Earlier this year, the Penthouse brand was taken over by an unusual character: Kelly Holland, a woman and self-declared "left-leaning feminist. Holland joined the company 10 years ago, four decades after Penthouse magazine was founded as the more sexually explicit competitor to Playboy. Hired to create adult films, Holland moved up to managing director of broadcast, and then spent nearly three years and all her savings to buy out the floundering brand. The deal closed in early Holland was a largely apolitical, Reagan-voting, aspiring actress in s Los Angeles when she turned to documentary filmmaking, which lead her to directing a porn movie, which primed her to make a documentary about the porn world.
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