Joe Francis' girlfriend Abbey Wilson is expecting twins

Joe Francis' girlfriend Abbey Wilson is expecting twins

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- Joe Francis and his girlfriend Abbey Wilson are expecting twin girls.
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Bush fire destroys 50 homes in Australia's Perth Hills area

PARKERVILLE, Australia, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A bush fire in Australia destroyed 50 houses but the number could "could have been 450" if firefighters had not contained the blaze, an official said.
Joe Francis sentenced to nearly a year in jail

Joe Francis sentenced to nearly a year in jail

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has sentenced "Girls Gone Wild" franchise founder Joe Francis to 270 days in the county jail, TMZ reported Tuesday.
Joe Francis apologizes for his 'appalling' comments

Joe Francis apologizes for his 'appalling' comments

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Joe Francis says he is sorry he told The Hollywood Reporter the jury that convicted him of false imprisonment is retarded and should be euthanized.
'Girls Gone Wild' creator convicted of assault, false imprisonment

'Girls Gone Wild' creator convicted of assault, false imprisonment

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles jury has convicted "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis of assault and false imprisonment, officials said.
Girls Gone Wild files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Girls Gone Wild files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- The production company behind the controversial "Girls Gone Wild" videos has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Los Angeles, USA Today reported.
Mario Lopez weds in Mexico

Mario Lopez weds in Mexico

PUNTA MITA, Mexico, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- "The X Factor" host Mario Lopez tied the knot with Courtney Mazza during a beachfront wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico, the couple announced.

Joe Francis and wife Christina split up

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. media mogul Joe Francis has separated from broadcast journalist Christina McLarty, his wife of less than two months, sources told UsMagazine.com.

'Girls Gone Wild' creator getting hitched

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis has proposed a domestic civil partnership to his girlfriend, CBS entertainment reporter Christina McLarty said.

'Gone Wild' creator Francis gets probation

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- "Girls Gone Wild" video creator Joe Francis will serve one year of probation for felony bribery and misdemeanor tax evasion, a judge said in Los Angeles.

Francis makes plea deal in tax case

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Girls Gone Wild Chief Executive Officer Joe Francis says he has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors and pay back U.S. taxes of $249,705.

Francis denies Jenner assault claims

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis says he did not attack U.S. reality TV personality Brody Jenner's girlfriend at a Los Angeles nightclub.

Report: Jenner and Francis brawl at club

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. reality TV personality Brody Jenner says Joe Francis punched and kicked Jenner's girlfriend after she threw a drink on the "Girls Gone Wild" founder.

Report: Jenner, Francis brawl in bar

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Girls Gone Wild boss Joe Francis is downplaying reports he brawled with reality television star Brody Jenner at a Los Angeles club this week.

Blue bigwigs urge bailout funds for porn

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The porn business apparently needs a little boost, as two industry bigwigs are asking the U.S. Congress for some economic stimulus money.
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Joe Francis

Joseph R. "Joe" Francis (born April 1, 1973) is an American entrepreneur known as the founder of Mantra Films, Inc., which produces the Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild DVD series.

Francis grew up in Laguna Beach, California. His parents are Raymond and Maria Francis and he has three sisters. He attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, Rumsey Hall boarding school, a Military academy, a reform school, and Laguna Beach High School.

Francis' first video, sold through commercials, was a series of private clips and news footage deletions of fatal accidents that were considered too graphic for broadcast. Banned From Television was considered a commercial success and it spawned other sequels. One of the videos that Francis had licensed contained footage of female college students flashing their breasts during Mardi Gras and Spring Break. Seeing the marketing appeal, he titled that footage Girls Gone Wild (GGW). He eventually stopped licensing the material and began producing it himself.

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