VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR APRIL 18, 2014
MASSIVE INTEREST IN MIMI FAUST & NIKKO SMITH MOVIE – The announcement this week that Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith, two of the hottest personalities on VH1’s reality series Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, are the stars of the latest celebrity sex tape from Vivid, attracted huge interest by both the public and media. Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta will be available online at vivid.com as of April 21 and in stores nationwide on April 29. TMZ.com broke the story: “’Love & Hip Hop’ star Mimi Faust is finally making love not war - in a BRAND NEW SEX TAPE - and her partner is her co-star and BF from the reality show. Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch tells TMZ he got hold of the sex tape starring Mimi and Nikko, and then contacted them to sign off on it going public. We've seen clips of Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta ... it's the real deal and it's intense.” HuffingtonPost.com reported: “Many viewers of VH1’s top rated franchise Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta were sent into a frenzy on Monday, with the announcement of not only the show’s forthcoming Season 3 premiere on May 5, but also the forthcoming release of a sex tape featuring two of the show’s stars.” The pop culture website DrunkenStepfather reported that its site crashed after its server was overloaded with unique visits when a trailer from the movie was posted. A huge traffic spurt was also reported by WorldHipHop.com, with more than 15-million fans clicking on to see the trailer. Locally, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog AccessAtlanta.com gave the news immediate coverage. Vivid’s announcement of the upcoming movie was also covered by HollywoodLife.com, celebrity gossip site TheYBF.com, MTVNews.com, MediaTakeOut.com, PerezHilton.com (its headline: “VH1's Mimi Faust & Nikko Smith Get Nasty With Each Other In New Sex Tape! Watch The Raw, Uncensored Clip HERE!”), Bossip.com, AllHipHop.com, Starcasm.com, MStarz.com, GuysGabAfterDark.com, and countless additional sites. Vivid chief Steven Hirsch said of the stars’ performance: “From the minute we heard about this tape, we wanted it. The authenticity of Mimi and Nikko’s relationship is obvious. There’s no mistaking their passion; it’s real.”
Meanwhile, former American Idol contestant Nikko Smith made headlines after he told TMZ.com that he is NOT the Nikko paired with Mimi in the Vivid movie: “Nikko -- who placed 9th in Season 4 -- tells TMZ, his phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from concerned friends and family members who read about a Nikko Smith's sex tape. He says fans have been tweeting him non-stop too. 'AI' Nikko says he's never dated, or even met Mimi Faust -- but adds he's cool with being compared to her boyfriend -- mostly because sex tape Nikko's hung like a moose. He tells us, ‘There could be worse things linked to my name. At least the guy didn't murder someone.’"
TOP ADULT MOVIE DIRECTORS TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY ON VIVID RADIO – Paul Fishbein and Steven Hirsch are hosting six powerful adult movie directors for a Vivid Radio roundtable discussion of the future of adult entertainment. The CEO Roundtable program airs first Friday April 18th at 1pm PT on Sirius XM Channel 102. The participants will trace the modern evolution of adult entertainment and look into the future. Appearing on the show are:
Paul (P.T.) Thomas is a member of the AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame and winner of countless awards for best-selling movies such as Debbie Does Dallas Again. A former actor in mainstream films, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Thomas has acted in over 500 and directed more than 300 adult films.
Andrew Blake, also an AVN and XRCO hall of fame inductee, calls his films “erotic fashion.” His movies have been described as "lavishly produced and lovingly edited.”
Ed Powers, owner of Ed Powers Productions, both directs and acts in adult films. He is best known for the “Dirty Debutantes” series, is a member of the XRCO Hall of Fame and has won numerous AVN awards.
Joanna Angel, a Brooklyn-born former kosher food restaurant worker and topless dancer, is known as one of the creators of the “alt-porn” genre. She owns the Burning Angel website, has won numerous industry awards and in 2011 was named by CNBC as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn. She also hosts a program on Vivid Radio, Lewd, Screwed and Tattooed.
Jules Jordan, winner of countless industry awards including best director by both AVN and XRCO, owns Jules Jordan Video. He is known for his zero tolerance position on video piracy of porn content and has launched numerous law suits that have resulted in multi-million dollar awards and settlements.
Axel Braun, known as the “king of porn parodies,” is the son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun. Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in psychology, Braun has won dozens of awards for directing, producing, screenwriting, and editing, including four consecutive Director of the Year AVN awards.
INTEREST CONTINUES IN FARRAH’S BOOK PLANS AND VIVID’S CAUTION TO HER – The media continue to show interest in a proposed tell-all book by Farrah Abraham, and Vivid’s warning to her to abide by a confidentiality agreement she signed. Among the sites covering the story this week by KPopStarz.com, where the headline read: “In New Book! [VIDEO] Backdoor Teen Mom Calls Out Porn Company Secrets, But Steve Hirsch Claims She Signed Confidentiality Agreement” The story continued: “Though Abraham thinks she can write whatever she wants, Farrah will not get away with spilling the porn production's secrets without a strong fight from Vivid Entertainment! Farrah gets ANOTHER legal advisory from Vivid Entertainment, the porn company that bought the rights to her porn movie with James Dean, Farrah Backdoor Teen Mom.
CRAVEONLINE REVEALS SPIDER-MAN XXX 2 COVER – Pop culture website CraveOnline.com gave its readers a sneak peak this week of the cover of the upcoming Vivid movie, Spider-Man XXX 2: An Axel Braun Parody. The CraveOnline story read: “Spider-Man XXX 2 sure looks amazing, doesn’t it? Check out the exclusive premiere of the DVD cover featuring Dani Daniels, Sarah Shevon and Nicki Hunter. Axel Braun, an industry leader in the fight for bigger and better porn parodies, just keeps churning out one superhero XXX parody after another. Hot on the heels of Thor XXX and Captain America XXX comes the long-awaited Spider-Man XXX 2”
BRANDY ANISTON MOVING TO PRIME TIME ON VIVID RADIO – XCritic.com broke the story this week that Brandy Aniston will take over the Monday afternoon drive time slot on Vivid Radio (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT). “I’m really excited about the move and hope it will help me hit even more listeners,” she told XCritic. Brandy’s “In With Aniston” is on Vivid Radio, Sirius XM channel 102 every Monday at 3-4 pm ET. Call 1-855-99-VIVID to join in.