There’s a bit of mystery, I think, surrounding how we get content for VideoBox. There are many theories, I’m sure, but I think it’s time to set the record straight on a few things. In order to crack open the process a bit to the people it matters to, I asked our content buyer a few questions that will hopefully shed a little light on the topic.
Alison: Just out of curiosity, how long have you been doing this?
Content Dude: I have been in the adult industry for over 15 years doing one thing or another.
Alison: I think one of the things that members are irritated by most is repeated scenes. How do we end up with movies with repeated scenes?
Content Dude: The studios are cutting corners where ever they can to maintain the ever-shrinking margins in DVD sales. They shoot one less scene, or shoot a BJ movie because it’s half the cost. Which is why there has been a a lot BJ stuff on the market lately. It’s pretty common for them to shoot one scene based on a girl or a niche and fill it out with ‘related’ scenes which they buy from another studio or use from previously released titles. They pretty up the box cover based on the one piece of new content and release it as a new product and not the compilation that it actually is. Companies have been getting away with it because, there is so much content on the market, the chances of a buyer connecting 2 unrelated products was unlikely…until VideoBox came along. We have provided a very comprehensive visual database that users can easily cross-reference and see that the title was released prior on another DVD.
The practice isn’t as easy to police as one might think. Sure, we have a list of studios that we know do this kind of thing. We even have a clause in our license that guarantees content originality. I make sure that we discuss this problem before purchase. Even with those safety measures, repeats slip through. But I think we have a much better handle on it than we had before. The bottom line is, we don’t want to release repeats but it does happen, like recently with a Decadence title.
Alison: So, how do you choose which studios to license movies from?
Content Dude: There are several ways to buy content. One is to buy from the same brokers that all the paysites are buying from. But what you end up with is the same selection as everyone else without anything that differentiates you. I’m constantly trying to upgrade our content selection. I read all of the customer emails and every comment on the site and try and get a feel for what will make everyone happy. There are a lot of studios that will not license content under our terms so I try and indentify the ones that will. If you look at our catalog you can see there is a big difference in our overall selection from most of our competitors. Recently, we were the first with Combat Zone we have more Mayhem than anyone else. I think everyone is going to be VERY happy about a few deals that are just wrapping up. I don’t want to say names as it back fired on us last year with Kick Ass who backed out before the license was done
Alison: Something that a lot of members wonder is why don’t we have movies from studios like Evil Angel and Vivid. Is there a reason for this?
Content Dude: Those studios don’t want to license titles under our terms. Although they are not fans of the revenue sharing model of pay-per-minute, they are still not interested in licensing with us. That said, we are looking at other ways to bring studios like Evil Angel or Jules Jordan to VideoBox.
Alison: You say you’ve been in the biz for 15 years…who’s your favorite porn star?
Content Dude: Personally? Or on-screen? A lot of the girls are really nice, I have been around for so long I guess I am like a sports writer and don’t have a favorite team. I like the girls I have been friends with over the years like Jesse Jane and Tiana Lynne. There has been a debate on the blog about the girls’ intelligence and I will have to side with you that a lot of these girls, although not brain surgeons, are not stupid either.
Alison: That was such a dodge, but alright. Which studio do you think makes the best content?
Content Dude: I think Anabolic has consistently made the best content over the years
Alison: Okay, last but not least, what’s the freakiest thing you’ve ever seen at the AVN convention?
Content Dude: Wow, I don’t know….the show has really tamed down over the years. Those Real Dolls are still and always will be troubling.
Alison: Gotta agree with you there. Thanks a lot for answering these questions. If readers have questions for you, do you mind answering them in the comments?
Content Dude: Not at all.