Girls Gone Wild (franchise)

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Girls Gone Wild
Girls Gone Wild Logo.jpg
Creator Joe Francis
Original work DVD
Films and television
Films Numerous
1997–Present

Girls Gone Wild is an adult entertainment company created by Joe Francis in 1997.[1] The company is known for its early use of direct-response marketing techniques, including its late-night infomercials that began airing in 1997.[2] The videos typically involve camera crews at party locations engaging young college aged women who willingly expose their bodies or act “wild“.[1] Since 2008, the Girls Gone Wild (GGW) products have been sold primarily through their website as streaming videos, downloads, and DVDs.

Instances of Girls Gone Wild in popular-culture include the appearance of Eminem and Snoop Dogg in the company’s videos,[1][2] MGM’s announcement in 2002 that it would release a feature-length film based on the Girls Gone Wild concept,[1][3] as well as various references and parodies of the show in popular television series and movies.

Girls Gone Wild was created by Joe Francis, who occasionally appears as the host of the videos.

In February 2013, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[4]

Background[edit]

The first Girls Gone Wild film was released in 1997.[5] In 2001 the company sold 4.5 million videos and DVDs.[2][6] By the end of 2002, the company had produced 83 different titles and had begun airing 30-minute infomercials on E! Entertainment Television, Fox Sports Net, BET, Comedy Central, Tech TV, Style, and all other major U.S. networks.[2] The infomercials targeted a latenight channel-surfing demographic that Joe Francis had identified in the late 90s.[2] According to TNS Media Intelligence, Girls Gone Wild spent more than $21 million in advertising in 2003, becoming the largest advertiser for programs on the E! channel. In 2008, Francis’ net worth was approximately $150 million.[7]

Content[edit]

Most Girls Gone Wild videos follow a common formula in which a film crew interacts with a large crowd of people either at a party, club, or other event.[6] Women[1] willingly take off their clothes, engage in sexual activities, or participate in wet t-shirt contests.[2][6] Compensation for taking part in a Girls Gone Wild video often consists of a free hat, t-shirt, or money.[6] Occasionally, participants are invited to be filmed on a Girls Gone Wild tour bus.[1][2][8]

Distribution channels[edit]

At its inception, Girls Gone Wild marketed its product, namely videos, through direct-distribution channels such as infomercials, pay-per-view, and video on demand.[1][2][6][9][10] This distribution was followed in 2008 by the launch of a Girls Gone Wild magazine, a clothing line, and a compilation record released on Jive Records.[1][6][9]

Girls Gone Wild for Katrina[edit]

In September 2005, Girls Gone Wild announced that it would donate all proceeds of Mardi Gras themed DVDs and videos to the Red Cross.[11] Proceeds from the video sales, which included a title featuring Snoop Dogg, were intended to help the victims of the hurricane.[11]

Guys Gone Wild[edit]

In 2004, Girls Gone Wild began soliciting men for participation in their videos.[1] The hour-long Guys Gone Wild productions featured women camera operators who encouraged men to get naked and perform strip teases.[12]

The primary target audience for Guys Gone Wild is young women.[12]

List of films[edit]

Title No. volumes Year
Girls Gone Wild 1 1999[13]
Girls Gone Wild: All New College Girls Exposed 6 2007[14]
Girls Gone Wild: All New Dormroom Fantasies 2 2005, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: America Uncovered with Doug Stanhope 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Baby Bash Live and Uncensored Tour 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Bad Girls 2 2005, 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Beach Babes 3 2002–2005[15]
Girls Gone Wild: Beach Babes Heatwave 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Beach Babes Sundowner 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Before They Were Stars 1 2008[16]
Girls Gone Wild: Behind Closed Doors 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Best Breasts Ever 2 2006, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Best Breasts in America 1
Girls Gone Wild: Best Breasts on Campus 1 2009[17]
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Blondes 2 2006, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Endless Spring Break 4 2005–2006
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Girl Power 4 2005–2006
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Girls on Girls 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Horny Schoolgirls 1
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Mardi Gras 2 2000, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Best of On Tour 4
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Sex in Sin City 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Sex Starved College Girls 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Spring Break 2 2000, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Ultimate Spring Break 2
Girls Gone Wild: Blonde on Blonde 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild Presents Bubba Sparxxx Charmed Life Tour 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Bubba Sparxxx XXX Tour 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Celebrity Look-A-Likes 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Coed Sex Tryouts 3 2005
Girls Gone Wild: College Co-Eds 1 2000
Girls Gone Wild: College Girls Exposed 2 2000
Girls Gone Wild: College Spring Break 1 1999
Girls Gone Wild: Craziest Frat Parties 1 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Daddy's Little Girls 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Divas of Daytona 1 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style (hosted by Snoop Dogg)[6] 1 2002[6]
Girls Gone Wild: Dormroom Confessions 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Dormroom Fantasies 9 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Endless Spring Break 14 2003–2004
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme 4
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Orgy 3 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Sex 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Sex – Secret Tapes 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Sex – Teen Dreams 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Spring Break 1
Girls Gone Wild: Fan Favorites 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Finally 18! 3 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Finger Me 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: First Timers 3 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Forbidden Spring Break 1 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Freshman Class 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Freshman Orientation 4 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Freshman Sex Orientation 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Funkin' at Freaknik 1 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Games 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power – Crazy 1
Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power – Honeyz 1
Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power – Let Loose 1
Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power – Spice 1
Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power 12 2004
Girls Gone Wild: Girls, Girls, Girls! 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Girls On Girls 2 2007, 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Girls Who Crave Girls 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Girls Who Crave Sex 3 2008–2009
Girls Gone Wild: Girls Who Like Girls 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Girls Who Love Girls 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Halftime Games 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Cheerleaders 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls 7 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – All Girl Sleep Over 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Dormroom Secrets 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Freshman Sex 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Orgy Party 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Private Tapes 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Sex Addicts 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls – Sorority Sex Secrets 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Hot & Horny Schoolgirls 6 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest California Girls 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest Dormroom Confessions 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest First Timers 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest Girl in America 16 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest Moments Ever 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Hottest Texas Coeds 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Island Orgy 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras 2k# 4 2001–2004
Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras Invasion 1 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras Madness 1 1999
Girls Gone Wild: My 18th Birthday 1 2006[18]
Girls Gone Wild: Naked Allstars 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Naked College Girls 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: New College Girls Exposed 2 2009
Girls Gone Wild: On Campus 3 2000, 2003, 2005
Girls Gone Wild: On Tour 8 2003
Girls Gone Wild: Private Sex Tapes 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Road Trip 1 2003
Girls Gone Wild: Rocks 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Rocks America 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Sexes Up Las Vegas 2 2006, 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Sexiest Moments Ever 2 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Sex In Sin City 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Games 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Mad Students 2 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Race 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Bad Girls 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved College Girls 10 2005
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Hot & Horny Schoolgirls 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Panty Raid 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Pleasure Seekers 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Sophomore Sweethearts 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Sorority Sisters 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved Young & Horny 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Sexy Sorority Sweethearts 2 2000
Girls Gone Wild: Sexy Spinners 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Sorority Girl Orgy 4
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break 6 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Extreme 1 2000
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break First Timers 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Orgy 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Sex Party 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Sex 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Sex Riot 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Virgins 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Sweet Young Sex Maniacs 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: The Best of Extreme 1
Girls Gone Wild: The Hottest Girl in America 4 2009
Girls Gone Wild: The Perfect Pair 2 2008, 2010
Girls Gone Wild: The Seized Video 1 2003
Girls Gone Wild: Top 10 Hottest Girls 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Top 10 Must-See Moments 1
Girls Gone Wild: Top 50 Best Breasts Ever 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Top 50 Best Butts Ever 1
Girls Gone Wild: Totally Exposed, Uncensored and Beyond 12 2000
Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Rush 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Sex Rush 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Spring Break 8 2002–2003
Girls Gone Wild: Vegas Style 1 2008
Girls Gone Wild: Very Bad Girls 2 2008, 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Very Horny Girls 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Wet & Willing 1 2010
Girls Gone Wild: Wet T-Shirt Strip Off 1 2002
Girls Gone Wild: Wild World 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Bar in America 1 2007
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest College Coeds 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Girls 1
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Nights Ever 1 2009
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Sex 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Sex Ever 1 2006
Girls Gone Wild: Wildest Spring Break Moments 1 2008

Legal[edit]

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against Girls Gone Wild alleging that the company failed to notify customers when they purchased subscriptions under a continuity program, rather than single DVDs.[19] In 2004, GGW settled for $1.1 million and agreed to disclose all terms and get consent for recurring charges.[20]

In 2006, Girls Gone Wild marketer MRA Holdings pled guilty to charges for failing to record filmed subject's ages in 2002 and 2003.[21] The parties agreed to pay $2.1 million in restitution and fines.[21]

In 2008, Ashley Dupré filed against Joe Francis and other defendants claiming that they filmed her without consent.[22][23] Dupré dropped the suit after Francis released footage of her consent.[24]

In 2008, a Missouri woman claimed that she was filmed without consent when a Girls Gone Wild contractor removed her halter top at a St. Louis bar.[25] A jury found that she consented. On re-trial, a judge awarded the woman $5.77 million after the defense failed to show at court.[26] On appeal, the judge upheld the verdict.[27]

In March 2008, four women claimed that they suffered emotional distress by being shown in Girls Gone Wild film.[28] In April 2011, an all-female jury declined to award damages to the plaintiffs.[28]

Bankruptcy[edit]

In 2013, GGW Brands LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[29][30]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Michael Schneider (8 December 2002). "'Wild' infomercial struts its stuff". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "MGM plans Girls Gone Wild Film". The Guardian. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/02/joe-francis-girls-gone-wild-bankrupt/
  5. ^ Claire Hoffman (6 August 2006). "Joe Francis: 'Baby, give me a kiss'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Ariel Levy (22 March 2004). "Dispatches from Girls Gone Wild". Slate. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Bruce Spotleson (24 September 2012). "Wynn sets the precedent". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Keith Falkiner (12 June 2011). "Girls Gone WIld in Ireland; US sex show eyes up Irish venues for tour". Sunday Mirror (London). Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Media: Analysis- Girls Gone Wild tries tamer approach". PR Week (US). 3 March 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "This Guy's Gone Wild". Newsweek. 28 September 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "'Girls Gone Wild' for Katrina". CNN Money. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Daniel J. Vargas (12 July 2004). "Ok, girls, now it's your turn for a 'Wild' video". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Amazon.com. "Girls Gone Wild (VHS) (1999)". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  14. ^ IMB. "Girls Gone Wild: All New College Girls Exposed". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Amazon.com. "Girls Gone Wild: Beach Babes". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Amazon.com. "Before They Were Stars". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Amazon.com. "Girls Gone Wild: Best Breasts on Campus". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Amazon.com. "Girls Gone Wild: My 18th Birthday". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sellers of ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Videos Charged with Deceptive Practices". Federal Trade Commission. 17 December 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sellers of ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Videos to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Charges of Unauthorized Shipping and Billing". Federal Trade Commission. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Stipulation of Fact, Public Statement of Joseph Francis, and Films Subject to the Agreement". FindLaw. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ashley Dupre Gone "Wild" -- Legal or Jailbait?". TMZ. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the Former Prostitute Who Had a Paid Liasion With Ex-N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer Files a $10M Lawsuit Against Girls Gone Wild". FindLaw. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Call girl in Spitzer case drops "Gone Wild" suit". Reuters. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  25. ^ Jim Salter (27 April 2012). "Mo. woman wins $5.8M in 'Girls Gone Wild' case". FindLaw. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  26. ^ Robert Patrick (26 April 2012). "'Girls Gone Wild' ordered to pay $5.77 million to woman filmed in St. Louis". The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  27. ^ Donna Walter (20 June 2012). "$5.77M judgment stands in Girls Gone Wild case". Missouri Lawyers Media. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  28. ^ a b "All-Female Jury Throws Out "Girls Gone Wild" Lawsuit". CBS Miami. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "‘Girls Gone Wild’ Files Bankruptcy to Fight Vegas Debt". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  30. ^ Egan, Matt. "Legal Headaches Force 'Girls Gone Wild' Into Bankruptcy". Fox Business. Retrieved 4-2-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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