Evil Angel (studio)

Evil Angel is a production company for pornographic films owned by John Stagliano.

It has been described in literature examining the industry as one of "five or six companies... [which] now dominate the distribution of pornographic videos in this country, much as the big six Hollywood studios dominate the distribution of legitimate movies; the porn majors claim most of the shelves in video rental outlets, just as the Hollywood majors sew up the screens at the cineplexes in middle America". [Russ Kick, "Everything You Know about Sex Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to the Extremes of Human Sexuality" (2005), p. 145.] In 1997, it was identified in a "U.S. News and World Report" investigation as the most profitable pornographic studio. [Eric Schlosser, [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/970210/archive_006163.htm "The Business of Pornography,"] "U.S. News and World Report", February 10, 1997.] The company's rise to prominence was fueled by the industry switch from film to videotape. "By the 1990s, with video cameras in routine use, companies like Evil Angel Video could produce tapes for a reported $8,000". [Brian McNair, "Striptease Culture: Sex, Media and the Democratization of Desire" (2002), p. 39.]

In the summer of 1995, adult film director Gregory Dark "decided to break away from VGA ('creative differences'), and erected his own X-rated film company Dark Works, with internationally-renowned Evil Angel Video handling all distribution". [Anthony Petkovich, "The X Factory: Inside the American Hardcore Film Industry" (2002), p. 44.] Although Dark has since ended this association, the company has production deals with John Leslie, Rocco Siffredi, Joey Silvera, Christoph Clark, Nacho Vidal, Justin Slayer, Jonni Darkko, Manuel Ferrara and porn actress Belladonna, for whom it is the exclusive distributor of titles under the Belladonna Entertainment and Deadly Nightshade Productions labels. An industry reviewer has characterized the company's directors as follows:

Owner John Stagliano claims that this company differs from others in the field in that it permits its directors to own the films that they create. Producer-directors at Evil Angel pay to shoot and print their movies,Fact|date=January 2008 and Evil Angel staffs the sales department to sell the movies. Hence:

In August 2007, Evil Angel and Jules Jordan prevailed in a DVD piracy case against various defendants, winning over $16 million, which was described as the " [l] argest figure ever awarded in an adult piracy case." [ [http://www.avn.com/index.cfm?objectID=5297A361-9D0F-B93C-84F4CB477A010A40&slid=282096 Evil Angel, Jules Jordan Win Over $16.6 Million In DVD Piracy Case] , Adult Video News, posted August 10, 2007.]

On April 8, 2008, Evil Angel and its owner, John Stagliano were indicted on Federal obscenity charges. [ [http://www.avn.com/video/articles/29505.html John Stagliano, Evil Angel Indicted On Federal Obscenity Charges] Adult Video News, posted April 8, 2008]


* 2008 F.A.M.E. Awards - Favorite Studio [cite web|url= http://avn.com/performer/articles/30630.html|title= 2008 F.A.M.E. Winners Announced at Erotica LA|accessdate= 2008-06-08|author= David Sullivan|date= 2008-06-07|publisher= AVN]


External links

* [http://www.evilangel.com Official website]
* [http://www.defendourporn.org/ Defend Our Porn website]

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