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Vivid Named Studio of the Year - XCritic Consumer Reviews

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Vivid Studio Insider For January 25, 2013

  AXEL BRAUN AND VIVID SWEEP THE 2013 AWARDS – Axel Braun and Vivid Entertainment took top honors in the first XCritic Fan Choice Awards…won seven XBiz Awards…and picked up eight AVN Awards, including the best selling and renting movie of the year for Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody. In the XCritic Fan Choice competition Star Wars XXX  won the Best Parody-Comedy, while The Dark Knight XXX: A Porn Parody won as Best Parody-Drama; Braun also won the award for Best Director-Parody and Allie Haze won as Best Actress-Parody.  Star Wars XXX also cleaned up at the XBiz Award ceremony, hosted by Tera Patrick at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. It won as Parody Release of the Year-Comedy, for Best Special Effects, and Braun was named Parody Director of the Year. And for their roles in Star Wars XXX, Seth Ganble was named Best Actor in a Parody, Allie Haze Best Actress in a Parody, and Brandy Aniston, Eve Laurence and Dick Chibbles took home the Best Scene-Parody award. XBiz also awarded Brendon Miller the Best Supporting Actor award for his brilliant breakthrough role as The Joker in The Dark Knight XXX.  
And, last Saturday Star Wars XXX won eight AVN Awards, including the best selling and renting movie of the year.  Axel was honored as Best Director-Parody for his work on Star Wars XXX, and he made history by winning for the third consecutive year as Director of the Year-Body of Work. The AVN 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. 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: THE DARK KNIGHT XXX: A PORN PARODY AND STAR WARS XXX: A PORN PARODY ARE PARODY MOVIES.  The movies are not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with Warner Bros. Pictures, 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 movies. "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. 

HOLLYWOOD GOES PORN AND HIRSCH EXPLAINS WHY – HuffingtonPostLive took note of the numerous Hollywood movies, TV shows, music videos and other offerings that use porn as their key subject. The daily video show noted that “from ‘Boogie Nights’ to the new biopic ‘Lovelace,’ Hollywood loves a good skin flick. But how accurate are these depictions? HuffPost Live asks the experts...” among them Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch. Explaining the history of mainstream fascination with porn, Steven said, “It really started with VHS when you were able to go into an adult video store and easily pick up a movie. Prior to that it was uncomfortable to do so. The ease in obtaining video really changed everything and made porn accessible to couples who were interested in watching adult movies, then TV and now the internet 24/7 provide all the porn you could ever want.”  He also noted that “Jenna Jameson and her “How to Make Love Like a Pornstar” book had a huge impact on mainstream opinions about porn and porn stars.” 

SEX TRACKER SURVEY: GUYS LOVE WATCHING MILF PORN – The Seventh Vivid Entertainment-XCritic.com Sex Tracker Survey of people’s porn viewing preferences shows a strong preference for MILF movies, with 85.2 percent of respondents to the latest poll saying they enjoy this genre and 37.4 percent saying they “love MILF porn.”  Just 8.2 percent said they “seen some and it’s not my thing” and 2.2 percent said they would “never watch it.”  The entire survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5952YGZ.  The Seventh Sex Tracker Survey also asked a number of questions about Measure B, a new law passed by Los Angeles voters in November that requires adult film performers to wear condoms and other protective gear when making movies in L.A. County. A total of 92.4 percent said they do not think voters realized they were requiring performers to use dental dams, gloves, goggles and lab coats. And 80.7 percent said voters did not get the message that “rigorous and frequent testing of performers kept them safer than condoms,” while 91.9 percent said they would not “purchase an adult movie with the performers wearing hazmat gear.”  

 ADULT INDUSTRY CHALLENGES MEASURE B – Under the auspices of Free Speech Coalition, lawyers for the adult entertainment industry have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California challenging Measure B. As the lead studio plaintiff in the suit, Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch has been the go-to guy for the media to explain the suit and why the industry wants to overturn a law that makes it mandatory for adult actors to wear condoms while shooting adult films in LA County. He’s been on NPR and has been interviewed by numerous news sites. Vivid, along with performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, claim in their suit that Measure B is unnecessary because of rigorous and effective self-regulation by the adult industry and that it imposes an unconstitutional system of prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment.  Numerous provisions of Measure B are excessively vague and burdensome, and thus place an intolerable restriction on freedom of expression.  The lawsuit also challenges the County’s jurisdiction to regulate adult production on performer health and safety. Said Steven in a statement: “Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about.  I believe the industry’s current testing system works well. Since 2004 over 300,000 explicit scenes have been filmed with zero HIV transmission.  The new law makes no sense and it imposes a government licensing regime on making films that are protected by the Constitution.  Measure B will have vast unintended consequences which may undermine industry efforts to protect the health of our actors and actresses.”

 VIVIDTV NAMES WALTER AS BUSINESS CHIEF IN CANADA AND EUROPE – Veteran television executive Stephen E. Walter has been named as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Canada and Europe for VividTV, the multichannel television division of Vivid. Says VividTV President Ken Boenish: "Steve is an 18-year affiliate sales and marketing veteran who has built strong relationships with platform operators in Canada and Europe and has been successfully helping them maximize the revenue from their adult pay TV category. He’s the ideal person to advance our presence in these key markets." VividTV was launched last August and has quickly become the fastest growing adult service, currently delivering its branded video-on-demand offerings and linear pay TV channel to more than 25 million homes.