San Fernando Valley is a sun-drenched, suburban enclave in southern California. You may know it by another name: Porn Valley.
(There’s also “Silicone Valley” and “San Pornando Valley.” Clever.)
Since the 1970s, the hills above Hollywood have played host to a booming pornography industry. A majority of American sex films are shot there in warehouses and private homes — helping the San Fernando Valley rake in $4 billion in annual sales in its ’90s heyday.
How did an out-of-the-way desert suburb become the porn capital of the world? Location, location, location.
At its onset, the porn industry stretched across Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, where the entertainment industry concentrated. As Paul Fishbein, cofounder of AVN Media Network (porn’s trade media organization) explained to the Associated Press in 2002, the business migrated to San Fernando Valley because of “low rents and access to the mainstream movie business.”
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