Why Was Ex-Soft Porn Filmmaker Recently Hired As Movie Academy Senior Executive?

EXCLUSIVE: There was no press release announcing his hiring this February. And his official bio doesn’t mention his VHS titles like Playboy: The Best of Anna Nicole Smith. But it’s certainly surprising that Vicangelo Bulluck who’s currently the Managing Director for the new position of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives at the prestigious Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences used to be a soft porn producer, director, and writer. It’s especially shocking to the various Academy Governors with whom I spoke and who told me they didn’t know anything about his background. His AMPAS hiring coincided with the Academy’s big push spearheaded by CEO Dawn Hudson to focus more on diversity inside and outside the organization and for membership. AMPAS could not provide me with a description of Bulluck’s current job but he is listed high up on the roster of Academy administration in 6th place of importance. An AMPAS executive who asked not to be identified insisted to me that Bulluck’s soft porn past did not come as a surprise to the Academy and said, “We knew this when he was hired. It absolutely gave people pause. But he had enough recent references and great relationships. Besides, he was doing that producing 20 years ago. He was a struggling filmmaker.”

But I’ve learned from insiders that Bulluck prominently displayed his previous non-profit job as Executive Director of the Hollywood Bureau of the NAACP on the impressive resume he submitted to the Academy at the NAACP, but he deliberately left off his 10-year soft porn credits. “And when concerned female employees brought this issue to management, they confronted him,” a source tells me. “He said, ‘If it was OK with the NAACP, I thought it’d be OK with you.’ Did he get fired for withholding info on his resume? No. Now there’s a porn producer at the Academy!” I’m told that, when Kimberly Congdon, the Managing Director of Human Resources at AMPAS, was asked why she didn’t simply search IMDB for Bulluck’s credits before he was hired, she replied, “What’s the IMDB?”

Indeed, a search of IMDB for Bulluck’s credits show a prolific list of soft porn VHS titles ranging in dates from 1992 through 2000 and including Playboy: Sisters, Playboy: The Best of Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy, Playboy: The Best of Pamela AndersonPlayboy Girls of Radio: Talk, Rock and Shock, Playboy: Fabulous Forties, Playboy: Women of Color and Playboy’s Playmate Bloopers. There’s also a director credit for a 1996 Playboy Home Video sexploitation film called Jane Street. Bulluck by all accounts was good at his craft: One reviewer wrote that his “Girls of Radio is 50,000 watts of incredibly engineered T&A that adds new meaning to the phrase ‘drive time’.” And about Jane Street another review wrote: “Holy hand-grenades does this chick bring it in her single sex scene, so much so that director Vicangelo Bulluck includes a totally accessory moment before her death where she takes a good chunk of time getting dressed and oogling herself in a mirror. Nice!”

Bulluck in 1994 also received credits as a writer and co-producer on the televised 26th, 28th, and 30th NAACP Image Awards and was able to leave his soft porn past behind by 2001. Just prior to joining AMPAS, he lists that he was an Executive Producer at Telepictures. Before then, he worked at the NAACP from March 2001 for 12 years where he wrote that his job was to “manage the NAACP’s diversity initiatives in Hollywood. Establish and maintain strategic relationships with studios, networks, talent, record labels, and guilds to advance the organization’s diversity initiatives in the entertainment industry. Manage the Bureau’s budget, staff and management activities in conjunction with corporate headquarters.”

Bulluck’s resume also lists: “Nielsen Media Research – Currently Co-Chair of African American Advisory Council. Have worked with Nielsen on the African American Advisory Council since 2006. USC Gould School of Law – Guest lecturer/Entertainment Law, UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media – Guest lecturer, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies – Guest lecturer. Honors and Awards: The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding — Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award, California Legislature Assembly and the California State Assembly – Recognized for distinguished professional accomplishments and commitment to quality cultural entertainment.”

No recent articles about Bulluck mention his soft porn past, not in publicity for the NAACP Image Awards shows or a February 2009 profile in The Hollywood Reporter about his “mission advocating for the involvement and representation of minorities in entertainment”. The article wrote that Bulluck “has been working in entertainment since he was an interdisciplinary major at USC, studying cinema, journalism, philosophy and theater — ‘I was actually paid to write my first screenplay before I left college,’ he says — and his involvement with the NAACP came just as quickly. What began with a stint as a production assistant on the Image Awards evolved into a career: Bulluck has been producing the show since 1986, and six years ago, he became what he calls a ‘small footnote in civil rights history’ when he opened the Hollywood Bureau and became its first executive director.” Though the article does mention his past as an ‘independent producer’, no soft porn credits are mentioned.

  1. I don’t understand. Why SHOULDN’T he be hired? Is soft core adult filmmaking not OK? How about hardcore? Where’s the line and who gets to draw it?

    1. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with working in any part of the pornography industry.

      Don’t like porn? That’s fine–but don’t pretend to be above people who choose to display their sexuality in a more open manner.

      1. I know, I don’t get it, Nikki? What’s the big deal. Haven’t we all done stuff we’re maybe embarrassed by, or don’t want to drudge up, like on a resume. He moved on. He’s worked a lot since, for good organizations. Should he never be allowed to work again because he once made soft core porn.

        What kind of censorship or blacklisting are you trying to instate. It’s this kind of BS is the exact reason he left it off his resume.

        Now the tard at AMPAS who doesn’t know what IMDb is, that’s a whole nother story.

    2. Wait a Minute – A Soft Core Porn Film just won the Cannes Film festival and was approved by Steven Spielberg for its artistic depiction… Hollywood is full of Hypocrites.

  2. So what?

    Are we that uptight about sexuality in this country that an adult who made some prurient films in the past is unable to do anything else from then on? I wouldn’t care if he was filming legal hard-core porn this weekend, too.

    The only question that matters is, can he do his current job well? Is he qualified? Does he show up and put effort in?

    If the answer to those questions are all “yes” — then we’re assholes for thinking his past movie credits must make him “unclean” and unfit for his job.

  3. Who gives a shit… I mean really. Did Disney balk when they hired David Kellogg to direct INSPECTOR GADGET? David cut his teeth on Playboy vids… The Simpsons animation production company, Film Roman, was run by John Hyde who started as a laboratory developing 16mm negative for pornographic features…

    I think if you did some digging, you’d be very surprised by porn and soft-core pasts…..

    At least Playboy vids are tasteful.

  4. Who cares what his background is. Are we saying that just because the guy did softcore that he can’t transition into other fields? Good for him! Channing Tatum used to be a stripper. Does that mean studios shouldn’t make movie with him?

  5. Having worked with Vic in various capacities over the years he is one of the nicest, fairest and passionate people I know. He believed in the NAACP and their mission and did everything possible to spotlight what the NAACP does and did his best to navigate through a very difficult organization. It was truly the NAACP’s loss when he left. Why this story is news and has so much space devoted to it is beyond me – must be a VERY slow news day or Charlie Sheen has nothing going on today.

  6. Sounds like he’s well qualified and has a business sense and made a lot of money in soft core porn at one point.

  7. When did the Church Lady start writing for deadline Hollywood? Since when is it a big deal to work for Playboy? Are we going to start drudging up the earlier projects of Sly Stallone and Steve Soderburg?

  8. “What’s the IMDB?”

    Coming from somebody at AMPAS, that’s classic.

    Right up there with “Wait, they have the internet on computers now?”

  9. Is the Academy making good decisions about this? Probably not. Did they do due diligence in hiring? Doesn’t sound like it. But on the other end of the argument, is he doing a good job?

    Lots of amazingly talented A-list DPs got their start in porn. Just sayin’…

  10. Who cares? Everyone has a past and what does that have to do with his new position. Half the movies made today could be branded as soft porn anyway. Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.

  11. Nikki, I love you but you seriously missed the mark on this one. You’re expecting Hollywood to be up in arms about sex? Really?
    Now if the guy had punched a baby seal THEN you got a problem…

    1. I believe Nikki is simply saying that this Gentleman should have been more thoroughly vetted by the executives at AMPAS. As anyone in the entertainment business can tell you, perception is everything.

  12. This is a disgrace and a slap in the face to ALL AMPAS members. Where was/is the oversight in hiring (and firing) and what does it take to conduct a proper background check? And where is Mr. Bullock’s moral compass pointing when he knowingly withholds this information on his application for employment? Perhaps the Academy would be interested in joining forces with the porn industry’s awards ceremonies. Certainly the ratings will be higher and perhaps Ron Jeremy could host!!

    1. Actually in 2012 you really do not need to include work info more than ten years old.

      So besides from that professional practice, you really have nothing to complain about and are in fact part of the problem just like Deadline.

      Really people?

    2. Disgrace? He’s in the same company as all the Basic Instinct filmmakers as well as the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey….

    3. You don’t put everything on a resume. Only what’s useful to the job at hand.

      He wasn’t hiding it, it was easy to look up on IMDb. It’s not his fault Kimberly Congdon, the Managing Director of Human Resources at AMPAS, is a complete idiot and doesn’t know what IMDb is or how to do her due diligence. If she would have done that, they could have questioned him in the beginning, he would have answered that’s all in the past and not pertinent to this job, that’s why I didn’t list it, I’m completely qualified for the job, and then it all would have been over.

      So do you have a problem with Julianne Moore doing soft core porn scenes (whether simulated or not) in BOOGIE NIGHTS? Should she be kicked out of AMPAS?

      Nikki’s completely off on this article. Love her. But she’s wrong on this one and so are you.

    4. 1) Stop clutching your pearls so tightly. You’ll break them.

      2) What universe do you live in where people list every single thing they’ve done on their résumés? That isn’t even the norm in average America, much less Hollywood.

      Anyway, good to know you’ve never enjoyed a Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, or David Duchovny project, what with their horrible, unforgivable softcore pasts. Do let us know where the next protest is.

    5. If you go to Monster or other employment sites they advise keeping your resume concise and certainly don’t recommend listing all your jobs – particularly if you’ve been around the block a time or two. The disgrace is, yes, the lack of background check by AMPAS (not to mention the fact that even one of their staff doesn’t know what IMDB is).
      It’s 2013. It’s soft core, not Ron Jeremy. Do you reference what you were doing in 1992 on a regular basis?

    6. “Disgusted AMPAS Member”: My guess is many other members of AMPAS share your views. Your suggestion to hire Ron Jeremy to host The Academy Awards is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.

  13. No-one would have raised an eyebrow if he had made violent exploitation pix. This is an appalling way to smear a guy whose record at the NAACP speaks for itself.

  14. How dare Deadline Hollywood question the sexual exploitation, objectification, and commercialization of young women for fun and profit!!!

  15. The most embarrassing revelation about AMPAS in this piece is that they don’t know about IMDB.

  16. I have not heard the term ‘soft core porn’ since the 1970s. It’s about as current as “homosexual.” Oh, and I’d take the ethics of someone from the pornography world over pretty much any mainstream agent or manager in this town.

  17. “His record at the NAACP speaks for itself.” Give me a break. According to who — Mr. Bullock???

  18. Too bad…if they had just waited a little longer, they could have hired George Zimmer. Timing is everything!

  19. There’s nothing in those Playboy soft-core movies that Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and lots of other A-list actresses haven’t done in bigger-budget or “artsier” fare. Such a double standard between sexy movies that are low-budget and sexy movies that are big-budget. It’s not like this was true porn being filmed.

  20. The issue is not his past, it’s that the incompetent and dysfunctional Academy management did not check his background carefully and the fact Vic sought to hid his past employment.

    1. BUT HE DIDN’T. Why would he volunteer that info??????

      YOU DON’T LIST EVERY LITTLE PETTY JOB on a resume. You sometimes only go back a certain # of years.

      If you got caught stealing in your 20’s, you’re now in your 50’s, and they ask if you were ever convicted of anything in the past 10 years. You wouldn’t freakin’ list it. Now if they turned it up on a background search somehow, doubtfully, then you answer you’ve changed in the past 30 freakin’ years.

      The info was RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR FREAKIN’ FACES. It’s not like Nikki’s reporting that he changed him IMDb profile or name to hide this stuff.

      Too bad the AMPAS chick is too dumb to know the largest film database used in the industry — maybe she should quit and do porn — probably all she’s good for.

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