Kelly Holland Announced as Panelist for 'Women in Porn' Debate

Jul 2, 2014 10:00 AM PST

CYBERSPACE —, sponsor of the upcoming “Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths” debate, announced today that Penthouse managing director Kelly Holland will be among the panelists for the event.

The organizers said Holland brings her impeccable professional credentials and a long history of achievement both inside and outside the adult entertainment industry.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Kelly accepted our invitation to contribute her perspective to this important discussion,” said Angie Rowntree, owner and founder of “I think some of the adult industry’s harshest critics simply don’t believe that women like Kelly — meaning strong, independent, smart and accomplished women — actually exist within our industry, and Kelly is a wonderful living example of just how wrong they are.”

Holland entered adult in the mid-'90s, while working on a film documentary about the industry for European television, when she was asked to direct an adult movie. That directorial debut launched a career that has garnered her high praise as both a director and an executive, leading to her promotion to the high-level Penthouse position.

The executive's list of accomplishments at Penthouse includes substantially growing its broadcast division globally. Today, Penthouse Entertainment boasts 10 distinct channels reaching more than 100 countries and 400 million households.

“I’m looking forward to a lively and challenging discussion,” Holland said. “While adult entertainment is in many ways more accepted by the public than ever, there’s still a host of misconceptions, stereotypes and stigmas attached to our industry that we need to address head-on. The Women in Porn event provides a great opportunity to answer our critics in our own words, without the media filter that often emphasizes only the most sensational and salacious elements of this ongoing cultural debate.”

The organizers noted that in addition to her work with Penthouse, Holland also serves as the President of The Animal Rescue Alliance (TARA), which is currently preparing for its 5th annual “Vice is Nice” fundraiser, set for July 26 at Rancho Providencia in Chatsworth, California.

"Women in Porn: Shattering the Myths" will take place July 22 at 3 p.m. EDT time and will be available to viewers free of charge on The event also will be live-tweeted and monitored at @ssshforwomen under the hashtag #WomenInPorn. Viewers may interact during the event and pose their own questions and points under #WomenInPorn, which may then be discussed by the panelists as well.

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