Brazzers

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Brazzers
Subsidiary
IndustryPornography
Founded22 June 2005; 13 years ago (2005-06-22)[1]
Founders
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsPornographic films
ParentMindGeek (2010–present)
Websitewww.brazzers.com

Brazzers (/ˈbræzərz/) is a pornographic production company based in Montreal, Canada. With an online network consisting of thirty-one hardcore pornography websites, the company's slogan is "The World's Best HD Porn Site!".[3] As of October 2015, Brazzers.com has a traffic ranking of 936.[4]

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.[5] In December 2012 Thylmann was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion.[6]

In October 2013 Thylmann sold Manwin's assets, including Brazzers, to an internal management group, Mindgeek, headed by CEO Feras Antoon and shareholder David Tassilo.[7]

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.[8] In 2010 Brazzers had used a Times Square billboard to promote its safe sex campaign and to announce its "Get Rubber!" slogan and website.[9]

In September 2016 Vigilante broke the news of a database breach suffered by Brazzers, which affected almost 1 million users after the site was hacked in April 2013.[10][11][12][13][14]

Operations[edit]

Brazzers is currently headed by CEO Feras Antoon, and owned and operated by Mindgeek, a multinational officially registered in Luxembourg.[15]

Brazzers came under industry criticism for associating with streaming media sites like Pornhub. In response, in 2009 the company initiated an anti-piracy campaign.[16]

The company was acquired by Manwin in March 2010.[17]

Litigation[edit]

In 2008, after being fired, producer Bobby Manila served Brazzers with a lawsuit for fraud and violation of the terms of his contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.[18]

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 its 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.[19]

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 AVN Awards – Best Adult Website[20]
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best New Video Production Company[citation needed]
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Release (Big Tits at School)[citation needed]
  • 2009 XBIZ Award – Affiliate Program of the Year[21]
  • 2010 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series (Big Tits at School)[22]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Membership Site Network[23]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series (Big Tits at School)[23]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Vignette Release (Pornstar Punishment)[24]
  • 2012 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series[25]
  • 2012 AVN Award  – Best Membership Website[25]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award nominee – Vignette Release of the Year (Big Tits in Sports Vol 9 and Day With a Pornstar); Vignette Series of the Year (Big Tits in Sports and MILFs Like it Big); All-Girl Series of the Year (Hot and Mean)[26]
  • 2014 XBIZ Award – Studio Site of the Year (Brazzers.com)[27]
  • 2015 XBIZ Award – Adult Site of the Year – Multi-Genre (Brazzers.com)[28]
  • 2016 XBIZ Award – Adult Site of the Year – Video (Brazzers.com)[28]
  • 2016 AVN Award – Best Foreign Feature - The Doctor[29]
  • 2016 AVN Award – Best Director (Foreign Feature) - Dick Bush, The Doctor[29]
  • 2016 AVN Award – Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-shot Production - Victoria Summers & Danny D., The Doctor[29]
  • 2017 XBIZ Award – Best Art Direction for Storm of Kings[28]
  • 2018 AVN Award – Best Membership Site Network[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brazzers.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Geek-Kings of Smut". New York. New York LLC. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Brazzers". Brazzers. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Brazzers.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Meet The New King of Porn". Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Porn king' detained on suspicion of tax evasion". Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Fabian Thylmann Sells Stake in Manwin to Company Management". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Smithberg, Allen. "Brazzers Marks 10th With Times Square Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Vide News. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  9. ^ Javors, Steve. "Brazzers Unveils Massive New York City Billboard". AVN.com. Adult Video News. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (BBC) – https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37285715
  11. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (HIBP) – https://haveibeenpwned.com/PwnedWebsites#Brazzers
  12. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (MyBroadband) – http://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/178474-the-south-african-government-departments-exposed-in-the-brazzers-porn-forum-hack.html
  13. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (TheNextWeb) – https://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/09/05/hackers-ejaculate-800000-brazzers-accounts-onto-the-dark-web/
  14. ^ Breach of Brazzers Forum (LifeHacker) – http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/09/brazzers-porn-site-forum-hack-lead-to-80000-accounts-exposed/
  15. ^ "Manwin: opérations en coulisses". Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "Webmasters Seek Solutions in Tube Site Wars". XBIZ. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  17. ^ Pardon, Rhett (July 15, 2010). "Brazzers, Mofos, Tube Sites Acquired by Manwin". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  18. ^ "Manila vs. Brazzers.com Settles Out of Court". XBIZ. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "Adult studio tackles 'tube sites'". AfterDawn.com. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  20. ^ "2009 winners". Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  21. ^ "2009 XBIZ Award winners". XBIZ. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  22. ^ "2010 AVN Award winners". Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  23. ^ a b "2011 AVN Award winners". Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  24. ^ "2011 Award winners". Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  25. ^ a b "2012 Award winners". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  26. ^ XBIZ Nominees 2013 Archived January 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., XBIZ, January 2013
  27. ^ Dan Miller (January 24, 2014). "2014 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  28. ^ a b c "XBIZ Award Winners". Adnet Media. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  29. ^ a b c "2016 Award winners".
  30. ^ "2018 AVN Award winners". Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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