John Paczkowski

Recent Posts by John Paczkowski

Dear Penthouse Letters: I Never Thought It Could Happen to Me …

“The magazine of sex, politics and protest” is now the “The magazine of sex, politics, protest and social networking.”

Penthouse Media Group has acquired Various and its more than 25 “Friendfinder” social-networking sites for a reported $500 million. Among the company’s properties, pop-up purveyor Adultfriendfinder.com (“The World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Personals Community”), Italianfriendfinder.com (“The Italian Way of Love!”) and Bigchurch.com (“Bringing People Together in Love and Faith”).

Taken together, the Various sites have a membership base of more than 260 million, with roughly 1.2 million subscribers who pay up to $50 a month for their services. And the company is rumored to be raking in “hundreds of millions of dollars” in annual revenues. Seems Penthouse got itself quite a deal.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald