Peter Acworth is a web entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is the founder and CEO of Kink.com, an internet pornography producer that focuses on BDSM and fetish themes. According to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Acworth's work has been guided by "Kink's principles of intimate, conversational, playful, and mutually enjoyable interactions", and he has expressed the belief that "a product line should come from an individual's actual fantasies."
Acworth entered the pornography industry when he was a PhD student in finance at Columbia University. After reading a story in a British tabloid about a fireman who made £250,000 in a short period by starting an internet pornography site, Acworth decided to start a porn site of his own. Since Acworth had what he described as a lifelong interest in bondage, he oriented the site toward BDSM porn.
The site, Hogtied, featured content licensed from other bondage pornography producers. Acworth soon left his graduate studies to work on the site full time.
In 1998, Acworth moved from New York City to San Francisco. Finding that sales were leveling off because other sites were using the same content, Acworth began producing his own content, initially featuring himself with various models whom he found through Craigslist or through his photographer friends.
In 2000, Acworth founded his second site, Fucking Machines, under Cybernet Entertainment, Inc., the corporate entity that ran Hogtied.com. A number of additional sites followed, and in 2006 Acworth changed the corporate name of Cybernet to Kink.com.
In late 2006, Acworth announced the purchase of The San Francisco Armory. He announced that Kink.com would move into the building to use as corporate offices and as a studio for producing its movies. As a result, he sold Kink.com's then-current office at 942 Mission Street for $6.5 million, more than double what he had paid for it four years earlier. The San Francisco Business Times, part of Bizjournals, reported that since moving to San Francisco in 1998, Acworth had also made large profits on a home in the Marina and Hogtied.com's original studios on 8th Street. Acworth told the paper that he would not be buying any additional property in San Francisco. "All of our real estate profits are in the Armory", he said.
Acworth continues to perform occasionally in Kink.com projects in addition to serving as CEO. In a September, 2008 interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Acworth discussed a new project inspired by the novel Story of O in which "Acworth wants to transform the armory's top floor into a series of Victorian/Georgian-inspired rooms... Participants will be given hierarchical positions—from maid to master of the house—and live according to the rules of domination and submission." He also said, "The Armory dates from exactly this Edwardian era, so the historical nature of the Armory does nothing but add to the mystique surrounding this idea."
Acworth was arrested in February of 2013 for cocaine possession and delaying arrest while police searched for illegal firearm activity at his 200,000-square-foot Moorish castle/production facility, the Armory..
- ^ a b "Kink Dreams", San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 24, 2008.
- ^ a b "Catalina Loves Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth" by Catalina Loves, CatalinaLoves.com, September 28, 2008.
- ^ a b c "A Disciplined Business" by Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine, April 29, 2007.
- ^ " The Man Behind the Fucking Machines", Village Voice, July 16, 2008
- ^ "Kink.com Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary", Behind Kink, February 1, 2008.
- ^ "Working Out the Real Estate Kinks", Bizjournals, February 22, 2008.
- ^ "Peter Acworth Directs Test Shoot for Fantasy Takedown Site", Behind Kink, August 25, 2008.
- ^ "Peter Acworth Arrested: Kink.com Founder Charged With Drug Possession During Firearms Search", February 12, 2013.
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Cognac Tastes Best Infused with a Small Amount of Lead
A humorous behind the scenes look at Kink CEO Peter Acworth as he prepares for a dinner party at his home in the San Francisco Armory.
Peter Stares Death in the Face While Hanging Armory Flag
In addition to plans to fix the Armory's windows, light it up, and landscape the surrounding areas, Peter Acworth, founder and CEO of Kink.com and Armory Stu...
Peter Explores Rumors that SF Armory May Be Haunted
Last December, when Kink.com purchased the SF Armory, a building that had been abandoned for 30 years, they knew it would be dirty and rundown. But haunted? ...
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49 Julian rev. 2.wmv
Shadow Analysis, 49 Julian, including Nov. 2 revisions. Please treat rooftop stair and elevator enclosures as approximate.
Armory External Shadow Model Video.wmv
This sketchup model shows shadows on the Armory created by the proposed development at 49 Julian Avenue.
Drill Court Timlapse.mov
Video taken of the south facing drill court on the Equinox, Sept 23rd 2011. (The proposed 49 julian development is directly behind.)
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New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:13:46 -0700
Peter Acworth's San Francisco-based company, Kink.com, has built an empire catering to sexual fetishes. The creator of content on websites such as Bound Gangbangs, Hogtied, and Sex and Submission, the company prides itself on pushing the boundary ...
Sun, 19 May 2013 08:39:38 -0700
"Google Glass opens up new opportunities for reality-based films," said Peter Acworth, CEO of San Francisco-based Kink.com, one of the country's largest internet fetish porn companies, according to Biz Journals. "You could film picking up someone at a ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 13:55:04 -0700
The American Conservatory Theater's latest production, Black Watch, is making use of a new space some of you might already be familiar with: The 38,000-square-foot Drill Court at the Kink.com Armory. As promised back in 2011, Kink owner Peter Acworth ...
Wed, 08 May 2013 09:42:24 -0700
Peter Acworth, CEO of San Francisco-based Kink.com, told the Silicon Valley Business Journal that Glass "opens up new opportunities for reality-based films. You could film picking up someone at a bar and taking them home. It takes the whole genre of ...
Wed, 08 May 2013 15:21:43 -0700
Other industry performers and professionals attended the hearing, including Peter Acworth, Kink.com founder and Free Speech Coalition board member. Acworth was not able to deliver the testimony he prepared. “We got here at 5:30 a.m. and spent most of ...
Wed, 08 May 2013 07:06:46 -0700
The grand opening event will feature hosts from Kink.com, including CEO Peter Acworth. "What Red Light Center designed for us is amazing," Kink's Robert Levy, who helped develop the project said. "This will be the first chance many of our members have ...
Wed, 22 May 2013 09:04:42 -0700
La vidéo amateur s'en trouverait aussi largement bénéficiaire. 'Les lunettes vont permettre aux amateurs de se filmer facilement chez eux ou dans toute autre situation spontanée'', explique Peter Acworth, président de la société productrice de contenus ...
Wed, 22 May 2013 02:51:50 -0700
«Vous pourrez filmer comment vous emmenez quelqu'un d'un bar jusqu'à chez vous» indique Peter Acworth, PDG du site Kink.com, une entreprise de production de vidéos pornographiques basée à San Francisco. Mais les professionnels du secteur ...
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