This week PRNewser is glad to bring you a something a little…different.
Our first five-part series will deal with the PR and communications aspects of an industry often underrepresented at trade shows and conferences: The business of adult entertainment, colloquially known as erotica, smut, blue movies, or just plain porn.
Brian Gross is a consummate professional who plays many roles: founder and CEO of BSG PR, former choirboy with nary a tattoo in sight, dedicated heavy metal enthusiast…and one of the top publicists in the world of X-rated entertainment.
Today and tomorrow we’ll bring you some of Brian’s insights on working as a representative in one of the world’s more colorful businesses. Then we will present a three-part interview with one of his top clients—a self-made woman who describes in depth the route she took from college English major to the top of the porn pyramid, playing the roles of performer, producer, director, and CEO while remaking a big corner of the industry in her own image.
Brian Gross didn’t just wake up one day and decide to pursue a career in the adult film industry. It all started when he got what we can accurately describe as a dream gig for any red-blooded American boy—promoting rock and roll bands. In his own words:
“I literally started from the ground up. I took an internship with this incredible publicity department at Def American Records when I was 17 years old–and I still have relationships with many of the people I met there today. (Ed. Note the importance of connections.) That led to a job working with the Lollapalooza tour, which led to another job,” and Brian was off and running, representing some of the biggest names in rock.
After taking a short-lived stab at the college life, Brian eventually landed at Elektra Records, where he specialized in publicizing west coast tours by high school heroes like Metallica and Pantera. In the middle of this demanding gig, Brian’s career took a bit of a left turn:
“I got a call from a good friend of mine who was the publicist at Vivid Entertainment, and he was moving to work on the Internet division. I was also close to the brother of the head of the company, and they both recommended me. I was 23 at the time, and when approached with the opportunity to be the head of PR and marketing for the largest adult entertainment company, I only had one question: Why not?”
The move from rock to porn felt natural—and the difference between the industries wasn’t so great, either.
“At its core, it’s all entertainment. To a certain extent, the reality is this: rock star, porn star, what’s the difference? Both are adored–in some of the same crowds.”