Axel Braun Named Best Director-Parody and, for Third Consecutive Year, Director of the Year-Body of Work

Axel Braun Named Best Director-Parody and, for Third Consecutive Year, Director of the Year-Body of Work 

 LAS VEGAS – (January 22, 2013) – “Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody” from Axel Braun Productions and Vivid Entertainment, won eight coveted AVN Awards on Saturday, including the best selling and renting movie of the year.  Its director Axel Braun was honored as Best Director-Parody for his work on “Star Wars XXX”, and made history by winning for the third consecutive year as Director of the Year-Body of Work. The awards were among a dozen picked up by Vivid and its partners.

Complementing its honor as best seller and renter, Star Wars XXX was selected for Best Art Direction, Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Best Parody-Comedy, Best Screenplay-Parody and Best Director-Parody, while Tom Byron was selected as Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding turn as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film.

“Being singled out as the best selling and renting movie of the year is a ringing endorsement for Star Wars XXX and for our strategy of presenting unequalled parodies that fans most want to see,” said Steven Hirsch, founder/co-chairman of Vivid.

"Winning Director of the Year for the third consecutive time was pretty surreal" said Braun. "I have to admit that I honestly did not expect it, but I am absolutely thrilled that I received this tremendous honor. I guess it is a testament to the dedication that my amazing team and I put into every project we tackle, and to the respect we have for all the characters we parody.”

Other awards picked up by Vivid and its partners were Capri Anderson as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Pee-Wee’s XXX Adventure: A Porn Parody;” Best Pro-Am Release for “Brand New Faces 36;” Best Specialty Release for “Brand New Faces 36-Curvy Edition;” Best Pro-Am Series award for the Brand New Faces franchise; and Best Cross-over Star of the Year to former Vivid Girl Sunny Leone, now head of Vivid partner studio SunLust Pictures.

DISCLAIMERS: “Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody” IS A PARODY MOVIE.  The movie is not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with DC Comics, Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd or Lucasfilm Ltd. or their partners, affiliates and/or parent companies or any other person or entity affiliated with the parodied movie. "Pee-Wee’s XXX Adventure: A Porn Parody" IS A PARODY MOVIE.  This video is not to be taken seriously, and does not depict actual events in the life of Paul Reubens.  This parody is not sponsored, endorsed by, or approved by Paul Reubens, Warner Bros. or any other person or entity associated with them.

About Vivid: Founded in 1984, Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment and has created wide brand-name awareness through its films, innovative marketing, and a licensing program that extends to advertising, apparel, book publishing and a range of other products. The VividTV division offers programming that includes the full range of offerings from the largest single adult studio archive.  In addition to its Vivid-Celeb imprint famous for celebrity sex tapes, the company is known for its Vivid SuperXXXHeroes parodies. Mainstream television audiences got to know the company through two seven-part series on Showtime. Co-founder and CEO Steven Hirsch received the first AVN Visionary Award as a leader who "has propelled innovation and taken his company and the business as a whole to new heights." The company's website,, has a loyal following of fans of Vivid movies. For more on Vivid visit or

About Axel Braun: The son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun and grandson of a diplomat, Axel Braun was born and raised in Italy, where he received a privileged upper-class upbringing. Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in psychology, Axel has a unique cultural background that definitely sets him apart from the many other directors in the adult industry. A second-generation AVN Hall-of-Famer, over the span of his career he has won many awards all over the world for directing, producing, screenwriting, and editing, including three consecutive “Director Of The Year” AVN awards. For more information visit and