NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 15, 1979
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(Studio) Report on sale of pornographic movies to be watched at home on video cassette recorders (VCR).
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) Boom in VCR sales noted to have opened new market for erotic films; is reported that 30-50% of tapes available for VCR play are hardcore porno. Quality X Video Tape Company, owned by Robert Sumner, given as example of success in this area of adult film industry [SUMNER - discusses success with company] In Los Angeles, TV-X Video Tape Company said to be largest producer of X-rated video cassettes in US; business here stated to be so brisk that orders and inventory put on computer by co-owners David Friedman and Kurt Richter. [FRIEDMAN - compares this market to perpetual market for Walt Disney films like "Snow White" and "Pinocchio." Says purchasers of X-rated tapes consider them treasured items.] Disagreement over whether or not organized crime is involved in sex tape business ,detailed. [Los Angeles police Lieutenant Les ZABEL - discusses likely involvement of organized crime in video tape area of industry] "Deep Throat" director Gerard Damiano reported to be directing his next adult film, Dracula spoof called "People", in Queens, New York; plans for film to be one of 1st X-rated films simultaneously released to movie theaters and home viewers cited. [DAMIANO - says people who wouldn't go to theater to see film will watch it in privacy of own home.]
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington
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