Lane, Lucky Start, Presley Hart, Xander Corvus, Rico Strong, Rob Piper, Wrexxx, Russian Rocket, and Bentley Pierce.

Spiegler Girls: Dana, Dearmond, Skin Diamond, Aiden Starr, Chanel Preston, Sarah Shevon, Chastity Lynn, Penny Pax, Casey Calvert, Riley Reid, Lea Lexis, Veruca James, Claire Robbins and Bailey Blue.

Novelty company Doc Johnson and production company Zero Tolerance have been added to the list of sponsors, which includes Vivid Entertainment, Wicked Pictures, Adam & Eve, Hustler, Kink.com, Girlfriend Films, New Sensations, Manwin, Penthouse, Juicy, Exquisite Pictures, FriendFinder Networks, Immoral Live, Digital Sin, Fantasy Lingerie, AVN Magazine and XBIZ Magazine.

For questions or more information on the Porn Star Bowling fundraiser, please contact Joanne Cachapero at joanne@freespeechcoalition.com or (818) 348-9373.


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