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MERCEDEZ MAKES THE HUSTLER BIG TOP - Vivid Girl Mercedez is the main attraction in the August issue of Hustler magazine. She's featured in a spectacular ten-page pictorial by Michael Bisco that has a circus big top theme. The stunning photos of Mercedez clearly outshine the unusual circus props used in the photo shoot. Mercedez says the circus idea brought her back to her youth when, she says, "I always wanted to run away and join the circus." Hustler says that if she ever takes that step "we already have the tents pitched for you." It's the second big magazine event of the month for Mercedez, who is also the subject of an eight-page pictorial in SCORE magazine's August issue. SCORE says that Mercedez' "world is complete" since the reigning Miss Nude Universe signed on as a Vivid Girl.

VIVID'S STEVEN HIRSCH IS A HIT AT UCSB - Vivid co-founder and co-chairman Steven Hirsch lectured to a packed classroom at the University of California Santa Barbara campus on Wednesday night (May 26). He had the full attention of the 55 students in the class as he talked about Vivid's rise to become the leading adult film studio. Following his lecture, he answered questions for more than an hour from the enthusiastic students - equally male and female - who showed a very high level of awareness of the adult industry and Vivid's role in it. They asked detailed questions about a wide range of subjects, from AIDS and sexual safety to the inner workings of the pioneering Vivid Girl system in which stars are signed to exclusive contracts. Hirsch was invited to the campus by Constance Penley, UCSB Professor of Film Studies, who has been called "One of the 10 Most Dangerous Minds in America" by Rolling Stone magazine because of her willingness to explore controversial subjects in the classroom. Prior to the lecture, the class screened Vivid's Debbie Does Dallas: The Revenge starring Sunrise Adams.

VIVID TEAMS UP AGAIN WITH FLIRT4FREE FOR LIVE WEBCAST - On June 1st (5 pm - 8 pm PT) Vivid Girl Savanna Samson and adult actress/model Jassie will get together for a live Webcast jointly sponsored by Vivid and Savanna says she's been looking forward for weeks to getting into come girl-girl intimacy with Jassie, a 110-pound, 5' 7" beauty. Savanna, of course, won both the AVN Award for Best Actress- Film and for Best Group Sex Scene this year for her work in Vivid's Looking In.

GQ GOES INTO THE VIVID EDITING SUITE - The June issue of GQ magazine goes way behind the scenes with a visit to the Vivid editing bay for a fascinating article on how adult videos are edited. GQ's West Coast editor Robert Moritz spent a night recently with Vivid's Fletcher Martin while he and his team spliced together various versions of Vivid's "Chloe's Pool Party." Moritz learned that the Vivid postproduction department "runs full tilt" every night. A squad of editors chop and splice the original triple-X hard-core version of each film to meet specific needs. The article explains how soft-core re-edit of the film are made to meet specific, such as "region-specific cuts that conform to the various local ordinances on the cables systems where the movies will be sold or shown." The June issue of GQ is on sale now.

MILES LONG ASKS, "HOW DOES THIS MADNESS END?" - Of course, he already knows the answer, but that's the opening question of an unusual story in the August issue of Blender magazine entitled "Who Makes the Music for Porn Flicks?" Miles Long is post-production sound engineer for Vivid, the company Blender calls "the Microsoft of porn." The article explains how Miles Long and other sound techs for Vivid "make the scene's ambient-dance sound track sync with the action. 'It's important that the 'Ooh, the sex is coming' beat be at exactly the right moment," explains Long. The article was written by Blender senior editor Clark Collis.