Less than a year after a completing a stint in federal prison, former Playboy Channel show producer and CEO of Buckwild Entertainment Ken Francis III is launching the YouTube channel The Buckwild Show.
The channel will feature Francis’ new show “In The Lab,” focusing on behind-the-scenes looks at studio sessions with top recording artists, as well episodes of “Buckwild,” a hip hop interview program that aired on Playboy Channel in 2005 featuring appearances by of Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, Bobby Brown and Outkast, along with a procession of models.
Francis was arrested at LAX in May 2006 as he returned from a trip to Europe with Snoop Dogg and charged for his role in a ring that used women posing as models to smuggle the drug Ecstasy into the U.S. Francis pled guilty, and in April 2007 he was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison.
“My ordeal with the Feds and subsequent imprisonment was a very humbling experience after having such broad access to Hollywood’s elite hip hop community,” said Francis in a statement. “While incarcerated, I spent much of my time writing my memoirs and reading tech and business magazines. Once I realized the Internet was taking over the industry and moving toward original content, I knew I was sitting on a vast catalogue of prized footage
Francis began his career as an intern at PolyGram Records. In the early 2000s, he produced a series of adult DVDs focusing on women of color made in the spirit of the “Girls Gone Wild” series. Titles included “Buckwild Beach Week,” “Buckwild in Brazil” and “Buckwild 2001.” He also produced and directed the Playboy Home Video DVD “Snoop Dogg’s Buckwild Bus Tour.”
Francis also owned and operated the modeling agency Dimepiece USA, which provided “vixens” for music videos by such artists as Jay Z, Usher, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly and Missy Elliot. Francis was sent to prison for the agency’s involvement in an international drug smuggling ring.
New episodes of “The Buckwild Show” will premiere air every Tuesday, and new episodes of “In The Lab” will premiere every Thursday.
An earlier edition of the article included a quote erroneously attributed to Fullscreen international business development manager Rob Martinez.