Pornhub is the focus of a Netflix documentary which promises to “offer a deep dive into the successes and scandals” of the website.

Pornhub is the 10th biggest website in the world, and the most well-known porn site as well, but who is behind it?

Here’s everything you need to know about the owners of Pornhub.

What is Money Shot: The Pornhub Story about?

Netflix says: “Pornhub, the internet’s most famous adult entertainment platform, fundamentally changed how pornography is made and distributed. This enabled erotic content creators to reach a massive audience while the company made billions of dollars – but it also became embroiled in allegations including non-consensual material and trafficking on the site.

“As anti-trafficking organisations seek justice for victims, can the online giant protect those from whom they profit, or is this a new wave of censorship for adult performers making consensual porn?”

It comes after Pornhub was the subject of an Op-Ed in The New York Times in December 2020. It accused the site of sex trafficking and the distribution of videos of sex and child abuse without consent.

In a statement to toe paper, Pornhub said it is “unequivocally committed to combating child sexual abuse material” and said they have an “industry-leading” safety policy.

However, in the aftermath of the story Pornhub also implemented changes to its platform that meant only verified users could upload content, and that users could only download content it paid for.

“Over the years, we have put in place robust measures to protect our platform from non-consensual content,” Pornhub said in a blog post.

“While leading non-profit and advocacy groups recognise that our efforts have been effective, we know there is more to do.”

The documentary was directed by Suzanne Hillinger, who wanted to investigate how this scandal had affected sex workers.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Hillinger said: “I think it felt like a great responsibility to tell a really honest and nuanced story to not continue the oversimplification or sensationalisation of porn performers and porn in general—which often happens in movies about the industry.”

“I just thought there are voices missing from this story about the largest porn platform- and it’s the people whose backs the company profits off of,” Hillinger added. “So, I really wanted to tell the story of Pornhub, mostly through the lens of people making consensual pornography, because I just felt like it was really missing from the conversation.”

Who owns Pornhub?

The site is owned by parent company MindGeek, which is based in Montreal. It is reported to also own Redtube, Youporn and XTube.

The Financial Times wrote in 2020 that it is owned by Bernard Bergemar, also spelt Bernd Bergmair, whose identity was only known by a select few executives and advisers before the paper revealed it.

It says the company “towers over the pornography industry in Europe and America”. It continued: “The Luxembourg-registered group, which in 2018 recorded just over $460m in revenues, entices more than 115m visitors to its websites every day.”

Vice also reported in 2021 that he is the majority owner.

The FT went on to explain that MindGeek used to be called Manwin, and was owned by Fabian Thylmann until he sold it in 2012 to Feras Antoon and David Tassillo.

June 2022 saw chief executive officer Antoon and chief operating officer Tassillo resign, Reuters reported, but it is thougth they would retain their shares.

In a statement shared with Variety at the time, MindGeek confirmed they had left after a decade at the tech company.

“With the company strategically positioned for long-term growth, MindGeek’s executive leadership team will run day-to-day operations on an interim basis, with a search under way for replacements,” the statement said.

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