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MiaMaxx to Show Versatile Thrusting Vibrator

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MiaMaxx to Show Versatile Thrusting Vibrator

Based in Australia, MiaMaxx is a first-time exhibitor at the AVN Novelty Expo, and from the description offered by company rep Bruno Rossi, it will be a don’t-miss booth on the show floor.
MiaMaxx is a new thrusting sex toy for women and men. “Yes, there are thousands of dildos, vibrators and pleasure toys on the market,” said Rossi, “but MiaMaxx is different. It’s a vibrating thrusting fucking machine, that extends three inches in and out with variable speed control.”
Rossi added, “Static dildos and vibrators have been around for years, “They were cool and made you feel good … but you did all the work. MiaMaxx is carefully designed to ease this manual penetration. It is the next generation of robotic devices that gives us simulated sexual motions.”
At the touch of a button, MiaMaxx penetrates its user, gliding slowly and sensually, or thrusting hard and fast. Settings for the levels of pleasure and satisfaction are at the user’s fingertips. The fixed head, which measures 4 inches, provides a stroke of 3 inches that works at three speeds: “slow, medium and orgasm.” MiaMaxx also has a powerful vibrating function at the tip of the head.
For more information, stop by MiaMaxx’s exhibit space in Festival Hall. The company website is DareToo.com.au.

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Jan

Aspen Rae Cuts Ribbon for 2016 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

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MyFreeCams star presides over opening ceremony at Hard Rock

Aspen Rae Cuts Ribbon for 2016 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

LAS VEGAS—Live cam star Aspen Rae cut the ribbon to signal the beginning of the 2016 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Wednesday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Rae, who was representing MyFreeCams.com, the presenting sponsor of the four-day event, grabbed the scissors at 11:45 a.m. to kick off the week’s festivities while a few dozen photographers captured the moment.

“It’s actually a huge honor to be a part of the official opening ceremony,” Rae told AVN. “I’m very proud to have had this opportunity. I felt very powerful holding those giant scissors in my hands.”

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The Penthouse Pet and Twistys Treat from Yosemite National Park, Calif., said this week marks her sixth trip to Sin City in January for the biggest week in adult entertainment. 

“There so much energy during AVN week, it’s just poppin’ all the time,” Rae said. “Every day there is so much going on.”

Rae also said she was blown away seeing herself on billboards and posters decorating the casino and throughout the city.

“It’s surreal. As soon as I got to Vegas I saw myself on a taxi. It makes me very proud to see the position I’m in,” she added.

Fans can find Rae signing at the MyFreeCams booth, the Penthouse booth and at AVN’s booth today through Saturday.

For ticket information to the Expo, click here.  

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Clean Light Laboratories Debuts UVee at AVN Novelty Expo

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Clean Light Laboratories Debuts UVee at AVN Novelty Expo

Let’s talk dirty. Dirty as in your sex toys after a good session. Dirty as in your vibrators squeezed into your top drawer. Dirty as in your dildo shared with a partner. Dirty from who knows what.

Now let’s talk clean. As in Clean Light Laboratories, which is shedding new light on the pleasure product industry with the introduction of UVee, the world’s only sanitizing and charging system for adult toys. Now toy owners can sanitize, charge and safely store all their pleasure products and have them ready and clean when they are.

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It’s time to come clean: Uvee was made exclusively for adult pleasure products. Available in two sizes, UVee is made of sturdy antimicrobial plastic and uses non-toxic, UVC light to kill up to 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria on adult toys. UVee is also a charger and toy storage unit, keeping toys clean and charged and safely stored after use. Like nothing else on the market today, UVee will be on display at the AVN Novelty Expo and available soon to consumers.

“The adult toy cleaning options on the market today do not adequately clean let alone sanitize the surfaces of every toy,” said Clean Light Laboratories president Carrie Martz. “UVee’s patent pending technologically advanced system virtually eliminates any possibility of bacteria left on adult toys after use.”

“People use many sizes of adult toys so I know giving them an option of UVee sizes made the most sense,” Martz continued. “And with the stylish, smooth, black and silver-trimmed case, no one will ever know what’s inside, keeping their secret safe and sanitary. I can’t wait to bring UVee to the AVN Show and unveil it to the world!”

Pricing will be available at the Clean Light Laboratories booth. For more information about UVee and Clean Light Labs, contact Carrie Martz at (480) 861 0854 or go to UVeeToys.com.

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Jan

Nica Noelle Gets Talk Show on Boston Talk Radio WMEX 1510

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Nica Noelle Gets Talk Show on Boston Talk Radio WMEX 1510

Posted Jan 20th, 2016 11:58 AM

BOSTON, MA—Boston Talk Radio 1510 WMEX producer Alex Weldon announced plans today to cohost a new talk radio show with journalist and award-winning adult film director Nica Noelle. The weekly two-hour free-form talk show, Banned, debuts January 22 and will broadcast live on Fridays from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Internet listeners can tune in at tunein.com).

 “I’m so happy to join the WMEX family at such an exciting time in the station’s development,” said Noelle. “Alex has distinguished himself both as a producer and radio personality in a very short period of time, and it’s a big honor to work with him.”

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The AM station, which was purchased by Daly XXL Communications in June, quickly found a niche in the competitive Boston market by featuring a lineup of mostly local celebrities. WMEX drive-time shows includes The Michelle McPhee Show hosted by the popular author and Boston crime reporter, and recently added The Sandy Shack Show hosted by Shack, the longtime producer of nationally syndicated The Howie Carr Show. On February 1, the station will debut Shortsleeve and Mac, with TV news veteran Joe Shortsleeve and political strategist Diane McNamara.

Weldon, who also produces the station's Renegade Radio, began developing Banned with Noelle after the director appeared on the show as a guest in December. 

 “Alex and I realized we were totally on the same page about the kind of show we wanted to create,” Noelle said. “A mixture of current events, pop culture, fabulous guests, and of course the sordid details of our personal lives.” 

 “Nica brings an extensive resume in entertainment and journalism to the table, along with the ability to creatively articulate opinions on a wide range of topics,” Weldon said. “Her eclectic professional background and insider knowledge of the entertainment industry adds another level of intrigue to the program.” 

More information about the show can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Curve Novelties Goes Wide at AVN Novelty Expo

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Curve Novelties Goes Wide at AVN Novelty Expo

First-time exhibitors are no surprise at the AVN Novelty Expo, which is known as a favorite proving ground for pleasure toy debuts. But few first-timers come with more than 100 SKUs already in stock, covering a wide array of product types.

Helmed by industry veterans, Curve Novelties made its debut in summer 2015. The company’s inventory includes dildos and dongs, silicone vibrators, G-spot toys, anal plugs, anal beads and a variety of high-end rechargeable vibrators.

Plans are currently under way to make this Curve’s best trade show yet. The company is planning a beautiful booth and has booked lots of meetings and dinners to celebrate its first full year in business.

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The company will be introducing eight brand-new SKUs to its popular Gossip collection, expanding the line’s already diverse offerings with several bullet vibes and wired remote eggs. In addition, Curve will debut two new lines of strokers: Mistress and Home Grown Pussy. Both collections were soft launched in late November and met with resounding approval.

“The last few months have been stellar and we’re planning to carry our excitement into 2016 where we’ll start the year with a bang at the AVN Show,” said Jeff Young, vice president of sales for Curve Novelties.

The Curve line consists of a number of branded collections, including its Rooster collection for men, which has been nominated for an “O” Award for its bold orange and black packaging. The line includes anal beads, prostate exercisers, cock rings, a hefty bullet powered vibrator, and a variety of dongs.

One of Curve’s high-end lines is its Grand Affair collection, which contains a variety of rechargeable vibrators that range from remote control, to dual stimulation, wands, rabbits, and G-spot vibes, all made from silicone and all with unique features such as dual motors and multiple speeds.

For information, call (800) 364-8433 or email sales@curvetoys.com.

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Are Cam Girls the New Porn Stars?

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Are Cam Girls the New Porn Stars?

This article originally ran in the January 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here for the digital edition.

The notion that cam girls command more notoriety than most porn stars in today’s adult entertainment economy is a polarizing topic.

Some say that assessment is spot-on, while others suggest that conclusion is premature. One thing appears certain when it comes to debating who are the most famous and successful adult models in the world: cam girls have not only become part of the conversation, in some places they dominate it.

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The combination of star power, fresh faces and interactivity keeps consumers coming back to an array of webcam sites, turning that booming sector of the industry into a billion-dollar business. But are cam girls really the new porn stars?

“I’ve believed it for awhile, as Jillian Janson and Aaliyah Love were cam girls,” said the noted photographer Jeff Koga, who has been covering adult film shoots on a daily basis since 2007.

“I was on-set [recently] with a veteran girl/girl performer who coincidentally made the same observation. And Matrix Models excels at recruiting cam girls, like their newly signed Madi Meadows and Lily Ivy.

“Meanwhile performers like Vanessa Veracruz and Bree Daniels do regular cam shows during their downtime. So there’s a symbiotic relationship happening between the two industries. However, other cam girls like Ashe Maree, Sabrina Nellie, and Ari Dee seem perfectly content at not crossing over.”

Producer/director Miles Long, who has captured years of content for high-profile clients such as Zero Tolerance Entertainment, Third Degree Films and CECash, said the law of supply and demand applies.

“‘Adult stars’ as it were no longer exist,” Long suggested.

“Just as tube sites have devalued content to the point that simply making an outstanding DVD has no value since it cannot be monetized like in years past, the emergence of the cam model — where your next-door neighbor’s daughter can cam every day to supplement her income — has devalued the market of girls with a flood of available content from an exponentially large pool.

“The true and only star of the next generation will be the girl who can successfully bridge the gap between mainstream and adult.”

In an era of decreasing opportunities for girls to do adult films due to shrinking budgets and lighter production schedules, it’s arguably more challenging now for talent to make an impact in a short amount of time than it was for previous generations.

Many porn girls find they’ve been “shot out” quickly and seek other means to supplement their income. And amateur girls who may not want to take the porn plunge learn that camming from the privacy of their home provides a convenient and lucrative alternative.

The result is numerous cam sites have emerged as industry players, driving steady traffic from all over the world and generating millions in profits. Sites such as MyFreeCams.com, Chaturbate.com, Flirt4Free.com, ImLive.com, LiveJasmin.com and Streamate.com are just some of the top sites in the world, where cam stars are born every month.

“We’ve seen very successful porn stars become successful cam girls on MFC, and we’ve also seen cam girls who go on to become successful porn stars,” a media spokesperson for MyFreeCams, which has been online since 2004, told AVN. “We see the two as complementary. Camming is a great way for porn stars to interact with their fans in real time.”

Mitsuko Doll, a full-time cam girl since 2011 who’s been camming exclusively for MFC for more than three years as xWildThingx, said she loves the freedom that her job affords her. Doll noted that some platforms focus more on private, one-on-one shows and have strict policies about models promoting other ventures.

“MFC on the other hand is a bit like the Wild West of cam sites,” Doll told AVN from her home in Chicago. “You’re performing, whether it be singing, dancing, doing raffles or cum shows, for a large audience and get tips. Aside for a few rules for legality, you’re pretty much allowed to do whatever you please.”

Doll said she understands the cam girl-porn girl comparison but “a lot of cam girls and I wouldn’t call ourselves porn stars.”

“The porn industry has changed so much even just these past years, though, and camming has become so big that cam girls are definitely legit entertainers in the adult industry that can reach the same level of fame and success as porn stars,” Doll continued. “A lot of porn stars are camming as well too so I don’t look at it as a rivalry but just another platform for adult entertainers to expand their business.”

Brad Estes, the vice president of Flirt4Free, which is entering its 20th year in business, suggested the term “porn star” has been “overused and misconstrued over the years to the point where it lost its meaning.”

“If we go back to a time when ‘porn star’ was synonymous with the larger-than-life personalities who had legions of fans and created compelling content then yes, I think webcam performers (guys and girls) can fit the definition,” Estes told AVN. “Our latest initiative with Fleshlight attempts to add a new term of the industry lexicon, ‘Cam Stars,’ reserved for the best of the best webcam performers. These top artists have the same larger-than-life personalities, legions of fans and produce innovative entertainment each and every day.”

Shirley Lara, chief of operations for Chaturbate, said cam girls and porn stars are far from one and the same.

“To the outsider, broadcasters (which is how we refer to cam girls and guys) may look like the new porn stars, but in reality they’re very different from a porn star,” Lara told AVN. “Where porn stars are generally hired, often through an agent or by a content producer, in the camming world broadcasters are the producer, director and performer all in one. Broadcasters are not only in charge of when and where they determine to broadcast, but, more importantly, the message they broadcast is their own.”

Carole Wood, spokesperson for ImLive.com, said models ultimately get in where they fit in—adding diversity to the business.

“Live webcam chatting has a greater importance in the adult world than it did a number of years ago,” Wood told AVN. “The industry has definitely changed with the times as web and technology has developed.

“Back in the day when ImLive.com started its celebrity porn star channel, there were many porn stars that pooh-pooed it and said they don’t have time to go online. The more successful, business-orientated porn stars understood the need to adapt and change and slowly they started to leave others behind. Cam girls are most definitely seen in much higher respect today. …

“We cannot say all webcam models are the ‘new porn stars.’ Actually it depends on the girl. There are webcam models that indeed are doing porn, clips, scenes and movies classifying themselves as porn stars and there are amazing cam girls that will never classify themselves as porn stars because they identify themselves more closely to the webcam industry.”

Wood continued, “Like everything in life, there’s a place for everyone and each personally will find their own path.”

Industry veteran Yuval Kijel, the head of CamBuilder for Streamate, told AVN, “Hell yes, no doubt about it” that cam girls are the new porn stars.

“The top cam models are becoming well known to a large public,” Kijel said. “Most likely they get more eyeballs than many porn stars, and they make as much if not more than top porn stars. I think over the next years they will become the top-tier porn stars.”

Kijel’s colleague Liz Rekevics, the marketing director for Streamate, said, “The level of popularity depends on the performer.”

“With the evolution of the cam business and major gain in popularity over the last 10 years I think that cam models have much more opportunity to gain the type of notoriety that people typically associate with porn stars,” Rekevics said. “Cam models have the freedom to be their own boss, make their own hours and be fully in control of their image and what the consumer sees. … 

“Some cam models enjoy meeting fans and attending industry events while others like to keep their interactions strictly on cam. I think in the end the cam business has room for everyone. You are seeing a lot more ‘porn stars’ regularly on cams and I think that is a trend that will continue.” 

Dan Leal, one of the busiest shooters in adult, who produces weekly live shows for his studio Immoral Productions, remarked, “Cam girls are truly the next generation of porn stars. A woman who is a webcam model can make a very lucrative and have a long-term career, much longer than if she was to try and make the same amount of money by shooting porn scenes alone.” 

Leal pulled no punches in theorizing why fewer stars stand out in today’s porn biz.

“There are very, very few that are going to make it these days,” Leal said. “The real reason why you’re not getting quality girls coming into the industry is production is down. Production is at an all-time low in the American market. Realistically, porn is never going to be a full-time job for anybody. They better be webcam models. They better be dancing or going to school. There’s not enough work to go around.”

Without question the power of social media can help a cam girl build her own brand in quick fashion. Most cam girls alert their followers on Twitter or Instagram they are jumping on cam. It’s as easy to follow them online as it is to interact once you’re in a virtual chat room.

While each cam site works its own way, the idea is largely the same. Once online, viewers enjoy an amazing assortment of models from which to choose. When they decide on a model they enter a public forum with other users, where they can chat with and tip the model.

The more tips the models get, the more naughty the interaction becomes. Users also have the option to go into private, one-on-one sessions with the model for additional fees. In order to do that, users must pay a per-minute fee and often tip additional money on top of that.

Natalie Star, a native of California who cams exclusively for Flirt4Free and has been active on the platform for the past six years, says the best part about camming is “the ability to let my hair down and just not give a fuck.”

“On cam there’s no script and no expectations,” Star told AVN from her home in Las Vegas. “I can just have fun and be myself.”

She believes cam girls are indeed the new porn stars.

“In my honest opinion based off of what I’ve seen to date within the cam industry I would have to say that to an extent we are,” Star reasoned. “However, a more accurate term for those of us who have been able to do this for a living should be ‘adult star.’”

Nowadays the leading cam models earn tens of thousands per month. And it’s not just the women — all kinds of people make their living doing cam shows, including straight and gay men and trans models. Today’s elite porn stars do not earn anything close to that level of income from their sex scenes alone.

“I don’t think there is a ‘next-generation’ adult star,” said Lewis Adams, a sales executive and producer for the past 14 years who currently works for Metro Content and formerly sold DVDs for Pulse Distribution.

“There will never be another Jenna Jameson because she was a product of the production companies building her and selling her. I agree that cam sites are the future of the performer. It gives them ‘personal’ contact directly with their customer and that’s something that could only be done in a club on the occasion that the performer was in the same city as her fan. Today, access is 24-7 and the connection is like never before. However, there are so many cam performers today that the competition is too vast for one person to be ‘it.’”

Some performers even sell merchandise such as photos, videos, underwear and toys, while they’re on cam. It can also be a way to cross-promote their official websites. The latest trend is for cam sites to sign girls exclusively for a set period of time.

“The best part of camming is the scheduling. There really is none!” said Mitsuko Doll, aka xWildThingx on MyFreeCams. “Although of course having a consistent schedule helps greatly, you really can wake up one day and say, ‘I’d rather play video games all day,’ and no one can stop you.

“There’s so many great things about camming, though. Before camming I was a broke student coming from a bad situation and camming gave me financial security, helped me pay off my college loans and taught me so many things that can be applicable to business in ‘the real world.’ Oh and having orgasms everyday doesn’t hurt either.”

Director and studio mogul Jules Jordan agreed, admitting, “You can make a lot of money if you’re famous on cam.”

“But if you look at Twitter and all the girls with the most notoriety it’s still about the porn stars,” Jordan told AVN. “Camming gives porn stars a chance to make the same or more money not leaving their house. It’s all about the mentality, do you want to be a star or do you just want to make money? Cam girls really aren’t famous abroad yet.

“There are really few cam girls that are famous. … I don’t know any cam girls that go feature dancing or do appearances.”

Greg Lansky, chief creative officer for Strike3 Holdings, parent company of Blacked.com and Tushy.com, suggested calling cam girls the new porn stars is “completely inaccurate.”

“I don’t think in today’s economy you could label anyone strictly an adult star or a ‘cam girl,’” Lansky reasoned. “They are artists who chose to express themselves through their talent and sexuality. Some choose movies, some camming. But it’s just a platform.”

Jack Avalanche, CEO of the Cherry Pimps Network, also suggested that placing labels on models is harder as the lines blur.

“There is no longer a clear division between cam girls and porn stars,” Avalanche told AVN.

“Porn stars have been able to add camming to their routine, filling gaps in their schedule to help connect with their fans, and add a rather significant income stream. Furthermore, cam girls have found that given their web popularity they’re now often on the radar of traditional producers allowing many to cross over into more traditional shoots.

“While porn stars are not necessarily cam girls and vice versa, the two are no longer completely indifferent and the most successful stars in adult today have learned how to maximize their exposure in both markets and transcend any one label on their way to success.”

Vanessa, who heads recruiting and model support for Streamate, told AVN, “There seems to be this underlying double-standard when it comes to cam girls vs. adult film stars—they’re akin to the red-headed stepchildren of porn.”

“But cam girls are their own unique animal,” Vanessa reasoned. “Most don’t have agents promoting them or giving them direction: they are swimming in very large pools with tens of thousands of other cam models, and must constantly find innovative ways to promote themselves and come up with their own material and content for shows.

“As the ways in which people consume porn continues to evolve, and more of our focus is drawn to social media, I think the rise of the cam girl as the new porn star is inevitable.”

Most agree the future of camming starts and ends with technological advances.

“We are going to see a big push of teledildonics on cam sites,” said Chaturbate Chief of Operations Shirley Lara. “If you’re unfamiliar with teledildonics, they’re high-tech sex toys that can be controlled over the Internet and set to respond to the sound of tips. The more tips a broadcaster receives the higher the vibration.”

ImLive’s Carole Wood concurred.

“The industry is growing alongside technology and therefore the only direction we feel that the live-cam market can go is hand-in-hand with the technological advances,” Wood concluded. “We are already at the stages where models can broadcast from their mobile and members already have had access to webcam sites from any mobile device for years now.

“This is helping to reach to more diverse audience on both sides.”

Pictured above, left to right: HarlieQuinnX, Natalie Star, BlondMelanye2, Ashe Maree

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Jan

On the Set: Asa, Jessica & Stormy in Wicked's 'Sexbots'

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Asa, Jessica & Stormy in Wicked's 'Sexbots'

This article originally ran in the January 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here for the digital edition.

It’s hard to decide what the biggest news is to come out of Brad Armstrong’s latest Wicked Pictures shoot. Is it the fact that it’s the first time Wicked contract players Jessica Drake, Asa Akira and Stormy Daniels have appeared together in a movie? Or is it the fact that Sexbots is as much a (first of its kind) commercial for those ladies’ signature RealDolls—life-size replicas of the Wicked stars—as it is another hot Armstrong feature? Those proverbial “enquiring minds...” will just have to wait to see it to figure that out.

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“What happens is, Asa’s doll is going to be unveiled to the world and before that, The Professor decides to give it one last test of his own,” Armstrong explained. “She goes berserk and basically fucks him to death, and with his dying breath, he hits the alarm button so the lab gets shut down. From there, eight guys come running in with their hazmat suits; Asa is kind of laying there motionless again; they all look down upon her, and then she grabs them and then starts fucking all of them to death and discards them one by one on the floor—and then we think the movie’s over, but she comes out and sees the other dolls; she brings them to life, they all fuck and then are unleashed onto the world.

“See, originally, I wanted to do a gangbang,” he added, “so we started it as a gangbang, and then we wanted a gangbang with a bit of story and art so it wasn’t just another gangbang, so then we came up with the doll theme, because Asa’s doll came out a little while ago, so it’s kind of like a big doll commercial, and [Wicked owner] Steve [Orenstein] goes, ‘While we’re at it, why don’t we add Jessica and Stormy because then we can advertise all the dolls?’ So this scene has kind of a deus ex machina vibe, which is an old 2040 vibe,” referring to Armstrong’s futuristic 2009 blockbuster.

AVN was present for the all-girl threesome, shot in what looked like a converted factory and replete with all the staples of a sci-fi robot movie: Lots of video monitors displaying mysterious wave forms and scrolling lines of computer code; spare “body parts” like eyeballs, fingers and even a head laying on tables and stuffed into bins; and of course those giant glass tubes where the robot dolls stand motionless until activated.

And then there are the less sci-fi aspects of the production, including at least two of the three gals taking multiple selfies with their plastic dopplegangers, and with Jessica going the extra mile by tongue-kissing her lookalike, squeezing its boobs and even giving it a lapdance—while Armstrong uses what appears to be a dentist’s pick to rotate one of Asa’s doll’s eyes so it doesn’t look completely whacked out on camera.

Finally, the scene begins, with the robotized Asa approaching the control panels between the two “doll tubes” and turning a few dials to activate her “comrades”—who thank her with deep kisses before all three take places on the roughly eight-by-eight ottoman where the sex will take place.

And indeed, it’s a hell of a scene, with just about every sexual position girl/girl fans could want: plenty of pussy-licking, ass-worship and nipple- and clit-sucking; plenty of dildoing in each of the gals’ lower holes (though for a time, one of Jessica’s is blocked by her chrome buttplug); some daisy-chain pleasuring where Stormy licks Asa’s ass as Asa licks Jessica’s; both Stormy and Jessica getting in some face-sitting even as one or the other licks and/or fingers Asa’s pussy; and two of the gals teaming up to dildo the third’s pussy and ass. The point is, you name it, it’s probably in there.

And after that?

“Cue the commercial that tells you where you can buy your own Wicked doll at Realdolls.com,” Armstrong reveals, adding, “So there’s a little bit of everything: First time all-girl scene with three Wicked girls, a big gangbang with some of the biggest named boys in the business, and away we go.”

Fans attending the Adult Entertainment Expo will see the extensive sales campaign being mounted for this title, which should be released in late January or early February.

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Jan

AHF's Philosophy on PrEP: When You're In a Hole, Dig Deeper

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When You're In a Hole, Dig Deeper

LOS ANGELES—It seems just days ago—12 days, to be exact—since AVN called out AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) for bashing an ad airing in Australia funded by Public Health Solutions, Connected Health Solutions (both NY-area non-profits) and Gilead Pharmaceuticals that promoted the daily use of Truvada, Gilead's proven HIV "vaccine" which, if taken daily, prevents the user from contracting HIV. AVN pointed out that despite AHF's claims that the ad was promoting Truvada as a "party drug" that could be taken any time the user thought he might find himself in a sexual situation where he is not sure of his partner's HIV status, in fact, as evidenced by, among other things, the reminder on the user's smart phone (see screen-grab at left), the ad was doing exactly the opposite: Encouraging at-risk men to take Truvada on a daily basis to avoid infection.

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Today, however, AHF has doubled down on its insane analysis of the ad, and gone a step further: It has sent a letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Director of the Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the ad in question, titled "I LIke to Party," "promot[es] situational use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, for PrEP, misleading viewers into believing that Truvada is safe and effective for use on a situational basis, despite knowing that the drug is not FDA approved for such off-label use."

See? That's the sort of horseshit you can throw when you've got several hundred million dollars in tax-free donations to play around with.

As AVN pointed out here, not only has the "star" of the ad set a reminder on his phone to take his PrEP, he's also seen pocketing a small bag of pills (one of which might be purple-colored Truvada) as he picks up his keys and prepares to go party.

"FDA labeling for Truvada as PrEP is very clear: the drug is to be taken daily and used in conjunction with other safer sex practices, such as condoms, and not on an intermittent basis as the Gilead-financed ad suggests," claimed AHF president Michael Weinstein in yesterday's press release.

The release also claims that a story by Queensland Pride magazine's Andrew Shaw published on Australia's Gay News Network, titled "New US PrEP Ads Target Men Who Like to Party," supports AHF's claim that the ad promotes intermittent use of Truvada, but in fact, that article does nothing of the sort.

"The new spot is specifically directed at men who may be at high risk but feel shamed by the social baggage attached to taking Truvada, the only form of PrEP currently approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration," the article states, then goes on to quote ad creator Kenny Neal Shults as saying, "[W]e wanted to reach men whose sexual and recreational drug behaviours both put them at a greater risk for both contracting HIV and being stigmatized for even considering going on PrEP.”

Only someone who was adamantly opposed to the use of PrEP (which, after all, might someday cut into AHF's funding sources if it becomes widely used) could interpret the Shaw article as opining that the ad recommends non-daily use of PrEP.

Hence, AHF's statement in its letter to Dr. Ostroff that, "In contravention of statute and regulations, Gilead launched an ad campaign to mislead viewers into believing that Truvada is safe and effective for use on a situational basis despite knowing that the drug is not approved for such use. Consequently, the ad campaign constitutes impermissible off-label promotion, and we urge the FDA to take immediate action to (1) require Gilead to cease and desist all such off-label promotion; (2) require Gilead to publically correct the misinformation disseminated by the ad campaign; and (3) impose any sanctions permitted by law," is pure crap.

Perhaps AHF's donors might want to take note of the misinformation AHF is spreading in order, apparently, to ensure that there are more and more HIV patients that AHF can get paid to treat.

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Meet the 2016 AVN Awards Trophy Girls: Jenna Sativa & Elsa Jean

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Jenna Sativa & Elsa Jean

A plum assignment in the porn world is serving as a trophy girl at the AVN Awards Show—a high-profile post that puts the chosen performers on stage for the duration of the show. This year’s trophy wranglers, Elsa Jean and Jenna Sativa will join Anikka Albrite, Joanna Angel and comedian Kate Quigley on stage on January 23. Read on for more about these two newcomers.

Jenna Sativa

There’s clearly something exceptional about Jenna Sativa, given the fact that she’s the only all-girl performer agent Mark Spiegler—notorious for maintaining a roster of girls with little to no sexual limitations—has ever accepted as a new client.

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“I take no credit for this whatsoever,” Jenna is quick to contend. “It was literally a miracle. I went to see Mark to get some advice, because Mark is the best and I wanted to see what he thought that I should do.” It just so happened that at the time, two of the highest-ranking Spiegler Girls—Dana DeArmond and Asa Akira—were visiting as well, and jointly decided on the spot that Jenna needed to join their ranks.

As she was walking to her car, Dana and Asa came running after her and brought her back to Spiegler. “Mark said, ‘They totally convinced me to take you. I asked them what they thought about you, and they said that they loved you and that I should take you,’” Jenna recalled. “We were screaming and jumping around. That was the best freaking day ever! I was beyond excited.”

Having earned the Spiegler seal of approval, along with a 2016 AVN All-Girl Performer of the Year nomination and one of the two AVN Awards Trophy Girl slots, Jenna seems poised for a very bright career, indeed. And there’s plenty she hopes to accomplish. “I want to direct,“ she said, “and I also want to learn photography, so I’ve been looking at some schools.”

In the meantime, she says she couldn’t be happier about her present lot in life. “It’s better than a dream,” she gushed. “I get to wake up excited every day!”

Follow Jenna Sativa on Twitter @JennaSativa.

Elsa Jean

Yes, she named herself after the princess from Disney’s Frozen, but Elsa Jean tends to call an entirely different princess to mind for most: porn princess Riley Steele. Jean says that people note the resemblance on “every shoot that I do. Every single one.”

Not that she’s bothered by the comparison, per se. “She’s really, really pretty, so I’m like, ‘Yeah!’” Jean concedes, albeit with the qualification, “I just want to be my own person.”

She certainly can lay claim to her own personhood insofar as her educational history is concerned: Having graduated high school at 16, she jumped early into higher education at George Mason University, where she began studying to become a surgical assistant. Once she turned 18, however, “I stopped and did porn,” she said.

But don’t take that to mean she’s abandoned her scholastic ambitions forever. “I plan on finishing it, honestly,” she asserted, “because I’m really big on education and I love to learn.”

So what did make her turn to porn, exactly? “Well my sex life absolutely sucked, and I always watched porn,” Jean explained. “I think I’m overly sexual compared to the average person, so I constantly watched porn. I was so frustrated! You don’t understand—it made me angry all the time! And I thought, ‘I need to have good sex, so why not try porn?’ And then I loved it, so…”

Now that she’s here, what does she most want the porn world to know about her? “I want everyone to know that Elsa Jean is the greatest person alive,” she quipped.

One believer is her agent, Mark Schechter, who said, “I am so proud for Elsa Jean to be selected as a trophy girl for this year’s AVN Awards Show. Elsa is truly deserving of this honor, as she continues to impress each and every director who has shot her. Elsa is a true example of what it takes to be a big star in the adult industry. I look forward to her continued success.”

Follow Elsa Jean on Twitter @ElsaJeanxxx.

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Jan

My Shiney Hiney Spruces Up for First ANE Visit

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My Shiney Hiney Spruces Up for First ANE Visit

The AVN Novelty Expo has long been known as the best B2B trade show to find the newest and most innovative products every year, and the 2016 show promises to live up to its reputation. The show kicks off today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Among the first-time exhibitors this year is My Shiney Hiney, a collection of anal cleansing creams, anal bleach, cleansing brushes and replacement bristles.

With soft or medium bristles attached to an ergonomically designed curved applicator brush, My Shiney Hiney allows for easy accessibility to the most hard-to-reach personal places.

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The My Shiney Hiney brush set comes with applicator brush, three medium bristle replaceable brush heads, a suction cup shower holder and the finger brush for an even more intimate cleanse.

The My Shiney Hiney Cleansing Cream removes impurities while also conditioning skin with moisture from its enriched formulas that are available in soothing Lemon Verbena, Citrus Ginger and Passion Fruit fragrances. The My Shiney Hiney Whitening Cream is blended with enhanced ingredients for a more balanced complexion. My Shiney Hiney Whitening Cream can be applied twice a day to lighten dark skin.

My Shiney Hiney will be exhibiting in Festival Hall in the Paradise Tower of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. For information, visit MyShineyHiney.com.

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Stoney Curtis Begins Development on Mainstream TV Series

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LOS ANGELES—Veteran adult producer and director Stoney Curtis and his company Lethal Hardcore Productions have set up their first scripted television series for development.

Curtis will be working with veteran studio executive and executive producer, Kirk Schenck, and his SixEleven Media on the mainstream project tentatively entitled Hardcore. The series is an anthology centered on the lives of four adult film producer-directors from different walks of life who have known each other for years. They compete, settle old grudges and live complicated lives below the surface of Hollywood’s glamorous facade.

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Hardcore is billed as "Breaking Bad in a Boogie Nights universe" with intersecting stories of old friends who all have dark secrets, unsettled scores, and unpaid debts that could endanger the businesses they’ve built and the people they love the most. The main character is based on Curtis’ life which included for many years living a dual life and hiding his involvement in the industry from family and friends. Development will take place out of SixEleven’s Los Angeles and Canadian offices with the goal to set up both North American and international financing.

Schenck remarked, “Stoney is one of the last of the old breed of adult producers. He knows where the bodies are buried. He’s stayed clean in a dangerous business filled with money laundering, censorship and government crackdowns, crackpot talent “agents,” Mafia strong-arming, and even death threats from a Colombian cartel kingpin whose daughter ended up in one of his films.

"Over Curtis’ career the industry has undergone massive changes, which have forced some desperate conduct in the dark shadows of L.A.’s glitter and sunshine. There are few better ways to tell the noir story of L.A. than through the prism of the adult film industry, and there’s no better source of the stories of that world than from Stoney.”

Curtis, who has produced and directed more than 800 adult films spanning a 23-year career, said, “I’ve always wanted to tell the real story of my industry but from the inside out, from the viewpoint of the trenches, not the idealized sexy smokey versions typically found in Hollywood films. Hardcore will tell stories that actually happened, and are happening right now.”

Curtis has seen generations of talent flow in and out of the adult business. Hardcore at its core is about a group of friends who came up the ranks in the business in the high-flying early 1990s when it was still a bit of a cottage-industry, when it was more about the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” than the corporatization of the current internet-based model. Back then, the girls wanted to become infamous, according to Curtis.

"It was a time before the internet and social media when aspiring stars were going against the grain, rejecting the sexual rules of a more conservative society, everyone knew everyone and they all honored a set of rules as to how things were done," he said.

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Mile High Media's Jon Blitt Sheds Light on Dark X

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Posted Jan 19th, 2016 12:30 PM by Iris Blocks

When AVN’s reigning Director of the Year creates a new studio, it’s time to sit up straight and pay attention. So when the official word finally came, after weeks of anticipation by fans and retailers, that O.L. Entertainment was officially launching a new showcase for the work of the celebrated helmswoman, a wave of excitement hit the industry. The new studio, Dark X, marked Mason’s official entry into the interracial market with the creation of both DVD content and the website DarkX.com.

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Dark X joins O.L. Entertainment’s successful ‘X’ brands, Hard X and Erotica X, and offers Mason a new outlet for her polished, high-end style of shooting hardcore content.

“O.L. Entertainment is presenting me with the opportunity to continue to explore creatively in a new market,” Mason said. “It’s been an incredibly fulfilling experience thus far with Hard X and Erotica X, and I’m looking forward to the fans seeing our new studio and providing valuable feedback. Dark X will continue to feature intense and passionate exchanges that our studios are known for, while not shying away from anal, d.p.s and gangbangs. I’m very excited about this new project.”

Critically and commercially recognized by her movies for Hard X and Erotica X, Mason stands out with her knack for bringing out the best in her performers as well as her visual aesthetics, art direction and uncompromising gonzo style. With the launch of DarkX.com, she’ll bring those assets to a new arena—thanks to the man behind the brand: O.L. Entertainment head of production Jon Blitt. We hounded the busy executive with a barrage of questions about Dark X, and also about the many other studios in the O.L. Entertainment/Mile High Media family that have grown successful under his wing.

Through your Mile High studios Reality Junkies, Doghouse and particularly Sweetheart Video, with its interracial lesbian titles, you’ve produced a fair share of interracial content. What will be different about Dark X?

Jon Blitt:The interracial products that we have ventured into with our other brands have been girl/girl mostly, with the exception of our cuckold series for Reality Junkies. What makes Dark X unique is that it is unlike any product the consumers have ever seen from Mason. I guess you can say it’s kind of like a hybrid between our Erotica X and Hard X products. You have the high-end aesthetics and storyline of an Erotica X release with the intense, hardcore sexual encounters you’d expect in a Hard X title. 

Mason has directed interracial titles for Hard X beginning with “Blondes Go Black” last year. Did fan response play a role in your decision to launch Dark X?

Dark X is a product that has been in conception for close to two years now. When we saw the success of the Erotica X and Hard X brands we began brainstorming ways to grow this into something much larger and there Dark X and some other X brand concepts were born. The success of titles such as Blondes Go Black, Brunettes Go Black, etc. definitely helped us in forecasting the profitability of a stand-alone interracial studio. The fans are always a consideration and we do a lot of interacting and asking what they want to see as well as who they’d like to see for our “X” studios. We take to the boards as well as conduct member surveys to get immediate feedback and see what our devoted fans are asking for. If it aligns with our director creatively as well as our goals for the studio then everyone wins and we have top-selling content. A lot of time and planning went into doing an IR studio; our fans were definitely a major player in our decision.

Interracial content is obviously booming in popularity now. Do you have any theories about why it’s become such a big seller?

I actually believe that interracial product has always been popular in the marketplace. IR porn is one of the most consistent niches I’ve seen in over 20 years in the industry, dating back to brands like Video Team, TT Boy, Dogfart, etc. However, as society evolves so does adult content. IR product is now being treated like erotica and other high-end porn. The niche has a growing demand for a higher end product, with the best girls appearing in scenes with top production and cinematography.

What does interracial porn mean to you? Will Dark X stick to the classic combo—black men and white women—or will you be mixing it up?

Interracial porn will be treated just as it is in our other studios—we do high-end, hardcore content with the best performances and aesthetics possible. As to the classic combo vs. mixing it up we are never set in our ways and don’t ever hold back because others aren’t doing it. It’s Mason’s creative force that dictates what and how we do things. So it’s safe to say you can expect the unexpected, and the best possible IR porn. Dark X might begin as a product that caters to fans of the so-called “classic combo” (black men and white women) but like all our products we will rely on our fan base to dictate the direction the brand takes in the future. We are very open and excited about the possibility of exploring many different interracial couplings within the Dark X brand.

In terms of style, will Dark X lean toward Mason’s Hard X style of shooting, or will it be softer, like Erotica X?

If you take the best of both Hard X and Erotica X and fuse it you have a glimpse at what Dark X will be, with hardcore content and stunning esthetics. It will definitely feature harder content like Hard X, such as anal, d.p.s, gangbangs, coupled with softer stories and vignettes like fans expect from Erotica X.

Hard X movies have been marked with many “firsts” for female performers. Will the new studio also have this focus?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that the studio will have this as a focus as much as saying that this brand will take the same type of direction as the other X brands before it. Mason has a way of working that makes the talent comfortable and pushes their boundaries in the best way possible, and because of this I believe a lot of firsts present themselves to us organically. The fans crave that and the talent seeks her out for their firsts because of it. Case in point is out first Dark X film Her 1st Interracial featuring IR firsts for Sara Luvv, Karlee Grey, Pristine Edge and Angel Smalls.

Speaking of firsts, the Dark X launch marks the first time you’ve debuted both a studio and a website at the same time. Can you talk about the differences between marketing web-based content versus DVD?

When we partnered with Gamma to form O.L. Entertainment the goal was to use both our strengths—theirs as a leading internet company and ours as a leader in content and DVD distribution—to form the best possible studios and sites in tandem. We are doing just that. By combining our talents the “X” studios and their websites have a specific team dedicated to its marketing both online and off, making it possible to launch a studio and its site together. We’re constantly pooling our 30-plus years of adult expertise for the best possible impact and sales success.

What kind of release schedule are you looking at for online scenes and DVD titles?

Like all the X brands DarkX.com does weekly updates, with the occasional added bonus scene for members to enjoy. Our first DVD release came out in December, with one DVD a month continuing. As time progresses we will look at increasing the release schedule.

Hard X and its sister studios are under a different affiliate network than the Mile High Media studios. Do you take a different approach to marketing this content online?

Mile High’s sites are part of the Famedollars network, which is owned and operated by Gamma Entertainment. It’s really how our partnership began to form for O.L. Entertainment. We then created O.L. Entertainment when we bought Blazing Bucks and began to produce content together; hence the launch of the X brands. That being said, the X studios and their websites have a specific team dedicated to marketing, pooling years of expertise in online marketing (courtesy of our partner Gamma), concentrating on each brand’s specific need for the most effective sales impact.

Mile High Media has long offered a wide array of adult content. Now, with the addition of Icon Male and TransSensual, you cover the entire adult marketplace. From that vantage point, do you see differences between consumers of straight, lesbian, gay and trans erotica?

There are of course differences; however, I can tell you that there is also a universal qualifier to any adult content—good porn is always in demand. We approach all segments with the same underlying goal: to make the best porn that fans will keep coming back for. That starts with our awarded directors: Nica Noelle, James Avalon, Bobby Manila, Dana Vespoli, and Mason. They work hand-in-hand with us to guide the studios and keep the quality at its highest level.

What would you say is the biggest influence your company has had on the adult industry?

Without creating a big debate as to who did what first, I will say that Mile High Media has been integral in leading the couples erotica explosion and the emphasis on features and dramas with forbidden elements—much of that courtesy of Nica Noelle and the ‘Sweet’ studios (Sweetheart and Sweet Sinner) we established with her and now with Icon Male and TransSensual studios. Our goal is to give our directors the environment to explore and expand creatively.  Unlike some in the industry, we are happy to see competition as we feel it has made this genre so strong in the marketplace.

For the latest Dark X news, visit Blog.DarkX.com. DarkX.com is a standalone member site. Interested O.L. Entertainment affiliates may direct inquiries to affiliates@blazingbucks.com.

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Jan

Mr. Skin Entertains in Keynote Address at Internext

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Mr. Skin Entertains in Keynote Address at Internext

LAS VEGAS—In a heartfelt and funny keynote address Monday evening at Internext, Jim McBride shared his unexpected story of how he turned his teenage hobby into a digital media empire.

Known worldwide as Mr. Skin, the Chicago native McBride suggested “no one has had more fun going to work than I have” as he took the stage. 

No argument here.

The undisputed king of celebrity nudity entertained a full house at the Vinyl Nightclub inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with a vivid recollection of how he went from being a horny teenager to a nationally known guru of T&A.

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Wearing a sharp black suit and sipping from a cup of water in the darkened room, the charismatic McBride pointed to three defining moments on his career path—or as he likes to call them, “Skinfining” moments—in which he “rose to the occasion” and “stuck the landing.”

He recounted how he began recording nude scenes from late-night cable channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime on a Betamax just for the thrill of it, and soon he accumulated boxes of five-hour tapes.

But McBride didn’t just press record during the early years. He approached what he was doing with surgical precision. With careful attention to detail, he included hand-written notes with each tape about “who was naked, the body parts and how far into the movie.”

“Maybe the Smithsonian would want those some day,” he joked.

“You’ve heard of the term Rhodes Scholar. They used to call me a Loads Scholar.”

He said iconic 1980s TV characters such as Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter), Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach on Dukes of Hazzard) and Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick on the Brady Bunch)—“The Holy Grail”—were among the women he was excited to find partially nude in various B-movies.

McBride called the period between 1980-85 the “Golden Age of teen sex comedies" as it produced cult classics such as Porky’s, a movie that featured what he considers “the greatest shower scene in the history of cinema.”

With no pretension and the tone of a guy swapping stories at the local watering hole, he confessed to watching the 1983 sex comedy My Tutor “at least 50 times” to see the gorgeous Caren Kaye in various states of nakedness. He also declared “the greatest nude scene in history of movies” involved Phoebe Cates stepping out of the swimming pool and shedding her bikini top in slow motion during the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

But McBride joked that his hobby wasn’t helping him move out of his parent’s basement. He landed a day job working as a runner and then a clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

About six years after he started at the Merc he was out on a Tuesday night with friends at Charlie’s Ale House in Lincoln Park and doing what he does best—talking celebrity nudity—when a local radio host named Harry Teinowitz asked him if he’d be interested in coming on his show.

“I’d never been on a radio show,” McBride said. “I’d never even called into a radio show.”

McBride decided to do it, but he didn’t want to use his real name because he didn’t want his parents finding out about his perverted passion. Teinowitz first suggested he call himself “Mr. Naked” but that was “too creepy,” McBride said.

“The second name he said was Mr. Skin.”

He took a cab on his lunch break to do Teinowitz's radio show, nailed it and got invited back. But McBride didn’t think it was going much further, and that he was just enjoying his “15 minutes of fame.” 

After becoming a regular for Teinowitz, McBride moved onto guest appearances on some bigger radio shows and soon became a local celebrity in Chicago.

“But I had nothing to promote. I had nothing to sell,” he said.

Then in the summer of 1998, after being approached at celebrity softball game he was umpiring to start a Mr. Skin website, McBride raised $70,000 with two $35,000 loans and hired a web developer.

MrSkin.com went live on Aug. 10, 1999, “at 4:45 p.m.”

“By 4:50 p.m I had my first signup for $4.95 for three days access. It was a guy from Cincinnati,” McBride recalled. But the first six months were tough.

Then everything changed on March 23, 2000, when McBride was asked to call in to the Howard Stern Show. Combating his nerves, he came through in the clutch once again on Stern’s show, where he promoted his first annual Anatomy Awards. MrSkin.com got 1,000 joins that day, and since then he’s been invited back on the Stern show about 30 times.

With the site now already booming, McBride said another huge moment came Feb. 1, 2004, when Janet Jackson had her notorious “wardrobe malfunction” at halftime of Superbowl XXXVIII in Houston, where her bare breast fell out of her bra on national TV. McBride quickly added the clip to his site and on Feb. 2, 2004, MrSkin.com enjoyed its best signup day ever.

“We killed it that day. This was before Youtube, TMZ and Facebook,” McBride noted. 

Perhaps the moment that cemented him in pop culture history came in the summer of 2006, when he was approached by the attorney for Paramount Pictures who told him the director of The 40-Year-Old-Virgin wanted to use his website in his next movie, Knocked Up.

That product placement turned into a full scene in Knocked Up, which did $250 million at the box office in summer of 2007 and has since been shown at least 5,000 times on various cable networks worldwide. 

Mr. Skin is now entering its 17th year and McBride said he is more excited than ever about the future. This Monday he and his staff of 40 at SK Intertainment will launch a complete redesign of the site. It’s become a family business—his sister has headed the HR department for 13 years and even his mom works out of her home in Arizona doing data entry. 

“You haven’t lived until your 77-year-old mother asks you ’is this bush or a shadow?’” McBride said. "True story."

McBride thanked his team, noting SK Intertainment president Sam Rakowski came up through ranks after starting in the content department. And he proudly revealed his company enjoyed its best year ever in 2015.

“When you are No. 1 in your field people are willing to pay for it,” McBride said.

He said he’ll continue to build MrSkin.com, acquire complementary brands and chronicle every nude scene in the history of film and TV.

“There are no bad nude scenes,” McBride told the audience. “We celebrate nudity in film.”

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Pure Play Media and Immoral Productions Release '500th Movie'

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Pure Play Media and Immoral Productions Release '500th Movie'

VAN NUYS, CA — Whatever measuring system you use, releasing 500 movies is a milestone. It is a milestone that Immoral Productions and Pure Play Media have achieved with the release of the self-explanatory title, 500th Movie

Produced by Immoral Productions owner Porno Dan Leal, the video gathers a cast of stars to celebrate the studio’s huge milestone in hardcore boy/girl, threesome, and group scenes. The film features four Penthouse Pets: Jenna Ivory, Shawna Lenee, Kagney Linn Karter, and Tomi Taylor, as well as UK Performer of the Year Jasmine Jae, US Performer of the Year Britney Amber, and Best New Starlet nominees Marsha May, and Katrina Jade.

Leal says, “I am truly thankful to my crew, the models, the amazing team at Pure Play Media, and all of the fans who have supported us over the years.“

"We at Pure Play Media are so honored to have represented Immoral Productions' releases over the years. Since the very start, we knew Dan's films would have mass appeal," adds Pure Play Media VP Adam H. "Congratulations on this milestone, and we look forward to releasing the next 500 films by Immoral, and beyond!"

Retailers interested in stocking 500th Movie are encouraged to contact Michael at Mike@pureplaymedia.com or 954-903-3347 (x2224), or your IVD Sales Representative.

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Panelists Set for 2016 AEE Trade Seminars

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Panelists Set for 2016 AEE Trade Seminars

Posted Jan 19th, 2016 10:30 AM

Last month AVN announced the topics and schedule for the trade seminars at the 2016 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. These educational panels feature adult industry experts and are open only to trade attendees. Topics have been chosen in an an effort to reflect current issues and preoccupations in the industry, with the intent to help both companies and individuals flourish in an ever-changing industry. To get more information about the panelists, click here.

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All seminars will be held in Studio 1B, inside the Paradise Tower at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Wednesday, January 20

Private Lives: Protecting Member Data
3-4 p.m.
Hacking is a fact of life, with security breaches happening at all levels of the digital sphere, from healthcare databases to retail giants to adult dating sites. AVN will assemble a panel of seasoned players to talk about how you can protect your clients’ sensitive information.
Moderator: Colin Rowntree
Panelists: Jon Buckheit of FriendFinder Networks, Ron Cadwell of CCBill, Jami Choudhury of eSecureSend, attorney Eric Bernstein, information security professional Joe Evans, Bryan Larkin of SKYlab Technology.

Case Studies: Keeping Tabs on Changing Laws and Regulations
4-5 p.m.
Condom regulations, the 2257 lawsuit, piracy battles, zoning challenges, and the odd challenge to freedom of speech—all of these issues affect your right and ability to produce and sell adult entertainment and pleasure products. A team of legal eagles will help keep us in the loop on the latest developments.
Moderator: Mark Kernes
Panelists: Paul Cambria, Allan Gelbard, J. Michael Murray, Karen Tynan.

Election 2016: Which Presidential Candidate Is the Best Bet for the Adult Industry?
5-6 p.m.
American voters will be choosing their next commander-in-chief over the next 11 months, both in primary elections and the national presidential vote in November 2016. A panel of politically active porn vets will discuss the pros and cons of the candidates seeking to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as how the outcome of the election will affect the industry.
Moderator: Howard Levine
Panelists: Clyde DeWitt, Kelly Holland, Dee Severe, John Stagliano, Evan Stone.
 
Thursday, January 21

Trans Action: Exploring Trends in TS Erotica
1-2 p.m.
More Americans than ever before are aware of, and open to, the transgender community. Learn more about this lively and profitable adult entertainment niche from producers and sales people, both veterans and vibrant newcomers.
Moderator: Kristel Penn of Grooby Productions.
Panelists:Fran Marquez of Shemale Strokers, director Aiden Starr and performers Jessy Dubai and Foxxy.
 
Empowering the Performer: How to Be Your Own Boss
2-3 p.m.
More than at any time in the past, adult performers have at their disposal a wide array of opportunities to control their professional destiny. The discussion will include issues related to traditional adult entertainment work as well as webcamming and live chat, running websites and online stores, and working the gentlemen’s club circuit.
Moderator: Colin Rowntree
Panelists: Casey Calvert, Nate Glass, Sunny Lane, Natalie Pannon, Sean Phillips, Lexington Steele, Vicky Vette

Porn or Erotica? Chasing That Indie Vibe
3-4 p.m.
It’s famously said that the difference between porn and erotica is lighting ... but it’s obviously much more than that. We all know it when we see it, but just what ineffable qualities turn adult entertainment into something that could fit in on the film festival circuit?
Moderator: Eli Cross
Panelists: Michelle Flynn, Alex Ladd, Greg Lansky, Magnus Sullivan

Friday, January 22

Love Virtually: The Multidimensional World of VR
1-2 p.m.
AVN has always gotten a charge out of cutting-edge porn tech, from 3D to 4K. We’ve heard much about the promise of what virtual reality technologies can bring to adult entertainment. Now, at last, VR seems ready for its close-up. This seminar will explore what’s out there on the horizon.
Moderator: Colin Rowntree
Panelists: Lee Bond, Ela Darling, Fivestar, Brian Shuster

Has the Internet REALLY Changed Anything About Sexuality?
2-3 p.m.
As a 30-year resident of Silicon Valley, Marty Klein hears every day that the internet has changed everything. And as a 30-year sex therapist in Silicon Valley, he has had a front-row seat for the latest ways that people use technology as part of dating, mating, cheating, fantasizing, and long-term coupling. In an entertaining, fast-paced talk, Klein will talk about what hasn’t changed about sex, review what sex is actually like for most people, how that shapes their porn-viewing habits—and why it matters to the adult industry. Klein has written several books on sexuality, including America's War on Sex.

Now Trending: What’s Hot, What’s Ahead
3-4 p.m.
Fauxcest, hotwifing, feminist erotica, high-end IR, femdom, reality porn, GILFs … these are a few buzzwords that have been kicked around lately. We’ll assemble a panel to talk about what’s selling, and why.
Moderator: Kevin Moore
Panelists: Ashley Fires, Bree Mills, Dana Vespoli, Jay West

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Industry Leaders Talk Technology on Day 3 of Internext

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Panels explore future of digital media; attorneys analyze election

Industry Leaders Talk Technology on Day 3 of Internext

LAS VEGAS—Some of the leading executives in digital media offered a few words of wisdom to Internext attendees as the “Future Forecast” panel wound down Monday.

“Continue coming to shows like this one and get out of your shell,” Netbilling president Mitch Farber recommended to the crowd packed into the Monterrey Room inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 

“Don’t get stuck in your existing model,” said Brian Shuster, founder of Utherverse and Holofilm Productions.

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The president of VS Media, Greg Clayman, emphasized “mobile responsiveness” for your web presence, while FriendFinder CEO Jonathan Buckheit pointed to “intelligent traffic analytics” as a crucial factor in moving your business forward.

Shay Efron, the VP of sales and marketing for Pussycash and ImLive, ended his remarks on a lighter note, saying, “Be transparent. Be loyal. And don’t do drugs. But if you do drugs, do them with me.” 

The heavyweight panel—which also featured MojoHost founder Brad Mitchell and Revolution Force CEO Sean Christian and was moderated by Wasteland’s Colin Rowntree—turned into one of the highlights of the final day of the Expo, bringing together more than 140 years of combined experience on the Internext stage.

Revolution Force’s Christian said it’s important to focus on “ad technology, big data, user flow and correct billing.”

Mitchell, whose hosting company has been on top of its game for more than a decade, acknowledged the remarkable growth of the live cam sector of adult entertainment, noting that his client base now includes several different cam companies.

Buckheit revealed his company is going to do a 3D live cam site this year.

The conversation shifted largely to the emergence and viability of virtual reality content in the coming months. 

“VR is going to be transformative for cams,” HoloFilm’s Shuster predicted. “It’s going to be interesting when we see what happens.” 

Shuster added, “VR has finally arrived after half a dozen false starts.” He said that people may not be paying for porn much anymore, but they are willing pay for “new kinds of experiences."

The annual legal panel did not disappoint either, delivering an hour of essential information for industry professionals courtesy of seasoned attorneys J. Michael Murray, Clyde DeWitt, Corey Silverstein and Larry Walters, who moderated.

Murray is leading the adult industry’s ongoing litigation regarding 18 U.S.C. 2257, 2257A, the federal record-keeping statutes that govern sexually explicit material in the U.S. in Free Speech Coalition v. Attorney General.

FSC has argued that 2257 is an unconstitutional violation of the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, while the Justice Department disagrees, saying the law does not impose an unconstitutional burden on producers of adult content. Both sides made their most recent arguments in the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in December. 

“Perfection is the minimum requirement for 2257A,” Murray warned. “You better be vigilant and you better be achieving perfection.”

The topic of the presidential race came up, creating some interesting remarks about which Republican candidate would be the worse-case scenario for the adult industry’s interests.

“They’re all bad,” Clyde DeWitt said.

Michael Murray concluded that Texas Senator Ted Cruz would give the industry the most headaches.

“He’s the most conservative. He appeals to the evangelicals. He has slammed the Supreme Court. He would be in my opinion the worst option,” Murray said.

Silverstein said that if a Republican was elected that “Donald Trump probably for our purposes would be the best one.”

“Frankly, I don’t see him giving a shit [about adult entertainment],” Silverstein said. “But I think he’s an act, an entertainment act. And it’s a shame he’s gotten this far.”

The final day of education started with “The Do’s and Don’t’s of Successful Media Buying” panel moderated by DigiWorldPartner’s Nigel Williams.

He led a spirited discussion with fellow experts Brian Elkan (Affil4you), Geoffrey Bonnechere (TrafficStars), Alex Lecomte (JuicyAds), Brent Simpson (Revolution Force) and Chris Lebrun (Etology).

One thing the group agreed on was that buyers should be asking a lot of questions.

“Especially if you’re not a seasoned media buyer,” Williams said.

“Start small and scale quickly,” added Lebrun.

Elkan maintained that “tracking is the No. 1 thing in buying traffic. … My philosophy is the more tracking the better.”

On the importance of re-targeting, Bonnechere noted that “only 2-3 percent of users buy the first time.”

“The other 98 percent will buy upon returning,” he said, adding that negative re-targeting is also key so that “you only pay for traffic that hasn’t bought your product.”

Pete Housley, the founder of PornStarTweet, moderated a strong panel titled “Rules of Engagement: How to Optimize Your Social Media Imprint.”

His panelists included Lauren MacEwen (7Veils), Christophe Peyras (Streamate) and Dan Leal (Immoral Productions).

MacEwen said placing a link in the first 1/3 of your tweet improves click-through ratio on Twitter by 30 percent. Leal, who runs several social media accounts promoting his production company and live shows, reminded attendees to not forget about adding some personality to your posts, such as "a funny picture."

Peyras, who runs social media for Streamate, agreed. “Don’t spam, make it original,” he said.

Housley imparted perhaps the most sage advice of the session, concluding with “Remember, social media has to be social.”

And it’s importance shouldn’t be discounted.

“This is not your receptionist’s job. This is your brand,” Housley said. 

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Fresh Faces: Edyn Blair

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Edyn Blair

This article originally ran in the January 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here for the digital edition.

Age: 27 | Height: 5-foot-5 | Measurements: 34C-27-40 | Hair: Red | Eyes: Hazel

Ask performers when they got started and you often get a vague month and year, but Edyn Blair will tell you she started “January 21st, 2014” without hesitation. “When I was 25 I decided to do it, and I moved across the country, and got thrown in.” She drove cross-country from North Carolina in a four-day marathon, alone, “All the way across. It was crazy.”

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She had been a clothing model as a teen, then moved on to implied nudity at 22. “I had always been interested in porn, but I was too shy to really do it. Then I saw a documentary called Naked Ambition about a photographer documenting the AVNs. It was the first positive porn documentary I had ever seen, and it blew me away. I decided, ‘I have to be part of this’ and I decided to do it.” She has been to AVN Expo: “I love it. I love the crazy costumes people wear, and I love all the fans that come, and how great they are. I feel like a rock star when I’m there. You can’t get any better.”

She has meaningful tattoos: “I dare you” on her thumb commemorates a cousin who died at 19 and whose death "lit the fire under my ass." At the time she was unhappy, and she said to herself, "I think this is going to make me happy. Life is too short. Too short and too unpredictable. You have to take those chances.”

A tattoo on her back declares carpe noctem, “Because the day isn’t the only thing that holds opportunity.” And chaos in a cage below her navel came “from a poem I wrote in high school: There are forces in this world/Unbeknownst to men/That save the sinners/And break the righteous/And in doing so/Tame chaos in a cage.” That sentiment is surrounded by a number of small bats because “They’re my favorite animal. They’re the only mammal that’s free, because they can fly. And of all the creatures in the world, whenever it’s darkest, they can always find their way.”

Blair says her best performances have been for Gingerracial from 3rd Degree (“I do a lot of interracial.”), Bush League 3 and 4 for Devil’s Films, and Lesbo Pool Party 5 for 3rd Degree. She also has some acting performances in upcoming features from Wicked Pictures. “I love acting. I did theater when I was in high school. A lot of times on set, I never have my script on me because I know it already. I grab my props and do my scene right away. I think it’s my theater background that helps with that.”

Edyn Blair is represented by Nexxxt Level. Find her on Instagram and Twitter: edynblair.

Click here for more photos of Edyn Blair taken at AVN's Talent Night, sponsored by MyFreeCams and Porndoe.

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Sybian Creator David Lampert Honored for Lifetime Achievement

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Sybian Creator David Lampert Honored for Lifetime Achievement

David Lampert, creator of the iconic Sybian sex toy, will be the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the “O” Awards.

The ceremony takes place during the AVN Novelty Expo. The event begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20 in the Real World Suite at the  Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.

“I am just so excited and pleased to be receiving this honor,” Lampert told AVN.

The 85-year-old said he will attend the ceremony when he travels to Las Vegas to exhibit Sybian for the first time ever at ANE.

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Lampert helped to revolutionize the sex toy industry and women’s orgasms when he shipped the first Sybian in December 1987. The idea for the Sybian came to Lampert in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1983 that he really began working on the creation.

A Sybian is a masturbation device primarily designed for use by women. It consists of a saddle-like seat containing an electric motor, gearbox speed reducer, and mechanism connected to a rod that protrudes from a hole in the top center. Various attachments can be added to the rod, which vibrates, rotates and may also stimulate the clitoris externally. The intensity of the movements produced can be increased or decreased through a control box attached to the Sybian’s base.

Through the years, Sybian has become one of the most coveted sex toys of all time, thanks to its ability to help women achieve longer and more intense orgasms, as well as its ability to help women train their bodies to experience multiple orgasms, Lampert said.

Prior to making his Sybian idea a reality, Lampert lives a completely different life. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture, but the day after graduation he took over management of an Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where he’d worked during his last year in college.

He and his wife, Sandra, taught ballroom dancing classes seven days a week for several years, teaching more than 20,000 people through the years, he said. During the couple’s contact with so many women, Lampwert said he learned of women’s desires and more.

“It became pretty clear that women were getting the short end of the stick, so to speak, when it came to sexual gratification,” he said. “I felt something needed to be done about that.”

Lampert teamed up with a medical doctor to start creating the Sybian, which took several years of development and research among hundreds of women to get it just right.

“We did a lot of testing, and for a long time we would attend swingers’ functions on a weekly basis to have women and their partners learn to use the Sybian and see what worked and what didn’t,” Lampert said.

The Sybian, he said, is designed that if used properly can help women achieve orgasms they didn’t know they were capable of. It can also be use as a training device to help women train their bodies to respond much more easily to sexual intercourse in a woman-superior position.

In recent years, Lampert has brought more family members into the parent company of Abco Reseach Associates—a son, a daughter, another daughter’s husband and two granddaughters—and given them the freedom to expand on the original product. Recent changes include special editions with various coverings and colors, as well as a new line of attachments. After almost three decades, Sybian continues to be a powerhouse in the industry, all thanks to Lampert and his desire to help women improve their sexual experiences. For more, visit Sybian.com.

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GFY Award Winners Announced at Internext Expo

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GFY Award Winners Announced at Internext Expo

Posted Jan 18th, 2016 11:30 PM

LAS VEGAS—The always raucouse GFY Awards were announced January 18 at Vanity Nightclub. The following are the winners in alphabetical order. Pictured above, GFY "zookeeper" Eric Matis, who hosted the show.

Best Adult CPA Network
CrakRevenue

Best Advertising Network
JuicyAds

Best Affiliate Manager
Nancy Moore (Cherry Pimps)

Best Affiliate Program
Cambuilder

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Best Business Trend of the Year
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Best Cam Studio of the Year
Studio20

Best Company Rep in GFY
Andy Wullmer

Best Content Partnership
Pornhub

Best Content Producer
Brazzers

Best Content Provider
AdultCentro

Best Dating Company
Adult Friend Finder

Best Designer
Zuzana Designs

Best Hosting Company
Mojohost

Best IPSP
CCBill

Best Live Cam Company
Chaturbate

Best Merchant Services
Epoch

Best Mobile Ad Network
Bitter Strawberry

Best Mobile Company
Affil4you

Best New Paysite
FakeCop.com

Best Overall Company of the Year
Bitter Strawberry

Best Payment Service
Paxum

Best Webmaster Tool
NATS

Business Person of the Year
Nik Tamer

Chaturbate Female Empowerment Award
Danni Ashe

Hall of Fame
Boneprone

Innovative Company of the Year
ModelCentro

Most Popular GFY Member
JFK

Newbie of the Year
imob-nl

Troll of the Year — Tie
Baddog
Currentlysober

Webmaster of the Year
Kenny B

Above, photo by JFK/FUBARwebmasters.com

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No, Virginia, The Print Edition of 'Penthouse' Isn't Dead

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... despite many, many mainstream 'news' articles to the contrary.

No, Virginia, The Print Edition of 'Penthouse' Isn't Dead

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—The mainstream press misreports news of the adult industry so often, no one in the industry should be surprised that, based on Penthouse's press release of last week (which AVN corrected here), all of them are reporting that the magazine is going entirely digital, with some implying that the magazine will cease print production immediately while others are speculating that it will continue in print for a few more months. Neither are true.

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"To answer what was picked up in the press, obviously the mainstream press doesn't read down to the bottom of press releases," noted Penthouse Managing Director Kelly Holland. "We never suggested that we were stopping Penthouse's print publication. What we said was that we were launching the digital edition. We're really excited about that. We have some interesting, cutting-edge technology for digital print; our digital publication is going to be really interactive, and we're really excited about that, and we're working on that, but saying that we're launching digital is not to imply that we're suspending the print publication. As a matter of fact, we're just closing our March issue and beginning to work on the April edition.

"I think announcing that we're launching digital coupled with the fact that we're moving our print operations from New York to Los Angeles was somehow an easy suggestion that we're closing print, but we absolutely are not," she added. "I find the print publication still relevant. I think print has a gravitas that digital does not. Print has allowed us to access people and advertisers and relationships that I don't think we could ever have accessed with only a digital publication. We need to message to a new generation, which is the millennials, and granted, the millennials rarely pick up a book; however, our print publication has allowed us to make alliances with brands that are relevant to millennials through a variety of means, both our advertising plus a project we have called Pop Shots, where we ask cultural icons to come in and shoot a layout and put their take on what they find to be hot about women, and that in turn has put us into a relationship with the millennial generation."

Holland noted that the magazine recently brought in Love & Hip Hop's Stevie J to shoot a Pop Shots layout which will be coming out in the March edition and which will be covered on Love & Hip Hop.

"That's obviously a demographic we want to speak to, and we want Stevie J speaking in the magazine," Holland said. "So there are lots of reasons to keep a print publication going. What we believe is that by moving it to Los Angeles and consolidating it into what are already the broadcast operations and the licensing operations, we can do two things: We can cut significant costs, which are critical to keeping the print magazine on the stands, and we can also bring all of the important brand voices under one roof so there is consistent brand messaging.

"Brand is the thing that drives me in every business decision I make," she revealed. "So to recap, we are absolutely not suspending publication of the magazine. We are launching digital, and we believe digital will be a wonderful companion and different. People in publishing know this: A print magazine is very different from a digital magazine, which is dealing with daily, hourly news. Those are two very different beasts, but we find that they'll be compatible and create some gestalt for the brand by having both out there."

Among the features that online readers will find in the new digital Penthouse will be embedded videos and possibly even some motion .gifs.

"The digital edition is going to give us the ability to interface more with our social media and have more feedback from our fans and subscribers," Holland explained. "We want to encourage people, for example, to submit their erotic letters; that's a Penthouse staple; we're known for that. So by engaging people in a digital way, and adding a digital subscription, current print subscribers will get a free digital subscription as part of their subscription package, and that will be offered on an ongoing basis to print subscribers: for one price, you get digital and print, or you can subscribe to digital a la carte."

In light of recently announced developments at Playboy, Holland believes that now is the perfect time to add digital content to the Penthouse magazine brand.

"This really is the perfect moment to be continuing on, because now, frankly, by default, we own the space," she said. "I won't question my competitor's decision to take nudity out of their magazine as a response to free porn; however, I am not in agreement with that position. I think that's a very wrong analysis of the marketplace and a very wrong analysis of the brand and the positioning of the magazine, so we are happy, we are applauding 'the bunny' in that decision, and we are happy to occupy the space they are vacating."

So, to recap: Penthouse magazine, still printing. Penthouse Digital, right on the horizon. Playboy magazine without nudity, on the verge of dropping off the map. And fans won't have to bring their laptop into the bathroom with them.

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Danni Ashe Honored by Chaturbate at GFY Awards

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Danni Ashe Honored by Chaturbate at GFY Awards

Posted Jan 18th, 2016 02:25 PM

LAS VEGAS—Danni Ashe, one of the first bona fide porn stars of the internet, will honored for her achievements at tonight's GFY Awards, taking place during the Internext Expo in Las Vegas. She is the recipient of the inaugural Chaturbate Female Empowerment Award at the GFY Awards.

The award—created by prominent webcam site Chaturbate.com to recognize strong women who’ve made a major impact in various areas of the adult entertainment industry—will be officially announced during the fifth annual GFY Awards, which take place today in Vinyl nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas as part of Internext Expo.

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Ashe became one of the most recognizable names in adult content when—as a model and dancer in the early 1990s—she began posting pictures of herself on adult Usenet newsgroups. She built up a loyal fan base before launching Danni’s Hard Drive, which later became Danni.com, in 1995. Her unprecedented success led to her inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded woman in the world (earning her the nickname “The Billion Download Woman”).

“Danni Ashe paved the way for every woman who has ever hosted her own website, performed as a cam model or created any adult content of any type for the internet,” said Sherri L. Shaulis of AVN. “When she couldn’t find anyone to create a site for her, she took it upon herself to learn HTML and do it herself. She showed women could have complete control over their content and brand on the internet, paving the way for the likes of Sunny Leone, Joanna Angel and many, many more. She was the natural choice to be the first recipient of this special award.”

Penthouse acquired the Danni.com properties in 2006, and Ashe stepped away from the industry. Today, she is still involved with photography: She owns her own photography business in Sedona, Ariz.

Chaturbate COO Shirley explained why Chaturbate decided to sponsor an award that celebrates female empowerment. "Our business model and the way we look at everything is different than other companies. We empower our broadcasters. They're creative, entrepreneurial, yet their achievements in our industry are often overlooked. We want to help recognize women who have empowered other women in the industry."

For more information, on the awards ceremony, visit GFYAwards.com.

For more information, on Chaturbate, visit Chaturbate.com.

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FSC Will Hold Producers Meeting at AEE Thursday

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FSC Will Hold Producers Meeting at AEE Thursday

Posted Jan 18th, 2016 02:01 PM

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—Free Speech Coalition will discuss the latest developments with proposed condom legislation and Cal/OSHA regulations at a meeting for adult industry producers, to be held at the Adult Entertainment Expo this week in Las Vegas.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, at 6 p.m., in Studio 1A, in the Paradise Tower, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Industry attorneys Karen Tynan and Jeffrey Douglas will be speaking on the panel alongside Kink.com Director of Sexual Health & Advocacy Eric Paul Leue, and other political advisors.

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“This is another opportunity for industry producers to learn more about what Cal/OSHA regulations and proposed condom laws will affect their businesses,” said FSC Membership Director Joanne Cachapero.

“2016 is a crucial year for the industry. Producers should take interest in the information that will be discussed at this meeting, so they can be well-informed to how pending legislation will affect their ability to do business,” she added. “FSC encourages industry members to be pro-active in opposing misguided condom laws.”

For more information on pending legislation, or if you have questions about this week’s meeting, please, contact Joanne@freespeechcoalition.com.

The Free Speech Coalition is the national trade organization of the adult entertainment industry. It's the reason adult content is not specially taxed, the reason young-looking adults can appear in hardcore content, and the reason drawings and animation that use no real children are no longer considered to be "child pornography," among other successes.

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AE Films' 'Jay's POV' Now Available for Pre-Order

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AE Films' 'Jay's POV' Now Available for Pre-Order

Posted Jan 18th, 2016 09:00 AM

PITTSBURGH, PA—AE Films, the in-house production division of award-winning retail site Adult Empire, announces its first feature of 2016, Jay's POV 1, which is now available for pre-order at AdultEmpireFilms.com.

Director Jay Rock delivers over 2-1/2 hours of four sizzling scenes from his POV, shot in crystal-clear 4K Ultra HD with cover girl Alexis Adams, Samantha Rone, Valentina Nappi and Alix Lynx.

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“Jay gives great POV, and we are happy to have him at the helm again for his fifth directorial effort for AE," said Megan Wozniak, AE Films' Director of Marketing.  "He has a great eye for talent fans will surely appreciate Jay's special attention to detail in his scenes."

Jay's POV 1 is AE Films' eighth release since the company's launch in 2014, with a focus on creating exclusive high-quality adult entertainment starring the hottest performers and rising starlets in porn.   

Jay's POV 1 will be available January 28 on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital 4K.  For more information about AE Films, visit adultempirefilms.com.

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Fresh Faces: Dallas Black

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Dallas Black

This article originally ran in the January 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here for the digital edition.

Hometown: Northern California | Age: 25 | Height: 5-foot-2 | Measurements: 32B-23-34 | Hair: Brown | Eyes: Brown

Petite Dallas Black smiles when asked about her work as a talent agent. The Northern California native was immersed in the adult industry at 21 when she became a talent agent after a brief stint as a performer.

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“I shot a few scenes when my boyfriend, who had a talent agency, told me he didn’t want me to continue doing it,” she said. “So I joined his agency and became a talent agent.”

The young agent soon was managing girls and dealing with producers, directors and studios on a daily basis, with a proverbial front-row seat to the behind-the-scenes deals, action and inevitable drama.

“I’ve seen the ins and outs of everything. I’ve seen girls freak out and companies freak on girls. But I like it. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t,” she said. “I really wanted to perform, but the person I was with didn’t think it was a good idea, but I’ve seen girls with a lot of potential come and leave right out the door and not fulfill that potential. I knew I wouldn’t make those mistakes.”

Raised in a small rural town, Black knew early on the value of hard work and responsibility. “Instead of doing things around the house, my parents would say go dig a ditch or go pull weeds,” she said. “I was always helping around the house and doing chores outside. I was a big tomboy and didn’t mind work.”

After high school, Black was contacted by an agent who saw her Facebook profile and, based on her good looks and athletic body, asked if she would be interested in making adult movies. Black agreed to come to Los Angeles and shot a few scenes before becoming an agent, but the idea of performing never left her.

“I know that this is what I was destined for. I told the guy I was with that this is what I want to do and I couldn’t be prouder of myself for doing this,” she said. “I’m not involved with anyone. I know how to promote myself, I know how to show up on time and I’m pretty aware of what I need to do. Since so many girls don’t have that knowledge, I’m going full force to do everything.”

Black’s first movie is ArchAngel’s Future Angels 2, with Megan Rain, Kinsey Taylor and Harlow Harrison. She has more coming up from New Sensations, Amateur Allure and others.

“In Future Angels 2 from Archangel, I work with Ramon Nomar. I get my head almost put through a wall so it’s a little rough, but fun,” she said.

As for her future, the young performer says it’s wide open: “I’d love to work with Lex Steele, and Mandingo would be fun just to say I did it. I worked with Manuel Ferrara and that was really fun, but I love girls too!”
When not performing, Black spends much of her time caring for her pet dogs Biggie and Harlow and dates occasionally.

“I look for personality in a guy. I like to laugh a lot and I like to eat, so if you’re on a diet, we’re not going to work,” she said. “I don’t mind one-night stands sometimes. What’s wrong with that? I don’t mind having sex and not seeing the other person again.”

Dallas Black is represented by OC Modeling. For more, she is on Twitter (@xxxdallasblack) and Instagram (dblackxo).

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Day Two of Internext Ramps Up With Education, Networking

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Expert panelists talk trends in adult digital media

Day Two of Internext Ramps Up With Education, Networking

LAS VEGAS—The city of entertainment became the destination for world class education about the adult digital market on the second full day of the Internext Expo.

The pulse of the show quickened Sunday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a parade of experts took center stage for an array of seminars that explored the industry landscape.

On the heels of Saturday’s tone-setting Meet Market and Traffic Dinner, the 15th edition of Internext blossomed with separate panels examining the future of billing, mobile, dating, live cams and traffic.  

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The panelists took the stage at the Monterrey Room inside the Paradise Tower, which has been taken over by the original adult digital conference with more networking opportunities and branding than ever before. 

Things got underway in the mid-morning as Karen Campbell (OrbitalPay), Thierry Arrondo (Vendo Services), Chris Rodger (Payze), Harmik Gharapetian (Epoch), Wendy Nelson (Netbilling) and Matt Mund (Mobius Payments) joined moderator “Actual Mike” Ackerman (Actually Helping) in a session about the latest trends in billing and payment services.

The discussion quickly turned to the issue of some U.S. banks turning away adult-oriented companies.

“I think it’s important when you have an adult company that you don’t have an adult company name,” said Campbell, the vice president of OrbitalPay, a division of Global Electronic Technology, Inc. that has been in the processing industry since 1998. 

Vendo’s Managing Director Arrondo, who was born in France, told the audience, “don’t hide from your bank. Some are adult friendly, some not. Adult is not illegal.”

Gharapetian, the vice president of sales and marketing for Epoch, reasoned that banking ultimately comes down to “a relationship with the manager at the end of the day,” because the buck stops with him.

“Make sure you have a backup solution,” Gharapetian noted. “Even if you do have good banking, try to have a backup solution.”

The panelists also agreed the dynamic pricing based on regions is something companies should be considering. 

Affil4you Managing Director Joey Gabra led the mobile panel, bouncing questions off Jeff Wilson (Flirt4Free), Chris O’Connell (Mikandi), Michael O’Sullivan (TheHubPeople) and Fabian Frey (Cargo Media).

“A big push for us in the next couple years is to make the mobile experience as good or better as the native experience,” said O’Connell, the co-founder and CTO of Mikandi. 

Gabra told the audience the future of mobile is going to be "education, technology, gathering data and how we collect money.”

“That’s what we need to focus on for the next year and a half,” Gabra said, emphasizing that companies need a sound mobile strategy to thrive in today’s environment.

“I keep harping on wanting us to be educated. It works better for the ecosystem. Whether it’s mobile, VR, tablets, desktop—they’re all melding together.”

He said he has plans in motion to launch a “mobile university” called Mobidemics that will facilitate expert analysis and ultimately be an outreach tool for industry professionals.

Veteran adult digital pro Greg Dumas, a marketing consultant for Cargo Media, moderated the lively dating panel that included insights from Jenny Gonzalez (DatingFactory), Kristell Perez (FriendFinderNetworks), Alfonsus “AK” Kusuma (Madzuma) and William Soares Pinto (TheHubPeople).

The group discussed challenges such as obtaining high-quality female profiles for dating sites.

“It’s very easy to get male profiles. You open a site and they just starting uploading them,” Dumas cracked. 

Gonzalez, the VP of sales and marketing for Dating Factory, said her company has found a way to combat dating profile spammers.

“Once you find them and block them they always come back, so spammers have a separate site they’re on,” Gonzalez said. “We send them to a special environment where they talk to each other, which is awesome.”

Dumas asked the group to discuss media buying vs. affiliate traffic.

“Nowadays it seems like the guy that mows my lawn has an ad network. Five years ago everybody had a tube site. Now everybody out of a job has an ad network,” Dumas said with tongue firmly in cheek.

He noted that a great free tool is Google Analytics, “where you can see whether the traffic is working for you.”

“No one can just grab all your traffic and do magic,” Gonzalez said. “That’s a big fat lie.”

Dumas added, “You have to be smart with your traffic. It’s like money. It’s a commodity. You have to use it wisely.”

Sean Phillips from SexyJobs led the seminar on live cams, introducing the panel by estimating that between 10,000-20,000 models are camming at any given time and there are approximately a quarter of a million models in the world who do live camming.  

The seasoned panel included Carole Wood (ImLive), Shirley Lara (Chaturbate), Jamie Rodriguez (Flirt4Free), Liz Rekevics (Streamate) and Kristell Perez (FriendFinderNetworks).

The panelists discussed how to recruit and retain bankable cam models in today’s ultra competitive cam space.

Lara, the COO of Chaturbate, suggested using a profile name that’s easy to spell and remember such as Chaturbate's Ramona Flour, who is known for her cooking shows.

“She’s capitalizing on her personality,” Lara said.

Perez said steady payouts are important because “each one of the models really has their own company.”

All agreed that cam models have arrived and are now part of pop culture.

“It’s completely socially acceptable,” said ImLive’s Wood.

Because of the constant flow of cam models, it’s that much more important to maintain that edge, Rodriguez said.

“Models have to step up their game and make their room that much more interesting,” she said. “They aren’t just the hottest girl on the site. There are lots of hot girls on the site.”

But Wood noted, “You don’t need to be a stunna to be a top name. Or young and fresh. A lot of the older girls are bringing it in.”

“They all watch each other and are learning from each other,” Rekevics added, noting that Streamate does not do exclusive agreements with models “because it’s almost impossible to enforce.”

“My goal is to offer them a platform that makes them the most," she said.

Lara said camming is not unlike TV; it’s crucial to continue evolving.

“You wouldn’t want to watch the same TV show over and over again,” Lara reasoned. 

She said there are plenty of inexpensive ways to do that, including doing a black light show. 

“People pour into those rooms,” Lara said.

Perez suggested camming with interactive toys is “the next step” in live cams.

The traffic panel capped off the day in impressive fashion as a packed house watched Webquest VP Eric Helsel lead an all-star panel through the session titled “Master’s Class: How to Become a Traffic Heavyweight.”

Jimmy “Wizzo” Foreman (JuicyAds), Kelan Stone (Grand Slam Media), Remi St. Maur (TrafficStars), Lee Robinson (ExoClick) and Trevor Lakier (Mistral Society) threw down lots of knowledge on buying, selling and analyzing traffic during the fast-paced session.

The 18-year industry vet Wizzo noted that traffic is a serious investment and one must be prepared to lose some money in order to gain the data necessary to realize profits in the long run.

“Adapt or die is really what it comes down to,” Wizzo said.

All agreed that retargeting is one of the best ways to optimize traffic

“Retargeting is a huge component of scaling,” Helsel noted.

As the panels wound down, some Internext attendees prepared for the annual invite-only CEO Dinner and VIP Live Jasmin Experience set for later that evening.

Internext concludes today with panels on media buying, the future of digital media and legal issues as well as the keynote address by Mr. Skin Jim McBride.

Pictured from left: Dating panelists Greg Dumas, Jenny Gonzalez, Alfonsus Kusuma, Kristell Perez and William Soares Pinto.

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Jan

GayVN@Internext Kicks Off With Keynote & Cocktails

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LAS VEGAS—GayVN@Internext, the show-within-a-show held during the Internext Expo, kicked off today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and it turned out to be a true coming together of the biggest brands in gay adult entertainment.

Representatives from CockyBoys, Cybersocket, Falcon, Helix Studios, Lucas Entertainment, Manhunt, Naked Sword, Next Door Studios, Oh Man Studios, Rascal, Titan Media and other companies congregated in the halls and meeting rooms of the Hard Rock for a program of seminars, socializing and soirees that adeptly mixed business and pleasure.

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Setting the tone for the show was a new feature: the first-ever GayVN@Internext Welcome Brunch, sponsored by Flirt4Free and Mr. Man, and featuring a keynote address by CockyBoys chief Jake Jaxson. As guests filed in to hit the buffet and take their seats, they found plenty of goodies for their swag bags, including a cozy Flirt4Free scarf and flashy Mr. Man socks.

After brief introductions from Jeff and Jamie of Flirt4Free and Mr. Skin’s Sam Rakowski, Jaxson took the stage. As eloquent as he was entertaining, the CockyBoys entrepreneur gave an insightful address that would have felt right at home at a TED Conference, staying true to that non-profit organization’s mission statement to promote “ideas worth spreading.”

In a passionate call for his industry peers to take more joy in the work they do, Jaxson shared his own story of being an “accidental pornographer,” talking about how he fell into the business, what inspires him about his work, and his difficulty in being open about his career. Throughout, he put several questions to the audience, including whether they shared his “accidental” status or had ever lied about their jobs.

For Jaxson, his “outing” as a pornographer was very public: His name was unearthed in a lawsuit involving reporter Glenn Greenwald, and when mainstream reporters came calling, he had not yet told his parents what he actually did for a living. “They thought I was in marketing,” he said wryly.

In the end, the experience was liberating. “The moment I said, ‘This is what I do and this is who I am,’ my business shot up like a rocket.” Once he realized the benefits of living “without fear,” Jaxson said, he instituted some changes when he signs performers. “My first rule is they have to tell their family what they do. ... I don’t want anyone working with me who lives in fear about what they’re doing and what they should be celebrating.”

Jaxson also talked about what is important to him as a company owner. “I'm the worst business person in the word. I do not look at the analytics, I do not look at the charts.” When he first bought CockyBoys several years ago, he said, “I had never run a website, I had never produced porn.” And that freshness led him to question everything about the gay adult industry, he explained, including attitudes about the performers and the fans. While it can be easy to feel like “all they do is bitch ... and opinions are like assholes,” he put his own spin on it: "Everybody has an asshole—and they want it tickled."

He also spoke about porn fans’ ambivalence toward the product they consume, because of prevailing negative attitudes about sex. “I'm still fucked up sexually. I’m fucked up about sex and I’m a pornographer. Imagine the people on the other end.”

Part of the process of making people less “fucked up sexually” is to expose them to porn, Jaxson said. “I was realizing there was a disconnect between our companies and our customers. ... we're not doing enough to connect with our customers to tell them [porn is] part of sexual celebration and sexual health.”

In his final question to the audience, Jaxson asked whether they believed “what we're creating has meaning, power and purpose.”

He answered his own question: “I believe it does. I believe strongly that it does.”

Fortified by the hearty brunch fare, attendees headed back to the Paradise Tower for a speed networking that drew a wide array of companies, among them AEBN, Adult Empire, BuddyProfits, CCBill, Data One International, JuicyAds, Mr. Man, Mobius, Netbilling, Oh Man, OrbitalPay, PornKing.com, Traffic Shop, Vendo and Verotel.

After that it was off to Pink Taco for an open-bar happy hour sponsored by Manhunt and Verotel—and for the night owls, a trip to Share nightclub for the HustlaBall Las Vegas closing party.

GayVN@Internext events continue Monday with seminars sponsored by Supermen.com, speed networking sponsored by Mr. Man and Flirt4Free, and the GayVN Lounge, sponsored by Cybersocket.

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Jan

2016 Internext Expo Kicks Off

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2016 Internext Expo Kicks Off

LAS VEGAS—Digital media professionals from all over the world converged on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Saturday for the first full day of the Internext Expo.

The diverse group included a mix of seasoned veterans and ambitious newcomers all ready for three days of networking, education and deal-making in Sin City.

The centerpiece of Day One was the anticipated Meet Market, which occupied the entire Festival Hall in the Paradise Tower and featured more than 50 participating companies. The Meet Market’s rectangular setup included rows of white couches for attendees who wanted to kick back in the center of the room and enjoy the fully stocked bar near the entrance.

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The team behind Etology brought a large contingent to the Meet Market as it was officially rolling out datingtraffic.com, a premium ad network focusing specifically on the lucrative dating vertical.

Etology VP Chris Poncabare said the network, which is certified by “super affiliates,” has been in development for more than a year. 

Just around the corner TrafficJunky’s Michael Scardochio, a senior account manager, revealed a recent development was opening their platform to new publishers. 

“We’re accepting a lot of new publishers which means more traffic and new avenues and revenue streams,” Scardochio said.

On Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., TrafficJunky will amp up the weekend’s star power by hosting fan favorite performers Nikki Benz and Monique Alexander for a special signing appearance at the AVN Lounge.

Adriana, the marketing manager for Bitter Strawberry, made the trip to Vegas for the third straight year from her home in Romania. She said Bitter Strawberry was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Internext and that her team was there to bring “added value” to the show in addition to spreading the word about their unique mobile traffic management platform.

The four-year-old company, which is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has an imprint in more than 180 countries on all six continents. Their imprint was also all over the Paradise Tower, including on special edition posters placed on suite doors with messages such as “Connecting Impressions to Performance” and “Never Lose a User Again.”

On the other side of the Meet Market, Tapgerine CEO Max Korolevich said he has been coming to Internext since 2003. He didn’t have to go far this year because he resides in Sin City.

“We’re looking for new traffic sources and new partners to work with,” he said, noting the Expo has become a great B2B destination for Tapgerine, the global mobile apps advertising platform that is based in Vegas with an additional office in Ukraine.

Internext’s international appeal was a common theme. Jennie Wage made the trip from her home in Berlin to the 15th edition of Internext, where the COO was discussing the conversion options for Digital Performance, TrafficPartner.com and Webbilling, among other brands. 

“This is my first time in Vegas,” Wage said as the high-energy crowd continued to circulate.

Vanessa and Penelope came to Vegas from Lichtenstein to preview Eurowebtainment, which is coming to Hotel Melia de Mar in Majorca, Spain, May 25-28.

With swag bags stuffed to the brim, attendees set their sights on the annual Traffic Dinner before preparing for some late-night hijinks at Affil4you’s party in the Real World Suite aptly themed “Boobs, Booze & Bowling-The Saga Continues.” 

That gathering had a tough act to follow on the heels of MojoHost’s Internext Warm-up Party Friday night.   

Some attendees found their footing in the early afternoon, swinging by the Internext A to Z session, which was designed to inform first-timers about how to get the most out of their trade-show experience. That session, run by AVN Account Executive Timothy Ferencz, included an audience of content producers, traffic brokers, affiliates, software entrepreneurs and emerging webcam execs. 

Leo Lee, a senior manager from urRad Co., traveled all the way from Taiwan to the desert for his first show in search of traffic partners for his site urad.com.tw. He cheerfully introduced himself to the room prior to the Ferencz's business card exchange at the end.

Yannick Ferreri, the head of production and business development for Porndoe, conducted the next workshop of the day—a primer on his “100 percent legal” tube site. 

“When I say 100 percent legal, what I mean is not one iota of content on our site comes by any means other than it was given to us by the producer or we licensed it,” Ferreri told the group assembled. “So it’s a very expensive endeavor to do. … but times have shifted again and now content value is going up.”

Ferreri, a seven-year industry veteran who was an executive at Mindgeek for five years, started at PornDoe about a month after it launched.

“In 17 months we’re globally 6,000 on Alexa, which is substantial growth,” Ferreri noted. “We’re up to 700,000 unique visitors per day. Our average time spent on the site (by one user) is seven to nine minutes depending.”

He said Porndoe has “really attacked” the European countries, establishing a strong presence in Italy, Spain and Germany—and a solid one in the U.S.

“We’re masters of localization,” Ferreri said. “We tag content in five different languages.”

Porndoe works with paysite owners, content producers and DVD distributors.  

“We are pro-content partners,” Ferreri added. “We can broaden your scope and help you broaden your audience. Your content is 100 percent safe. We’re only doing what you want us to do with your content.”

Internext continues Sunday with a full slate of seminars and workshops, including educational panels on billing, mobile, dating, live cams and traffic.

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Jan

Legalese Column: Fantasy Sports Goes Viral—Now What?

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Fantasy Sports Goes Viral—Now What?

This article originally ran in the January 2016 issue of AVN magazine. Click here for the digital edition.

Since the dawn of the World Wide Web, the entrepreneurs who created what was initially its driving force—porn—have been salivating about the idea of cashing in on what must be America’s second most popular vice: gaming. So far, the small guys have never been able to wedge their way into it. Because of that fascination, though, this column periodically updates readers on the interrelationship between the internet and America’s love-hate relationship with gaming.

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The latest phenomenon, now that poker seems to be fizzling out, is fantasy sports. This monthly column cannot bring readers up to date on the fantasy sports betting phenomenon because it changes every day. However, a little background might help readers put the daily news on fantasy sports in perspective.

Gambling—especially sports gambling—is a fact of mainstream American life. Bookies, office pools and the like are everywhere, whether legal or not. For example, odds are (pun intended) that as many of your acquaintances as not will have some kind of bet on the Super Bowl. Yet the penalties for illegal gambling are Draconian. Under federal law and that of many states, illegal gambling has been a RICO and money laundering predicate for decades, subjecting violators to huge prison sentences and asset forfeitures. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 can subject bankers to prison sentences for accepting deposits arising from illegal gambling. The latter, by the way, stopped online poker cold, at least legally.

Now, analyzing this requires an understanding of the framework of gaming laws. The most fundamental concept involved is that the laws against gambling—every state has some—are somewhat like the Infield Fly Rule; unlike laws against assault, murder, rape, robbery and so on, gambling is illegal only where the governing body issues an edict saying as much. Going back to before the 1970s, the general rule was that most forms of gambling were illegal in every state except Nevada, which legalized gaming almost across the board in 1931. For the rest of the country, gambling was illegal, although it took place everywhere.

Now, legalized gambling in Nevada didn’t automatically translate into anything approaching what now is the Las Vegas strip, or even downtown. In the decade after 1931, most of Nevada’s legal gambling joints were sawdust-on-the-floor saloons in the small towns that dotted what then was primarily a mining and railroad state, Las Vegas being one of those towns. In 1941, the El Rancho was the first place to go beyond the sawdust joints. World War II sort of interrupted things, though.

The obstacle to developing what you now see in Vegas was that, like most business ventures, a casino needed a source of capital. Banks, concerned about being accused of sin, very rarely were an available source. So, if you saw the movie Bugsy, you know what happened: the Mob provided the capital. What a deal! That group had been involved in gambling for years, always living in the shadows; now they could do it legally—and they did.

In 1950, politically ambitious Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver created the Kefauver Committee (officially, the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce), which went around the country putting on dog-and-pony shows about organized crime, subpoenaing many of the more colorful Mob bosses. The Las Vegas version of that runout, not surprisingly, focused on the Mob’s involvement in gambling. (The senator would be Adlai Stevenson’s running mate in their unsuccessful Democratic presidential bid in 1956.)

Concerned that the federal government would rain on its exploding gambling mecca, Nevada created, in 1955 and 1959 respectively, the Gaming Control Board, which promulgates regulations, screens applicants and enforces gaming laws, and the Gaming Commission, which has the final say on all things gaming, other than the Nevada Legislature.

If you saw the movie Casino, which has reasonable historical accuracy (with some name changes and a little artistic license thrown in), you know that the Wise Guys continued to run the resorts from the shadows, until they finally were taken over by Howard Hughes’ mid-1960s purchase of a handful of properties and the late-1960s legislative amendments allowing public corporations to acquire gaming licenses. (Before that, each owner was required to be licensed.)

After Vegas really came into its own, popularized by the Rat Pack, Oceans Eleven, Elvis, Viva Las Vegas and other post-war social phenomena—along with the first mega-resort (considering the era), Caesars Palace—American attitudes about gambling (amongst many other things) evolved. In 1976, New Jersey became the second state to legalize casino gambling, although only in Atlantic City. And seeing what a great form of revenue gaming taxes were for Nevada, states followed by creating state lotteries: gambling was illegal unless you were the government. (There were a few exceptions in a few states, such as thoroughbred racing, dog racing and charity raffles.)

That leads the story to events relevant to sports betting—the good stuff. In 1992, New Jersey Senator and former NBA star Bill Bradley pushed through the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). In a nutshell, PASPA outlawed all betting on professional and amateur sports in all states that had not already legalized it—which as a practical matter meant just Nevada, the only state that had full-blown sports betting. There was one exception: New Jersey was allowed an exemption from PASPA to the extent that it legalized sports betting within a year. But New Jersey blew it, so to this day Nevada is the only state with full-on sports betting. A few states, including New Jersey, have attempted to legalize sports betting of late, but federal lawsuits by the professional and amateur sports organizations (NFL, NCAA, etc.) have stopped them in their tracks.

One important concept here is that betting on the outcome of a sporting event is not always illegal. If it were, professional sports would be impossible. So, for example, there is no law preventing a golf tournament where each participant pays an entry fee—and the winners receive cash prizes. The result is a function of the skill of the players who paid the entry fee, not the skill of others over which the investor had no control.

Given that Congress has exhibited no appetite to repeal or modify PASPA (an approach that is wildly embraced by Nevada), emerging industries have attempted to turn gaming laws on their heads by saying that certain games are of skill. When poker became a fad in the early 2000s, they undertook to establish poker as a game of skill, actually enjoying some success. By the same token, blackjack arguably is a game of skill, too—if you know “the book,” you have a profoundly better chance of drawing a winning hand. If you count cards, your odds improve to the point that you may have an edge over the house, which will unceremoniously escort you to the door and request that you take your play someplace else if your card-counting habit is found out.

That all brings on the latest wrinkle, fantasy sports, which some now are claiming is a game of skill. A few states have addressed the question head-on, by ruling that fantasy sports are, to one extent or another, illegal.  Elsewhere, it begins as an open question.

Think about this, though. If you place a bet that Ohio State will beat Michigan by at least a touchdown, it clearly is sports wagering. But clearly, skill is involved. How will Michigan’s wide-outs match up against Ohio State’s defensive backs? Studying the teams is critical to learning that, along with an infinity of other permutations. Slot machines are pure luck: You push the button, whereupon a computerized random number generator decides where the electronic reels are going to stop. You win or you don’t, having nothing to do with how you might have gone about pushing the button.

Las Vegas sports books always have an array of “proposition bets,” especially in the Super Bowl. For example: Will the visiting team score on its first possession? Will the home team be the first to score a touchdown? Most common, Will the total points be over or under 42½?

The question is how is it any different for a group of people to each choose, say, a quarterback, a receiver and a running back and the winner depends upon the performance of each of them.

The resolution of this can be in the state legislature, which can simply pass a law outlawing betting on fantasy sports, as Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington have done. The Nevada Gaming Control Board analyzed daily fantasy sports (DFS) against Nevada’s statutes and regulations, deciding that the model was gambling under Nevada law. Of course, Nevada allows gambling—if you have a license, acquiring which is a tall order. Nevada gaming license applications are hundreds of pages long, subject to the intense scrutiny of Gaming Control. The popular (multimillion-dollar) fantasy sports websites presumably would be denied a license on the grounds that they are engaging in illegal gambling in other states.

How this will play out will be interesting. Proponents, putting forth their game-of-skill arguments, will claim that fantasy sports betting, Super Bowl pools and so on, which go on in offices from coast to coast, would be better regulated than operated underground. Opponents will point to the problem of gambling addiction (and it is one, to be sure) and, to some extent, the claimed immorality of it—or, as cautioned by Professor Harold Hill:

An’ the next thing ya know,
Your son is playin’ for money
In a pinch-back suit.
And list’nin to some big outta-town Jasper
Hearin’ him tell about horse-race gamblin’.
Not a wholesome trottin’ race, no!
But a race where they set down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey’boy
Sittin’ on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil?

(Parenthetically, Music Man is an excellent movie/play that wonderfully illustrates the hypocrisy of the opposition to gambling.)

Over 40 states now have some form of casino gambling. In fact, the only two states where all gambling is outlawed are Utah and Hawaii. You would think the proliferation of illegal gambling and the acceptance of it will sooner or later influence Congress to change things.

Now, enjoy reading in the newspaper every day about the latest wrinkle in fantasy sports betting!

Clyde DeWitt is a Las Vegas and Los Angeles attorney, whose practice has been focused on adult entertainment since 1980. He can be reached at ClydeDeWitt@earthlink.net. More information can be found at ClydeDeWitt.com. This column is not a substitute for personal legal advice. Rather, it is to alert readers to legal issues warranting advice from your personal attorney.

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