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26
Sep

DragonCon Cosplayers Get Cease & Desist from Carpet Company

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DragonCon Cosplayers Get Cease & Desist from Carpet Company

ATLANTA, GA—We've heard that one or two adult performers (and possibly even a couple of execs) are into cosplay, attending conventions dressed as their favorite comic book, anime, movie or TV characters—so here's a word of warning for the truly creative cosplayer.

But first a little background: DragonCon, which started out as a regional sci-fi/fantasy/gaming convention in the late '80s, has grown into a genuine multi-platform pop-culture event, and now hosts fans of everything from the above-noted genres to film, comic books, music and anything related to them—including a growing cosplay segment, which takes an active part in the parade the convention has sponsored since 2002. And for several years, the convention has been held at Marriott Marquis hotel near the heart of downtown Atlanta—barely enough room to accommodate the 57,000 fans that attended the con this summer.

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Also, as most are aware, cosplayers can be real bears about detail. Those who plan to create a costume based on a famous (or even minor) comic book, anime, movie or TV character often study photos and video of the character down to the minutest detail, as it's that attention to detail that judges in costume contests look for in awarding prizes. And while many of the characters that cosplayers try to emulate are covered by some of the toughest copyright protections around, the copyright owners invariably give cosplayers a lot of leeway in what they're allowed to wear, reasoning (correctly) that the costumes are basically free advertising for the characters portrayed.

Sadly, that philosophy apparently doesn't apply to carpet.

Seems that one of the highlights of this year's DragonCon was a pair of cosplayers dressed in what's been described as a "memorably psychedelic" design: the red, yellow and blue geometric pattern of the Marriott Marquis' hallway carpets, which the cosplayers copied and created body suits for themselves with the same design. After all, for game players, what better way to get the drop on your opponents than by disguising yourself as the very carpet they walk on? (Remember the mental hospital scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day?)

But while Hollywood, Marvel and DC have taken cosplaying in stride, the folks who make the carpets Marriott uses in its hotels were less forgiving, and when a costume company, Volpin Props, was so impressed by the "carpet camo" that they decided to offer similar costumes to convention attendees, the carpet manufacturers, Couristan, Inc., sent the company a "cease and desist" letter, threatening legal action if the costumers offered costumes with Couristan's design.

"Of all the things to get a Cease and Desist over, of ALL the replicas I've made over the years, I've received one from Couristan Inc., designers [of] the Marriott Marquis Atlanta hotel carpet," a Volpin spokesperson wrote. "Spoonflower has pulled the design, as is their right, so sorry everyone who wanted some fabric of their own!"

However, on its Facebook page, the company is requesting that fans refrain from contacting either Couristan or Marriott over the issue.

"Courtisan [sic], the copyright holder for the design of the pattern, is fully within their rights to issue a C&D and I absolutely support that action," s/he wrote. "I wouldn't want anyone recasting my props and they should take similar actions to protect their designs."

So let this be a warning to cosplayers: Be creative... but not too creative!

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26
Sep

YNOT Awards Announced at Budapest Ceremony

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YNOT Awards Announced at Budapest Ceremony

Posted Sep 26th, 2013 01:40 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary—YNOT Awards were handed out this week to 30 companies and individuals chosen by their peers as the “best of the best in the online adult entertainment industry.” Winners at the third annual event were announced during a ceremony dinner at Budapest’s historic Symbol restaurant, wine cellar and art gallery, as part of the European Summit festivities.

Jay Kopita, VP of Houston-based YNOT Group LLC, who co-hosted the ceremony with Jenn Gonzalez, director of affiliates for Love Revenue, commented, “Because the YNOT Awards, uniquely, are selected by industry-wide voting instead of by a committee, repeat winners deserve special congratulations. Companies and individuals who maintain solid reputations, along with the respect and admiration of their peers, are doing more than a few things right.”

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YNOT Awards winners — including the first YNOT Hall of Fame recipient — for 2013 include:

Best Adult Dating Company: Dating Factory

Best Adult Internet Brand: Manwin

Best Adult Reviews Site: Rabbit's Reviews

Best Alternative Billing Company: Paxum

Best Billing Company: CCBill

Best Content Provider: Webmaster Central

Best Emerging Company: Grand Slam Media

Best Emerging Site: CumLouder

Best Gay Revenue Program: Buddy Profits

Best Gay Site: Men.com

Best Hosting Company: MojoHost

Best Industry Event: The Phoenix Forum

Best Live Cam Revenue Program: PussyCash

Best Live Cam Site: LiveJasmin

Best Marketing Campaign: Fleshlight

Best Mobile Revenue Program: Affil4you

Best Mobile Services Company: SexGoesMobile

Best Niche Site: Kink.com

Best Overall Adult Site: Brazzers

Best Overall Revenue Program: CrakRevenue

Best Software Company: Too Much Media

Best Traffic Services Company: JuicyAds

Best Tube Site: PornHub

Best Web Design Studio: Zuzana Designs

Businessman of the Year: Jay Van Ginneken, JuicyAds

Businesswoman of the Year: Jo Merlone, KiwiSourcing

Company Rep of the Year: Joey Gabra, Affil4You

Company of the Year: Affil4you

Innovator of the Year: LabelSex

YNOT Hall of Fame: PussyCash

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Sep

The Naughty Show Returns to the AVN Show

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The Naughty Show Returns to the AVN Show

Posted Sep 26th, 2013 11:10 AM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN is proud to present Sam Tripoli's Naughty Show for the second year in a row in Las Vegas during the AVN Show on Jan. 16, 2014 at 9 p.m.

All the hilarious comedy action takes place inside Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 

This special edition of the Naughty Show takes comedy to a whole new level with an adult twist that features today’s funniest comedians, popular adult film stars and burlesque all together on the same stage. The Naughty Show will also feature short films, whacky live skits and audience participation.

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Some of the adult stars that have appeared on the Naughty Show include Nikki Benz, Andy San Dimas, Lisa Ann, Lexi Belle, Tera Patrick, Belladonna, Taylor Vixen and Justine Joli.

"I'm truly excited to be bringing back the Naughty Show to Hard Rock Hotel," show host Tripoli said. "We had such an awesome time last year, and we're going to come back bigger and better this year. Get ready to laugh your ass off Las Vegas!"

Past comedians that have displayed their comedy stylings on the Naughty Show stage include Joe Rogan, Anthony Jeselnik, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Benson and Russell Peters. 

AVN Show attendees can gain access to the hilarious show through the purchase of one of the following show badges: Trade All Access Passes, Fan Ultimate Tour, Extreme VIP, or VIP tickets.

"We had such a good turnout for the Naughty Show and it was so much fun, we decided we wanted to bring Sam back," AVN Event Manager Beth Noonan said. "The Naughty Show is a fun night of entertainment, and bringing big names in comedy together with the biggest names in adult entertainment is just a win-win for everyone, most of all our attendees."

For more information about the AVN Show, click here. For ticket information, click here

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Sep

SugarDVD Jumps on New SteamOS

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SugarDVD Jumps on New SteamOS

CYBERSPACE—If any company exemplifies the adaptive and adoptive nature of porn, it’s SugarDVD, the veteran video-on-demand service that never met a digital platform it didn’t embrace with enthusiasm. These include PS3, Xbox, GoogleTV, Boxee, Roku, the new Xbox One, the new Ouya gaming console and Google Glass.

Living up to its reputation once again, the company took just 48 hours following the launch this week by game developer Valve of the brand spanking new Linux-based SteamOS to unveil, according to Escapist Magazine, “plans for a SteamOS version of its streaming adult entertainment service - porn, in other words. Steamy!”

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CEO Jax Smith told the online mag the decision was a no-brainer. "Our apps have had no problem reaching gamers through Xbox and Playstation, and so far, the gaming community loves our apps,” he said. “It'd be foolish not to develop for Valve's new venture."

Foolish, Jax is not. For years now the young executive has staked out a consistent position where its target demographic can see it. According to company rep Rebecca Bolen, gamers and porners are peas who consistently share the same pod.

"We love the gaming community," she enthused to Escapist. "Gamers can make or break new technology, so we're excited to get started developing our adult app for Valve's promising new devices.

"Any device that has easily-accessible adult content on it will be more popular than one that doesn't," she added

Sounds like another match made in digital heaven.

For more on SugarDVD, go here.

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26
Sep

Allie Haze Reviews ‘Don Jon’ for NextMovie.com

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Allie Haze Reviews 'Don Jon' for NextMovie.com

Posted Sep 25th, 2013 07:16 PM

LOS ANGELES—Adult star Allie Haze plays the role of expert movie critic in a fun and playful review of the upcoming Hollywood feature film, Don Jon, for NextMovie.com, which was subsequently syndicated on MTV.com and TheWrap.com.   

A romantic comedy, Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt's directorial debut in which he also plays the title role, tells the story of a man dealing with porn addiction and his struggle to find meaningful relationships. 

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View Haze giving her "two thumbs up" here.

“I would have t say that my overall thoughts on Don Jon were a plus. I would definitely give it four stars,” Haze said. “I was really impressed with the way he used porn to more or less send a message on love.”

Haze, an AVN Award winner, who was nominated for seven awards last year including Female Performer of the Year, confesses that she'd love to see Gordon-Leavitt and co-star Scarlett Johansson in a porn movie. 

"I would definitely watch Joseph Gordon-Leavitt in a porno. I definitely think that he's an attractive and talented man," Haze said. "I want to get in his brain; I want to know where he came up with the whole concept for this movie." 

As for ScarJo, Haze believes she'd "be a good candidate for porn. I'm more into ladies so I hope she is too if she decides to switch on over. I'd love to dive in on that. 

Forced to pick one, Haze is diplomatic—"I say threesome!"

Haze also points out that some fellow screen sirens such as Alexis Texas, Sunny Lane, Dani Daniels, Misty Stone and Isis Taylor are briefly featured in the movie when Gordon-Leavitt watches porn. 

Don Jon opens Friday in theaters nationwide. 

Follow Haze on Twitter @AllieHaze.

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Sep

It’s a Wrap at ILS: StorErotica Winners, Photo Galleries

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Posted Sep 25th, 2013 06:50 PM

LAS VEGAS—Adult store retailers and distributors made their way to Las Vegas this past week for the biannual International Lingerie Show, which ended earlier today. The fall show typically highlights lingerie for the winter holidays and Valentine’s Day, and this year was no exception. But as in shows past, pleasure product manufacturers and adult distributors continue to take up a significant chunk for the exhibit space.

By Monday morning all the booths were up and open for business in two of the three rooms that ILS typically fills. (The space that was filled with costume companies for the Halloween-related show in April was not in use.) Some of the biggest spaces were occupied by Baci Lingerie, Coquette, Dreamgirl, Fantasy Lingerie, Forplay, Magic Silk, Rene Rofé and Shirley of Hollywood, who all showcased multiple collections.

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On the pleasure product side, the distributors had the largest areas, with many product reps buzzing around to answer questions about their new offerings at East Coast News, Eldorado, Entrenue, Nalpac and Williams Trading. Veteran toy manufacturers were on the scene, including OhMiBod, Evolved Novelties (highlighting Adam & Eve Love Candy by Kendra), Vibratex, Ovo and Adult Brand Concepts, as well as some newcovers (see photo galleries below).

Seemingly more dominant than toy companies were lubricant manufacturers, among them Wet, System Jo, Wicked Sensual Care, Nature Labs, Uberlube and Slyd.

The main event at ILS, as usual, was the Monday night fashion show, where buyers enjoyed free food, free drinks, and free products tossed from the stage. And midway through the night, StorErotica editor Kristofer Kay hit the stage to announce the winners of the magazine’s soft goods awards. The following companies were honored:

Accessory Manufacturer of the Year—Xgen Products

Costume Manufacturer of the Year—Dreamgirl International

Sexy Shoe Manufacturer of the Year—Pleaser Shoes

Dancewear Manufacturer of the Year—BodyZone Apparel

2013 Hall of Fame Award Winner—Phyllis Heppenstahl

Special Focus Award: Male Intimates—Gregg Homme

Online Retailer of the Year—AdamAndEve.com

Retail Store of the Year—Dick & Jane of Richmond Hill, Ontario

Lingerie Manufacturer of the Year—Baci Lingerie

If you missed ILS, catch up now with AVN’s photo galleries. We’ll also cover the show further in more stories online and in our November issue.

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Sep

Despite Cameron Pledge, Free UK Wi-Fi Still Allows Porn

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Measures being considered to deal with access to porn by under-18s includes withholding payments from porn sites that refuse to prohibit admittance by minors.

Despite Cameron Pledge, Free UK Wi-Fi Still Allows Porn

UNITED KINGDOM—Tech-savvy observers warned British Prime Minister David Cameron to mitigate his promise of a porn-free Internet, but the assurances came fast and furious nonetheless. In addition to his pledge to impose an opt-out regime on internet service providers, he also said in April that free Wi-Fi in the nation would henceforth be wiped clean of the dreaded porn and other unsavory content. It has not quite worked out the way he imagined, however.

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According to The Telegraph, “An investigation by security firm AdaptiveMobile found that one in three UK cafes and restaurants had no content protection in place on their free WiFi networks, while a further 20 per cent failed to restrict access to adult dating sites that routinely have explicit pictures.”

In addition to porn, “The survey also found that drug- and violence-related websites, including ILoveCocaine.com, were accessible in 80 per cent of sites surveyed.”

However, despite the set-back, or perhaps because of it, the U.K. is considering even more stringent actions to accomplish what may be impossible to do by mere technological means. Another Telegraph article reports that new proposals include holding back payments to porn sites, including those not hosted in the U.K., that fail to prevent access by children “even if the material itself is not illegal. It is thought to be the first time banks have been asked effectively to police the internet in such a way.”

Not quite. A United States law called the Child Online Protection Act went into effect in 1998 that did exactly the same thing by requiring sites to age verify visitors by way of credit cards. By 2009, however, after several years of appeals court activity, COPA was ultimately deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court when it refused to consider yet another appeal of a lower court decision.

England, however, does not have a First Amendment, which was the constitutional guarantee that won the day against COPA in the States. Because of that lack of civil protections, English speakers find themselves at inherently greater risk than their American cousins. This latest scheme, however, will be imposed on American websites as well as British ones, a stark reminder that one countries’ policies can have a profound impact on others’.

Following a summit being held next month “with the UK Cards Association, the British Bankers Association, the Payments Council, and the leading credit card companies,” if the response is not what the government expects, litigation imposing COPA-like restrictions will be considered. For the time being, however, the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), which regulates UK websites hosting videos, will take the lead in bringing actions against adult sites that allow unfettered access to minors. In fact, two Playboy websites have already been fined under the plan, proving that when it comes to keeping porn away from minors, the Brits are not whistling Dixie.

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25
Sep

Staff: AHF ‘Lost Sight of Its Mission; Patient Care is Suffering’

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Has the organization engaged in so much political activity that its 501(c)(3) status is threatened?

AHF 'Lost Sight of Its Mission; Patient Care is Suffering'

LOS ANGELES—AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, says on its website that its mission is "providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy" as well as "[g]enerating and defining new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention and advocacy" and "expanding... influence over policy with the sole aim of saving more lives."

Trouble is, apparently that "influence over policy" is coming at the expense of providing care and treatment to the very community it claims to serve—and AHF staffers, in their new bid to unionize, say that AHF's clinics are "understaffed, that there is a lack of Spanish interpreters and that there has been a push to pack more patients into the schedule each day at the expense of quality care."

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"They [clinic staffers] say their complaints have been disregarded and that the organization is focusing too much energy on political advocacy," wrote reporter Abby Sewell in yesterday's Los Angeles Times. "Those include fights with the county and with the adult film industry over attempts to mandate condom use on set as a way to reduce exposure to social diseases."

Consider some of AHF's non-treatment-related activities over the past few years, at least as far as the adult industry is concerned. About three years ago, AHF filed a petition with California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) seeking to amend the state's Code of Regulations to include a requirement that adult industry performers use condoms for all vaginal and anal (and possibly oral) penetration, and sent staffers and experts to attend the roughly half-dozen public meetings convened by CalOSHA inspector Deborah Gold, and in some cases testify in support of the petition.

At about that same time, Brian Chase, then-assistant general counsel to AHF, filed a lawsuit against the industry's exclusive testing facility, Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), on behalf of former performers Desi and Ellie Foxx, claiming that AIM had violated the performers' HIPAA medical privacy rights in disclosing their test results to adult producers—although both performers had voluntarily signed AIM's disclosure forms to allow just such information to be revealed to producers. The expenses in defending this frivilous lawsuit played a significant part in AIM's bankruptcy less than a year later, forcing the adult industry to seek new testing providers and to form a new system of tracking performer availability, PASS. It is unknown how much money AHF spent on legal filings and court appearances in its pro bono representation of the Foxxes.

But when it became clear that CalOSHA wouldn't act on its petition as quickly as AHF wanted—and indeed, may not act on it at all—AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein came up with another plan to target the adult industry: A ballot measure that would require any company shooting adult content in the City of Los Angeles to promise to use condoms or be denied a shooting permit from FilmLA, the agency chartered to provide such permits. The proposed law would also require that the city provide health inspectors that would visit adult movie sets to make sure the mandate was being followed.

It is unknown how much money it cost AHF to create the city ballot measure, to hire the dozens if not hundreds of signature gatherers necessary to obtain the 41,183 signatures it needed to put the measure on the June, 2012 ballot—it got more than 62,000 signatures altogether—and how much it spent to lobby the Los Angeles City Council to enact the mandatory condom law before the citizenry could vote on it. Nor is it known how much it cost AHF to attend the hearings before the City Comptroller in the city's failed attempt to find and fund an agency or outside group which would actually police adult sets for condom use.

Being an organization that regularly throws good money after bad, when the city failed to fully implement its mandatory condom policy, AHF created yet another ballot measure, this time at the county level, which would not only require the use of condoms and other "personal protective measures" in shooting adult content, but also create an entire "condom police" infrastructure within the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), at an estimated cost of $580,000 for just its first two years of operation. The new LACDPH division would be required to issue "public health permits" to adult producers, without which they could not film or webcast in the county, and if county inspectors were to find that a producer had failed to follow the requirements of what became Measure B, the inspectors could pull the health permits from the offending companies, thus preventing them from filming any adult content whatsoever in Los Angeles County, and could impose huge fines and even jail sentences on offenders. Under Measure B as enacted, the permits could not be reinstated without an extra-judicial hearing before a health department officer—a clear violation of those producers' legal rights.

Again, it is not known how much it cost AHF to craft its county ballot measure, to hire the signature-gatherers necessary to collect the 232,153 signatures to put the measure on the November, 2012 ballot—it got more than 360,000 signatures altogether—not to mention how much it cost the county to add Measure B to the ballot—the LA City Attorney estimated that it would have cost the city $4 million to put AHF's city ballot measure on the actual ballot—and to buy ad space, billboard space and hold press conferences to promote what became Measure B.

And indeed, thanks to the avalanche of propaganda put out by AHF, Measure B was enacted into law—and shortly thereafter, Vivid Entertainment and performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce sued to have the law overturned—which it would have been, since even the county's attorneys understood that it had several unconstitutional aspects to it. But back in April, AHF sued to become an intervenor in Vivid's lawsuit, a move that was granted by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, and which he refused to overrule even in light of a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling making it crystal clear that AHF had no standing in the case.

To repeat, it is unknown how much it cost AHF to pay attorneys Samantha Azulay and Christina Yang and their associates to create the legal motions that got AHF insinuated into the lawsuit, and to create and file the legal papers opposing Vivid's motion for a temporary restraining order against implementation of Measure B and Vivid's motion for summary judgment on the pleadings—but it's common knowledge that legal services don't come cheap.

Even before AHF sought entry into the Vivid lawsuit, AHF was spending even more money operating behind the scenes to influence state Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) to introduce, on February 14, Assembly Bill 332, which would require that adult movie actors use "engineering and work practice controls" when performing sexual acts in adult movies anywhere in the state. The bill was considered by three assembly committees, the last of which tabled the bill, effectively killing it, because it was estimated that it would cost over $150,000 to implement the bill if enacted.

But even with AB 332 dead, AHF wasn't done with Assemblyman Hall. For reasons about which AVN (not to mention Hall's own constituency) are not privy, AHF apparently convinced Hall to gut his previously-introduced bill, AB 640, which would have allowed veterans to buy tobacco using only their service ID cards, and replace its text with an almost exact duplicate of AB 332. AB 640 was also voted down by the legislature—but again, it's unknown how much time and money AHF spent lobbying legislators to get some statewide version of Measure B passed.

And finally (for the moment), it's worth noting that with AHF more or less rebuffed by the city, and with the county unable or unwilling to enforce Measure B (a wise move since it would limit the damages the county will face when Vivid wins its suit), AHF apparently to take what it considered to be the "high road": It wants the City of Los Angeles to create its own city-wide Public Health Department and withdraw from using the county health department's services. And true to form, it once again hired signature-gatherers at an unknown cost to collect 70,000 signatures—it's unclear how many were actually needed—to put a referendum on the proposed new agency on the city's June, 2014 ballot.

Never mind that in March, "City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana told The Times that the city simply doesn't have the money, expertise or facilities to enforce public health laws.

"It would be very difficult, if not impossible, for the city to get in the business of healthcare," Santana said. "The city is simply not in a position to take this on."

But what does Michael Weinstein care? He and his organization are constantly in the news, and every time he or AHF is mentioned in the media, it's another bit of "activity" to which he can point and tell potential donors, "See, we're actually doing something, so give us some money."

And while the total amount that AHF has spent on its political activism is unknown—certainly hundreds of thousands of dollars, and possibly several million—it's legitimate to ask, is the organization violating the terms of its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status under current IRS rules?

"To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3)... In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates," the Internal Revenue Service's website states. "Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct."

"In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying)," another section of the IRS website reads. "A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.

"Legislation includes action by Congress, any state legislature, any local council, or similar governing body, with respect to acts, bills, resolutions, or similar items (such as legislative confirmation of appointive office), or by the public in referendum, ballot initiative, constitutional amendment, or similar procedure... An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation." [Emphasis added.]

So let's review: AIDS Healthcare has funded two ballot initiatives in the Los Angeles area, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the public and elected officials to pass both of those initiatives as well as two bills in front of the state legislature, and recently organized a phone bank whose purpose was to "urge [i.e., influence] constituents in [Assemblymember Mike] Gatto's district, which includes Atwater Village, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose and Silver Lake, to call his office and tell him to 'free AB 640 from his hold and let it come to a vote immediately before anyone else is harmed'," according to a September 5 article in the LA Times.

That's a hell of a lot of attempts to influence legislation—and if AHF's own staffers are to be believed, it's all been done at the expense of AHF's alleged "core mission": To help those already afflicted with HIV by providing treatment and other healthcare.

Michael Weinstein should be ashamed of himself.

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Sep

Facebook Bans Bronze-Boobed Sculpture Targeted by AFA

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KANSAS—Facebook‘s porn filters were apparently so offended by a statue by sculptor Yu Chang that, as the Kansas ACLU put it, depicts “a fractured, topless woman taking a photograph of her exposed (bronze) breasts,” that they removed a post last week by the ACLU that linked to an article about the artwork, which has been the subject of a concerted campaign by social conservatives to get it removed ever since it was installed at the Overland Park Arboretum, south of Kansas City, in 2011. The removal of the link was accompanied by a 24-hour ban on the ACLU’s ability to post to its Facebook page, according to the Washington Post.

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Mistakes happen, of course, but in its efforts to appeal the mistaken censorship, the ACLU found out the hard way that getting through to Facebook is a daunting task in and of itself, and that, as the Post put it today, “That's a happy ending of sorts for the ACLU, but as the organization's Lee Rowland points out, ordinary users may not be so lucky. If you don't represent a prominent national organization, it can be a challenge to get Facebook's attention.”

Needless to say, Facebook’s policy with respect to removing images associated with porn does not extend to statues such as Chang’s “Accept or Reject,” despite claims by the Kansas and Missouri chapters of the American Family Association (AFA) that the statue is obscene and—get this!—promotes “sexting.” According to ACLU attorney Lee Rowland, Facebook’s policy actually contains a specific exception for Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most famous nude in history.

“Chang may not be as talented an artist as Michelangelo, but it certainly seems like his work should qualify for the same exemption,” averred the Post.

To the AFA and its ilk, however, artistic considerations are secondary to eradicating sexual speech in all its varied forms. Who, after all, can forget the decision in 2002 by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to spend $8,000 on blue drapes to cover the partially nude sculpture of "Lady Justice" found in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice so that he would not be photographed with the bare breasts during official functions? The DoJ said at the time that Ashcroft was unaware of the new drapes, but it’s more likely his staff was well aware of his extreme views on the subject and did not need to ask permission to cover the boobs, real or not!

Jump forward a decade, and not much has changed as far as social conservatives are concerned. The war to reclaim American modesty not only continues but has been ratcheted up to fever pitch. What might have been a relatively low-level attempt to deal with a partially nude, though decidedly non-obscene, sculpture has become a full-throated campaign to give conservative groups far more legal power than they once had to influence grand juries.

According to the ACLU, “Kansas is among a small handful of states that have a citizen-empanelled grand jury law on the books. Under this process, a group can start a petition drive to seek a particular criminal indictment. If they reach the required number of signatures—around 4,000 in Johnson County, Kansas—a grand jury is empanelled to investigate violations of Kansas law. But until this year, the citizens' influence over the process stopped there.

“That changed in 2013,” it continued. “Angry after a string of grand juries failed to return indictments alleging illegal abortion and pornography, groups like Kansans for Life advocated for a bill expanding citizen involvement in the grand jury process. The bill passed and is now law. Now the law requires the grand jury to call the petition organizer as its first witness, and permits the jury to pay for a special counsel or investigator of its choosing—even to replace the government prosecutor. Empowered by the expanded role of citizens in the grand jury process, the AFA is taking a second swing at the bronze breasts in the arboretum, and has started a second signature drive.”

It’s all for a good cause, of course. According to local AFA leader Phillip Cosby, the statue is damaging the area’s children, and he intends to prove as much by providing “a list of experts who might be called to testify about the harm the statue might present, especially to children,” reported The Kansas City Star.

“We have a solid case on the harms to minors,” added Cosby.

Wittingly or not, Facebook’s porn filters agree.

Image: "Accept or Reject" by Yu Chang

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Sep

Adult Industry Reminded to RSVP for The Sex Awards

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Adult Industry Reminded to RSVP for The Sex Awards

Posted Sep 25th, 2013 01:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Sex Awards is fast approaching, and all adult talent and industry personnel are reminded to RSVP here. The inaugural event will take place at Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, October 9.

"We are almost at capacity already so anyone from the industry who wants to attend should RSVP right away," X3Sixty and Sex Awards co-founder Paul Fishbein said. "We want all talent and industry personnel to attend, so the only way to make sure we have enough room is for everyone to RSVP." 

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The Sex Awards are the adult industry’s first consumer-voted awards show that will be broadcast on national television in January 2014. The event, hosted by Wicked Pictures performer/director Jessica Drake, is presented by HotMovies.com and produced by X3Sixty Network and AVN Media Network.

The Sex Awards is an invitation-only event and is open exclusively to adult talent and industry personnel. All aspects of the adult industry are represented in the Sex Awards’ categories, including talent, producers, pleasure products, web sites, production and distribution companies. To see a complete list of nominees, visit TheSexAwards.com. 

The Sex Awards is sponsored by HotMovies.com (Presenting Sponsor), CougarLife.com (Red Carpet Sponsor), Baci Lingerie (Winners Circle & Trophy Girl Sponsor), and OVO (Pleasure Product Sponsor).

Fans and industry members may also follow The Sex Awards on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

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Sep

Jazz Duro Returns With Evil Angel Release ‘Brazil Xposed’

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Jazz Duro Returns With Evil Angel Release 'Brazil Xposed'

VAN NUYS, Calif.—Multiple AVN Award-honored performer/director Jazz Duro returns to the scene after a several year hiatus with new release Brazil Xposed, due out October 2 from Evil Angel's Buttman Magazine Choice line of specialty titles.

In the movie, Duro enjoys anal encounters with five beautiful natives of the titular country. "I think it has a hot and interesting lineup of Brazilian girls with nice asses and the Latin will to fuck," Duro enthused.

"It's great to have Jazz Duro movies back at Evil Angel," general manager Christian Mann said. "His prior efforts included award-winning movies for ass worship fans that were among the best selling releases from our Buttman Choice line. No one is more qualified to expose Brazilian women from the bottom up."

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Duro reported that, "I am returning after a break for a few years to concentrate on a Brazilian TV show that showed the day-to-day workings of the porn industry in general worldwide."

On this first production back, he said, "It was tough to decide my favorite scenes, but I think two girls that stand out are Angel Lima and Cinthia Santos, two hot blondes who really gave their all."

He added that he found dark brown sexpot Keity Bitencourty to be "a wolf in sheep's clothing—she was the one I thought was going to be really reserved," while Mirella Porto "was the baby-face of the bunch" and he "got a great scene" with braces-sporting Nicolle Bittencourt.

Duro's Ass Jazz series was bestowed the AVN Award in 2008 for Best Foreign All-Sex Series, and his Blow Job Perversion won the 2009 AVN Award for Best Oral-Themaed Release. With Brazil Xposed hitting the street just before the October 7 deadline, he now stands a chance to be in the running for a new trophy to add to his collection at the 2014 AVN Awards.

See the trailer for Brazil Xposed at EvilAngelVideo.com.

For sales inquiries, contact Justin Rich at jrich@evilangel.com or (800) 442-6435 ext. 115. For foreign sales inquiries, contact Alexandra Kelley at alex@evilangel.com or (818) 787-1414 ext. 106.

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24
Sep

‘Teen Mom’ Farrah Abraham Molded for Topco Toys Line

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'Teen Mom' Farrah Abraham Molded for Topco Toys Line

Posted Sep 24th, 2013 12:27 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Adult novelty manufacturer Topco Sales has paired with reality TV star Farrah Abraham to create a line of toys endorsed by and molded from the popular MTV Teen Mom

“We’re thrilled to have been selected to partner with such a media savvy celebrity,” said Scott Tucker, CEO of Topco Sales. “We’re eagerly looking forward to working with Farrah on promoting her amazing new line of pleasure products—and we’re twice as thrilled to bring these new products to her fans around the world.”

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“We are extremely excited to have Farrah place her trust in Topco Sales with the creation and distribution of her adult novelty line,” said Lynda Mort, Topco Sales director of sales and marketing. “We were even more excited when she came to the Topco Sales headquarters to design her own toys.”

Crafted using Topco’s CyberSkin material, the line will incorporate molded replicas of Abraham’s body parts, as well as include an array of toys and novelties hand-selected by the starlet for her fans to enjoy.

Even Jezebel.com, the website of "Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing," noted the development, headlining it, "Farrah Abraham Made a Rubber Mold of Her Vagina So You Can Hump It," and suggesting, "Someone should make Farrah Abraham's baby a full-body lifesize replica of her mom!"

The first release of the line will be available in January 2014. Specific details about the pleasure products are currently being kept secret. For more information about the Farrah Abraham line of toys from Topco Sales, contact your local distributor or Topco Sales account representative today.

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23
Sep

Joanna Angel Featured on Business Insider

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Posted Sep 23rd, 2013 03:12 PM

LOS ANGELES—BurningAngel Entertainment co-founder Joanna Angel is the subject of a profile today on BusinessInsider.com.  

The article details the formation of the alt-porn website in Angel's Rutgers University dorm room to its continued success 11 years later. 

"We just came up with the name. It had a good girl/bad girl thing going, so we liked it," she told Business Insider recently. "Initially I thought of being a journalist, possibly a sex advice column type person kind of like a Carrie Bradshaw. I also had this odd dream to teach English classes to people in prison. Burning Angel was a very small experiment at first. I never imagined it would become my career."

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What started a small entrepreneurial startup now employs 10 people, and Angel and her company have gone on to win many adult industry awards. The article also points out that BurningAngel.com is more than just a porn website, it's a community, with live events and active forums.

The business of BurningAngel extends from its membership website to DVDs and sex toys, branded merchandise and live events. Though porn revenues are down and a dollar has to stretch further than ever, Angel is still focused on growing her brand. 

"Porn is definitely tough," she said, "but this is my career and this is what I do. We want to expand the brand and do even more with it. At this point, we've been around for a while. But we're still growing because we're still a small business."

Read the article in its entirety here

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Sep

Internext 2014 Launches Website; Registration Is Open

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Internext 2014 Launches Website; Registration Is Open

Posted Sep 23rd, 2013 02:21 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network is pleased to announce that the official website for the 13th Annual Internext Expo, the opening event of the AVN Show, which takes place this January at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, has launched at Internext-Expo.com. Registration for the influential webmaster event, taking place January 11–14, 2014, has also opened.

The newly designed Internext Expo website features complete information about an event that annually attracts the online industry’s top companies and leaders. On it, you will find a full schedule of seminars, parties and other networking events, as well constantly updated news and information about the show as it is being put together.

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“We’re pleased to have registration under way for this must-attend event that annually attracts the industry’s leading internet companies and chief executives,” said AVN Media Network CEO Theo Sapoutzis. “Our goal is to continue the constant growth Internet Expo has seen every year since 2008 while providing an exceptional experience for our sponsors and attendees.”

Registration, which is free for affiliates, is available at etouches.com/internext. The $150 registration fee includes access to the following show features:

• Seminars

• Official Parties

• Keynote Presentation

• Speed Networking

• Access to Meet Market

• Entrance into the GFY Awards & After Party

In addition to Internext Expo, The AVN Show 2014 consists of these events:

• AVN Adult Entertainment Expo: January 15-18

• AVN Novelty Expo: January 15-17

• “O” Awards: January 15

• AVN Fan Fest: January 16-18

• AVN Awards: January 18

For available Internext sponsorship information, please contact Roy Salter at roys@avn.com.

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Sep

Christian Mann’s Squashed Letter to Mike South

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Christian Mann's Squashed Letter to Mike South

Posted Sep 23rd, 2013 11:29 AM

LOS ANGELES—Late last week, Free Speech Coalition board member Christian Mann sent a letter to industry blogger Mike South refuting many of the accusations South and others have made against the FSC and its PASS screening system for adult talent. South stated on his blog that he had chosen not to run the letter because it was "filled with all the same press release bullshit that the FSC has been pumping out from day one, a lot of stuf [sic] is not true (like the FSC doesn't control CET) blah blah blah."

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Mann today supplied his unpublished letter to AVN, which appears below in full:

Dear Mike:

Up until this moment, I have made it a policy to not respond or react to your blog postings because they are so frequently filled with rhetoric that is laced with personal attacks rather than constructive criticism. It's clear that your anti-FSC bias is so powerful that you look for every opportunity to find fault, even in those cases when it requires a stretch of logic that is comical. Additionally, you frequently post opinions and accusations as if they were factual in a manner that blurs the line between opinion-based editorial and fact based reporting. Since you've "called me out", but never actually called or e-mailed me to corroborate or rebut the many articles you post about me or my work at FSC, I simply concluded that facts must take a back seat to your agenda. As such, it never made sense to engage or acknowledge, even when I know that so many of your assertions have been 100% wrong.

I'm breaking with tradition today because I'm concerned that you're giving talent some dangerous advice regarding testing. I hope you will put aside your feelings about the Free Speech Coalition and Diane Duke just long enough to consider some of the facts that I'm stating...

First, the Free Speech Coalition does not own CET. In fact, PASS accepts data from CET and TTS as well as several other testing facilities that have signed on and agreed to our protocols. It is true that TTS and PASS have had some disagreements in the past, and may have some issues yet to be resolved, however I'm proud of the effort I personally expended to bring TTS on board as a fully accredited PASS provider. I don't have a preference at all as to performers using TTS or CET since they both provide data to PASS. My umbrage is with your remark that talent should refuse to use PASS at all. Given that several studios have mandated that test authentication must include verification of availability from the PASS system, and given that the PASS console is not subject to the danger of altered reports being used by talent—a danger that exists when performers rely on each other without the safeguard offered by PASS verification, your advice becomes a disservice to the performers. By the way, I recently had lunch with Sixto who told me in no uncertain terms that PASS is an important tool that must continue to exist.

Second, the Free Speech Coalition makes exactly zero dollars from PASS, CET, testing, etc. The reality is that FSC spends money to staff, program and maintain the PASS data base. Unlike AIM, which was funded by monthly fees from studios as well as testing fees, The Free Speech Coalition has never solicited one cent from talent, receives no kickback or benefit from testing facilities nor has it used PASS as a fundraising vehicle for FSC. It created PASS in the vacuum left by AHF's successful vanquishing of AIM and in the course of stepping up at a time the industry needed us, created a very good model that has found a way to be devoid of the weaknesses that eventually shuttered AIM. Is it perfect? No. Can it be improved? Yes. Are we open to suggestions and input from all sectors of the industry, the legal community and the medical community? You bet. Do we recognize that even while PASS is a data base resource and not a medical enterprise, that it must eventually become independent of the Free Speech Coalition? Yes.

Last, if you want to be taken seriously by me (and I don't presume that you do), I would implore you to address facts and avoid hyperbole such as your preposterous statement: "...Diane Duke would rather lie to you than tell you the truth, she would rather see you die a horrible death than lose twenty dollars in 'donations' to the FSC." Even with your stated disdain for Ms. Duke, I can't believe you truly believe this to be true.

In summation, I have devoted a lot of time and effort as the FSC Board Member chairing the PASS initiative. I have received no recompense and I have no ulterior motive other than to be of service to my industry. The scores of performers and agents who have encountered me over the last thirty years would likely vouch for my integrity and genuine care for them as people and as a vital component of the business. I've never viewed the performers in an "us and them" paradigm. A simple collective "us" has always been my approach. Without our performers, I would have had no job for thirty-plus years. I've never forgotten that. Suggestions to the contrary, even in the 2013 social media, conflict driven hate-sphere, are hurtful. Don't worry. I have thick skin. I've faced other significant challenges beside the ones I'm facing at FSC. I have faith that it's yet possible for our industry, terribly divided at the moment, to return to one that is united and resolve disagreements using civil discourse, a little humility and some willingness to put aside our differences in the interest of the greater good.

Mr. South, you and I can agree to disagree on a number of issues. If you were to put aside the politics of personal attacks and were willing to reach out and check a fact in the interest of getting to the truth, regardless of how it changes the story, I would champion your efforts. Until such time, my only request is that if you post this letter, you post it in its entirety.  

Sincerely,

Christian S. Mann

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Sep

‘Manuel Ferrara’s Reverse Gangbang’ From JJV Out Today

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'Manuel Ferrara's Reverse Gangbang' From JJV Out Today

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—If there's one indisputable truth in Pornoland, it's that ladies love Manuel Ferrara, and never has that been more abundantly demonstrated than in the new Chris Streams-directed release Manuel Ferrara's Reverse Gangbang, streeting today from Jules Jordan Video.

In the movie, the enviable AVN Hall of Famer gets ravaged over two separate scenes by top adult starlets Riley Reid, Remy LaCroix, Christy Mack, Mischa Brooks, Anikka Albrite, Maddy O'Reilly, Christie Stevens, Ashley Fires, Dillion Harper, Sheena Shaw, Bridgette B. and Raven Bay.

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Describing the production as the "funnest [movie] I've ever done," Ferrara beamed, "The best girls in the industry in two scenes for the luckiest man, me! Can't wait for the next one!"

Added company head Jules Jordan, "Chris Streams did a great job directing this movie. It's great to see so much pussy and ass on screen at once. Manuel seriously manhandled all of the girls and really made this interesting. I've never seen so much talent in one movie."

For more on Manuel Ferrara's Reverse Gangbang, including the trailer and a photo gallery, visit julesjordanvideo.com.

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Sep

Sex Tracker Survey: Perry, Timberlake Top of the Sex Pops

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Perry, Timberlake Top of the Sex Pops

Posted Sep 23rd, 2013 08:59 AM

LOS ANGELES—The 12th Sex Tracker Survey from XCritic.com and Vivid Entertainment showed that Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake are the pop singers most adult movie fans would like to see in a sex tape.

Perry received just under 26 percent of the votes for females, ahead of Selena Gomez with nearly 20 percent, Rihanna with slightly more than 10 percent and Miley Cyrus with 9 percent. Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Shakira, Britney Spears, Pink, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey trailed in the survey.

Asked which male pop star they most wanted to see in a sex video, respondents put Timberlake far ahead with over 28 percent of the votes, followed by Psy with 13 percent, Adam Levine with nearly 10 percent, Usher and Enrique Iglesias each with just over eight percent and John Mayer and Justin Bieber each with six and a half percent. Male singers earning less than five percent were Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Nick Jonas edging out Joe Jonas, Chris Martin and Prince. Harry Styles was on the ballot, but received no votes.

The most recent survey also indicated that about 57 percent of respondents check one or two website reviews before buying an adult movie, while 21 percent check three or four, and over 22 percent “just go for it” without referring to any reviewer opinions.

Nearly 24 percent buy at least one movie a week, and over five percent buy four or more. Watching porn takes up less than 10 percent of the free time of 42 percent of the respondents, but 16 percent said they spend more than 30 percent of their free time with adult movies.

Nearly 27 percent of the respondents said they intend to watch The Canyons, the Paul Schrader-directed movie starring Lindsay Lohan and AVN Male Performer of the Year James Deen, while 36 percent said they won’t watch it and 37 percent said they hadn’t heard of the film.

The Sex Tracker Survey is conducted online by adult movie review site XCritic.com and leading adult studio Vivid. The full survey is available here

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20
Sep

Axel Braun Signs Riley Steele to 2-Year Contract

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Axel Braun Signs Riley Steele to 2-Year Contract

LOS ANGELES—Three-time AVN Director of the Year Axel Braun has signed former Digital Playground contract star Riley Steele to an exclusive two-year deal with his Axel Braun Productions. Under the terms of the new contract, Steele will star in several of Braun’s big budget productions as well as a series of showcase movies.

“I’m very excited about having Riley,” Braun said. “She is not only gorgeous and sexy, but also a genuinely sweet girl and a terrific performer with a tremendous erotic charge that’s never been fully exploited. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised when her first movie comes out.”

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For her part, Steele said it was "a no-brainer" to sign on with ABP. "Axel is the best director in the industry, he has an incredible sense of aesthetics, and his movies are all blockbusters," she offered. "He is also a very nice guy with good values, very different from your stereotypical porn director. So, yes, I'm super excited to be exclusive with ABP and I'm looking forward to being part of all the cool projects that he has in store for the next two years."

Steele said that she expected "Axel will give me a lot more freedom in my scenes" than she had at Digital Playground. "I want to push my boundaries and live out a lot of kinky sexual fantasies I have. Contract girls typically are not 'supposed to' do certain things, so I've always felt a bit restricted and had to tone down. It's exciting to know people will finally be watching the real me getting as naughty as I want and exploring a whole new side of my sexuality."

The 2011 AVN Awards co-hostess boasted, "I can honestly say I have a deal no other contract girl has right now, and what's best about working with Axel is that I'm going to really learn a lot about the business side of the industry, and I'll have a lot more input in my scenes, movies and all content."

Asked her opinion of the consensus among many industry pundits that the age of the contract girl is coming to an end, Steele admitted, "I would be lying if I said I didn't believe that was true, but being exclusive with ABP brings me financial security, the peace of mind of knowing he's looking out for me, and a level of exposure that other contract girls don't normally get, because Axel's movies are appreciated for more than just the sex. So the contract girl era might very well be over, but I'm still loving every minute of it."

Though she couldn't divulge any specific roles Braun has in mind for her, Steele hinted, "All I can tell you is that fans will get to see me in a way I have never been shot and doing things you would never expect me to do. Look out world, I'm back ... and better than ever!"

The first ABP title featuring Riley Steele, star showcase Riley Goes Gonzo, is scheduled to be released in November. In the meantime, keep up with her on Twitter at twitter.com/xxxRiley.

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Sep

Headline News Tackles the Issue of Condoms in Porn-UPDATED

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LOS ANGELES—Headline News anchor Susan Hendricks tackled the thorny issue of condoms in porn this afternoon on her show Now in America, and found support for using the latex barriers from director Tristan Taormino, actress Alana Evans and gay industry "consultant" Shannon Prewitt.

Beginning with images of Cameron Bay and Rod Daily from AIDS Healthcare Foundation's press conference this past Tuesday, Hendricks intoned, "The adult entertainment industry rocked by a health scare... Performers testing positive for HIV... now sharing their stories about what really happens on the set. The porn industry's dirty secret exposed!"

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It's unclear what that "dirty little secret" is supposed to be, since anyone who watches porn with any regularity already knows that most productions, at least on the hetero side, don't use condoms, but Hendricks brought in CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who's "been looking into this problem; certainly a serious one."

The show claims that five performers have now been identified as HIV-positive, but made no distinction regarding whether those performers worked on the straight (two) or gay (three) side of the industry, which have differing approaches to condom use and testing—and according to what was said at Tuesday's press conference, it is unclear whether one of the performers who appeared, Patrick Stone, is in fact HIV-positive.

Nonetheless, with the industry's moratorium scheduled to be lifted today, Cohen pressed forward, noting that she'd interviewed director Tristan Taormino who, according to Cohen, is "putting her foot down" regarding condom use.

"She's [Taormino] shot a lot of steamy romps over the years, but from now on, she'll be doing something very different. She'll be requiring her male performers to use condoms," Cohen said.

"I want eveyone to use a condom so that I can feel good at the end of the day that I did as much as I could to protect my performers," Taormino, who's now shooting for Adam & Eve, told Cohen.

Cohen analyzed the situation as, "Many performers and producers worry that condoms take the fantasy away from porn and scare off viewers. They say it's enough that performers are required to get tested every two weeks for sexually transmitted infections, but here's the problem: That still leaves a window of time when performers can contract illnesses and not know and spread them. Recently an HIV scare has rattled the adult film industry. While there's no evidence the infections happened on a set, three porn stars have tested positive for HIV in less than a month. There have also been cases of syphilis and hepatitis."

Of course, if the infections didn't happen on the set, and all the evidence points to the fact that they didn't, it's unclear that the industry's current 14-day testing regimen is insufficient to deal with the problem. But Taormino thinks that may be the case.

"There's a lot of talk of how porn watchers don't want to see condoms, sales will plummet, everyone's going to be miserable and no one's going to watch condom porn, and I'm not buying it; I'm not," Taormino stated. "I want to see a shift in the industry, and I'm hoping that—I know i'm going out on a limb right now, but I'm hoping others will join me."

Cohen made it clear, however, that this was Taormino's personal choice, and that the director didn't want condoms mandated by government. She also found that condom use doesn't have a lot of support.

"Surprisingly, some of the fiercest opposition to condom use is from the performers themselves," Cohen noted. "They say that all that latex-to skin-contact can be, well, irritating, something very irritating because they're having sex for hours at a time."

Hendricks next brought on Alana Evans, who noted that when she first got into the industry, "condoms were accepted."

"When I started in 1998, many companies understood the risks and the desire for our safety," Evans stated. "As the industry became more raw, so did our scenes. We were expected to work without condoms."

Evans' recollection is a bit off. Of course, 1998 was the year of the adult industry's first HIV problem, when a performer faked his HIV test and infected several actresses before his positive HIV status was discovered. But condom use in the '90s was hardly "accepted," since most productions didn't have them, and while a number of companies did go "all condom" after the '98 outbreak, the move was short-lived, not because the industry wanted to go "more raw," but because movies with condoms in them didn't sell well.

After correctly noting that many companies will not use actresses who insist on condom use, Evans has decided to take a personal stand for their use.

"I for one as talent now am not crossing that line again and I will be moving forward as a condom-only performer," she stated. "It's the best and safest thing that we can do, but i understand it's not going to make me popular with the producers in my industry."

"Porn has opened many doors for me and given me many opportunities," she noted upon further questioning. "I stand by that statement because it's allowed me to be at home with my children... but as a parent, you have to stress to your children that they need to protect themselves when having sex with other people. I believe myself as an adult; how can I not follow the same examples that I set for them?"

But Evans said that most adult performers understand that there are risks, including HIV, in appearing in adult movies, and that performers need to take personal responsibility for their own actions, and that "I can't trust everyone that I go to work with every day, I don't know what they do in their personal life when they're not on set, and at this time, it's not safe for us to take those risks anymore and just think that everybody's going to follow the same rules that I follow," which she said included using condoms in her personal life.

Hendricks then questioned gay "consultant" Shannon Prewitt about the new industry standard requiring 14-day testing—obviously not realizing that most producers on the gay side don't require testing at all. However, Prewitt claimed that his company uses a test that can detect the HIV virus within seven days, and while that is the earliest that the industry's current standard Aptima RNA test may reveal an infection, the "window period" for that test runs up to ten days from date of infection, and is 99 percent sure after 14 days.

Continuing her ignorance of the distinction between gay and straight movies, Hendricks asked if Prewitt thinks that the industry is "turning a blind eye to the problem," and asked, "Do you think the industry would rather make the money by not using protection?" (Of course, condom use is already widespread on the gay side of the industry, since when it was first discovered, HIV was labeled a "gay disease," and its impact on the gay community as a whole led to their almost-universal adoption of condoms in their movies—at least until the rise just a few years ago of condomless productions.)

"We have a sister site, Rockettube, that we basically have 270 different studios that produce over 12,000 bareback videos, and that's our highest sells," Prewitt noted, "so obviously the consumer does want to see bareback, but I can speak for our company and we want to make sure that if we are doing that, that our models are made aware of what the consequences could be and that they're tested as safely as possible."

Not exactly a wholehearted endorsement of condom use, though it was a clear affirmation of testing—and that's where Hendricks decided to end the segment.

UPDATE: Alan Evans clarifies, "I did my first movie two weeks prior to [Marc] Wallice [the 1998 "Patient Zero"] getting caught. After that, Vivid Films and Shane's World were condom, so my memory wasn't off. It's just that the companies I was shooting for were condom only. That's all I meant."

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Headline News Tackles the Issue of Condoms in Porn

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LOS ANGELES—Headline News anchor Susan Hendricks tackled the thorny issue of condoms in porn this afternoon on her show Now in America, and found support for using the latex barriers from director Tristan Taormino, actress Alana Evans and gay industry "consultant" Shannon Prewitt.

Beginning with images of Cameron Bay and Rod Daily from AIDS Healthcare Foundation's press conference this past Tuesday, Hendricks intoned, "The adult entertainment industry rocked by a health scare... Performers testing positive for HIV... now sharing their stories about what really happens on the set. The porn industry's dirty secret exposed!"

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It's unclear what that "dirty little secret" is supposed to be, since anyone who watches porn with any regularity already knows that most productions, at least on the hetero side, don't use condoms, but Hendricks brought in CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who's "been looking into this problem; certainly a serious one."

The show claims that five performers have now been identified as HIV-positive, but made no distinction regarding whether those performers worked on the straight (two) or gay (three) side of the industry, which have differing approaches to condom use and testing—and according to what was said at Tuesday's press conference, it is unclear whether one of the performers who appeared, Patrick Stone, is in fact HIV-positive.

Nonetheless, with the industry's moratorium scheduled to be lifted today, Cohen pressed forward, noting that she'd interviewed director Tristan Taormino who, according to Cohen, is "putting her foot down" regarding condom use.

"She's [Taormino] shot a lot of steamy romps over the years, but from now on, she'll be doing something very different. She'll be requiring her male performers to use condoms," Cohen said.

"I want eveyone to use a condom so that I can feel good at the end of the day that I did as much as I could to protect my performers," Taormino, who's now shooting for Adam & Eve, told Cohen.

Cohen analyzed the situation as, "Many performers and producers worry that condoms take the fantasy away from porn and scare off viewers. They say it's enough that performers are required to get tested every two weeks for sexually transmitted infections, but here's the problem: That still leaves a window of time when performers can contract illnesses and not know and spread them. Recently an HIV scare has rattled the adult film industry. While there's no evidence the infections happened on a set, three porn stars have tested positive for HIV in less than a month. There have also been cases of syphilis and hepatitis."

Of course, if the infections didn't happen on the set, and all the evidence points to the fact that they didn't, it's unclear that the industry's current 14-day testing regimen is insufficient to deal with the problem. But Taormino thinks that may be the case.

"There's a lot of talk of how porn watchers don't want to see condoms, sales will plummet, everyone's going to be miserable and no one's going to watch condom porn, and I'm not buying it; I'm not," Taormino stated. "I want to see a shift in the industry, and I'm hoping that—I know i'm going out on a limb right now, but I'm hoping others will join me."

Cohen made it clear, however, that this was Taormino's personal choice, and that the director didn't want condoms mandated by government. She also found that condom use doesn't have a lot of support.

"Surprisingly, some of the fiercest opposition to condom use is from the performers themselves," Cohen noted. "They say that all that latex-to skin-contact can be, well, irritating, something very irritating because they're having sex for hours at a time."

Hendricks next brought on Alana Evans, who noted that when she first got into the industry, "condoms were accepted."

"When I started in 1998, many companies understood the risks and the desire for our safety," Evans stated. "As the industry became more raw, so did our scenes. We were expected to work without condoms."

Evans' recollection is a bit off. Of course, 1998 was the year of the adult industry's first HIV problem, when a performer faked his HIV test and infected several actresses before his positive HIV status was discovered. But condom use in the '90s was hardly "accepted," since most productions didn't have them, and while a number of companies did go "all condom" after the '98 outbreak, the move was short-lived, not because the industry wanted to go "more raw," but because movies with condoms in them didn't sell well.

After correctly noting that many companies will not use actresses who insist on condom use, Evans has decided to take a personal stand for their use.

"I for one as talent now am not crossing that line again and I will be moving forward as a condom-only performer," she stated. "It's the best and safest thing that we can do, but i understand it's not going to make me popular with the producers in my industry."

"Porn has opened many doors for me and given me many opportunities," she noted upon further questioning. "I stand by that statement because it's allowed me to be at home with my children... but as a parent, you have to stress to your children that they need to protect themselves when having sex with other people. I believe myself as an adult; how can I not follow the same examples that I set for them?"

But Evans said that most adult performers understand that there are risks, including HIV, in appearing in adult movies, and that performers need to take personal responsibility for their own actions, and that "I can't trust everyone that I go to work with every day, I don't know what they do in their personal life when they're not on set, and at this time, it's not safe for us to take those risks anymore and just think that everybody's going to follow the same rules that I follow," which she said included using condoms in her personal life.

Hendricks then questioned gay "consultant" Shannon Prewitt about the new industry standard requiring 14-day testing—obviously not realizing that most producers on the gay side don't require testing at all. However, Prewitt claimed that his company uses a test that can detect the HIV virus within seven days, and while that is the earliest that the industry's current standard Aptima RNA test may reveal an infection, the "window period" for that test runs up to ten days from date of infection, and is 99 percent sure after 14 days.

Continuing her ignorance of the distinction between gay and straight movies, Hendricks asked if Prewitt thinks that the industry is "turning a blind eye to the problem," and asked, "Do you think the industry would rather make the money by not using protection?" (Of course, condom use is already widespread on the gay side of the industry, since when it was first discovered, HIV was labeled a "gay disease," and its impact on the gay community as a whole led to their almost-universal adoption of condoms in their movies—at least until the rise just a few years ago of condomless productions.)

"We have a sister site, Rockettube, that we basically have 270 different studios that produce over 12,000 bareback videos, and that's our highest sells," Prewitt noted, "so obviously the consumer does want to see bareback, but I can speak for our company and we want to make sure that if we are doing that, that our models are made aware of what the consequences could be and that they're tested as safely as possible."

Not exactly a wholehearted endorsement of condom use, though it was a clear affirmation of testing—and that's where Hendricks decided to end the segment.

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Adam & Eve to Release Madness’ ‘Asian Mouth Club 7′

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Posted Sep 20th, 2013 12:19 PM

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.—Adam & Eve Pictures releases volume 7 of Madness Pictures' Asian Mouth Club series September 24. Starring Asa Akira, Cindy Starfall, Lana Violet, Krissie Dee and Mika Kim, Asian Mouth Club 7 is a POV title directed by Mo Reese. 

Asian Mouth Club 7 is the best volume to date,” producer Andre Madness said. “Kudos to Asa Akira for her phenomenal scene in this specialized genre. Thanks to all the other women showcased in this volume for their equally incredible performances. I find Mo’s unique interviews as entertaining as the scenes themselves. I’m sure the fans will appreciate his sense of humor.” 

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“This is my third time directing Asian Mouth Club and I love it,” Reese said. “I had a lot of fun working with this group of Asian women. Asa Akira blew me away with her oral skills and shows why she deserves the title of Female Performer of the Year. Cindy Starfall, Krissie Dee, Lana Violet and Mika Kim were all amazing, as well. I think this is our best cast yet. 

“I’m a fan of POV, true POV,” Reese continued, “where the actress does all the work and the guy is a silent participant. This gives the viewer the opportunity to genuinely experience a blowjob from each of these Asian vixens.” 

Added Adam & Eve head of production Bob Christian, “I’m always surprised with each installment of this continuing series ... but I feel that Asian Mouth Club 7 is definitely the best yet.” 

Asian Mouth Club 7 is set for release Tuesday, September 24. For wholesale information, contact Ryan Thomas at (919) 824-4217 or rthomas@adameve.com.

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Tenga Set To Debut Line of Items For Couples

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Tenga Set To Debut Line of Items For Couples

Posted Sep 20th, 2013 11:10 AM

TOKYO—Tenga, manufacturers of single-use masturbators for men and the Iroha line of vibrators for women, has announced it will soon release a line of pleasure items for couples.

Vi-Bo is a series of vibrating intimacy products designed around a vibrating orb core.

The vibrating orb, companied with five different Vi-Bo covers create a line of five different products to be used for a variety of different intimate situations for couples.

Vi-Bo provides a simple, small and fund addition to bedroom play for couples. Unlike most bedrooms toys of the past that were designed for one person to “use on another, the Vi-Bo items are a “love support item” that provide an opportunity for couples to share a deeper communication.

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The simple, small designs are easy to use for any experience level, and the pop and colorful designs provide an accessible product that makes it easier for a couple to say, “How about we try this tonight?”

Items in the line are the Vi-Bo Finger Orb, the Vi-Bo Ring Orb, the Vi-Bo Hand Orb, the Vi-Bo Twin Orb and the Vi-Bo Stick Orb.

The Vi-Bo base orb is the core of the vibrating products, and provides a variety of uses for the various situations of couples play.

The Vi-Bo covers use a brand new elastomer that allows stretch with a smooth sensation on skin contact.

Vi-Bo is waterproof up to 50cm, meaning the products are easy to wash and maintain and can be used in the bath or shower.

For more information, visit www.Tenga-Global.com.

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2014 AVN Awards Pre-Nomination Site Opens

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2014 AVN Awards Pre-Nomination Site Opens

CHATWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network is now accepting pre-nominations for the 2014 AVN Awards. Producers, manufacturers and retailers should immediately request access to the restricted pre-nom website in order to submit their movies, products, outlets and other entities for awards consideration.

The 31st AVN Awards Show is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2014 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In order to be eligible for a 2014 AVN Award nomination, a movie or product must be released by Oct. 7, in accordance with the following guidelines: made available for VOD download and/or physically stocked with either five wholesale distributors or 100 retail outlets; movie titles only released via VOD as of Oct. 7 must be in stock in physical format with five wholesale distributors or 100 retail outlets no later than Oct. 15. The eligibility period includes any movie or product released between Oct. 1, 2012 and Oct. 7, 2013.

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To submit pre-noms, candidates must register for a user account at the AdultCentro-powered pre-nom site, which they may do by going to: voting.avn.com/registration/submitter. If approved for access, they will receive a notification email and may log in to begin entering their pre-noms. The site will remain open until midnight Oct. 7.

AVN strongly suggests companies and individuals begin submitting their pre-noms now and continue to do so through Oct. 7, as there will be no extension of the deadline. Once approved for access to the pre-nom site, users may visit it as many times as necessary until the deadline.

“Many will notice that we pushed back the traditional street date deadline for eligibility this year,” AVN senior editor Peter Warren said. “We decided to do this in order to accommodate producers whose release schedules were thrown off by the recently imposed industry-wide production halts. We feel this will be a benefit to many who have been set back by the current events impacting the industry."

In light of those events, AVN has also decided to add two new categories for the 2014 AVN Awards: Best Safe Sex Scene and Best Condom Manufacturer.

“As a show of support for those promoting safe sex practices, we thought it would be not only fitting but important to add these categories,” Warren explained. “While we continue to stand opposed to governmental interference with the product this industry manufactures, we also feel that those whose products encourage safe sex in interesting and innovative ways deserve to be commended.”

These two categories, meanwhile, are not the only new ones to be added for 2014—in the Video Body of Work arena, AVN has also added a pair of new performer accolades: All-Girl Performer of the Year and BBW Performer of the Year.

On the web side, AVN added a category for Best Web Director, which recognizes the body of work of a director who shoots the majority of their content for release on the web. Also, Best Photography Website has been renamed Best Glamour Website to include sites that also feature glamorous video content.

AVN asks producers and manufacturers to be judicious in their pre-noms, submitting only those titles and items they strongly believe have a chance at being nominated rather than submitting all product released during the eligibility period.

Production companies must supply AVN with all pertinent information in their pre-nom entries, including the full stage names of all the performers in the sex scenes and the names of all the behind-the-camera professionals in the technical categories such as editing, cinematography, music and others.

By Oct. 8, AVN asks that producers send two (2) DVD copies of each movie or series it would like considered, as well as sample materials used in marketing campaigns if seeking consideration in those categories. Novelty companies should also provide two (2) samples of each product they would like considered. All items should be mailed or hand-delivered to:

AVN Media Network

Attn: Nominations

9400 Penfield Ave. Suite 100

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Retailers are welcome to pre-nom any wholesale distributor they feel is worthy of being nominated. Similarly, manufacturers and distributors are free to pre-nom retailers in the various categories for consideration.

The award categories are as follows, though they are subject to change:

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Best Condom Manufacturer

Best Enhancement Manufacturer

Best Fetish Manufacturer

Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer

Best Lubricant Manufacturer

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Small

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Medium

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Large

Best Product Line for Men

Best Product Line for Women

Hall of Fame (Pleasure Products Branch)

Retail & Distribution

Best Adult Distributor

Best Boutique

Best Retail Chain – Small

Best Retail Chain – Large

Best Web Retail Store

Video

Best 3D Release

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene

Best All-Girl Release

Best All-Girl Series

Best All-Sex Release

Best Amateur Release

Best Amateur Series

Best Anal Release

Best Anal Series

Best Anal Sex Scene

Best Art Direction

Best BDSM Release

Best Big Bust Release

Best Big Bust Series

Best Big Butt Release

Best Big Butt Series

Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene

Best Cinematography

Best Classic Release

Best Comedy

Best Continuing Series

Best Director, Feature

Best Director, Foreign Feature

Best Director, Foreign Non-Feature

Best Director, Non-Feature

Best Director, Parody

Best Double-Penetration Sex Scene

Best Drama

Best DVD Extras

Best Editing

Best Educational Release

Best Ethnic Release – Asian

Best Ethnic Release – Black

Best Ethnic Release – Latin

Best Ethnic Series

Best Fem-Dom Strap-on Release

Best Foot/Leg Fetish Release

Best Foreign Continuing Series

Best Foreign Feature

Best Foreign Non-Feature

Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene

Best Gonzo Release

Best Group Sex Scene

Best Interracial Release

Best Interracial Series

Best Makeup

Best Marketing Campaign, Individual Project

Best MILF Release

Best MILF Series

Best Music Soundtrack

Best New Line

Best New Series

Best Non-Sex Performance

Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Release

Best Oral Release

Best Oral Series

Best Oral Sex Scene

Best Orgy/Gangbang Release

Best Original Song

Best Packaging

Best Parody – Comedy

Best Parody – Drama

Best POV Release

Best POV Series

Best POV Sex Scene

Best Pro-Am Release

Best Pro-Am Series

Best Romance Movie

Best Safe Sex Scene

Best Screenplay

Best Screenplay – Parody

Best Selling Title of the Year [NON-VOTING CATEGORY]

Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production

Best Solo Release

Best Solo Sex Scene

Best Special Effects

Best Specialty Release, Other Genre

Best Specialty Series, Other Genre

Best Squirting Release

Best Star Showcase

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Tease Performance

Best Three-Way Sex Scene – B/B/G

Best Three-Way Sex Scene – G/G/B

Best Transsexual Release

Best Transsexual Series

Best Transsexual Sex Scene

Best Vignette Release

Best Wall-to-Wall Release

Best Young Girl Release

Best Young Girl Series

Clever Title of the Year

Most Outrageous Sex Scene

Movie of the Year

Reuben Sturman Award [NON-VOTING CATEGORY]

Visionary Award [NON-VOTING CATEGORY]

Video Body of Work

All-Girl Performer of the Year

BBW Performer of the Year

Best Male Newcomer

Best Marketing Campaign, Company Image

Best New Starlet

Best New Studio

Director of the Year

Female Foreign Performer of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Hall of Fame

Mainstream Star of the Year

Male Foreign Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Transsexual Performer of the Year

Unsung Male Performer of the Year

Unsung Starlet of the Year

Web & Technology

Best Affiliate Program

Best Alternative Website

Best Dating Website

Best Glamour Website

Best Live Chat Website

Best Membership Site

Best Porn Star Website

Best Solo Girl Website

Best Studio Website

Best Web Director

Best Web Premiere

Hall of Fame (Internet Branch)

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Webmasters: What Makes Your Favorite Sites Worth Visiting?

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What Makes Your Favorite Sites Worth Visiting?

This article originally ran in AVN magazine.

As a group, adult industry webmasters spend countless hours online creating, updating and evolving a massive aggregate of sites in virtually every marketable niche. Webmasters are also early adopters of new technologies, efficiency-minded business owners who are likely to use digital forms of entertainment even more often than the general public. That led us to this query for AVN’s Crowdsourcing column:

“What makes your favorite sites worth visiting and what can be learned from them?”

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Staying Ahead of the Media Curve

For some webmasters, what retains their interest is a site that keys in on trends and stays ahead of traditional news media. “A lot of people have heard of Reddit.com, but I’m always surprised how many people have been slow to start using it,” said Sean Holland, vice president and general manager at Hustler.com. “I find it does an excellent job of foreshadowing useful trends for business and also gives an unfiltered way to check the pulse of the general public on a lot of consumer-centric data that surveys or paid business research reports tend to miss. It’s a really useful site and there is always something new worth noting there.”

Other sites offer news that’s meant to amuse. “For pleasure I visit TheOnion.com,” said YanksTodd, owner of YanksCash.com. “I go there every morning to start my day with a laugh. It appeals to me because I appreciate wit, and their comedic creativity is simply unmatched in the world of fake news. What I really enjoy, though, is the inadvertent ‘rick-rolling’ effect it has from a traffic generation standpoint. I would love to dig into their social stats and see the breakdown between the liberal audience appreciating the satire and the conservative audience clicking through because they were inflamed by a fake article.”

In the information age, being current really isn’t enough anymore. Your bookmarkers and subscribers are likely to be expecting you to stay ahead of content trends as well. During the newspaper era of years past, people eagerly awaited reviews by critics like Roger Ebert before going to see a film that had already been in the theaters for a weekend or more. Now, fans are unlikely to wait for a film to be released, let alone professionally reviewed.

“Outside of work, YouTube.com and ComingSoon.net are probably two of my most visited sites,” said Ruth Blair, business development manager of Paxum Inc. “YouTube for the obvious reasons—you can find pretty much anything there—and ComingSoon.net because I love movies. Coming Soon provides at-a-glance movie and trailer information in a format and layout that I find comfortable. Of course, habit comes into play as well, I’ve been visiting ComingSoon.net for years to get the latest movie information.”

Some webmasters won’t even wait for movies to be slated for release before taking an interest in them. “I’m always returning to Stage32.com,” said Colin of Wasteland.com. “I literally stumbled across the site several months ago while looking for some cinema lighting tips and quickly found out that it is the project of a successful adult industry veteran friend of mine since around 1996 or so. What I like about this site is that it is jampacked with film directors, producers, writers and creative folks all actively talking about the creative processes that they employ in making mainstream movies, documentaries, reality programming and more. This large and lively group of film folks really gives me great ideas and helps me ‘think outside the porn box’ for the movies I produce at Wasteland and Sssh.com every week.”

Surfing for Fun and Profit

Of course, webmaster interests go well beyond film and media, but the thirst for new information and forward-thinking viewpoints about other fascinations remains much the same. “I’ve been driving Chargers for the last five years and I have a soft spot for them now, which often leads me back to ChargerForums.com for the newest points of view,” said Kalyn of AdultFriendFinder Networks. “Any question I have related to any year Charger, I can find answered there. I’ve owned two since they started coming back out and I’m currently driving a 2013 R/T Pitch Black now.” Kalyn also mentioned TheFlyingKneeMMA.com, stating, “This site is not business related yet but I’m an MMA enthusiast as well and my training buddy writes some of the articles for this site which are always a great read.”

The idea that the site isn’t business related “yet” was also a very common concept raised by the insiders interviewed here. It was very clear right from the start that any site a webmaster visits is one they are already thinking about in potential business terms as the lines between even the most personal hobbies and the potential for growing online businesses routinely become blurred.

Some diligent webmasters have reached the point where business-related websites are becoming as enjoyable as any other personal passion. “I’m on Asana.com pretty much every day because it handles project management among our team members from several locations across numerous tasks,” said Kristin of NubileFilms.com “What’s good about Asana is that it’s free and it works! The information is cloud based so the tool is extremely helpful with managing projects and tasks within our organization. Because the tasks are easily assigned to specific people and always online, you can follow any task and receive email updates automatically. There are a lot of business sites I visit often, but the reason I’m mentioning Asana is that it is so easy to use and should be helpful for pretty much any organization in the industry. Also, while many business applications feel like work, Asana manages to maintain a much more enjoyable social networking feel to it by simplifying the interface and keeping things looking fresh.”

Echoing that sentiment, Mo of Dating Factory was quick to mention Basecamp. “More than a website, it’s an online productivity tool. I am on there daily. It’s great to keep notes, set tasks and reminders or create custom calendars for work on projects with other members of our team. Basecamp is so simple, sleek and powerful that I found myself importing some of my personal tasks and outside hobbies into the software to manage them all more effectively as well. Now they have even launched an iPhone app, which is well designed and allows me to manage projects on the go. I think Basecamp is the best productivity tool out there, for business or personal use.”

Embracing Big Data

If timeliness, simplicity and efficiency were characteristics that drew the attention of many webmasters, going local was an idea that also came up a lot. “One of the websites I visit most frequently is MetroLand.net,” said Colin, business development specialist at TranslationsXXX.com. “It’s a great resource for what is going on in the alternative scene in the Capital Region of upstate New York. The website features articles on everything from restaurant reviews and openings to concerts, art showings and festivals. I feel that there is not another media outlet in the area that is so in tune with what is happening off the beaten path in New York’s Capital Region. From my point of view it also goes to show how powerful ‘going local’ can be for quality content providers who make the effort to provide information or other updates on a level that more generic content can’t match.”

Cutting through clutter and getting to the heart of the matter quickly was also a common cause for sites earning webmaster interest. “I check out SEOmoz.org daily,” said Erwin of ManicaMedia.com. “Search engine optimization techniques change so often and there is so much misinformation out there, and having a community driven site that publishes different articles from different backgrounds for so many needs is an excellent way to find trends or stay away from things likely to be penalized in the future. It isn’t everything you need to know, but it is an excellent resource worth going to often.”

Even among tech sites there is a clearly defined pecking order because some are consistently ahead of the others in spotting trends. “I make sure to go to TechCrunch.com daily because it keeps me in the know as to which sites, companies or products are hot and upcoming,” said Luke Hazlewood, CEO of GrandSlamMedia.com “They do an exceptional job of keeping readers informed about what the valley is up to in terms of digital VC money and I find that very helpful in plotting out my own investment strategies. There are a lot of other tech investment sites, but Tech Crunch always seems to have more depth to their coverage. And when money is involved I always want to have as much data as possible to make winning decisions.”

So while webmasters preach the importance of simplicity, efficiency, timeliness and going local for their business endeavors, it should come as little surprise that those tenets of successful online business are constantly being reinforced by the sites most of us visit for productivity or pleasure when we aren’t hard at work on our own digital properties.

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Playboy Playmate of the Year Named Spokesmodel For Fantasy Lingerie

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Playboy Playmate of the Year Named Spokesmodel For Fantasy Lingerie

Posted Sep 19th, 2013 04:01 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Fantasy Lingerie has signed Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg as their exclusive spokesmodel.

"Our goal at Fantasy Lingerie has always been to create lingerie that allows women of all shapes and sizes to feel their most confident and sexy. Therefore, it was important to find a spokesmodel who truly embodied those qualities and could represent the values we stand behind as a company," says Fantasy Lingerie’s Managing Director, Leilani Whitney. "After our first photo shoot with Jaclyn Swedberg, we immediately recognized she was the perfect choice. Not only did she look fantastic in our lingerie, but she also commented on how sexy she felt when wearing it." 

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Swedburg burst onto the scene in 2011 when she was selected as Playboy’s April 2011 calendar girl and, a few months later, was given the prestigious honor of being selected as Playmate of the Year 2012.  Finding the right person to represent their company as a spokesmodel was an important decision for Fantasy Lingerie because of the impact it would have in defining their brand. Swedberg's genuine respect and passion for the company, coupled with her girl-next door personality and killer curves, was the winning combination for Fantasy, who signed her to an exclusive contract a month ago.

As Fantasy Lingerie’s spokesmodel, Swedberg will be involved in exclusive photo shoots throughout the year for product catalog and lifestyle features. To date she has modeled for Fantasy’s lines Play (fantasy costume designs for the bedroom), Tease (flirty lingerie styles), holiday inspired panties, and Pure, the seductive white lingerie line which happens to be her favorite collection.

"It gives me a feeling of sexy innocence, which I love," she said. "I knew Fantasy was a brand I could support because not only did I love everything I tried on, but I also loved the sense of family that supported the brand. When they asked me to be the face of Fantasy Lingerie I was very grateful and honored." 

The Playmate, who also wears Fantasy Lingerie in her personal life and on photo shoots, will not only strengthen the marketing efforts for the company, but provide cross-promotional opportunities with customers, as well.

"While wearing Fantasy Lingerie I just feel sexy,” Swedberg said. “I feel comfortable—like the pieces were made for me. Lingerie is supposed to make you feel like a better and sexier version of yourself and Fantasy really does a great job of bringing out the best version of myself." 

Swedberg will make her debut appearance in Fantasy Lingerie’s 2013 Fall catalog, which will be featured during the September International Lingerie Show. Attendees of the show are encouraged to swing by Fantasy Lingerie’s booths, 321-325, from Sept. 23 - 25 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. 

To view Fantasy Lingerie’s entire collection, visit FantasyLingerie.net/.

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Acworth Responds to AHF; Corvus Weighs In

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SAN FRANCISCO—Kink.com owner Peter Acworth has issued a statement via his blog responding to some of the allegations made against Kink by AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein during the press conference AHF held Wednesday concerning adult performer testing protocols.

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At the conference, performers Cameron Bay, Rod Daily and Patrick Stone—the first two of whom recently tested positive for HIV, while the third claims to have possibly received a false positive test result for the virus earlier this month—all spoke about their concerns pertaining to current performer safety norms. All three shot for Kink this summer, and both Bay and Stone touched on their experiences doing so.

Of particular cause for alarm was Bay's contention that during her July 31 shoot for Kink's Public Disgrace sub-site—her last scene before being diagnosed as HIV-positive—"there was an incident with a performer I was working with, and he ended up with a cut on the tip of his penis, and he was bleeding." Noting that production stopped at that point and Daily, who was standing by on set, prepared to step in for the injured performer, she added, "the performer said, no, he could continue to work, and we continued to work even though he was bleeding from the cut, and we did not use condoms."

In his response, Acworth addressed this assertion, albeit obliquely, by stating, "Ms. Bay's shoot caused us concern long before the subject of HIV came up. While HIV was not transmitted on set, there were incidents on that shoot, including some of the same ones that Ms. Bay identified, that have caused us to reevaluate what we permit on shoots involving members of the public, even when it's consensual."

AVN confirmed with Xander Corvus, the sole male performer in Bay's Public Disgrace scene to penetrate her vaginally and/or anally (she did performer oral sex on another, unidentified male during the scene), that he was the performer Bay was referring to at the press conference. Corvus verified that he did sustain a cut on his penis from Bay's teeth during the shoot, and that he bled "a little bit" from the wound. He also maintained that the decision to continue with the scene was a group one by all participants while shooting was stopped, as much of Bay's volition as his own.

"I asked her if she wanted to keep shooting, and she said, 'As long as you're OK, you're not hurt,'" Corvus told AVN.

Corvus has tested negative for HIV repeatedly since the Public Disgrace shoot with Bay, including on August 31, a full month afterward.

Peter Acworth's response to the AHF press conference can be read here.

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X3Sixty Acquires 3 Vivid Reality Series for Broadcast

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Posted Sep 19th, 2013 11:11 AM

LOS ANGELES—Television and internet broadcast network X3Sixty has acquired three reality series, two of which were broadcast on Showtime in the United States, delving into the world of Vivid Entertainment and its Vivid Girls.

The three series—Vivid Valley, Debbie Does Dallas Again and Deeper Throat—will stream on X3Sixty’s InsideAdult.com website and through the company’s affiliates.

“We’re excited to present these extremely sexy and entertaining shows to a new audience of viewers,” X3Sixty president Paul Fishbein said. “All three of these series are different and provide viewers with incredible insight into how the adult industry works. And some of the biggest stars of the last decade are profiled within the shows.”

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Vivid Valley, a 13-episode series produced by World of Wonder, was broadcast in Europe in 2005 and had a successful run on Playboy TV later that year. It concentrates on the real lives of then Vivid Girls Jenna Jameson, Savanna Samson, Briana Banks, Mercedez, Tawny Roberts and others. Vivid CEO Steven Hirsch and directors Paul Thomas and Chi Chi LaRue were among the other industry figures featured.

"We felt that these three shows broke new ground in revealing some of the personalities in the industry and the dynamics of how adult movies are produced,” Vivid vice president of production Marci Hirsch said. “We had a great time shooting the shows and we know that they got high ratings so we're delighted that X3Sixty will be making them available to anyone who missed them or who wants to see them again."

The first two episodes of Vivid Valley begin streaming today here, with two new episodes debuting each month.

Following that, InsideAdult.com will debut Debbie Does Dallas Again, the five episode reality series from 2007 that followed the making of Vivid’s update of the classic Debbie Does Dallas. Also produced by World of Wonder, this series debuted on Showtime and featured both Steven and Marci Hirsch, as well as Vivid Girls Monique Alexander, Stefani Morgan and Sunny Leone. In addition, Paul Tomas and actors Dana DeArmond, Lacie Heart, Derrick Pierce and Charlotte Stokely, amongst many others, were featured.

The third series, Deeper Throat, produced as well by World of Wonder for Showtime, will debut next year. The 2009 series featured Vivid boss Steven Hirsch and his quest to acquire Deep Throat from Arrow honcho Ray Pistol for re-make rights. The six-episode series also starred Sasha Grey, Paul Thomas, Meggan Mallone, Hanna Hilton, Shylar Cobi, Sarah Vandella and many more.

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FSC Responds to Allegations Made at AHF Press Conference

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Posted Sep 18th, 2013 05:07 PM

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—Free Speech Coalition (FSC) issued this statement today in response to statements made at the press conference held by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) this morning:

FSC and its program Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) would like to respond to some misinformation conveyed in AHF’s earlier press conference.

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All performers that worked with Cameron Bay tested negative for HIV. She did not contract HIV on-set, nor did she expose any partners. The doctor working with Ms. Bay contacted her as soon as her results were in and she was sent all of her tests results, including the viral load.

Rod Daily had tested negative in July and worked on all-condoms sets during the time in question.

We have been given no real information of a fourth performer. If there is real evidence of a fourth performer, then the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) should have contacted the adult industry for assistance in generational identification. It is unconscionable and irresponsible for AHF to use any individual as a political pawn in a press conference, rather than work through the necessary protocols to make sure that any partners are identified and tested for the safety of all concerned.

 “We in the FSC and the adult film community work with a dedicated group of physicians on an ongoing basis to review and improve our testing protocols,” said Diane Duke, FSC CEO. “While producers and directors can control the film set environment, we can’t control what performers do in private. We need to do more to help performers understand how to protect themselves in their private lives. Therefore, PASS plans to support STI prevention education in order to provide performers the information and resources that will protect them when they are off set as well.”

The Free Speech Coalition is the national trade organization to the adult entertainment industry. Its mission is to lead, protect and support the growth and well-being of the adult entertainment community.

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