Who We Are

Kink employs a diverse staff of over 100 employees in the Armory, our historic San Francisco production facilities. Some of them include:

Peter Acworth grew up in Derbyshire, England, the son of a sculptor and former Jesuit priest. From a young age, he showed strong entrepreneurial instincts selling vegetables from the family garden and brewing homemade beer to sell to his school friends.

He studied Mathematics at Cambridge University and Management at Ecole HEC, Paris. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked for Baring Brothers in London for 2 years before leaving in 1997 to start a Ph.D. in Finance at Columbia Business School in New York City.

At the end of his first year, Acworth was inspired by a newspaper article about a fireman who had made half a million pounds selling adult content on the Internet. Seeing an opportunity to combine his lifelong interest in bondage with his business acumen, he launched his first website, Hogtied.com, which he ran from the confines of his dorm room for the subsequent year.

In 1998, Acworth decided to leave the PhD program and move to San Francisco to found Cybernet Entertainment. He began by directing in – and sometimes starring in – his own shoots. As the company grew, he hired a team of passionate directors that shared his vision to help create a network of BDSM and fetish websites sites – Kink.com. While he no longer directs, Acworth still is heavily involved in the development of the sites, and can often be found on set.

Peter Acworth has always believed that Kink.com should serve a dual role – as both the highest quality fetish entertainment available, and as a way to demystify the BDSM lifestyle. Under his direction, Kink.com has become a leading advocate for the rights of models, a leader in on-set safety and an educational resource of the BSDM community. Kink.com’s Armory headquarters are regularly used for workshops, fundraisers and parties that benefit the BDSM community.

Acworth continues to be involved in the local community as an advocate for the rights of sexual minorities, a responsible neighbor and business owner and as an emblem of a kinky revolution.

Peter Acworth has been profiled in numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and is an Op-Ed blogger at the Huffington Post. He maintains his own blog at PeterAcworth.com. If you are interested in interviewing or learning more about Peter, please contact pr@kink.com.