Brazzers ( /ˈbræzərz/ ) is a pornographic production company based in Montreal, Canada. With an online network consisting of thirty-one hardcore pornography websites, the company's slogan is “The World's Best HD Porn Site!” [29] . As of October 2015, Brazzers.com has a traffic ranking of 1,650. [3]

History

Founded in 2005 by a group of Montreal investors, Brazzers became part of a larger group of pornographic sites under the corporate name of Mansef. In 2010 Mansef was sold to Fabian Thylmann and rebranded as Manwin Inc. [30] In December 2012 Thylmann was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion. [7]

In October 2013 Thylmann sold Manwin's assets, including Brazzers, to an internal management group, Mindgeek, headed by CEO Feras Antoon and shareholder David Tassilo. [6]

In 2014 Brazzers celebrated its 10th anniversary with a billboard in Times Square in New York City. The digital billboard was located at the corner of 47th and 7th and viewable for the entire month of August. [28] In 2010 Brazzers had used a Times Square billboard to promote its safe sex campaign and to announce its "Get Rubber!" slogan and website. [28]

In September 2016 Vigilante broke the news of a database breach suffered by Brazzers, which affected almost 1 million users after the site was hacked in April 2013. [2] [2] [2] [2] [2]

Operations

Brazzers is currently headed by CEO Feras Antoon, and owned and operated by Mindgeek, a multinational officially registered in Luxembourg. [2]

Brazzers came under industry criticism for associating with streaming media sites like Pornhub. In response, in 2009 the company initiated an anti-piracy campaign. [2]

The company was acquired by Manwin in March 2010. [11]

Litigation

In 2008, after being fired, producer Bobby Manila served Brazzers with a lawsuit for fraud and violation of the terms of his contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court. [2]

In February 2010 a lawsuit was filed by Pink Visual Studio accusing Brazzers' parent company, Manwin, of infringing on copyrighted content by distributing unlicensed video content on its free video-sharing sites. Brazzers' network has been accused of benefiting from unlicensed content by indirectly benefiting from traffic from sharing sites, but this was the first time a well-known studio had filed a lawsuit. A class action lawsuit was considered by other studios. [2]

Awards

  • 2009 AVN Awards – Best Adult Website [28]
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best New Video Production Company
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Release ( Big Tits at School )
  • 2009 XBIZ Award – Affiliate Program of the Year [28]
  • 2010 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series ( Big Tits at School ) [28]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Membership Site Network [28]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series ( Big Tits at School ) [28]
  • 2011 AVN Award – Best Vignette Release ( Pornstar Punishment ) [28]
  • 2012 AVN Award – Best Big Bust Series [28]
  • 2012 AVN Award  – Best Membership Website [28]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award nominee – Vignette Release of the Year ( Big Tits in Sports Vol 9 and Day With a Pornstar ); Vignette Series of the Year ( Big Tits in Sports and MILFs Like it Big ); All-Girl Series of the Year ( Hot and Mean ) [37]
  • 2014 XBIZ Award – Studio Site of the Year (Brazzers.com) [123]
  • 2015 XBIZ Award – Adult Site of the Year – Multi-Genre (Brazzers.com) [28]
  • 2016 XBIZ Award – Adult Site of the Year – Video (Brazzers.com) [28]
  • 2017 XBIZ Award – Best Art Direction for Storm of Kings [29]