As the film community battles to keep Hollywood close to home, another local industry – adult entertainment — is fleeing Los Angeles.
Glenn King, owner/director of Mean Bitches Productions, is photographed at his studio in Chatsworth. King said last year a condom mandate approved by voters made it “too complicated” to shoot in L.A. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
The number of permits issued for adult productions has plummeted since November 2012, when voters approved a measure that requires performers to wear condoms on sets.
Last year, 40 permits were issued for X-rated productions in the city and county, down about 90% from the estimated number of permits issued in 2012. And through July of this year, only 20 permits have been issued for adult productions, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county.
“We’ve seen a dramatic drop in permits,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A. Inc. “It is a cause for concern that people who are manning the cameras, lights and other things on those sets are not working anymore … it’s not helpful to have another segment of the industry leave the region.”
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