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Paul Raymond Publications

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Parent company  Blue Active Media Ltd.
Founded  1964
Successor  Paul Chaplin
Status  Active
Founder  Paul Raymond
Country of origin  United Kingdom

Paul Raymond Publications is a British pornography publisher of monthly softcore pornographic magazine titles: Escort, Club International, Mayfair, Men Only, Men's World, Razzle, Swing Mag, Club DVD and Escort DVD. It also publishes an adult website at which features both softcore and hardcore content since UK law does not allow hardcore R18 imagery to be sold on newsstands. Their magazines are generally available in most newsagents, although some larger retailers require a modesty bag in order to protect minors from seeing gratuitous flesh on display on the cover. As from 2013, their magazines are also available in digital format exclusively on the Paul Raymond digital newsstand. Blue Active Media Ltd. is the parent company.



Paul Raymond's (1925–2008) publication ventures, financed by Raymond Revuebar profits, began with the short-lived King in 1964 but the company was established with the purchase of Men Only in 1971 and Club International in 1972. Raymond relaunched Men Only with photographs of the women who worked at his strip-clubs. Within a few years he made claim of a 500,000 circulation. In 1979 he launched the Electric Blue series of videos, a range which was produced until the mid 1990s. Raymond's daughter Debbie ran the company for a time, until her death in 1992 from an overdose. The company's main competitors in the UK are Gold Star Publications, formerly owned by David Sullivan, and Northern & Shell, owned by Richard Desmond. In 1999 the company had revenues of £20 million, and pre-tax profits of £19 million. As of 2001 it produced eight of the 10 best-selling pornographic magazines in the UK, aided by its deal with Comag, one of Britains largest magazine distributors. In the 2000s the companies fortunes waned due to competition from the internet and "lad mags".

Sale and acquisition

Following Raymond's death, the US arm of the company was sold to Magna Publishing Group; the UK arm was sold to private investors that formed Tri Active Media Ltd. holding it for about 3 years. Paul Chaplin bought (6 October 2012) Paul Raymond Publications for an undisclosed sum, and reunited it with Loaded and Superbike magazines under the newly formed Blue Active Media Ltd. The latter acquisition provided capital to focus rejuvenation of Paul Raymond brand publications to their heyday. Mayfair, has improved on paper quality and pagination.

Chaplin, recognizing the value that digital media can bring to print publication, has invested in redeveloping the online presence of the Paul Raymond brand with new websites, focussing on the new .xxx TLD.

Magazine Titles

  • Mayfair
  • Escort
  • Club International
  • Men Only
  • Men's World
  • Razzle
  • Club DVD
  • Escort DVD
  • Escort Readers Wives
  • Escort xxx Rated
  • Escort Swingmag
  • Razzle Readers Wives
  • Razzle Extreme
  • Best of Men Only
  • Best of Mayfair
  • Best of Club International
  • Mayfair Lingerie
  • Club International "Teen's Untamed"
  • Model Directory
  • References

    Paul Raymond Publications Wikipedia

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