Porn Production Moves to Vegas After Condom Law

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“They’re used to it here because they already kind of have it,” he said, sitting among rows of desks in his studio’s classroom set. “Figuring out how to make these things more cheaply won’t include shooting in Los Angeles.”

The studio sits in what was once another empty building on blighted Industrial Road behind the town’s tourist corridor. Local officials appear content with the arrangement and have no plans to pass additional rules.

“It’s a legalized industry and properly regulated, so I don’t see it as a problem,” said Clark County commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. “I think the city and the county will benefit from any expansion of the film industry. It’s economic diversification.”

Las Vegas is home to some major porn players, including Brazzers, Bait & Tackle, Corbin Fisher, VCX Ltd. and newcomer Bluebird Film.

Several producers with top porn purveyor Evil Angel are talking about moving to Las Vegas, according to owner John Stagliano, and enough porn stars have settled down in the area to supply all the extras a film could need, if not all the stars.

Derek Hay, owner of adult talent agency LA Direct Models, opened an office here last fall. He estimates that 20 percent of the industry will have moved to Las Vegas by the end of the year.

Some contrarians believe the boom will eventually lead Clark County to adopt the same regulations that are scaring the industry in Los Angeles. This September, the same group that championed the 2012 condom law started a similar campaign in Florida.

For now, concerns about an eventual condom showdown in the desert are not stopping producers from making investments. Myers has several producers coming through his studio this week.

After that, he will turn his attention to repurposing the cave set featured in the high fantasy spoof “Game of Bones” for another pornographic parody, based on The Hobbit.

The star of both films, James Deen, a millennial porn icon who acted alongside Lindsay Lohan in “The Canyons,” said moving the industry to Las Vegas is just a band aid.

“The issue with running to Vegas is it doesn’t actually fix anything,” he said, taking refuge near a stairwell at the convention hall to avoid interruption by a constant stream of fans. “We should explain to the people who put that law in place why it’s unnecessary, and appeal it the same way any community would appeal any asinine law.”

(AP Photo: Porn industry affiliates and fans wait in line for an autograph from porn star Riley Reid at the Adult Entertainment Expo.)

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