Not for the obvious reasons, so get your mind out of the gutter.
There’s an interview with Christie Hefner over at Baseline, where she discusses how Playboy manages their huge archive of content in relationship to DRM and modern delivery methodologies. I’m surprised by how much she knows what she’s talking about:
…one of our goals is to have a flexible architecture so that as what’s available to us advances and our own understanding of what the consumer wants advances, we don’t have to scrap what we’ve already done.
I dunno. The last company I was at, the CEO would fall asleep at the first mention of IT architecture. (One of the directors slept through a presentation I gave about my web architecture strategy.) I get the feeling Ms. Hefner is rare in her IT interest as a CEO…?
Then she goes on to describe how Playboy took an early initiative to internally develop a digital multimedia workflow:
We took an official skunk works approach [in the 1980s]. There was one person in the art department and one person in administrative rights who were interested and tech savvy. And so, in effect, I funded them. I let them buy computers and experiment with different kinds of software that were being developed to help change the way the whole editing process was being designed for publishing.
Nice! Talk about a dream job! She also describes how Playboy was one of the early developers and adopters of video content for iPod. I mean, I always knew porn was an early implementor of new technologies, but she makes it sound like a total geek adventure. Hire me!