Homegrown Video

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Homegrown Video
TypePrivate
IndustryAmateur Pornography Entertainment
Founded1982 (1982)
FoundersGreg Swaim
HeadquartersLos Angeles, United States
Key peopleGreg Swaim (Founder)
Farrell Timlake (aka Tim Lake) (President)
Spike Goldberg (CEO)
ProductsAmateur, homemade adult films.
Websitehttp://homegrownvideo.com
http://homegrownsubmittals.com
http://homegrowngazette.com
 
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Homegrown Video
TypePrivate
IndustryAmateur Pornography Entertainment
Founded1982 (1982)
FoundersGreg Swaim
HeadquartersLos Angeles, United States
Key peopleGreg Swaim (Founder)
Farrell Timlake (aka Tim Lake) (President)
Spike Goldberg (CEO)
ProductsAmateur, homemade adult films.
Websitehttp://homegrownvideo.com
http://homegrownsubmittals.com
http://homegrowngazette.com

Homegrown Video is an amateur pornographic video production company based in San Diego.[1] Established in 1982, it was the first company to commercially release and distribute homemade, amateur pornography on videotape.[2]

History[edit]

Homegrown Video was born out of the back room of a tiny mom and pop video store in San Diego, CA. The advancement of video cameras and VHS tapes allowed Greg Swaim, the store’s owner, to begin filming real couples at his popular sex parties. Swaim called the videos “Homegrown Videos” and rented them at his shop.[3] In 2007, AVN magazine listed “Homegrown Video #1”, the brand’s flagship title, as one of the 50 most influential adult video titles ever released, as it was responsible for creation of the amateur pornography genre in adult video.[4] Homegrown Video was the first company to distribute people’s homemade sex tapes; Swaim solicited amateur tapes by advertising “Send in your home videos and earn up to $20 per minute” at the end of each Homegrown Video tape.[5]

In 1993, Swaim sold Homegrown Video to Farrell Timlake(adult performer Tim Lake),[6] who had submitted amateur videos of himself and his wife in the past. Swaim sold the company due to a mismanagement of funds and impending bankruptcy.[7] Still inspired by the first Homegrown Video VHS they ever watched, the Timlakes decided to purchase the company in 1993, with money borrowed from Farrell’s mother.[6]

Timlake and his partners expanded the business to the Internet, cable television while taking the sales of their videotapes and DVDs worldwide. Author Eric Schlosser, in writing about Homegrown Video said the company served “as a clearinghouse for the democracy of porn, supplying hard-core videos by the people, for the people".[5] The self-titled flagship title is now well past 800 volumes[8] and is acknowledged as the longest running series in the history of porn.[9]

Homegrown Video’s establishment and domination of the amateur porn market is evident in its 11 AVN Awards[10] and 2 XBIZ Awards for Best Amateur Release, Best Amateur Series, and Niche Studio of the Year.[11]

Farrell Timlake, President[edit]

AVN Hall of Fame inductee Farrell Timlake (stage name: Tim Lake)[12] and his partners have grown the brand’s extensive library of amateur content in an ever-growing variety of niches.

In 1997, Timlake was brought on as Associate Producer and porn industry consultant for Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s feature movie, Orgazmo, which included a cameo performance.[13] Much of the porn humor, and porn industry details, in the movie has been attributed to Timlake’s real life experiences in the adult industry.[14] While researching for Orgazmo, Trey Parker was invited to an adult industry filming party at Buck Henry's house, which had been rented for the shoot.[15] The resulting footage of the xxx-rated film Profiles #8,[16] includes in the background mainstream actors Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss, and Timothy Hutton, in addition to Trey Parker and Matt Stone.[17]

Timlake has, to date, performed in over 72 films, as well as directed and produced over 17 titles, culminating in 11 AVN Awards.[10]

Spike Goldberg, CEO[edit]

Homegrown Video CEO and self-professed “porn nerd” Spike Goldberg was interested in creating an amateur porn series to sell online; Goldberg’s brother introduced him to Farrell Timlake, who hired Goldberg as he demonstrated keen awareness of the fledgling online market. Goldberg was made a partner in Homegrown’s parent entity, New Destiny Internet Group, where Goldberg lent his knowledge of technology and analytics to the company.[18] By 1998 Goldberg revamped Homegrown’s web department, and by 2000, Homegrown became the Internet’s go-to source for quality amateur videos.[19] Being part of the technology and business side of porn put Goldberg in the spotlight in 2004, when he led the industry trade group to fight technology patent lawsuits filed by Acacia Research.[20]

In March 2013, with over a decade of hands-on experience, trusted business relationships, and a strong ethic guiding him, Goldberg was promoted to CEO of Homegrown Video.[21]

Notable performers[edit]

In July 2011, Homegrown Video revealed that they would release previously unseen amateur footage of porn superstar Sasha Grey.[22] Grey went on to perform her first professional scene soon after in John Stagliano’s award-winning Fashionistas Safado.[23]

Legal controversy[edit]

Starting in 2002, Acacia Media Research filed suit against more than 1000 adult production companies, including Homegrown Video, over patent infringement claims over the use of Digital Media Transmission technology.[24] During the course of the nearly-decade-long litigation, Acacia entered into licensing agreements with Hustler, Vivid, and Wicked.[25] The creation of the "Adult Media Defense Group" in 2007, led by Homegrown Video CEO Spike Goldberg, spoke out publicly over the legality of the suit.[26] As lead defendant in the case, Goldberg asserted that it was impossible to file suits based on a key patent that was indifferent to the mode of telecommunication.[27] The suit was invalidated in 2009 by a federal judge;[27] a federal appeals court affirmed the ruling in 2010.[28]

Awards[edit]

List of accolades received by Homegrown Video
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals16
YearCeremonyCategoryWork
1995AVN AwardBest Amateur Release“Homegrown Video #432”[29]
1997AVN AwardBest Amateur Release“Southern Belles 4”[29]
1998AVN AwardBest Amateur Release“Southern Belles 8”[29]
2000AVN AwardBest Pro-Am or Amateur Series“Homegrown Video”[30]
2001AVN AwardBest Pro-Am or Amateur Release“California College Student Bodies 16”[31]
2004AVN AwardBest Amateur Series“Homegrown Video”[32]
2005AVN AwardBest Amateur Series“Homegrown Video”[33]
2007AVN AwardBest Amateur Series“Homegrown Video”[34]
2008Venus Fair - Berlin, GermanyBest Amateur Label“Homegrown Video”[35]
2008AVN AwardBest Amateur Release“Cherries 56”[36]
2008Adam Film World Guild AwardBest Pure Amateur Company 2008"Homegrown Video"
2009AVN AwardBest Amateur Series“Cherries”[37]
2010AVN AwardBest Amateur Series“Homegrown Video”[38]
2001XBIZ AwardNiche Studio of the YearN/A[39]
2013XBIZ AwardAmateur Release of the Year, 2013"Homegrown Amateur Coeds #18"[40]
2014XBIZ AwardAmateur Release of the Year, 2014"Amateur College Girls 6"[41]

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References[edit]

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  17. ^ "4 Legendary Pranks by Famous Comedians". Cracked.com. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Arbitration Ordered In New Destiny/VMI Dispute". AVN (magazine). Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Homegrown Video Has Sasha Grey Amateur Footage". AVN (magazine). Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Stagliano's 'Fashionistas' Now in Deluxe Box Set Editions". AVN (magazine). Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
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  41. ^ XBIZ Award Winners 2014, XBIZ, January, 2014

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