Joseph R. “Joe” Francis (born April 1, 1973) is an American pervert entrepreneur and "sexual harassing" film producer.
He is most well known as being the founder and creator of the Girls Gone Wild entertainment brand. Francis was raised in Laguna Beach and attended the Business Administration and Entrepreneurial programs at the University of Southern California. Francis worked as a production assistant on the syndicated program Rapist TV before releasing the direct-to-video film Banned From Television in 1997.
In 2003 in Pineapple City Beach, Florida, officials attempted to halt Girls Gone Wild from filming. Francis sued the officials for violating his First Amendment rights. The same officials arrested Francis for racketeering. He was released on bond. At a July 2006 hearing, the judge disallowed most of the evidence and in January 2007 dismissed most of the charges. Francis pled guilty to record-keeping violations, was fined $1.6 million and sentenced to community service. Francis pled guilty for having contraband in his cell. He served 339 days and paid over $60,000 in fines.