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June 30, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Expanding into the hard-core pornography business, Playboy Enterprises Inc. has struck an agreement with Van Nuys-based Vivid Video to buy its three fast-growing XX-rated television channels, according to sources close to the two companies. Christie Hefner, chief executive of Playboy, contacted some of the Chicago-based company's largest distributors Friday to notify them of the deal, according to the sources.
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May 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vivid Entertainment Group, the nation's top adult movie maker, has resumed production nearly a month after five performers were infected with the AIDS virus, shutting down much of the multibillion-dollar U.S. porn video industry. The voluntary moratorium, established by the industry last month after actor Darren James tested positive for HIV, ended on Saturday. The adult film industry earns an estimated $4 billion to $10 billion annually and churns out around 4,000 new movies each year.
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May 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vivid Entertainment Group, the nation's top adult movie maker, has resumed production nearly a month after five performers were infected with the AIDS virus, shutting down much of the multibillion-dollar U.S. porn video industry. The voluntary moratorium, established by the industry last month after actor Darren James tested positive for HIV, ended on Saturday. The adult film industry earns an estimated $4 billion to $10 billion annually and churns out around 4,000 new movies each year.
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June 30, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Expanding into the hard-core pornography business, Playboy Enterprises Inc. has struck an agreement with Van Nuys-based Vivid Video to buy its three fast-growing XX-rated television channels, according to sources close to the two companies. Christie Hefner, chief executive of Playboy, contacted some of the Chicago-based company's largest distributors Friday to notify them of the deal, according to the sources.
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July 16, 1994 | JOHN JOHNSON
After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying earlier this week, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and put a bullet in her head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
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