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The Health of Pornography in Los Angeles, Part 1: The Economy & Morality of Hollywood

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It is estimated that 200 firms, 6000 workers and 1200 actors produce 4000-7000 adult films a year in Los Angeles. Yes, there are more porn-related, adult industry jobs than software jobs in this town. With $4.3 billion in sales and rentals (which is still nothing compared to the $12 Billion made from toys and books), the Adult Entertainment Industry puts $4 billion in revenue back into the local economy.

“It’s in an industry producing a product and it takes a lot of people to get it on the shelves or wherever people buy it,” explained Jack Kyser of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) at last night's Zócalo public forum on the porn industry at the Hammer Museum. Often referred to as the "guru of the Los Angeles economy," Kyser explained that for every direct worker in the industry, there is one other person in the county that it employs indirectly (think plastic DVD case makers or delivery trucks).

Despite economic challenges that other Hollywood industries have been experiencing, such as piracy, the internet and amateur entertainment, porn is not hurting as badly. “I would take our situation over [the recording industry's] any day of the week," porn producer, industry observer and former actor Ira Levine added. “Our consumers sort of realize there is some connection for their paying for our products and our ability to make them.” Basically, the porn industry is here to stay.