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Jan

Interview: Jacques Pijman of EroAdvertising

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Jacques Pijman of EroAdvertising

Posted Jan 09th, 2014 07:30 AM

EroAdvertising.com is a fast-growing adult traffic network that operates on a global scale, displaying 1 billion to 2 billion ads per day to consumers. Ads are shown on PCs, mobile phones, tablets and IPTV. The website has 15,000-plus users that either publish ads or buy advertising.

With in-house developed and self-hosted technologies, EroAdvertising caters to the most challenging ad filter requirements today, including Geo-IP targeting per country or region, browser language, per device and contextual. Advertisers can use ROI codes to track campaigns. The system offers advertising through all sorts of ad methods including in-video ads, banners, in-text ads, text ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, IM pop ups, thumb ads, XML feeds ads, layer ads, full-page ads, page peels, speed-clicks (blind traffic), etc.

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The sales and support team currently speaks and caters to these markets: English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Greek. Jacque Pijman of EroAdvertising answers AVN's questions in this interview that originally ran in the Webmaster Access show guide.

2013 was a year of expansion for EroAdvertising, adding new features and people to your company. Is it in response to current demand, or are you also gearing up for the future?

Our markets are growing as more consumers get access to the internet, more websites are added to the web each day, the average internet connection speeds are ever increasing and more devices are getting introduced all the time.

Where first there was only PC and web traffic, there now is a larger range of operating systems and devices. Not just smart phones but also tablets, IPTV devices in small USB sticks or even Google Glass. The challenge for our technical team is to stay up to date with these new devices—the Geo-IP ranges, security, weeding out possible ways to cheat with traffic—and make it a safer and transparent system so our sales/support team can focus on assisting clients, helping them build, test and measure the best possible ROI in their various traffic campaigns AND at the same time create the maximum possible revenues for a publisher, who is the source of this traffic. It is important to keep this balance.

In terms of the newest features and products you’ve been rolling out, what excites you the most, and if you can say, what can we look forward to in the near future?

The excitement comes from the challenge to minimize the client’s effort to use our system and then maximize the results, not just financially but also in intuitive usability. Most products and feature we are developing will not be disclosed until they are ready for launch. Then we can openly discuss them. Not beforehand for various commercial reasons.

As an international company, where do you see the biggest growth in terms of targeted traffic that is reaping the most revenue? What global traffic trends have you seen over the past year?

Mobile traffic from the Tier 1 countries is in popular demand at the moment. We see a nice growth there. We do see a rising number of quality traffic from certain countries where it was not so easy to sell a few years ago. Some countries are getting better technological infrastructures and making billing easier for both web and mobile. This creates more value for existing traffic.

How would you characterize the adult tube site marketplace in terms of ad revenue bang for the buck?

EroAdvertising does not only have tube sites as sources for traffic. There are also many blogs, fan pages, link sites, free sites, review sites, MGPs, TGPs, etc. But tube sites seem to be the most popular with consumers today. They monetize the traffic by filtering it first into channels such as the niches, filter the Geo-IP and browser language before selling it through an ad network, and earn money because of massive volumes.

What are you most optimistic about for both yourself and the industry as a whole?

I am optimistic about our team spirit, which is really great. All these amazing young people working together and building cool things. It’s a joy to see. That goes for satisfied users of the system too. We’d like to take the support and sales a step further and cater even more personally to individual buyers by testing, measuring and varying campaign settings and the ROI. This quest is also a learning curve for our team that creates a more fluent technology and a greater knowledge for everybody in the end.

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9
Jan

Internext Expo Online Registration to Remain Open Until Show

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Internext Expo Online Registration to Remain Open Until Show

Posted Jan 08th, 2014 04:40 PM

LOS ANGELES—Great news for those who are not yet registered for Internext Expo 2014, taking place Jan. 11-14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Online registration, which was supposed to end this week, is being extended until the beginning of the show. That means that the special price of $250 will remain in effect until the last possible moment, after which tickets at the door will cost $300.

Now is that a deal, or is that a deal?

Show organizers also want to extend a pre-show thanks to everyone who is about to embark for Las Vegas and Internext Expo, and wish them the safest of travels!

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For more information about Internext Expo 2014, go here.

Online registration, sponsored by PussyCash, is here.

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8
Jan

‘The Lock In’: Is This How Modern Fundamentalists View Porn?

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JESUSLAND (aka COLORADO SPRINGS)—Remember The Blair Witch Project? (Optional: Wish you didn't?) Remember what a big splash it made among horror movie fans, with its "found footage" depicting the witchy horrors lurking for a group of teens in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland? It made beaucoup bucks, got critical acclaim... and was imitated by cut-rate producers the world over. And now a group of Christian fundamentalists d/b/a Holy Moly Pictures are giving it a try as well with The Lock In, set to be released on January 9.

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For those who aren't too religious, there's apparently a practice of some churches called a "lock in." It's similar to the slumber parties put together by groups of friends, where all spend the night a one of the parents' houses, doing whatever teenagers (and even some pre-teens) are wont to do when they spend the night together, which most readers here have probably had some experience with themselves.

However, at church lock-ins, the kids don't get to drink beer (or anything alcoholic), smoke pot (or, really, anything) or surf the internet for porn. They do get to listen to hours and hours of sermonizing and discussions of sermonizing—except at the First Baptist Church of (Somewhere) that serves as the setting for this movie.

According to the movie's website, "Pastor Chris" organizes a church lock-in in 2010, and one of those locked-in kids, Justin, brings a video camera to capture all the hilarity—or, in this case, evil!

Y'see, according to the movie's trailer, one of the kids sneaks a porno magazine into the lock in, and of course, all hell breaks loose... literally.

"Two days after the lock in, Justin reportedly broke down to his parents that he experienced something 'evil' at the lock in," according to The Lock In's website. " He also claimed he captured everything on tape.

"After watching the footage, the parents met with church leaders to discuss criminal charges they were considering filing against the church for child endangerment, neglect and torture," the promotional material continues. "A special hearing was immediately organized to find out what was on the tape."

If one can judge by the trailer provided, some pretty bad shit went down at First Baptist, including one kid growing fangs and lots of kids running around the church screaming their heads off (possibly literally, but we haven't seen the film).

Anyway, "Two pastors, six elders and an unknown number of overseers met at an undisclosed location to view the footage of the tape," the promo material continues. "It was reported that two of the elders resigned their duties immediately after viewing the footage.

"Pastor Chris, after viewing the footage, turned in his immediate resignation to the church board."

The Lock In appears to be just the ticket to scare the little ones away from pictures of naked people, though the reaction of teenage viewers is likely to be, "What the fuck???" (But then again, according to a recent study, about a quarter of them are sexting each other anyway...)

The movie can be ordered from Holy Moly's website for a mere $5.99, but for that price, all you get is a digital download which can be played on any device that can handle mp4 files. We don't plan on ordering it ourselves... but if you do, do let us know how much you enjoyed it!

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8
Jan

Rascal Sues Topco For Infringement, Unfair Competition

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Rascal Sues Topco For Infringement, Unfair Competition

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Rascal Video has filed suit in federal court against WSM Investment/Topco Sales, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition over the “Black Balled” dildo.

In the suit, Rascal claims Topco continued to make the Black Balled Dildo using molds it wrongfully retailed after a separate lawsuit was settled in February 2013.

According to court documents, Rascal Video had a licensing agreement with Vast Resources—which did business as Topco Sales, referred to as “Old Topco” in the suit—to make products with the Rascal name and that were tied in with the video series Chi Chi LaRue’s Black Balled.

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Documents state that when Old Topco went bankrupt an assignee sold all of the assets to “New Topco [WSM/Topco], including products in inventory and molds for products to be distributed under the Rascal Marks (including the molds for the Black Balled dildo).”

Rascal sued to prevent WSM/Topco from manufacturing and distributing Rascal products, and the 2013 settlement ordered the manufacturer to hand over all Rascal molds to the video company.

"In the Settlement Agreement, WSM represented that it had provided Rascal with a detailed inventory of all Rascal products in its inventory (the 'Products'), and all molds in its inventory used to manufacture such Products (the 'Molds'), and agreed to transfer all Products and Molds to Rascal," the complaint states. "WSM's representation was false. WSM did not list on the inventory, and did not return to Rascal, the mold(s) for Rascal's Black Balled dildo.”

Rascal claims Topco has continued to make and sell the Black Balled Dildo with packaging that directly copies the logo from Rascal's authentic Black Balled packaging."

Rascal is suing for an accounting, an injunction, delivery of the molds and dildos, and damages for trademark infringement, breach of contract, false designation of origin and unfair competition.

Monday, the judge in the case announced that the parties are being ordered to engage in ADR (alternative dispute resolution).

The suit was filed in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif. The complaint can be read here.

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8
Jan

Celeste Star Named ‘Backstage Insider’ at 2014 AVN Awards

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Celeste Star Named 'Backstage Insider' at 2014 AVN Awards

Posted Jan 08th, 2014 01:41 PM

LOS ANGELES—Adding to the recent announcement about AVN Awards Red Carpet hosts Dana DeArmond and Nicole Aniston, AVN will continue its in-depth coverage of the show backstage with Celeste Star.

As the official Backstage Insider, Celeste Star will cover the extremely unscripted, highly improvisational, spontaneously sexual and hilarious behind-the-scenes action during the 2014 AVN Awards. The California-born performer, who is a former cover model for Hustler Magazine and July 2005 Penthouse Pet, is currently nominated for All-Girl Performer of the Year. The bubbly brunette has been an often-nominated and much sought-after girl/girl performer since her entry into the business in 2006.

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“I can't believe I got this amazing opportunity for this year’s AVN show; it's going to be one of the best ever," said Star. "I'll be your Backstage Insider getting all the behind-the-scenes excitement for you. I'm counting down the days; I'm so ecstatic!"

The largest award show in the adult entertainment industry, the AVN Awards take place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

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Jan

Skow for Girlfirends Debuts ‘These Things We Do’ Trailer on AVN.com

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Skow for Girlfirends Debuts ‘These Things We Do’ Trailer on AVN.com

Posted Jan 08th, 2014 12:47 PM

VALENCIA, Calif.—Skow for Girlfriends Films today premieres the softcore trailer for its upcoming new release, These Things We Do, on AVN.com. From award-winning director B. Skow, These Things We Do takes viewers into a world of psychiatry, kink, fetish and sex. The film is the newest entry in Skow for Girlfriends Films’ critically acclaimed line of boundary-pushing boy/girl sex features.

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These Things We Do follows a young psychiatrist who uses his practice to sexually torment his patients. During the course of his abusive treatments, he enters a dark, sexual underworld with his most depraved patient, a seemingly sweet young woman with a taste for control, fear and pain. With her, he confronts the sins and pain of his past, including the betrayal of his long-suffering wife and his involvement in the death of her sister. Through his journey, he finds out pain is the greatest pleasure there is.

The sexually provocative feature movie stars Siri, Alan Stafford, Kimber Day, Bailey Blue, Marie McCray, Dana DeArmond and Steven St. Croix.

These Things We Do delves deep into the mind of sex, pain, discovery and resolution,” Skow says. “Siri is a genuine star, breathing life to a character who is extremely multi-leveled. Alan and Steven are, as always, solid performers. Kimber, Bailey, Marie and Dana bring their A-game to this project in their sex and dialogue scenes. The storyline is thought-provoking, and the performances genuine; viewers will feel a full range of emotions by the end of this film—hell, by the end of this trailer.”

Skow for Girlfriends Films received 35 nominations for the 2014 AVN Awards, including Director of the Year, Best Director (Feature), and Best Director (Parody). His label, Skow for Girlfriends Films, is also nominated for Best New Line by AVN, who has dubbed B. Skow the “most prolific” director of the past year.

These Things We Do is a continuing example of B. Skow’s commitment to develop and produce films that are sexy, as well as cinematic and heavily plot-driven,” said Girlfriends Films President Moose. “It’s why he is one of the adult industry’s most prolific and respected directors—his work speaks for itself, and we’re looking forward to releasing this title to distributors and retail outlets.”

Media and distributors interested in obtaining access to Girlfriends Films’ press site in order to download trailers and stills of past, present, and current movies (including those directed by B. Skow) may request login access here.

For more information, email pr@girlfriendsfilms.com, call (661) 775-5600 or fax (661) 775-5656.

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Jan

Large Turnouts Expected for Emily Morse Keynote, Seminars At AVN Show

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Large Turnouts Expected for Emily Morse Keynote, Seminars At AVN Show

Posted Jan 08th, 2014 09:10 AM

LAS VEGAS—Every January, the industry’s leaders flock to The AVN Show in Las Vegas to rub shoulders with one another and learn about the latest business trends and hottest industry issues. To that end, the educational seminars and the keynote address at The AVN Show have become some of the best-attended events in the industry.

This year is no exception, as organizers expect some of the largest crowds ever for keynote speaker Emily “Sex With Emily” Morse and the seminars for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and the AVN Novelty Expo.

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"I'm honored to be selected as the keynote speaker for the AVN Show in 2014,” Morse said. “The industry is moving in exciting directions, with greater acceptance of sex in mainstream culture. I look forward to sharing my experience growing a new media company over the past 10 years."

The 2014 AVN Show takes place Jan. 15-18, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The Keynote Address will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Morse will talk about her enthusiasm for the adult industry, and how she believes it’s a good time to be a part of the industry, in all aspects. As a brand and a business owner, Morse has personally overcome several obstacles, including a public that was not as open about sex and sexuality when she started her podcast.

As host of Sex With Emily, Morse has helped millions of people have the sex and relationships they want but could not figure out how to get. Emily has been voted the No. 1 dating and sex expert by DatingAdvice.com and the No. 1 dating and sex expert to follow on Twitter.

In addition to the special Keynote Address taking place Thursday, January 16, 2014, the AEE/ANE educational schedule will include a number of equally thought-provoking seminars featuring many of the industry’s most successful company owners and executives.

“During every show, AVN staffers get stopped in the halls by retailers and industry veterans who are raving about the seminars,” said Sherri L. Shaulis, senior editor of pleasure products for AVN. “We work hard to cover the important topics at hand, as well as get the most informative and entertaining participants on each panel. It’s rewarding to see our seminar rooms packed session after session, day after day, and year after year.”

The schedules have also been posted to the websites for each event.

Seminars are spread over the four days of the two shows:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trade Show Tips and Tricks (ANE/AEE)

10:00–11:00 a.m.

What are the schedules for seminars and other events? Where can I get the AEE app? When do the three show floors open—and which exhibits are where? Who will be appearing at the parties? And how do I keep from getting “convention crud”? AVN staffers—who, combined, have decades worth of AVN Adult Entertainment Expos under their belts—share their best tips to make the most out of your experience here.

Hazards of Home Parties In-House (ANE)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Adult retailers are always looking for innovative ways to get new customers in their doors, and some have opted to offering a “home party” experience or educational classes for everyone from office co-workers to bachelorette parties. But pulling off a successful event entails more than you think. Panelists will discuss the hidden hazards of hosting such events.

Porn Goes to College (AEE)

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Recent years have seen a surge in the number of porn performers and producers invited to college campuses to talk about the adult entertainment industry. Sometimes the invitations have been controversial—a few have had to be rescinded—but they always extended the conversation about sex and porn. A panel of industry vets and academics will bring that conversation to AEE.

Dropping Knowledge (ANE)

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Distributors have started offering drop-shipping programs to help take the headaches out of maintaining an online store. There’s Adult Drop Shop, Store Extender, Build the Store and others. Representatives from such programs will touch on what they offer, and answer questions from attendees on what these programs can do for retailers.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Is the FDA on Its Way?

10:00–11:00 a.m.

We’re starting to see recalls of enhancement pills mandated by the Food and Drug Administration, and some manufacturers have run into snags trying to get products onto retailers’ shelves because of the government agency. Can we as an industry come together and regulate materials and practices ourselves, or is it only a matter of time before the government steps in?

Fact or Fiction? (AEE)

1:30–2:30 p.m.

We saw this seminar at another show and aren’t not too proud to steal it! The premise is simple: industry leaders representing a variety of sectors are confronted with a series of truisms about the adult industry and have to label each as “Myth” or “Truth”—and then explain why they answered the way they did. It’s like a game show and a reality show all rolled into one!

Legal Panel (ANE/AEE)

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Listen in as the industry’s leading lawyers dissect the most pressing current legal developments. From the 2257 litigation to Measure B to local issues affecting both online and brick-and-mortar retailers, the AEE/ANE legal panelists will bring you up to speed on what you need to know to protect your business. Come prepared with questions and take advantage of the expertise offered by this panel of experienced attorneys.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Avoiding the Blues After Fifty Shades of Grey Fades (AEE/ANE)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The hullabaloo from the “mommy porn” trilogy is finally starting to die down, but so too are the sales. While the boost for adult retailers was nice while it lasted, some are finding it difficult to deal with sales numbers that seem lackluster after that big boon. Store owners and employees give us their advice on keeping things positive post-Fifty Shades.

The Feminist Porn Mystique (AEE)

1:00–2:00 p.m.

In the current international debate over pornography, feminist porn has become a hot topic of discussion. From Iceland to the U.K., feminists are calling for porn bans. But feminists also work in the industry, serving as creative and progressive influences. In this atmosphere, a few questions remain: What is feminist porn, who is really making it, and for whom? This is not just an academic issue, because it speaks to the increasing role of women in porn. This is actually an important business seminar on a vital subject.

31 Ways to Make Cash from Content (AEE) 

2:30–3:30 p.m.

In this truly unique seminar our panelist of industry vets will walk the audience through 31 specific ways to make money from adult content. That’s right, 31 flavors of money courtesy of AEE. Come with pads and pencils; this is not a prank but the real deal!

What’s the Future of the Feature? (AEE)

4:00–5:00 p.m.

The point here is not to be negative but to realistically address the future of the porn feature—not a parody and not a short, but a full-fledged movie with an original (even if derivative) premise. Some of the industry’s greatest achievements have come in the form of features, but in a world of tube sites, mobile porn delivery and Adderall, is there still enough of an audience to make features economically viable, and if not, where will porn’s big-screen superstars be made?

For more than 30 years, AVN Media Network has presented a global platform for the companies and stars that make up the adult entertainment industry to present their products to the public while also coming together to do business with one another. Intermingled with the pure business, hundreds of the world’s most accomplished adult stars provide an injection of sex and energy into the show that helps explain why the AVN Show is the most reported-on event in adult entertainment industry history. There simply is nothing like it.

For 2014, all of the same education, networking and entertainment elements that went into making AVN Show 2013 such a successful and memorable series of event will remain in play, but the show organizers have also planned some very special additions to the schedule that are designed to add lasting value. Once again, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will become ground central for this annual gathering of industry leaders, outstanding talent and the fans who adore them.

For show information, visit AVNShow.com.

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8
Jan

LuvPatch to Debut At AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

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LuvPatch to Debut At AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

Posted Jan 07th, 2014 04:15 PM

LAS VEGAS—The creators of the LuvPatch, which is billed as “Body Art For Your Private Parts” will showcase the new product during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Jan. 15-18 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The LuvPatch, will be offered in different collections, such as the Birthday Patch, St. Patrick’s Day Patch, Valentine’s Day Patch and more.

The LuvPatch is a stick-on accessory worn above the vagina for fun and sex appeal.

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Some of the collection is available now, more by special order (such as customized and those designed to buyer specifications) and still others are in production. Other features will be available with scented, glow-in-the-dark, LED light-ups, and simulated hair materials.

Also premiering will be the DancePatch, one specially made for exotic dancers who wish to shun the fabric bottom and thrill the viewers with fun and excitement.

The creators are willing to meet with all retailers, distributors, buyers and investors at EE. Visit them in Booth 321 in Artist Hall.

For more information, contact Nic or Susanne at (908) 376-9157.

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Jan

2014 FSC Awards Winners Announced

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2014 FSC Awards Winners Announced

Posted Jan 07th, 2014 03:37 PM

CANOGA PARK, Calif.Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is honored to announce the winners of the 2014 FSC Awards, to be presented at the XBIZ 360 conference on January 22, in Hollywood, Ca. The awards recognize excellence in business and outstanding service to the adult industry business community.

The recipient of this year’s Legacy Award - which recognizes innovation, successful business practices and contributions to the industry as a whole – will be presented to Vivid Entertainment founder Steven Hirsch.

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The Positive Image Award is presented to performers that have helped to dispel negative stereotypes and misconceptions connected to work in the adult industry. This year’s award goes to performer James Deen.

Man and Woman of the Year Awards are given to business professionals that have shown exceptional leadership in building solidly established businesses, as well as within their communities. 2014 Woman of the Year is Honey’s Place owner Bonnie Feingold, and Man of the Year is Pipedream’s Nick Orlandino.

Novelty Company of the Year will be presented to California Exotic Novelties for their many years as a leader in the pleasure products sector, and for their continued innovation, high standards and ethics.

Retailer of the Year will be presented to the Lions’ Den chain of adult stores for many years as a leading retailer of adult products, innovative marketing and ethical standards for customer service.

Production Company of the Year goes to gay studio Hothouse Entertainment. Founded by Hall of Fame director Steven Scarborough, Hothouse exemplifies creative innovation, high standards and ethical conduct.

Internet Company of the Year will be presented to Gamelink. The award recognizes excellence, innovation and contributions made to the adult industry overall.

Benefactor of the Year has been awarded to Wicked Pictures. The recognition is for unwavering support, through philanthropy and advocacy, of adult industry and mainstream causes. As well as setting a good example, the company also has diligently attempted to protect the adult industry business community from legal challenges, business risks and critics.

Finally, the Leadership Award – to be presented at the XBIZ Awards gala on January 24 – is given to an individual or individuals that have demonstrated leadership by example. This year’s award will be presented to performer Nina Hartley and director Ernest Greene for their outstanding work in advocacy, education and community service.

The FSC Awards presentation will be held at 6pm, on January 22, at the W Hotel in Hollywood, California, in conjunction with the FSC Summit and XBIZ 360 conference. For more information on these events, contact info@freespeechcoalition.com or (818) 348-9373.

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Jan

FriendFinder CEO Andrew Conru to Deliver Internext Keynote

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Keynote address is Jan. 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

FriendFinder CEO Andrew Conru to Deliver Internext Keynote

Posted Jan 07th, 2014 03:00 PM

LOS ANGELES—Andrew Conru, the founder and CEO of FriendFinder Networks, the internet-based social networking company that now operates Adult FriendFinder, Cams.com, Penthouse and other popular adult and dating-related websites, will provide the keynote address at the upcoming Internext Expo, taking place Jan. 11-14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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Conru started FriendFinder in 1996 while finishing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design at Stanford. The company's mission was to create a one-stop shop for all types of relationships and it grew rapidly for the next twelve years. In December 2007, he handed over the keys to a private equity group for a small initial payment with the remainder in IOUs. Unfortunately, the company drifted from its core mission and the suffered. After a drawn-out restructuring, in December 2013 Andrew again became the majority owner and returned as CEO. As a hands-on software and design guy, he remains committed to the company's growth.

Conru was one of the earliest internet pioneers, having started one of the first web development companies in 1993, and was the first to build a working web-based shopping cart, a centralized ad server servicing a network of websites, an online matchmaking site (WebPersonals.com) and technologies to enable real-time website customization—all staples of today's websites. In addition to his entrepreneurial exploits, he has also taught a number of college courses in control systems and robotics.

"We're privileged to have an online entrepreneur with a track record as impressive as Andrew's address our Internext attendees," said AVN Media Network CEO Theo Sapoutzis. "Not only has he been a pioneer at the forefront of the online industry, but his non-profit and advocacy work sets him apart as an example for others."

Conru spends most of his time in Seattle and the SF Bay area. He loves keeping fit, traveling internationally, spending time outdoors and taking long road trips. He can be found on conru.com, where you can contact him anytime. He’s always looking for new friends!

The keynote address by FFN CEO Andrew Conru will take place Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Vinyl at Hard Rock.

For more information about Internext Expo 2014, go here.

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Jan

Interview: Chris Pass of PartnerCash

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Chris Pass of PartnerCash

Posted Jan 07th, 2014 08:30 AM

PartnerCash has been the leading adult affiliate program in the German market since 2001, offering over 300 paysites, dating sites, niche dating sites, amateur communities and the world’s first interactive porn product, Saboom.com. Check out PartnerCash’s latest global innovation to convert IPTV traffic with Saboom.tv by accessing the site through TV, PlayStation, Xbox and other components that connect to the internet. CEO Chris Pass was kind enough to answer AVN's questions in this interview that originally ran in last year's Webmaster Access program.

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Tell us a little more about your plans to convert IPTV traffic with Saboom.tv by accessing the site through various platforms. Will this extend beyond German-speaking markets?

Our IPTV platform, Pinxta.com, is built for a worldwide rollout and currently supports 120 different devices. We also offer our content and different TV products in five languages.

All payment flows are localized for the major markets, and we already cover all the major countries in North America as well as in Europe. There are about 550 million connected TV devices out there already and there is no adult web application or website monetizing these devices. After a long beta period of six months, we just went public and are offering a variety of promo tools already in use for desktop and mobile applications. Partners can set up white labels with our content for their brand or can use their own content with a white label. Our platform will then make sure that all content is automatically transcoded to the right video format for all 120 devices. IPTV traffic is growing very fast at the moment. Since Christmas 2012, we have seen an increase of more than 60 percent, and we think it will increase even faster as manufacturers advertise connected TVs in their major ad spots.

What other new or emerging projects can you talk about? Is your focus now on shoring up existing products, or developing new ones?

We are close to rolling out version 2 of Saboom.com, our interactive porn platform. We learned so much with the first version and now we can’t wait to launch this great new version, which will make so many things easier and bring so many new updates to our existing clients. As Saboom was also our first international product we also had to learn our lessons in terms of sales and marketing, especially in markets like North America. With the new version we have also added features our North American partners have been asking for. Besides that, we are localizing our next products to the North American market, including five of our top paysite products and our amateur platform, which we will launch internationally soon as well. PartnerCash has more than 300 German-speaking products and we will roll out the best products on the international markets with local content, and localize the sales and marketing models for those products as well. We are also working on two new products, which will be built right from the start for the North American market, but I can’t give you any more details about them just yet!

Which of your sites has seen the biggest growth over the past year?

Besides Saboom.com, we have had the biggest growth with our community products like Sexkiste.com, one of the largest German-speaking sex date freemium networks, and Amateurseite.com, which is a major amateur porn platform in the German-speaking market. More than 12.000 real amateurs upload their porn, do live cams, chat, write private blogs and interact with clients through our messaging system every day. More of our international affiliates and partners are starting to localize and monetize their German-speaking traffic, as it is the second-largest buyer market for our industry and we run the top-performing products in this market.

Are you seeing any important trends in terms of consumer interaction with your sites and products? Or other trends?

As we spoke already about IPTV, which is the biggest trend at the moment next to the mobile usage and app development in our industry, I see more and more tablet users interacting with our websites. The percentage is growing day by day and if you follow the industry on the tablet you can see that most of the websites are not well prepared for these kinds of tablet sofa surfers. I think this trend will continue for a longer time, and that the industry will find ways to serve these clients very soon. But I don’t see much innovation in the industry at the moment. The majority of the industry is focusing on the mobile, dating, live cams and free live cam models to grow their business.

What are you most optimistic about in terms of your own company and the industry in general?

I’m always optimistic when it comes to my company :-) but let me summarize a bit. I’m very happy that our Montreal office, which is serving the North American market and partners, is growing fast and moving forward quickly. I can’t wait to roll out our community/social media products in North America, and also the second version of Saboom.com. In general, I’m happy that 60 percent of the scamming mobile business is done after a lot of countries started to regulate the payment procedures, and that finally real business is starting.

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Internext Expo Heads Back to the Big Easy for 15th Anniversary

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New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, May 28 through May 30, 2014

Internext Expo Heads Back to the Big Easy for 15th Anniversary

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 06:45 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Internext marks its 15th anniversary with a return to the city where the show first started back in 2000. From May 28 through May 30, 2014, the Internext show will take place at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Show Center in the beautiful, historic Louisiana city.

Participants attending Internext will be kept busy nonstop with exceptional educational seminars, intimate workshops, speed networking sessions that will let them get the most from everyone they meet, and multiple traffic dinners at some of the best restaurants New Orleans has to offer. And, of course, numerous parties will be held throughout the city. The brand-new Live Domain Auction will also take place during the show. Estimated attendance for the expo will be around 1,000 attendees.

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“I have wanted to bring back a second Internext show for some time now,” said Theo Sapoutzis, CEO of AVN Media Network.“The industry has been asking for it for years, but we thought this was the right time to launch our second show in the city of New Orleans.”

A co-located VIBE Show will also take place during Internext, as well as special networking events to bring the entire industry together.

Since 2000, Internexthas been the place where adult industry professionals from around the world come to grow their businesses, and this year they’ll also be able to enjoy the excitement of New Orleans as well. Countless opportunities exist for sponsors and attendees to meet industry leadersnot only from the online sector but also from every other sector of the business.

The history of New Orleans reads like a fantastic novel; its energy, aesthetics and vibrancy make it the perfect setting for Internext. Over the years New Orleans has had a powerful influence on American and global culture. The cuisine is known across the world; from the innovative sounds of jazz, rock & roll was born. Literary giants from Tennessee Williams to William Faulkner have looked to the city for inspiration. The food, music and culture of the city will capture the imagination and enlighten the heart.

Diversity, creativity and celebration are at the core of the New Orleans way of life. New Orleans was selected as the "Best Large City" by AAA Southern Traveler's "Best of the South" reader poll. In addition to being named the best city for a weekend getaway, New Orleans also placed first in the following categories: Best City for Live Music, Best Outdoor Dining Spot (Court of Two Sisters), Best Attraction in New Orleans (French Quarter) and Best Day Tour from New Orleans (Louisiana's Great River Road—New Orleans to Baton Rouge).

For more information, please visit summer.internext-expo.com or contact Brian Gross, BSG PR, (818) 340-4422. Email: Brian@bsgpr.com. Twitter: @bsgpr

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James Deen Sparks Up a ‘Pornoromance’ for Evil Angel

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James Deen Sparks Up a 'Pornoromance' for Evil Angel

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 03:58 PM

VAN NUYS, Calif.—Though his shy smile and boy-next-door charms have made him the darling of mainstream America, adult performer James Deen isn't letting his boy-next-door persona get in the way of his most twisted sexual fantasies—as he graphically demonstrates in his latest directorial effort for Evil Angel.

In Pornoromance, coming January 20 on DVD and VOD from Evil Angel, Deen ditches the hearts and flowers in favor of hard-ons and fetish-tinged sex. A trailer can be previewed now at EvilAngelVideo.com.

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“For Pornoromance I tried to combine filth and beauty in a way where the viewers can literally feel what is going on in front of them,” Deen said. “Hopefully I was successful and people will like it as much as I do.”

Deen elaborated on the rarefied intersection where his new video dwells, at the corner of high-minded amour and low-down barnyard behavior: “Basically it is a ‘romance movie,’ but with the nastiest, weirdest, grossest sex stuff I can legally produce without Evil Angel dropping me from their distro roster. I told all the performers to try to make the camera man puke and do whatever they wanted to each other.”

Deen’s wayward starlets took the message to heart, and all five scenes devolve into rough man-handlings rife with brutal face fucking, choking and copulation.

Juelz Ventura gets slapped and choked with a belt; Tommy Pistol reams her rectum and offers her a taste of her own ass on his cock. Prior to an anal porking, Maia Davis gets roughly fingered and lifted by the neck. Fingers shoved into her throat make Cherry Torn drool, and she gets screwed into a sofa. James shoves Ash Hollywood’s panties into her pussy and chokes her on them. Lia Lor’s date with James includes foot sex, a rim job and squirting orgasms.

The intense play is captured with an ethereal, high-tone style of videography that makes the action seem all the more perverse.

Offering more than three hours of dreamy debauchery, Pornoromance is expected to prosper in the marketplace. Evil Angel General Manager Christian Mann said, “James Deen is the industry’s male marketing maven. Throw in an ironic cover image in keeping with James’ sick sense of humor and we have a movie the fans will want and enjoy.”

For domestic sales inquiries, contact Justin Rich at jrich@evilangel.com or (800) 442-6435, ext. 115.

For foreign sales inquiries, contact Alexandra (Alex) Kelley at alex@evilangel.com or (818) 787-1414 ext 106.

For more information about Evil Angel wholesale, visit EvilDistributor.com. For the company's marketing site, go to EvilAngelVideo.com.

Follow Evil Angel on Twitter: @EvilAngelVideo.

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AMTC Testing Service Rejoins FSC-PASS System

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AMTC Testing Service Rejoins FSC-PASS System

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 02:08 PM

CANOGA PARK, Calif–FSC-PASS has announced that as of today AMTC Testing Services will rejoin the FSC-PASS system, offering STD testing facilities nationwide for adult performers.

AMTC had been on hiatus due to the unexpected death of the company owner. Now under new ownership, the testing facility is back to provide performers with reliable testing, quick turnaround times and confidential service.

“Dealing with AMTC has always been great, so we’re glad to have them back onboard. More importantly, we’re happy to offer the performers more choice for their testing,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. “AMTC was one of the labs that really helped us develop our system in the beginning and we hope they’ll be around for a long time to come.”

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For more information on FSC-PASS and its testing facilities, please visit the website or contact (818) 348-9373.

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Dana DeArmond, Nicole Aniston To Host AVN Awards Red Carpet

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Industry superstars kick off the adult industry’s most prestigious night, January 18.

Dana DeArmond, Nicole Aniston To Host AVN Awards Red Carpet

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 01:14 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network, organizer of the annual AVN Awards, announces adult superstars Dana DeArmond and Nicole Aniston as Red Carpet hosts for the 2014 AVN Awards. The largest event in the adult entertainment industry, the Awards take place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

The Red Carpet hosts serve as a highly visible and prestigious assignment for DeArmond and Aniston, who will be interviewing and commenting on the bevy of adult industry performers, highlighted during the star-studded media event. In 2013, over 25 nations had media reporting on the Red Carpet, heralding the never-ending fascination with porn and the business behind it.

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“I'm very excited to be hosting the Red Carpet at the AVN Awards this year,” says Dana. “I've been attending the Awards for years; I've presented at the Awards a couple of times, received tons of nominations over the years, and even won an AVN Award. Hosting the Red Carpet is the perfect next step for me. I think this is a great opportunity for me to bring my sense of humor to the show, and I'm going to have a lot of fun with it!”

Dana DeArmond, most famously known as “The Internet’s Girlfriend,” gained popularity before she ever stepped in front of a camera, as an Internet personality with over 300,000 friends on MySpace. A much-respected performer since 2005, with nearly 500 films to her credit, the beautiful, leggy brunette was CAVR’s Siren of the Year in 2008 and was honored with a 2012 AVN Award for Best Girl/Girl Scene, for her performance in Belladonna: Sexual Explorer. She is nominated for five separate AVN Awards this year, including Female Performer of the Year – the fourth year Dana has been nominated for the honor.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to be a Red Carpet host and additional personality contributing to the show,” states Nicole. “I greatly appreciate being involved in making this the most entertaining year for the AVN Awards!”

2013 Penthouse Pet of the Year and San Diego native Nicole Aniston hit the proverbial porn scene running in 2010. Appearing in over 100 films, including noteworthy performances in several high-profile porn parodies, the blonde stunner won a 2013 AVN Award for Most Outrageous Sex Scene, for Men in Black: A Hardcore Parody.

“Dana and Nicole are two of the best female performers working today in our industry,” said AVN CEO, Theo Sapoutzis. “Their beauty and sexy attitudes, combined with their natural sense of humor, is sure to make the Red Carpet a fun and entertaining pre-Awards-Show event. We look forward to watching them interact with all of our Red Carpet attendees and the media, and we’re pleased to have them be an integral part of our pre-show festivities.”

Over 300 adult industry performers are highlighted at the AVN Awards Show Red Carpet each year. Industry superstars and mainstream crossover performers such as Jesse Jane, James Deen, Dave Navarro, Andy San Dimas, Riley Steele, Ron Jeremy, India Summer, Kirsten Price, Kayden Kross, jessica drake, Chanel Preston, Stoya, Allie Haze, Asa Akira, Teagan Presley, Sunny Leone, Joanna Angel, Bobbi Starr, and more will all be available for photos and interviews during what Entertainment Tonight has dubbed the “Oscars of the adult industry.” The AVN Awards is a must-attend, must-see event, with plenty of interview and content opportunities for any media outlet, and for viewers of all ages and demographics. 

Due to the nature of the event, media spaces are limited. Qualified media interested in covering the 2014 AVN Awards Show Red Carpet should email press@avnawards.com or fill out the web site registration form at avnawards.avn.com/page/4.

The 31st annual AVN Awards Show will be hosted by Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star, Samantha Saint. The AVN Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the world of adult entertainment, awarding the sexiest adult performers in the world, for their work in adult and mainstream movies. Each year, thousands of fans travel to Las Vegas from around the world to watch the show.

Adult industry tables and fan tickets for the award show are on sale; ticket options start at $175. Availability is limited; fans and industry members are encouraged to go to avnawards.avn.com/tickets/ to purchase tickets.

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Girlfriends Films Picks Up Bonnie Rotten Studio for Distro

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Girlfriends Films Picks Up Bonnie Rotten Studio for Distro

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 12:56 PM

VALENCIA, Calif.—Girlfriends Films has announced a distribution deal with Bonnie Rotten for her first foray into production and directing under the label Mental Beauty, Inc. The deal includes national and international DVD, VOD and broadcast cable distribution. The award-winning tattooed vixen will release six titles per year from the studio, featuring boy/girl, girl/girl and kink content with tattooed and un-inked performers.

The 20-year-old performer, who is a nominee for AVN's 2014 Female Performer of the Year, is one of the youngest in the adult industry to garner such a deal.

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“I’m honored to have Girlfriends Films provide me with a platform to direct and produce DVDs,” Rotten said. “My brand of filming is something different for the Girlfriends Films brand, and I’m looking forward to creating some really great projects for them. I’ve already shot my first scene for the debut release, and it’s very, very cool. My fans are going to love it!”

Rotten’s first title under the deal, a young girl violation release, is slated to release in April.

“My style is ‘creepy cinematic,’” Bonnie said. “It’s a little kink, a little Andrew Blake. The scenes will take things out of the bedroom and are super edgy, but with a real cinematic feel to them. I’m very happy with how things are going on set, and how the scenes are shaping up on the screen. I am definitely looking forward to unleashing it in April!”

Girlfriends Films president Moose said, “At an impressively young age, Bonnie has made a mark for herself as an in-demand performer. Already her fans love what she’s done for Girlfriends Films, and it’s a true pleasure to work alongside her to bring strong, boundary-pushing releases for those who like their porn on the kinkier side. We’re happy to welcome her to the Girlfriends Films family, and we’re sure her fans will find her projects exactly like her—sexy, edgy, explosive and very addictive.”

Rotten, a relative newcomer to the adult industry, has made a mark as indelible as her many tattoos since her entry into the business in 2012. The sought-after performer has garnered fan and critical praise for her riveting performances, which incorporate fetish and kink aspects. Her most recent release with Girlfriends Films is the Skow for Girlfriends Films project Sexually Explicit. To view the trailer for Sexually Explicit, click here.

Currently nominated for 24 awards for the January awards show season, the lithe, inked vixen won three 2013 NightMoves Awards trophies (Best All-Sex Release, Best Ink, Best Social Media Star) and three Inked Awards honors (Female Performer of the Year, DVD of the Year, Scene of the Year). She also won Hottest New Girl at the 2013 Sex Awards. She most recently ranked on pop culture media site Fleshbot’s Top Ten Crush Objects of 2013 list.

Above, Bonnie Rotten with Girlfriends Films founder Dan O'Connell on the set of Women Seeking Women 100.

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AVN Takes VIBE Program to New Orleans

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New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center May 28 through May 30, 2014

AVN Takes VIBE Program to New Orleans

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 10:40 AM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—The AVN VIBE Program will be held at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, May 28 through May 30, 2014. The VIBE Program in New Orleans will focus on the adult entertainment and pleasure product industry, with special networking events added to bring all sectors together. This is an invitation-only program designed to create an intimate setting for an exclusive gathering of the best and brightest in the adult industry. One-on-one meetings, VIP dinners, networking lunches and exclusive parties make up what will be a successful and memorable event in The Big Easy.

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“We are expecting our biggest VIBE program yet in Las Vegas, with many participants already committed,” Theo Sapoutzis, CEO of AVN Media Network said. “We also wanted to do a spring show to facilitate buying needs, and chose New Orleans as a central point for people on the East Coast to meet and network with people coming from the West Coast. Location was a very important part of our decision to bring The Vibe Program to New Orleans.”

The AVN VIBE Program, now in its 4th year, has been extremely successful, averaging over 100 participants from around the world. The tremendous success of the VIBE Program in Las Vegas made it an easy decision to bring the show down to New Orleans in May, bringing together a wonderful mix of business, pleasure and the culture of the city of New Orleans.

Larry Garland with Eldorado has found tremendous opportunity and success with the VIBE program. “For buyers, this is the best event we can attend," he said. "We look forward to our trip this spring to the beautiful city of New Orleans and to another successful VIBE program.”

 “We are excited to not only be exhibiting at the show but taking part in this unique and extremely well-run program,” said Jerry E. with Exquisite.  “The networking opportunities that The Vibe Program creates are incredibly important to our business.”

“The VIBE program is so beneficial for our company in Las Vegas, we simply cannot wait for the spring show,” added Moose from Girlfriends Films. 

Look for more added value at this event with more announcements to come. Updates can be

New Orleans will also be the home to the online adult industry’s premier show Internext, which will feature educational seminars, speed networking, meet market, traffic dinner, workshops, and numerous parties as well as special networking events to bring the entire industry together. 

For more information on the program, or to secure participation, please visit etouches.com/vibe or contact Timothy Ferencz at timothy.ferencz@avn.com

For media information, contact Brian Gross, BSG PR, (818) 340-4422. Email: Brian@bsgpr.com. Twitter: @bsgpr

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Voting for 3rd Annual GFY Awards Extended Through January 7

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Voting for 3rd Annual GFY Awards Extended Through January 7

Posted Jan 06th, 2014 10:00 AM

LOS ANGELES—Voting for the GFY People’s Choice Awards, to be held Jan. 13 during the upcoming Internext Expo 2014 in Las Vegas, has been extended through tomorrow, January 7. This action was taken because of the outage experiences by GFY.com last week and other circumstances.

Voting by industry members may be done here now. Members of GFY who are registered before December 1, 2013 and have more than 25 forum posts can vote once only in each category.

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"We have always aimed to make the GFY Awards all about the community,” said GFY Head Zookeeper, Eric Matis. “With GFY.com's recent downtime, many users were unable to vote and have their voices heard. In an attempt to make sure that no vote is missed, we have decided to extend the voting period for the GFY Awards till 11:59 PDT on January 7."

The 3rd Annual GFY People's Choice Awards ceremony will take place January 13, 2014 at Vinyl in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. A debauchery filled After Party will follow.

For more information about Internext Expo 2014, go here. Admission to the GFY Awards ceremony is free for all Internext attendees!

The 2014 GFY People’s Choice Awards are sponsored by SexGoesMobile.com, $extronix, CrakRevenue, CECash and BitterStrawberry.

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A.J. Hall Column: Supplying the Demanding

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Consumers will pay for fantasy, information, entertainment

Supplying the Demanding

This article originally ran in the December 2013 issue of AVN.

CYBERSPACE—Nearly a decade has passed since broadband became affordable and online porn consumption became an industry standard, yet adult’s leading studios are still struggling to use the web to its full potential.

If content is king, studio owners should be sitting atop an empire of gold.

In a time of wall-to-wall, mass consumption, free tubes and free porn overload, the studios have been lost.  A few have partnered with big cash programs and management companies who quickly cannibalized their content, forcing it into the mold used by their paysite sales machine to squeeze out every penny possible by doing the least amount of work. And perhaps for some studio owners, earning 10 percent to 20 percent of what they could be earning is better than nothing, but others may want to set their sights higher—much higher.

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Despite the downturn in recent years, we’re entering a new era. It’s one where erotica and porn are generally accepted and in many circles sexuality is considered a healthy part of human existence. Smart companies are embracing this.

New markets are emerging. Mainstream culture is eating up graphic erotica novels and cable shows about swinging are the subject of water-cooler conversation. Young adults today find porn to be less taboo. It’s common for women to talking openly about sex toys and adult videos with their girlfriends. Surprisingly, many are discussing sex in mixed company. More couples of all ages are enjoying porn together as a regular part of the sexual routine.

For studio owners this means new markets, several of them.

There are no DVDs to hide, no more big cable bills to worry about and no parental controls to remember to set. In today’s world everything is kept neat and tidy and completely secure behind a four-digit passcode on a mobile device. It’s ready for instant viewing at any time.  It’s happening not on cable or pay-per-view but by way of a set-top box or via an iPad or iPhone and their Apple TV. High-speed mobile networks and in-home wi-fi has opened new doors both technically and sexually.

From a content standpoint, the canned production format that worked great five and ten years ago isn’t working as well anymore. The customer this appealed to is now several years older and has been replaced by a new breed of smart consumer who isn’t going to pay a monthly fee to see 500 different women get fucked up the ass in the exact same way but on a different sofa.

The new breed of smart consumers will, however, pay for fantasy. They will also pay for information, knowledge, and entertainment. They will pay heavily to ease their fears and to fulfill their curiosities. The magic of the internet is that it lets them do this privately and anonymously and this is where the studios reign supreme. It’s what they want. Give it to them.

My company Elevated X sells software that powers paysites, lots of them. If you’re reading this, chances are we power your sites or those of several of your competitors. After 14 years in the paysite business, in March of 2013 I started a service called Pay Site Optimizer to help people formulate sales strategies and optimize their websites to make more sales. The service was an instant hit. For the first few weeks all I did was analyze websites all day long, including some of my own customers who happen to be award-winning studios—and then I ripped them apart. My reports pointed out every flaw, every missed opportunity, every gaping hole (no pun intended) and every way their competitors are outselling them.

I was shocked at what I saw. Every site was basically the same. I looked at just about every studio’s site, and I saw (and didn’t see) the same thing on just about every single one.

What I did see was an abundance of more or less the same content dumped into a library for download. I saw basically a paid tube site with a lot of the same canned content available on the free tube sites being presented in basically the same exact format. It’s no wonder sales are down.

What I didn’t see was more telling. I didn’t see any personality at all. I saw no mention of owners, directors, or anything that made the site feel as if there was anyone behind it. I saw sites belonging to well-known, highly awarded directors with huge fan bases—and not one single mention of the director anywhere on the site. Not one single site I saw formed a connection with the customer in any way and not one single site offered any sales angle aside from mass downloading of content. I saw nothing that tied the site or its content to a fantasy, nothing that appealed to people’s emotions to arouse them or pique their curiosity and make them want to pay.

On Digital Playground I saw a list of their contract girls at the top and thought “cool, Jesse Jane” and clicked her link thinking I would see a nice interview with her, maybe some really cool exclusive BTS content or something unique not available anyplace else. Nope. Instead I clicked and got redirected to the join page. If I were a surfer I would have exited right there.

On all the sites I visited, not one had a welcome video and there was no mention of anything you couldn’t see on any other. What’s worse, even the studios that do still produce features, scenes for couples, and fantasy-focused content don’t make any mention of it on their tours and opt instead for (shocking, I know) showing the same exact thing shown on their competitors’ sites and on free tube sites.

So you might ask, why should anyone want to join your website? It’s harsh but the answer is that they don’t. Normally this would be bad news but it’s actually good news. The reality is that people DO want to see your content—they’re just not convinced they want to pay for it. And what I’m about to tell you will make you happy: There are shit-tons (no, that’s not a real word, so I have to hyphenate) of people who will pay for your content. Possibly more people than ever will pay for your content if you package it and sell it to them correctly.

A guy wants to fuck his wife tonight with your videos playing on his TV via his Apple TV via Airplay using videos he downloaded onto his Macbook or iPad from your website.  A college girl wants to eat popcorn and browse your site with her roommate to learn how to wow her boyfriend. A soon-to-be bride wants to put your videos on in the background during her bachelorette party. Her soon-to-be husband wants to watch them on his mobile phone to learn how to get her to be open to more kinky things. A college kid wants reassurance that girls will be okay with his average-size dick. A middle-age couple is fantasizing about swinging. A bored husband wants to learn how to introduce sex toys to his marriage. A newly divorced woman is exploring her bi-curiosity and getting ideas on how women please each other.

This is your new audience. Put on your best outfit, meet them, greet them with a smile…and take their money.

AJ Hall is a 13-year adult industry veteran and the co-founder and CEO of award-winning adult software company Elevated X Inc., a provider of popular adult CMS software. Hall has spoken at industry trade shows and is a contributing writer for several trade publications. Elevated X powers more than 2,000 leading adult sites.

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Jan

Industry Vet Toby Dammit Passes Away

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Industry Vet Toby Dammit Passes Away

LOS ANGELES—Toby Dammit, a man who wore many hats in the adult industry since entering it straight out of film school in the early 1990s, passed away peacefully in his home at 10:07 p.m. New Year's Day, according to a posting Saturday by a close friend to his Facebook page.

Dammit suffered from a pulmonary embolism, the posting said, or a blod clot that started in his leg and circulated to his lungs.

Dammit's most recent public role in the industry was as host of the internet program "It's Just Porn, Dammit" on LATalkRadio.com, which stopped broadcasting in the fall of 2011. He continued on doing behind the scenes work in editing, graphic design and DVD authoring, all jobs he'd performed for many years, while also operating his own screen printing business, Dammit Tees.

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Toby Dammit got his start in the business working for director Jeff Coldwater, and soon began shooting pro-am material for LBO Entertainment. In 1993 he directed the zombie porn schlocker Nympho Zombie Coeds for Visual Images, and shortly thereafter took over the editing of that company's big features and its pro-am series Uncle Roy's Amateur Home Videos, which he subsequently turned into his own offshoot series, Cousin Bubba's Cuntry Corn Porn.

Dammit went on to work for Sin City and at New Rave magazine under then editor Jef Hickey. Through his work for New Rave, he became friendly with Elegant Angel owner Patick Collins, who in 1997 gave him a shot to direct two volumes there of his own comedic series Elegant's Angels, a parody of Charlie's Angels casting Collins as Charlie and himself as Bosley.

Dammit also worked for rock star Glenn Danzig doing T-shirt and album cover design, as well as lettering on the comic book series Verotik. He continued to work off-and-on with Elegant in a variety of capacities over the years, including doing interviews for the studio's Arouse magazine.

Photo of Toby Dammit courtesy of his personal Facebook page.

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Jan

Clock’s Ticking: Last Chance to Book AVN Hotel Rooms at Low Rates

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Last Chance to Book AVN Hotel Rooms at Low Rates

Posted Jan 03rd, 2014 05:30 PM

LOS ANGELES—Yup, we get it. What with Christmas hoopla and New Year's Eve parties, you've been a bit busy. But guess what: the clock keeps ticking. It's January 3, and you have only until the end of the weekend to book your hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Yes, Vegas, baby. You know you're coming to the AVN Show ... but have you booked that room? Rates for AVN Adult Entertainment Expo attendees vary per night, ranging from $89 to $259.

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But come Tuesday, the prices will be going up. Way up. It's last call, people. The hotel is almost sold out, so you need to act now.

To book a room, click here.

The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo runs January 15-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. What? You haven't purchased your tickets yet? No problem. You can remedy that by visiting AVNShow.com.

AEE shines a spotlight on the brightest adult stars, offers informative trade seminar programs and sexy stage shows and musical performances, and exposes guests to some of the most innovative sex toys and novelties on the market.

With 30,000 attendees set to transform the Hard Rock into a hedonistic playground, AEE provides an exciting and unique experience for members and fans of the adult entertainment industry. AEE trade registration includes the AEE Trade Show, the AEE Fan Fest and the AVN Novelty Expo.

Featuring one of the most varied mix of adult companies AEE has seen in many years, the show is on track to provide industry members (as well as fans) the opportunity to see the latest products and hottest male and female performers in the world, all under one roof at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

All fan, trade and press attendees may go to AVNShow.com for information on the 2014 AVN Show events. The festivities open on Wednesday, January 15 and run through Saturday, January 18, 2014.

The individual events are scheduled as follows:

AEE: January 15-18, 2014

AVN Fan Fest: January 15-18, 2014

AVN Novelty Expo: January 15-17, 2014

“O” Awards: January 15, 2014

AVN Awards Show: January 18, 2014 (separate ticket)

AEE will also be presenting more than 10 official parties held throughout Las Vegas. Expo attendees can upgrade their tickets to attend these events.

For Trade, badges are now on sale. Please note that the All Access Pass includes all the official parties.

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Jan

‘Sexploitation Sinema ‘ Pioneer Mike Vraney Dies

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'Sexploitation Sinema ' Pioneer Mike Vraney Dies

SEATTLE, Wash.—Mike Vraney, the founder of Something Weird Video and a pioneer in the discovery, preservation and distribution of thousands of lost and obscure exploitation and sexploitation films, died Thursday following a long battle with lung cancer. Born in 1957, Vraney had just celebrated his 56th birthday on December 29.

Something Weird, which was founded in 1990, remains in business to this day, offering fans of alternative cinema a cornucopia of bizarre titles on DVD and video on demand. The company also screens new releases, including this past June in Los Angeles, when Something Weird Video collaborated with the Grindhouse Film Festival to present the world premiere of Frank Henenlotter's new documentary, That's Sexploitation! Over the years, Vraney's releases were also recognized by AVN, and garnered AVN Awards nominations, as well.

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Vraney's friends and family posted a written eulogy to Somethingweird.com today in which they explain that the news of his passing will probably come as a shock to the many people who visited the site or knew Vraney by reputation only.

"Mike was a very private person and didn't want anyone, except his closest friends, family and colleagues, to know about his illness," read the eulogy. "He went through aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments for over a year, but sadly the cancer spread and cruelly took him from us."

The eulogy continued:

Mike had a larger-than-life personality and a genuine enthusiasm for movies. Something Weird was his heart and soul, he was obsessive in his pursuit of tracking down the weirdest, wildest movies out there. And it wasn't enough to find a few forgotten films, he was always in search of the movie motherload. (Making 370 two-hour volumes of Nudie Cuties loops is a good example of this. Who does that?! Mike Vraney!) Even as a child, Mike loved movies. During his teenage years, he worked at the Bel-Kirk Drive-In, and then later as a projectionist at the Green Parrot and Apple Theaters in Seattle. Then around 1990, Mike went in search of as many old, unusual, obscure, and lost low budget exploitation movies as he could, and preserved them for prosperity. Mike amassed thousands of these rare movies and had them transferred to video so that people could relive the good old days of going to the drive-in or grindhouse theater, in their very own home. We have him to thank for introducing fandom to the wonderful world of sexploitation sinema, rescuing it from the dark recesses of forgotten film vaults and defunct movie theatres.

Some of you may know that prior to Something Weird, Mike was involved in the early Seattle punk rock music scene. He was a partner in Modern Productions, the group who started Seattle's seminal rock venue, The Showbox, in 1979. Mike then went on to manage such well-known bands as The Dead Kennedys, TSOL, and Seattle's own The Accused. Mike always seemed to be at the forefront of whatever was happening and cool.

Mike's second greatest passion in life was collecting old comics, vintage toys, movie memorabilia, and pop cultural ephemera. He enjoyed going to the swap meet and always had a magical ability for finding great stuff. But when he wasn't working, collecting, or telling great stories, Mike spent quality time with his beloved family. Mike adored his wife and business partner, Lisa, and two (now young adult) children, Mark and Danielle. These three were the center of his universe, and his reason for getting up each and every morning.

The folks at Something Weird fully intend to keep Mike's incredible legacy intact. Mike may be gone, but his remarkable achievements will live on. One of the happiest days of Mike's life was when legendary David F. Friedman and Dan Sonney called him "the forty-first thief," which to him was the ultimate compliment and recognition for his work. We'd like to think that Mike's now hanging out with his old pals Dave and Dan, reminiscing and talking shop with Dwain Esper, Kroger Babb, Barry Mahon, Joe Sarno, Doris Wishman, Bob Cresse, Dale Berry, Michael Findlay and all the other exploiteers and smut peddlers who've gone to the great grindhouse in the sky.

We will miss Mike with all our hearts. Goodbye dear friend, husband, father, and fearless leader…

Lisa Petrucci, Tim Lewis, Kendall Bechtel, Mark Vraney, Danielle Vraney of Something Weird Video

Image: Mike Vraney, courtesy of Something Weird Video.

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Jan

Girlfriends Films’ Moose Acquires Company From O’Connell

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Girlfriends Films' Moose Acquires Company From O'Connell

VALENCIA, Calif.—Girlfriends Films owner Dan O'Connell told AVN Wednesday evening that effectively immediately, he has sold the company to longtime vice president Moose.

O'Connell said that he will retain ownership of Groundwork Visions, the production company behind his Girlfriends movies to date, while entering into an arrangement to continue shooting movies exclusively for Girlfriends. Director B. Skow will also continue to shoot exclusively for Girlfriends, O'Connell added.

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"As such, nothing has really changed on the production side, except that I hope to up my movie-making game now that I won't be spending most of my time on management matters," O'Connell noted. "Girlfriends Films' movie release schedule will be much the same as it has been for the past few years. We will put out the same number of movies, made by the same directors, under the same series, and so on."

O'Connell said that at least through January, he will continue to work full-time for Girlfriends. "Past that," he projected, "I'm sure I'll be helping Moose in the areas of post-production, our growing distribution of other brands, and keeping our cable channel fed with quality content." 

On Moose stepping into his shoes as president of the company, O'Connell offered, "Running Girlfriends Films is a very complex operation that includes movie production and post-production, sales and marketing, internet sites, our new GFF cable channel, and everything else that happens in our 37,000 square-foot building. I'm very fortunate to have someone of Moose's caliber to take over the operation.

"For the past several years Moose has been doing most everything except for making the movies. He's kept me informed of what he's doing, but he's been the person running Girlfriends Films. Moose and I have a very close relationship and I'm sure that will continue."

Pictured: Moose and Dan O'Connell at the 2013 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (photo by Hew Burney/HewmanBeing.com)

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Jan

Legalese Column: Building a Business

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Just getting started? Avoid these stumbling blocks.

Building a Business

This article originally ran in the December 2013 issue of AVN.

There are many obstacles to starting a new business, particularly in the adult milieu. Many of these will cost more than your budget allows. But when deciding where to cut corners, it’s important to remember that some mistakes can cost dearly in the long run. Following are a few things to think about.

Creating the Business Entity: Assume for a moment that you are to own 100 percent of the business. It is then fairly simple: Start a business entity—a corporation or limited liability company. But which? And in what jurisdiction? Corporation services abound that will do this for you. Those companies claim that they do not give legal advice. (It is illegal if they do.) That is sometimes true; but where they do give you unsanctioned legal advice, it often is very wrong. You will be surprised to learn that it is often not much more expensive for an attorney to set up a corporation for you than to use one of those services. Why? In the first place, the attorney likely will not charge you to act as registered agent; the service will. Secondly, lawyers often will keep rates low at the outset because they are looking to get in on the ground floor of your business.

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If you are going to have more than one owner of the business, you optimally will have one attorney for each owner. More realistically, you will have one lawyer who will require you to sign a conflict waiver. The importance of having an attorney set this up at the outset cannot be overemphasized because, unlike you, lawyers know a long list of things that can go wrong among partners. If the business succeeds, there can be disputes over division of the spoils; if the business fails, then who is stuck with the bills? When you have more than one owner of the business, there are many other things to think about, which lawyers will hammer home: What if one owner dies? Gets divorced? Goes bankrupt? Starts some side business? Steals from the business? Stops contributing? Or the owners’ respective contributions become dramatically unequal? Perhaps the business will need money, but the only possible source is a loan from one of the owners. All of those things have happened—and attorneys know how to write corporate/LLC documents to deal with them.

Counting the Beans: Next, conduct the business like a business. Open a corporate/LLC bank account, and obtain a separate corporate credit card. Use the corporate accounts exclusively for the corporation and the personal accounts exclusively for personal matters—always, always always! If the business needs some of your personal funds for startup, write a personal check to the corporation. Deposit it into the corporation account—and call it a loan, which is what it is. Also, no later than about November of the first year of opening a corporation/LLC, go to a certified public accountant, not just a bookkeeper. If you have any employees, however, you will need the latter as well. Be especially careful about how you pay people. You will be tempted to pay them as independent contractors, a potentially dire mistake, especially if they are working on your premises.

Naming the Business: You also need to name your business, which is particularly crucial. You have two names to think about: the corporation/LLC name and the trade name. Often they should not be the same. Your corporation/LLC name needs to be businesslike, which your trade name might not. Dealing with banks, vendors, trade accounts and so forth, you might not want to have such a sexy name. Dealing with the public, on the other hand, you might want to have a sexy name that could offend the suits. That is why most gentlemen’s clubs are owned by corporations/LLCs with names like Anytown Restaurant Management; while the clubs have names like—well, you are probably familiar with them.

Selecting your corporation/LLC name is not too difficult. It simply needs to be a very professional-sounding name that is not confusingly similar to any other entity in the state. Most states allow you to look up corporations on the secretary of state’s website.

Your trade name, on the other hand, can be a formula for disaster if you select the wrong one. Potential disasters can include a cease-and-desist letter—either from the attorney for an industry company whose name is the same or similar to yours, or the attorney for a famous company claiming that you are tarnishing its trademark. On the other hand, the name you select could lay an egg because it has no market appeal. Therefore, selecting as trade name is really tricky.

Find a unique but catchy name. The best names are those such as Google, Xerox, Exxon and so on—words that otherwise don’t mean anything. The worst ones are in the form of geographic names (such as “Glendale Video,” if it is in or near the city of Glendale) and names that do little more than describe what you do (such as “Quality Internet Hosting” if you are in the Internet hosting business).

Once you arrive at a trade name, Google it to death. Also, look in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO” at uspto.gov) and search for it. Par for selecting a name is probably 25 tries. Once you have found a good one, it is a good idea to file what is called an “intent to use” trademark application at the PTO (also called a “1b” application). That has the effect of reserving the name. All of that should be done long before you start negotiating with web designers and so on, because the PTO process takes quite a few months. You should, however, have a corporation/LLC in place before you file the application for continuity’s sake.

The above is far from exhaustive. However, it should give you some things to think about when starting a business.

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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Jan

Signing Off for 2013 with a Special Nod to Porn4Jews

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Signing Off for 2013 with a Special Nod to Porn4Jews

LOS ANGELES—As the last hours of 2013 tick away, we want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year, and also a Happy Jew Year! The porn industry, as most people know, is populated by more than its fair share of Jews, but that doesn't mean that there aren't porn sites out there that can't be shared with even the most orthodox of mothers. One such site is Porn4Jews, whose tagline says it all: "5,000 years of tradition. 5,000 years of sexy."

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A simple Tumblr site, Porn4Jews takes secret (or not so secret) Jewish memes, and gives them a naughty twist in photos and words, inviting a little laughter as well as a knowing wink.

"Let's fiddle on the roof," suggests one man.

"It doesn't have to be Purim, for us to play dress up," says the sexy Jewess wearing a fetching jewel-encrusted crown.

In another, a dark and handsome man sits by a roaring fire in a loose robe, holding what look to be pages from the Torah covering his privates, as he teases, "Guess where I hid the afikoman?"

You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate Porn4Jews, but it couldn't hurt. Gentiles will need to have a dictionary close by.

That said, the message of the site is universal: Fuck and be happy!

Shanah Tovah!

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Jan

Complaints Over Price of Gilead’s Hep C Cure

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Complaints Over Price of Gilead's Hep C Cure

LOS ANGELES—There's good news and bad news about sofosbuvir, the new Gilead Sciences drug that cures hepatitis C, which currently afflicts more than 3 million Americans, and approximately 170 million people globally. "By comparison, about 1.1 million Americans have HIV, which has infected about 34 million people globally," reported NPR in an article published Monday.

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The good news is that the drug completely cures hep C, and requires only a few grams to do the job. The bad news is that Gilead is charging $1,000 a pill for sofosbuvir. "A typical course of treatment," noted NPR, "will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Some patients may need treatment for twice as long."

The article also claims that 90 percent of hep C patients are expected to be completely cured by the drug, assuming, that is, that they know they have the disease and, assuming they do, can afford the drug.

The price tag has a few people fuming, and Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation is one of them. "For Gilead, we have outrage, pure and simple," he said.

Andrew Hill, a researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Liverpool, thinks the company is charging too much, considering the cost of production, arguing, "Even when we were very conservative [with our estimate], the cost of a course of these treatments would be on the order of $150 to $250 per person."

Hill used the cost of making similar antiviral drugs for HIV (approximately $1 per gram) to estimate the cost to produce sofosbuvir. "The amazing thing with hep C is you only need a few grams of these drugs to cure the infection," he added. "You need 10 grams or 30 grams of drugs."

Gilead has responded to complaints by arguing that the price is a fair reflection of the investment made to produce the drug, and that the cost will surely come down over time.

"We didn't really say, 'We want to charge $1,000 a pill,'" said Gilead VP Greg Alton. "We're just looking at what we think was a fair price for the value that we're bringing into the health care system and to the patients."

He added, "Those who are bold and go out and innovate like this and take the risk—there needs to be more of a reward on that. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for people to make that investment."

Another researcher, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said that the cost may in fact be justified ... for the moment, and pointed to the fact that Gilead did not actually manufacture the drug, noting "that Gilead paid more than $11 billion to acquire a smaller company that developed sofosbuvir," and argued that the company had to be able to recoup that investment.

However, she also added, "You only need about 150,000 people to recover that cost. And so, if you're treating 2 million people, once you have recovered your cost, then I think it's ... I don't want to say it's unfair, but it does start feeling more exploitative."

She suggested that once the investment is recouped, Gilead should cut the price extensively.

"That's very unlikely that we would do that," responded Alton, adding, "I appreciate the thought."

When pressed about the need for cheap hep C cures in Third World countries, however, the Gilead VP admitted the price would have to come way down. "I don't think we'll be able to get it into the low hundreds. But I think we can get it into an affordable range for them. It'll be from the high hundreds to low thousands for these types of markets."

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Dec

Meet the 2014 Nominees for All-Girl Performer of the Year

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Meet the 2014 Nominees for All-Girl Performer of the Year

Posted Dec 31st, 2013 12:20 PM

If the more than 110 (!) categories in the AVN Awards devoted to the production of adult videos, only a handful of these specifically reward the efforts of performers in the so-called all-girl realm. Given the continuing growth of popularity in all-female erotica, we’ve decided it’s time to redress this imbalance with the addition of a new category. The basic criterion of eligibility for nomination in the All-Girl Performer of the Year category is to have released only girl/girl scenes during the awards eligibility period. That requirement barred a couple of strong contenders who happened to have done the odd boy/girl scene during 2012-2013, but there remained more than enough candidates to make up a full slate of talented, energetic and sensuous woman-loving women.

Elle Alexandra

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Lithe redhead Elle Alexandra worked as a commercial print model before moving over to the adult entertainment industry. Since her debut in 2011, she has appeared in fetish, solo and girl/girl videos for various companies, including FM Concepts, Shane’s World, Kick Ass Pictures, Reality Kings, and, of course, Girlfriends Films. She also can be seen in Meow 3 (Jennaration X/Jules Jordan), director Jenna Haze’s all-girl series. Alexandra has also done nude modeling for X-Art, Reality Kings, and Nubiles.net, and has been a Cyber Girl for Playboy.com and was Twistys Treat of the Month for May 2013.

Lily Cade

Striking in appearance with pale-white skin, natural red hair in a casual, almost unkempt Dennis the Menace bob and a natural curvy figure, Lily Cade started performing on camera in 2009. The strictly girl/girl performer is also a lesbian offstage, who married wife Sten in 2008 in the pre-Proposition 8 same-sex marriage window. Her nose-to-the-grindstone attitude (“I like to work”) has pushed her into directing and producing for Filly Films, while continuing an on-camera presence as a chameleon-like performer: In her scenes she can play coquettish or wanton, presenting the tender seductress or the hard butch on the prowl with equal effectiveness.

Cade has previously been nominated for AVN Awards for 2011 and 2012.

Shyla Jennings

A petite brunette, Shyla Jennings was born in Germany but now calls the U.S. home. Since entering the industry in 2010, she has remained strictly a girl/girl and solo performer, and much of her best work has been shot by Girlfriends Films. Among the series she has starred in are Net Skirts, Lesbian Seductions, Lesbian House Hunters, Women Seeking Women and Road Queen—all from Girlfriends.

A favorite of both adult critics and adult directors, Jennings’ work also resonates with the fans. In February 2011, her movie Poor Little Shyla (another Girlfriends production) was deemed the most successful video-on-demand release ever for HotMovies.com.

This past year she’s made the rounds in many well-known girl/girl series, including We Live Together (Reality Kings), Molly’s Life (Muffia) and Hot and Mean (Brazzers). (Photo courtesy Sweetheart Video/Mile High Media).

Justine Joli

Statuesque redhead Justine Joli started as a nude model for men’s magazines, including Hustler and Penthouse, where she was Pet of the Month for September 2007. She also appeared on such websites as Danni’s Hard Drive and Matt’s Models. She shot her first scene for Andrew Blake under the name “Justine” before adopting the name Justine Joli. She works girl/girl exclusively, and has been quoted as saying “I’m not comfortable doing boy/girl.”

On the mainstream side, the multiple AVN Award nominee has acted in an off-Broadway play about Roman emperor Caligula, Caligula Maximus, in 2010, and also appeared in the mainstream blaxpoltation parody film Black Dynamite.

Malena Morgan

Florida-born Malena Morgan went to modeling school as a teen and came to Los Angeles to pursue a career in adult at age 20. After initially establishing herself as a nude webcam model, Morgan moved to fetish, girl/girl and solo videos for companies including FM Concepts and Girlfriends Films. As a nude model, she has appeared in various magazines, including Cheri, Swank, Barely Legal and Club International, and was Penthouse Pet of the Month and the cover girl for November 2011, soon after appearing as Twistys Treat of the Month for September 2011.

Prinzzess

Born in Florida and raised in Belize, Prinzzess returned to Florida and started nude modeling upon reaching age 18, including a turn as Penthouse Pet for October 2004, and she moved to performing soon after that. Now 28, she has been a contract player for Girlfriends Films since 2009 and has performed in some 100 scenes for the company, while also maintaining a nude modeling career with folios at Playboy, Twistys, and Babes.com. She also has an active feature dancing career. She has only worked on-camera with women, and has described herself as “99 percent lesbian”: “When I’m in a crowd I’ll notice women I’m attracted to before I’ll notice that there are hot men around. So I don’t know exactly if this makes me more bi, or lesbian, but I’m definitely NOT straight.”

She has previously been nominated for AVN Awards for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Sammie Rhodes

After starting as an all-round performer in 2004, Sammie Rhodes decided to switch to girl/girl only after about a year. Rhodes told AVN that when she did boy/girl scenes, she was always sore, exhausted and unable to have sex in her personal life.

“It’s not like you’re having sex at home where you do anything you want. You have to perform and it’s hard work,” she said.

She has appeared in more than 300 titles, including nine editions of Her First Lesbian Sex for Pink Visual and for companies ranging alphabetically from Adam & Eve to Zero Tolerance. On the mainstream side, she appeared in the music video for the song “Gives You Hell” by The Inevitable Backlash in 2010. She won an AVN Award in 2008 for Best All-Girl Sex Scene, Video for Babysitters from Digital Playground.

Raven Rockette

Beneath Raven Rockette’s quiet, almost diffident demeanor is the soul of a hardcore rock & roller. Starting her adult career soon after her 18th birthday, she was making plans to add music and mainstream acting to her résumé before her first year was over. Born in Los Angeles, raised in Las Vegas, Rockette stands 5-foot-4 with a 34D-26-34 figure.

“I absolutely love [working in adult],” Rockette told AVN. “I have so much fun. I love the people, I love being on set, I love working, all the lovely girls I get to work with. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a life-changing experience, for the best. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier in my entire life, or felt more at ease.”

One standout performance is her starring role in Gia: Lesbian Supermodel, directed by Nica Noelle for Hard Candy Films/AEBN, for which she was nominated by AVN for Best Actress. She’s also in the running for AVN’s Best New Starlet honors.

Layla Rose

Busty and petite Layla Rose started performing on camera in 2010, doing some 50 girl/girl, solo and fetish scenes for a list of companies that has included Digital Playground, Filly Films, Diabolic Video Productions, Lethal Hardcore, Girlfriends Films and Jules Jordan Video, where she was featured in Meow 3 this year. As a nude model, she has been on the Playboy Cyber Club and Digital Desire websites.

Spencer Scott

The number of Playboy Playmates who have crossed over into hardcore adult is very few, notably Miss April 1986 Teri Weigel. The latest addition to this group is Spencer Scott, Miss October 2007, who started girl/girl performing in Hustler Video’s 2011 release Barely Legal 123. She followed this with performances in videos ranging from I Kiss Girls 3 for Girlfriends Films to two appearances in the Hot and Mean series from Brazzers. She was also Twistys Treat of the Month for September 2012.

Sinn Sage

In the adult business since 2002, this brunette powerhouse revs up the energy level in whatever scene she’s cast in. Though she’s strictly a girl/girl performer, Sage works for a wide range of studios; in addition to all-girl specialists such as Girlfriends Films, Sweetheart Video, Girl Candy Films and Addicted 2 Girls, she’s also often done work with Evil Angel directors, particularly Belladonna. In 2012 she made her directorial debut, helming Sinn Sage’s A-Cup Lesbians for Filly Films. At last year’s AVN Awards Show she took the stage with Dani Daniels to share the honors for Best Girl/Girl Scene, delighting the crowd when she planted an enthusiastic kiss on her co-star.

Angela Sommers

Starting her adult career in her mid-20s, later than many of her colleagues, Angela Sommers has made her mark largely with Girlfriends Films titles. More than half of her performances are under the Girlfriends Films label—with roles in such series as Girls in White, The Creepers Family and Newswomen—and she’s also worked the studio’s booth at such shows as the 2013 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. In addition, she has made nude modeling appearances on the Playboy Cyber Club, and was named the Twistys Treat of the Month for August 2011 and Penthouse Pet for May 2012.

Celeste Star

A Penthouse Pet of the Month for July 2005, perky Celeste Star has been a staple of the all-girl scene since 2004. A perennial AVN Awards nominee, she has shown her appeal by being in the running for honors in solo, tease and sex scene categories. She has proven to be a versatile actress as well, appearing in various features—most memorably in Cherry (Digital Playground), Tuff Love (Wicked Pictures) and Revenge of the Petites (AMKingdom). Star did some boy/girl scenes when she first started, but it’s clear she’s right at home working with girls. “I love the softness in a woman’s touch, the softness of their skin,” she says.

Sovereign Syre

A former nude model based in New York City, Sovereign Syre spent her first six months in the business shooting for director Nica Noelle. “I was very lucky to have people mentor me the whole way through,” Syre says. “I had thought about doing porn before, but I didn’t know people made the type of porn that she makes. I felt Nica would take care of me like no on else would.”

Syre’s first scene came in My Sister Celine with Dylan Ryan, which Noelle made for Sweetheart Video. Soon after that Syre worked at the director’s new company, Girl Candy Films, where she’s appeared in all three installments of the popular Lesbian Guidance Counselor series. Syre also did a very memorable turn this year in Dana Vespoli’s She’s Come Undone (Evil Angel).

Taylor Vixen

Debuting in Penthouse magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, Taylor Vixen immediately became a favorite among readers—not surprising given her naturally busty figure and pretty face. In short order, she was named 2010’s Penthouse Pet of the Year.

At the same time, Vixen emerged in adult video as a highly in-demand girl/girl performer, earning an AVN Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene nomination for an interlude with Franziska Facella in Girlfriends Films’ Woman Seeking Women 55. Since then she’s been even busier—it would be easier to list the studios where she hasn’t worked than the ones where she has. Recently she was back at Girlfriends Films, where she appeared in the return of a fan favorite series in Pin-up Girls 8.

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Digital Playground Releases ‘Champagne Showers’ Online

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Digital Playground Releases 'Champagne Showers' Online

BURBANK, CA — Digital Playground is giving online viewers Champagne Showers. Jessa Rhodes stars as an aspiring singer looking to make her dreams come true in the big city of Los Angeles. Written and directed by Francois Clousot, Champagne Showers is available today online, right in time for the New Year.

Clousot says, “The film’s message is clear – never stop believing. Most people can relate to this film because everyone has a dream, whether it’s to be a lawyer, a porn star, or a singer, like Jessa. The film shows the journey of the struggle, but also the perseverance of believing and the success that comes with it. Not to mention all the sex that is involved! Champagne Showers is a tantalizing treat not to be missed!”

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Champagne Showers follows small town girl Rhodes as she seduces her high school sweetheart, Tyler Nixon one last time before she embarks on a journey for super stardom. Rhodes soon realizes it’s harder than expected, since she’s receiving more casting couch offers than record deals.  

Things evolve quickly as she lands a job at a popular bar filled with sexy bartenders who teach her how to get by in LA. Kirsten Price and Layla Sin also share their own stories of unrequited love and secret lesbian affairs. Rhodes is further welcomed to her new city by hunky Keiran Lee.

The release features Nikita Von James, Breanne Benson, and Alektra Blue, who all end up playing a role in Rhode’s pursuit of her dreams. With seven hardcore sex scenes and a wonderfully wet ending, this release encourages fans to never give up.

View the SFW YouTube trailer.

For more information regarding Digital Playground, visit DigitalPlayground.com.

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