Joe Francis
American businessman
Joe Francis
Joseph R. "Joe" Francis is an American entrepreneur, known as the founder of GGW Brands, which produces the Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild DVD series. Francis grew up in Laguna Beach, California. Following high school Francis attended and graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
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HUFFPOST HILL - 1990s Fever Dream Coming Depressingly True Tonight
The Huffington Post - 5 months
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Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway. The inferno, sparked by lightning six days ago, burnt through 71,000 hectares (175,000 acres) in Western Australia state, leaving a trail of destruction, the latest in a series of summer blazes that have so far left eight people dead. "The weather conditions are great today and they were in the last 24 hours so we have been able to essentially contain this fire," Western Australia's Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis told national radio.
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Good Morning, Katelynn Ansari, And Other News
The Superficial - about 3 years
- Girls With Future Lower Back Problems (Which means big breasts. They have big breasts.) [theCHIVE] - Olivia Munn will promote her boyfriend RoboCop now. [Lainey Gossip] - Sean Penn wants to wife Charlize Theron already. [Dlisted] - Kim Kardashian got a new nose. [Fishwrapper] - Heidi & Spencer are still out there talking about their fake lives. [tooFab] - Selena Gomez secretly went to rehab. [BuzzFeed] - Black Widow knows what you’re looking at. [Popoholic] - Marissa Miller apparently has “mega cleavage.” [Hollywood Tuna] - This Joe Francis anecdote is why Chrissy Teigen is a goddamn treasure. [Celebslam] - Claudia Romani‘s butthole, anyone? [DrunkenStepfather: Site is NSFW] - Cate Blanchett & Alec Baldwin had different reactions to Dylan Farrow’s open letter. [FilmDrunk] THE SUPERFICIAL | About • Facebook • Twitter Photos: FameFlynet
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Kourtney Kardashian Shows Off Svelte Bikini Body During Adorable Family Walk in Mexico: Picture
US Magazine - about 3 years
Adorable much? Kourtney Kardashian continues to show off her beautiful family during her stay south of the border. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality star was photographed hand-in-hand with her family of four during their Mexico getaway on Monday, Jan. 27. PHOTOS: Kardashian family vacation album Kardashian, 34, and her longtime love Scott Disick, 30, were spotted taking a leisurely stroll with their two children -- Mason, 4, and Penelope, 18 months -- on the beach. (The kiddies even held hands!) The matriarch showed off her svelte figure in a multi-colored two-piece bikini walking next to her baby girl, who also donned a white two-piece. Disick, meanwhile, kept close to his growing boy. PHOTOS: Kourtney's body evolution The longtime couple has been spending time at friend Joe Francis' house, casa aramara. Since arriving, the mom of two has been sharing pictures of herself relaxing in the sun. "Gracias Mexico," she wrote via Instagram on Jan. 26, along with a se ...
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Kim Kardashian Shares Sweet Photo of North West, Kourtney Kardashian's Daughter Penelope Cuddling
US Magazine - about 3 years
Cousin bonding! Kim Kardashian's baby girl already has herself a best friend -- cousin Penelope! The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shared an adorable picture of her 7-month-old daughter North with Kourtney Kardashian's little girl Penelope, 18 months, on Friday, Jan. 24. PHOTOS: Kardashian family vacation album "BFF'S," Kardashian, 33, wrote simply via Instagram. In the precious family snapshot, Kim and Kanye West's baby girl is seen sitting in front of her older cousin. She's sporting a white onesie, yellow bib, and has her light brown locks swept across her forehead. Kourtney and Scott Disick's cutie pie -- who could be big brother Mason's twin! -- meanwhile, is wearing a grey sweater while wrapping her arms around Nori.  PHOTOS: Kim's post-baby body style The night before, Kardashian made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and shared her wedding plans with fiance West, 36. "We will be getting married this summer, hopefully, in Paris," the first-time mom told hos ...
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Kourtney Kardashian, Penelope, 18 Months, Wear Bikinis With Mason in Mexico: Adorable Pictures!
US Magazine - about 3 years
Baby in bikini! Kourtney Kardashian showed off her trim beach body at the pool in Mexico on Jan. 23, but her 18-month-old daughter Penelope Disick stole the show in an adorable zebra-print two piece with pink trim from PilyQ Barcelona called the Simba Ruffle Bikini.  Along with big brother Mason Disick, 4, Penelope seemed to be having a great time on the family outing, holding her mother's hand as she walked around the pool.  PHOTOS: Winter bikini bodies Kardashian, 34, looked fit and chic in the Zella Demi bikini by A.Che Swimwear, wearing giant gold earrings and shades while soaking up some family time.  "It was harder to lose weight the second time around," Kardashian admitted to Us Weekly in January 2013. "I gained 45 pounds with Penelope." PHOTOS: Kourtney Kardashian's body evolution But thanks to fitness pro Tracy Anderson's 90-minute, dance-focused workouts and smaller portion sizes, she was able to drop the weight in no time. Longtime boyfriend and baby ...
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Kim And Kanye's Engagement Party: Go Inside The Guest List - MTV.com
Google News - over 3 years
Newsday Kim And Kanye's Engagement Party: Go Inside The Guest List MTV.com Jaden Smith and 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis made the cut, but Bruce Jenner was among the surprising no-shows. By Natasha Chandel (@natasha_chandel). By now you know that Kanye West proposed to girlfriend Kim Kardashian in grand ... Kanye West's Epic Proposal to Kim Kardashian—Watch the Official Video ...E! Online Kim Kardashian's stepdad Bruce Jenner not invited to surprise proposal: reportNew York Daily News Bruce Jenner wasn't invited to Kanye's proposalUSA TODAY Us Magazine -Reality TV World -PerezHilton.com all 310 news articles »
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Kanye West's Proposal To Kim Kardashian, As Detailed By Joe Francis
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The friendship between Kim Kardashian and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is well-documented, so it was only fitting that he attend Kanye West's surprise proposal. The entreprenuer and film producer flew up to San Francisco's AT&T Park for the event, which reportedly included fireworks, a performance by 50-person orchestra, a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz ring and a proposal on the jumbo screen, reading "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" In a phone call with The Huffington Post, Francis revealed the details of the evening. "It was like a movie," Francis told The Huffington Post. "Kanye West has outdone every man." Here are the unbelievable, over-the-top, Kimsanity details, as told by Joe Francis: It was like a movie. Kanye West has outdone every man. It was a total surprise to everyone there -- we thought it was a surprise party for Kim and we were sworn to secrecy. No one knew about the proposal except for Kris [Jenner]; Kourtney didn't know, Khloe didn't know, Kim certainly didn ...
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One Day at a Time
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Giant foam finger files assault charges against twerking Miley Cyrus. by Ann Romano MONDAY, AUGUST 26 It's a new week... ready to twerk it? As briefly reported in last week's edition, overcompensating ex-Disney princess Miley Cyrus twerked up a storm at last night's MTV Video Music Awards during a performance with Robin Thicke and his grotesque song "Blurred Lines." During the eye-popping routine, Cyrus handily stripped down to a nude-colored bikini, rubbed her bottom against Thicke's penis, and massaged her vagina with a huge foam finger. Truly, the kind of performance that makes one go, "HMM." And we're not the only ones! According to Us Weekly, Thicke himself was "bummed" by Miley's sexual shenanigans. A source tells the magazine, "Robin thought it would be fun to include Miley, but he didn't realize how much she would overshadow him. This was his big night and big performance." BOO-HOO-HOO, POOR MISOGYNIST GOT HIS WIDDLE-BITTY F ...
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'Girls Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis receives jail, probation for assaulting woman
Fox News - over 3 years
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.
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'Girls Gone Wild' mogul Joe Francis sentenced in assault case
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Joe Francis, the man behind "Girls Gone Wild," is going behind bars for a while. Francis was sentenced to 270 days in jail on Tuesday, stemming from a 2011 assault at his Bel Air mansion, CBS Los Angeles reports. Francis also received three years' probation, and ordered to complete an anger management course and a year of psychological counseling. ...
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'Girls Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis sentenced
USA Today - over 3 years
He's going to jail for assaulting a woman at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.
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'Couples Therapy': Is Joe Francis Too Concerned With His Image?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Girls Gone Wild" founder, Joe Francis, didn't want to participate in an anger-release exercise on "Couples Therapy." The exercise would have the participants smashing things, but Joe said he didn't want to do it because he "doesn't believe in violence." This from the guy who started a fight with housemate Flavor Flav last week over Flav announcing his girlfriend's pregnancy to the house. Needless to say, Joe's fellow participants thought he was lying. “I think Joe and Abbey are more afraid of tarnishing their ‘perfect’ image," said Temple Poteat. "You said, they’re gonna play this over on ‘Talk Soup’ and everything else and make you look crazy.” But Joe kept turning it back around on her. "Please don’t project what you tell me and say that we were talking about it.” “You said it first!” Temple insisted. Joe denied that he was concerned about his image. He said his disinterest had more to do with the abuse he suffered as a child. But he is concerned about someth ...
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'Couples Therapy': Joe Francis And Abbey Pick Fight With Flavor Flav And Liz
Popeater - over 3 years
A moment of joy quickly turned ugly on "Couples Therapy," thanks to Joe Francis and his girlfriend, Abbey Wilson. It was supposed to be a time for celebration as Flavor Flav and his girlfriend, Liz Trujillo, announced to the house that they were expecting a baby. Joe and Abbey, though, decided to shake things up by starting a fight out of nowhere. Flav said that the couple suspected she might be pregnant, but they weren't sure when they first arrived at the house. That was enough to set Abbey off. “She’s in her second trimester, how could you not know?” she asked them. “I know, second trimester," Joe chimed in. "It’s been six months. She’s been pregnant for six months!” Actually, she was 10 weeks along, which is a very different thing, but the truth didn't matter to Joe and Abbey. They kept calling the couple stupid for not knowing that Liz was pregnant. Flav took the bait and started hurling homophobic insults at Joe, which didn't help the situation at all. The re ...
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Azlan Ibrahim: Anthony Bourdain, Accidental Great Journalist
Popeater - over 3 years
I've never met Anthony Bourdain. I saw his live performance, "Guts and Glory," at Michigan State University once. I've watched his TV shows, from A Cook's Tour through No Reservations and Parts Unknown, some of them repeatedly, stored on my iPhone for long trans-pacific flights or insomnia. That's all the biography I have of the man who took on Paula Deen long before the rest of the world did. Bourdain may not have planned it. Yet, somewhere along the way, he became almost by accident the most interesting, important travel journalist working today. Starting perhaps unintentionally with A Cook's Tour and finding his stride three or four seasons into No Reservations, Bourdain found out how to tell compelling stories about a place and its people, through the organizing principles of food, memory, biography and history. (Prayer and love are implied. And his other shows, The Layover, essentially a frenetic catalog of things to do in 36 hours, and The Taste, a game show, are ...
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One Day at a Time
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Congrats Kim and Kanye! On giving your baby THE DUMBEST NAME EVER. by Ann Romano MONDAY, JUNE 17 Exciting news, kiddos! As we reported last week, we couldn't give two shits whether Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby was born or not... however, we DO care very deeply about what idiotic name they'll bestow upon the unlucky little girl. And thus far? They refuse to officially release the name. But! We unofficially know and are 100 percent certain that Kim K and Kanye's doomed love child will NOT be "North West"—because Kim pooh-poohed that terrible idea on a recent interview with Jay Leno. Phew! While we hate Kim Kardashian with the blinding hot fury of a million suns, we wouldn't wish that ridiculously stupid name on anyone. So what name is currently at the top of the list? Well, in the same interview with Leno, Kim said, "I do like Easton... Easton West." OH, DEAR, GOD, NO. MEANWHILE... Speaking of terrible people doing terrible th ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Francis
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 41
    As of 2015 he was reportedly living in Mexico with his girlfriend and their twin daughters.
    More Details Hide Details Extradition treaties between the U.S. and Mexico are not applicable for civil contempt warrants.
    In May 2015, a U.S. District Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Francis after he failed to comply with terms of his bankruptcy agreement.
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  • 2014
    Age 40
    On Oct 7, 2014, Wilson gave birth to two healthy girls.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    On August 27, 2013, Francis was sentenced to serve at least 270 days in county jail, 36 months probation, and was ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course and a year of psychological counseling.
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    On May 22, 2013, Francis did an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, calling the jurors "mentally... retarded" and suggesting they "should be euthanized."
    More Details Hide Details He later apologized for his remarks, but stated that he had been manipulated by the media.
    On Monday, May 6, 2013, Francis was convicted on all five charges.
    More Details Hide Details He faced a maximum of five years in prison, and/or $13,000 in fines.
    His corporation, GGW Brands and the parent company for the Girls Gone Wild entertainment brand filed for bankruptcy in February 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The bankruptcy was meant to block Wynn Resorts from seizing the assets of the company for repayment of Francis' gambling debts.
  • 2012
    Age 38
    In September 2012, a jury awarded Steve Wynn $20 million in a slander case against Joe Francis for claiming that Wynn had threatened to kill him over a gambling debt.
    More Details Hide Details Francis' witnesses all denied hearing Wynn make such threats. The jury added $20 million in punitive damages. In November 2012, Judge Joanne O'Donnell reduced Steve Wynn's award by $21 million to $19 million. O'Donnell reasoned that the jury's award was "speculative," and based on their dislike of Francis. In 2003 in Panama City Beach, Florida, officials attempted to halt Girls Gone Wild from filming. Francis sued the officials for violating his First Amendment rights. The same officials arrested Francis for racketeering. He was released on bond. At a July 2006 hearing, the judge disallowed most of the evidence and in January 2007 dismissed most of the charges. Francis pleaded guilty to record-keeping violations, was fined $1.6 million and sentenced to community service. Francis pleaded guilty for having contraband in his cell. He served 339 days and paid over $60,000 in fines.
    In February 2012, Clark County, Nevada judge Mark Denton awarded Steve Wynn $7.5 million for defamatory statements made by Francis.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    In June 2007, Ashley Alexandra Dupré alleged that Francis and his company filmed her without permission, but she dropped the suit after Francis released footage showing her consent. In 2008, four women sued Girls Gone Wild for allegedly filming them as minors.
    More Details Hide Details Francis represented himself for part of the trial, until the judge cited him for contempt of court and fined him $2,500 for asking a plaintiff during cross-examination if she was a prostitute. Francis hired two lawyers that same day to represent him for the duration of his trial.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 28
    The Department of Justice alleged that Francis claimed over $20 million in false deductions on his corporate returns in 2002 and 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2008, venue changed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. At a hearing in July 2008, Francis pleaded not guilty to tax evasion. Francis' attorney, Robert Bernhoft, said that tax returns for the businesses were prepared and filed by a former accountant and not shown to Francis. Bernhoft said that when the accountant left the company, the accountant reported the returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect a bonus from the Tax Whistleblower Program. In September 2009, Francis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of filing a false return and bribery. He received credit for time served. In November 2009, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero accepted Francis’ plea including $250,000 in restitution to the IRS.
    By 2002, Francis had produced 83 different Girls Gone Wild titles and was airing 30-minute infomercials on all major U.S. networks.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, the company planned to donate 100% of their gross sales of their Mardi-Gras themed DVDs to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Journalist Claire Hoffman profiled Francis in the Los Angeles Times in a first-hand account of Francis and the Girls Gone Wild crew. Abbey Wilson, who won Girls Gone Wild’s "Search for the Hottest Girl in America" contest in 2012, became Francis' long term girlfriend. In 2013 her iPad, containing private sexual videos between Francis and Wilson, was stolen. In retaliation, and to shut distribution of the video before it was sold to any media outlets, Francis' lawyer David Houston threatened, “when we catch you, we will see that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of both the criminal and civil laws.” In 2014 Wilson become pregnant with twins via in vitro fertilisation.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    Joe Francis created the Girls Gone Wild franchise in 1997 when he began using direct-response marketing, such as infomercials, to sell videos that he had produced.
    More Details Hide Details The videos were of college age women who willingly exposed their bodies or acted wildly on camera. In its first two years, Girls Gone Wild made more than $20 million.
  • 1995
    Age 21
    Francis graduated from USC in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree from the USC Entrepreneurial Program.
    More Details Hide Details Francis’ first business venture began when he was working as a production assistant for Real TV, a reality television program that aired footage of extraordinary events that were not usually covered in mainstream news. It was there that Francis came up with the idea for Banned from Television. During his time at Real TV, people who worked in the studio would often view footage involving car accidents, attacks, and other graphic events. Francis licensed the footage which he then sold through the Banned from Television videos which he marketed on paid television advertisements. While viewing footage for inclusion on Banned from Television, Francis came across footage of female college students flashing their breasts during Mardi Gras and spring break. It was this footage that sparked Francis’ next business venture with Girls Gone Wild.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Francis was born on April 1, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia to Raymond Francis, and Maria Francis, who was from Austria.
    More Details Hide Details According to Francis, when he was seven years old, the family moved to Newport Beach, California, where he attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School, and then a series of boarding schools. He then lived in Laguna Beach and attended Laguna Beach High School. His first job was at a computer and video store. Francis attended the University of Southern California’s Business Administration program. While at USC, he took part in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. In addition to studying business, Francis took several courses in film and television.
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