Douglas Richter, AWEmpire Part Ways

Rhett Pardon

LOS ANGELES — Douglas Richter, who for the past seven years has provided strategic consulting to Adult Webmaster Empire’s affiliate programs and, has announced he is no longer with the company.

Richter will continue on as president of web development and consulting firm Bright Guys Inc., which he has co-owned for the past 12 years. Richter has been in the online adult business for 16 years.

“I have realized that after seven years I can no longer be successful within that company,” Richter told XBIZ Saturday morning. “I am focusing on my future and choosing from the opportunities which have been presented.

“It was a very exciting time to be a part of the rapidly changing Internet landscape and am looking forward to a new chapter.”

Richter got his start in the biz in 1997 when he went to work for adult modeling Portfolio Studios in Minneapolis, which provided photo layouts for magazines such as Men, Freshmen and Unzipped and supplied Midwest gay bars with go-go boys and headliners. 

“It turned out to be more than a modeling agency because they were also one of the early live cam studios and operated a small stable of models broadcasting feeds from their digs in the warehouse district,” Richter told XBIZ in an interview in 2012. “As an early adopter to chat boards and bulletin board forums, I found the webcams beyond interesting; you could literally connect live to beautiful people from your home or office. It brought real interactivity to web chatting; people could no longer hide behind fake profile pictures.”

Richter later began consulting for AWE, the affiliate program for LiveJasmin and Cameraboys, in 2007, after launching Bright Guys with a partner.

Officials from AWE did not immediately respond for XBIZ comment on Saturday.