The following interview with Kiri Kelly took place in 2007 and was published on a blog called The Spanking Couple. The blog no longer exists. A reference on another blog dated November 21, 2007 confirms that The Spanking Couple blog is closed and that the owners were Dr. and Veronica Daniels. No other information is available (additional information would be very welcome).
The production company Nu West still exists but is not producing new material since the death of its founder Ed Lee (Dave) in 2013. Ed Lee was a pioneer in spanking productions. Starting first with filming on 8mm and then changing to the newly available video cameras he filmed real spankings with real people. No red lipstick marks on a young ladies’ bottom for him. If the model was to be caned then the results were real tram lines.
Ed Lee famously stood up to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the early 1980s, refusing to be intimidated by warnings from the DOJ that his productions lacked social context and therefore could be illegal. He wisely prepared to fight them by simply adding a social context to his stories. For example: the reason she is being spanked is for missing school, or being rude, or smoking pot, or staying out late, etc. Ed was never prosecuted and all subsequent spanking producers owe him a great debt for his brave stand.
To this day you can still instantly recognize a Nu West production for a number of reasons. There are almost no sets. All the action usually takes place in a big empty room with just a desk and a chair as a prop. There is an abundance of fake wood paneling on most walls and there is very little dialogue between the players. The qualities of his productions are appalling. You can often not make out the image because of such low quality equipment used. He certainly pioneered the use of video but failed to upgrade to higher quality as new technology became available.
Ed also worked out a very clever trick with multiple camera angles. It worked like this – if you have three cameras filming a spanking, one is a wide shot, one is a medium shot, and one is a close up shot. They are all recording the same action as it happens. So if you start with the wide shot and the hand lands on the bottom three times and then join the medium shot of the same three spanks, and then join the close up of the same three spanks, it looks to the viewer that the spankee has received nine spanks when in reality she has received only three. A clever trick but once you know, it is very noticeable in many of his videos.
In the end Kiri Kelly did not have a good experience with Nu West which she recounts in this interview.
Other people mentioned in the interview are Eve Howard and Tony Elka. They both worked for Nu West in the 1980s and then went on to establish their own spanking production company called Shadow Lane. Shadow Lane still exists today and has expanded from just spanking to more explicit sexual content. They are famous for organizing an annual spanking party. The most recent one held in Las Vegas was their twenty-fifth.
Alexis Payne, Chelsea Pfeiffer, Stephanie Locke and Tanya Foxx are also mentioned in the interview. They all worked for Shadow Lane at the same time as Kiri Kelly.
Alexis Payne was a dominant and starred in the last two productions that Kiri Kelly appeared in for Shadow Lane, Our Sorority and Hard Discipline. She is now retired from the scene.
Chelsea Pfeiffer is still very much active with her own production company called Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment.
Stephanie Locke continues working and lecturing as a fetish artist. She has been photographed by Helmut Newton.
Tanya Foxx was a prolific actress starring in numerous fetish, spanking and S&M movies. She had a gorgeous bottom (as did most spanking models) and used every opportunity to display it to her audience. It is unclear if she is still active in the scene.