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Porn: Business of Pleasure

Inside the Business of Porn

It was once too taboo to talk about, but not anymore. In the new CNBC original production "Porn: Business of Pleasure" nothing is off limits when it comes to the controversial multi-billion dollar industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

The porn industry has changed technology and can be found in millions of homes, hotel rooms and hard drives across the country. BUT, the business is facing economic challenges. It's under assault and not just from the many critics who see it as socially corroding, degrading to women and a risk to the young.

CNBC takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look inside the multibillion dollar pornography business, from the threats to its profitability to exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the industry's biggest stars to the one issue that could bring the adult industry to it's knees. CNBC's Melissa Lee reports on "Porn: Business of Pleasure."

Program Highlights

  • Porn -€“ Anytime, Anywhere     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Thanks to technology, the peep show now comes to you. Porn is readily available on DVD, the Internet or even your iPhone or Blackberry. Pink Visual offers mobile downloads.

  • Sasha Grey     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Sasha Grey is the star of The Girlfriend Experience by Academy Award wining Director Steven Soderbergh. She's savvy about her brand and career.

  • The New Producers of Porn     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    These days€™ women aren't just in front of the camera. They'€™re behind the scenes running studios, directing firms and starting the next generation of adult companies.

  • Max Hardcore     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Paul Little, better known as Max Hardcore, is the poster boy of triple-x porn to the extreme. CNBC caught up with the renegade pornographer just days before he was to start serving a federal prison sentence in Los Angeles.

  • Porn Piracy     Sunday, 9 Sep 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    Porn profits are under assault and by some estimates DVD sales are down 50% from last year. Technology has created some of porn's biggest problems.

  • Jesse Jane     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    'It'€™s a job and you have to treat it like a job." Having sex on films is what porn star Jesse Jane is best known for. She'€™s starred in the mega-budget porn flick Pirates 2.

Web Extras

  • Pornographic Profits Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 3:06 PM ET
    In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

    In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

  • On the Set & at Home with Porn Star Jesse Jane Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 5:06 PM ET
    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.  CNBC's "" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jessie Jane.

    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.CNBC's "Business of Pleasure" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jesse Jane.

  • The Best-Selling Adult DVDs of All Time Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 5:30 PM ET
    The Adult Entertainment industry, although taboo in nature, is serious business. Every year, the top trade publication for the adult industry, the Adult Video Network (AVN), holds the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, which is touted as the industry’s largest event worldwide. How big is the adult entertainment industry? The most recent numbers from AVN's 2006 report show industry-wide sales to exceed $12.92 billion, although more conservative estimates place this number significantly lower.

    Adult DVD Empire is the largest online retailer of adult entertainment and it has compiled a list of its all-time best-selling adult DVDs. Click ahead to see the list...

  • Digital Playground     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Digital Playground, one of the largest Adult Film production companies is constantly looking for new ways to distribute its product. Farley Cahen is V Pof New Media for Digital Playground and talks to CNBC about the companies latest delivery method....on the Play Station.

  • Ron Jeremy Web Extra     Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Ron Jeremy is a porn legend. He first began appearing in adult films in 1979. CNBC caught up with Jeremy at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas and talked to him about his thoughts on the current state of the industry.

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About Porn: Business of Pleasure

  • Controversial, provocative, profitable, and under assault. CNBC takes you inside the $13 billion business of pleasure.

Contact Porn: Business of Pleasure

  • Show Times

    Check the U.S. schedule for upcoming show times.

 

  • Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

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