Brazzers

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Brazzers
Private Subsidiary of MindGeek
Industry Pornography
Founded 2005
Headquarters Montreal, Canada
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Feras Antoon (CEO), David Tassilo (COO)
Products Pornographic films
Parent MindGeek
Website www.brazzers.com

Brazzers /ˈbrzərz/ is a pornographic production company based in Montreal, Canada. The online network consists of thirty-one hardcore pornography websites. Brazzers.com has a traffic ranking of 1284 (May 2014).[1]

While their sites are managed from Montreal, Canada, most of their scenes and photographs are shot in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami.

History[edit]

Founded in 2005 by a group of Montreal investors, Brazzers became part of a larger group of pornographic sites under the corporate name of Mansef. In 2010, Mansef was sold to Fabian Thylmann, and rebranded as Manwin Inc. [2] In December of 2012, Thylmann was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion. [3]

In October of 2013, Thylmann sold Manwin' assets, including Brazzers, to an internal management group, Mindgeek, headed by CEO Feras Antoon, and shareholder David Tassilo. [4]

In 2014 Brazzers celebrated its 10th anniversary with a billboard in Times Square in New York City. The digital billboard was located at the corner of 47th and 7th and viewable for the entire month of August.[5] Previously in 2010 Brazzers had used a Times Square billboard to promote its safe sex campaign and to announce its "Get Rubber!" slogan and website.[6]

Operations[edit]

Brazzers is currently headed by CEO Feras Antoon, and owned and operated by Mindgeek, a multinational officially registered in Luxembourg.[7]

Brazzers came under industry criticism for associating with streaming media sites like Pornhub. In response, in 2009, Brazzers initiated an anti-piracy campaign.[8]

The company was acquired by Manwin in March 2010.[9]

Litigation[edit]

In 2008 after being fired, producer Bobby Manila served Brazzers with a lawsuit for fraud and violating the terms of his contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.[10]

In February 2010, a lawsuit was filed by Pink Visual Studio accusing Brazzers' parent company, Manwin, of infringing on copyrighted content by distributing unlicensed video content on their free video sharing sites. Brazzers' network has been accused of benefiting from unlicensed content by indirectly benefiting from traffic from sharing sites, but this was the first time a well-known studio had filed a lawsuit. A class action lawsuit was considered by other studios.[11]

Appearances[edit]

In 2009 Brazzers was featured on an episode of MTV's True Life.[12] The MTV crew followed porn actress Jayden Jaymes at the 2009 AVN, capturing her meeting and greeting fans while at the Brazzers booth.

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 AVN Awards – Best Adult Website[13]
  • 2009 AVN Awards – Best New Video Production Company
  • 2009 AVN Awards – Best Big Bust Release, Big Tits at School
  • 2009 XBIZ Award – Affiliate Program of the Year[14]
  • 2010 AVN Awards – Best Big Bust Series, Big Tits at School[15]
  • 2011 AVN Awards – Best Membership Site Network[16]
  • 2011 AVN Awards – Best Big Bust Series, Big Tits at School[16]
  • 2011 AVN Awards – Best Vignette Release, Pornstar Punishment[17]
  • 2012 AVN Awards – Best Big Bust Series[18]
  • 2012 AVN Awards – Best Membership Website[18]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award Nominee – "Vignette Release of the Year" for Big Tits in Sports Vol 9 and Day With a Pornstar; additional nominations include "Vignette Series of the Year" for Big Tits in Sports and MILFs Like it Big, and "All-Girl Series of the Year" for Hot and Mean[19]
  • 2014 XBIZ Award – Studio Site of the Year(Brazzers.com)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brazzers.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Meet The New King of Porn". Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  3. ^ "'Porn king' detained on suspicion of tax evasion". Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Fabian Thylmann Sells Stake in Manwin to Company Management". Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  5. ^ Smithberg, Allen. "Brazzers Marks 10th With Times Square Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Vide News. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Javors, Steve. "Brazzers Unveils Massive New York City Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Video News. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Manwin: opérations en coulisses". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Webmasters Seek Solutions in Tube Site Wars". XBIZ. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  9. ^ Pardon, Rhett (2010-07-15). "Brazzers, Mofos, Tube Sites Acquired by Manwin". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  10. ^ "Manila vs. Brazzers.com Settles Out of Court". XBIZ. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Adult studio tackles 'tube sites'". AfterDawn.com. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Jayden Jaymes will be featured on MTV’s ‘True Life’ in April". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  13. ^ "2009 winners". AVN Award. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  14. ^ "2009 XBIZ Award winners". XBIZ. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  15. ^ "2010 AVN Award winners". AVN Award. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  16. ^ a b "2011 AVN Award winners". AVN Award. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  17. ^ "2011 Award winners". AVN Award. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  18. ^ a b "2012 Award winners". AVN Award. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  19. ^ XBIZ Nominees 2013, XBIZ, January, 2013
  20. ^ Dan Miller (2014-01-24). "2014 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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