Friday, February 6, 2009

The Girls Gone Wild franchise, created by Joe Francis


Girls Gone Wild

Girls Gone Wild official logo

The Girls Gone Wild franchise, created by Joe Francis, is a series by the production company Mantra Entertainment. Girls Gone Wild videos usually involve a camera crew patrolling a party-heavy area frequented by young adults in search of attractive women who agree to "get a little crazy" with them, usually in exchange for a tank top. This involves exposure of breasts and/or buttocks, sometimes further removal of clothing, and sometimes the camera crew following a group of girls back to a hotel or other location and taping them engaging in additional activities of a sexual nature.
Contents

    * 1 Background
    * 2 Guys Gone Wild
    * 3 Criticism and Legal Action
    * 4 List of Girls Gone Wild videos
    * 5 See also
    * 6 References
    * 7 External links

Background

The videos have themes such as Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Spring Break or Girls Gone Wild: Sexy Sorority Sweethearts and are marketed to young adult men. They are chiefly sold via television mail order and are frequently advertised on late-night television and infomercials, with a brief "warning" message as a disclaimer before the commercial begins.
Girls Gone Wild website
Girls Gone Wild website

Legally, exposing oneself in a public area constitutes no expectation of privacy; moreover, GGW staff members claim they get every flasher to sign a liability waiver.[1] The legal effect of these factors has resulted in a waiver of some women and girls' rights to bring a civil action against GGW.
Guys Gone Wild

    Main article: Guys Gone Wild

In July 2004, Mantra Entertainment introduced a new addition to its products — a Guys Gone Wild video series, identical to Girls Gone Wild except featuring attractive men. Though the primary market is young heterosexual women, it has also been well received among gay men.[citation needed]

Criticism and Legal Action

The series has many critics who say it objectifies women and contributes to sexism. The series' supporters (including women) say participating in the videos is a personal choice.

The franchise has become so successful in recent years that several knockoff videos emerged bearing the "Girls Gone Wild" name. These videos lack any other apparent connection to the franchise; for instance, they lack the typical stylized intro and on-camera narration from the show's producers, and contain no end credits of any kind — thus, they also do not contain the Mantra Entertainment logo. These particular videos have crews that will patrol the festivals in locations such as Mardi Gras or Las Vegas claiming to be affliated with Girls Gone Wild, even distributing convincing Girls Gone Wild t-shirts. Videos compiled from the use of this technique have been released, at least via the Internet. Also Wild Party Girls and several other knockoffs have used the Girls Gone Wild formula with only minor aesthetic changes.[citation needed]

On December 16, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission against Mantra Films, Inc., and its sole officer and director Joseph R. Francis, seeking civil penalties for violations of previous Commission determinations concerning unfair and deceptive acts or practices and consumer redress. Violations of previous Commission determinations that an act or practice is unfair or deceptive and unlawful carry a civil penalty of up to $11,000 per violation. The Commission's complaint alleges that since December 2000, Mantra and Francis deceptively marketed Girls Gone Wild videos and DVDs to consumers, automatically shipped these unordered videos and DVDs to consumers, and charged consumers for them without consumers' consent.[2]

On July 30, 2004, the FTC announced a stipulated court order under which the sellers of 'Girls Gone Wild' DVDs and videos would pay nearly $1.1 million as combined consumer redress and a civil penalty and will be barred from a wide range of activities detailed in a complaint the U.S. Department of Justice filed on behalf of the FTC in late 2003. According to the FTC, the defendants marketed 'Girls Gone Wild' DVDs and videos as part of continuity programs that resulted in monthly shipments of DVDs or videos to consumers who did not agree to receive them.[3]

On September 12, 2006, Joe Francis, the founder and CEO of Mantra Films Inc., pleaded guilty to federal charges of failing to document the ages of young women engaging in sexual acts in the videos, as federal law requires. There was a plea agreement, part of which required Francis to pay $2.1 million: a $500,000 fine and $1.6 million in restitution. [4] A 2006 episode of Law & Order explored some of the controversy with Girls Gone Wild, using a fictional organization with similar practices.

On December 13, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Mantra Films had been sentenced to pay $1.6 million in criminal fines for failing to create and maintain age and identity records for films it produced, and that the "package agreement" between the government and Mantra Films, MRA Holdings, LLC and Joe Francis required a public acknowledgment of criminal wrongdoing, a pledge of cooperation with the government in future investigations, full compliance with the record keeping laws, and payment of a total of $2.1 million in fines and restitution.[5][6]

Joseph Francis, founder and CEO of both Mantra Films and MRA Holdings, LLC, is scheduled to be sentenced on similar offenses in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2007. [7] Under a three-year deferred prosecution agreement, MRA Holdings, LLC, is to employ an independent outside monitor to ensure that the company complies with federal laws. [8] In January 2007, Circuit Judge Dedee Costello in Pensacola, Florida dropped most of the charges against Francis [9] claiming that "the evidence did not support the allegations...". However, the remaining felony counts charge that Francis and the company used and conspired to use minors in sexual performances, charges which carry a combined maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. Two misdemeanor counts which also remain charge Francis and the company with prostitution. [10]

List of Girls Gone Wild videos

    * Girls Gone Wild (1998)
    * Girls Gone Wild: America Uncovered with Doug Stanhope (2004)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Bad Girls (2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Beach Babes (three volumes) (2002-2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Blondes (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Endless Spring Break (two volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Girl Power (four volumes) (2005-2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Mardi Gras (2000)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of On Tour (four volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Spring Break (2000)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Best of Ultimate Spring Break
    * Girls Gone Wild: Behind Closed Doors (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Bubba Sparxxx XXX Tour (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Canada (2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Co-Ed Tryouts (three volumes) (2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: College Co-Eds
    * Girls Gone Wild: College Girls Exposed (two volumes) (2000)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Craziest Frat Parties (2002)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Daddy's Little Girls
    * Girls Gone Wild: Divas of Daytona
    * Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style (hosted by Snoop Dogg) (2002)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Dormroom Fantasies (eight volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Endless Spring Break (fourteen volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Extreme (four volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Orgy (three volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Extreme Sex (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: First Timers (three volumes) (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Forbidden Spring Break (2002)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Freshman Orientation (four volumes) (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Funkin' at Freaknik
    * Girls Gone Wild: Games (2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Girl Power (twelve volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Girls Who Like Girls (2005)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Horny Schoolgirls (four volumes) (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Island Orgy
    * Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras Invasion
    * Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras 2k1
    * Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras 2k2
    * Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras 2k3
    * Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras 2k4
    * Girls Gone Wild: My 18th Birthday (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: On Campus (three volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: On Tour (eight volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Road Trip (2003)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Rocks America (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: The Seized Video (2003)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Sexes Up Las Vegas
    * Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break Sex Riot (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Sex Starved College Girls (ten volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Sexy Sorority Sweethearts (two volumes)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break 2k1
    * Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break 2k2
    * Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break 2k4
    * Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break 2005
    * Girls Gone Wild: Sweet Young Sex Maniacs (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Totally Exposed, Uncensored and Beyond (twelve volumes) (2000)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Spring Break (eight volumes) (2002-2003)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Rush (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Ultimate Sex Rush (2006)
    * Girls Gone Wild: Wet T-Shirt Strip Off (2002)

See also

    * Exhibitionism


External links

    * Official Website
    * "'Baby, Give Me a Kiss' from the LA Times
    * "Dispatches from Girls Gone Wild" at Slate Magazine
    * CTV.ca Groups protest 'Girls Gone Wild Canada' tour
    * Rolling Stone story on Joe Francis and his empire
    * Exploitative Videos: Bumfights & Girls Gone Wild from the Business Ethics Blog
    * IMDB entry



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