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VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR AUGUST 11, 2014

 SUPERCOMPRESSOR.COM COVERS VIVID’S TOP 10 CELEBRITY SEX TAPES – Popular website Supercompressor.com carried a story highlighting Vivid’s top 10 sex tapes and showing cover art from all of the movies. The story began: “Steven Hirsch is the head of Vivid Entertainment, the legendary porn company that brought you basically every single piece of smut you hid away from your parents over the last 30 years. And when the porn king is not churning out superhero parodies and X-rated talk radio, he and his company are bringing you the crème de la crème of the porno world: celebrity sex tapes. Yep, Vivid's had a hand (lol) in the creation and distribution of celebrity sex tapes since the very beginning and have no plans on stopping. Pamela Anderson, Tila Tequila, Farrah Abraham, etc. It's a mind-numbing list full of enough T&A to circle the Earth twice. Recently we were offered the chance to speak with Mr. Hirsch, so we thought, Why not have him rank, in his humble opinion, the top 10 celeb sex tapes ever? To our delight, he obliged. Mr. Hirsch, take it away... (Oh and this probably goes without saying, but this is all kind of NSFW.)” Here are the top four in the Supercompressor story:  

1. Kim Kardashian Superstar
"Kim had, uh, everything going for her. From her father representing O.J. to her stepfather being Bruce Jenner and Kim being not only beautiful, but Paris Hilton's best friend. It was a no-brainer."
2. Pam & Tommy Lee: Hardcore & Uncensored
"The one that started it all. Every celebrity sex tape owes a debt to Pam and Tommy."
3. Kendra Exposed
"The first sex tape with a seriously established celebrity. This movie didn't make her career, this movie was part of her career. That's the idea, it really was the first one where Kendra was already a star, so people knew who she was. She was on a hit TV show and the cover of magazines."
4. Farrah Abraham Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom
"Surprise best seller. Hottest sex in the celebrity sex tape genre. It wasn't the first backdoor celebrity sex tape, but it was the first backdoor celebrity sex tape that the media really latched onto." 
The complete Supercompressor.com list is available at: http://www.supercompressor.com/vice/the-best-vivid-entertainment-celebrity-sex-tapes-ranked.

 VICE.COM INTERVIEWS STEVEN HIRSCH ON TUBE SITES – Vice.com reporter Sophie Saint Thomas recently interviewed Vivid’s Steven Hirsch on the value of tube sites to the adult industry. Noting that she had earlier written about adult stars who object to free content on tube sites, Thomas said she then “came across a cornerstone of the adult entertainment industry who disagrees with the porn stars—Steven Hirsch...He believes production companies benefit from tube sites and need them to survive. Interested to learn more about his unconventional business opinion, I called him to talk about his partnerships with tube sites, why the porn industry has changed, and how porn stars can use tube sites to their advantage.” In the interview, Steven says Vivid was “one of the first adult entertainment companies that really used the internet to its advantage, so we're used to always pushing the boundaries of technology…For us it's been important to find niches and content that people are willing to pay for and then use the tube sites as a way to help promote those (celebrity and well-produced) movies.” He also noted that “The industry continues to evolve, and there are two ways you can look at it: You can either complain and whine about why things aren't the way they were two years ago, or you can continue to evolve and produce content that people want to see. You have to be flexible, and you have to be willing to take chances and not be set in your ways if you want to survive for a long period of time. The tube sites are only the most recent incarnation of what is the big threat to the business. At one point it was piracy, and we saw VHS tapes being pirated and DVDs being pirated. You've got to work through that stuff.” Steven also noted that “The tube sites may in some ways be bad for the industry, but it's also spawned a whole new market, which is camming. The girls out there who are camming—and do it right and make it a priority—are making a bunch of money.” 

 JELENA JENSEN INTERVIEWED ON XCRITIC.COM – The latest in XCritic.com reporter Apache Warrior’s interviews with Vivid Radio hosts is with Jelena Jensen ("Jelena Jensen: The J-Spot" every Wednesday at 5-6pm on www.vividradio.com, Sirius XM app and channel 791). Jelena notes, “Every week I touch on different topics and am hoping that I’m able to educate listeners as well as entertain them at the same time. Every week my show is completely different.” Of the adult industry, Jelena noted: “I guess the only thing that really surprised me about the business when I first got in was how a performer could actually take control of their career and turn it into a brand. If you really put the energy and effort into it, you can go far. But you do have to work for it.” She also revealed what the J-Spot is: “The most erogonous area of my body would have to be my neck and shoulders. I love been bitten there from behind.”  

 XCRITIC.COM ON DATING GAME XXX AND X-MEN XXX – XCritic.com reviewed two recent Vivid movies. Reviewer Don Houston recommends The Dating Game XXX: A Porn Parody and says it is “the kind of silly, sappy parody that tends to work better than some of the re-imagined parodies that merely copy key elements of an existing show or movie and add sex to it. The Dating Game XXX was a true parody of the original television show that I, as an actual viewer of said show decades ago, can say reminded me of the goofy charm it had, all while offering up some heated sexual trysts worthy of your time so check it out. XCritic’s Houston also recommends X-Men XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, saying it “was my favorite parody released by the director this year.”

 MEDIA COVERS FALL IN L.A. ADULT FILM PRODUCTION – Media, including TMZ, the Los Angeles Times, ABC Radio, the Associated Press (AP) and international news agencies such as Agence France Presse and Latin America’s EFE have covered the dramatic drop in adult film production in L.A. County as a result of mandatory condom regulations. Vivid’s Steven Hirsch was quoted in many of the stories. The TMZ story said in part: “Porn honchos tell us they are fleeing California.  Vivid Prez Steve Hirsch tells us ... his company currently does not produce movies in L.A. County -- where there's currently a mandatory condom law.  He says the current testing procedures are more than adequate.” The Los Angeles Times story, said: “The number of permits issued for X-rated productions plummeted about 90% to just 40 permits last year compared with 2012, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. Only 20 permits have been issued so far this year. ‘We're not shooting in L.A. anymore,’ said Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment. ‘We'd like to stay here. This is our home, where we've produced for the last 30 years. But if we're forced to move, we will.’" L.A. Times and TMZ stories were picked up by other news media around the world. The Associated Press story included this: “One filmmaker that is staying put for now is the Vivid Entertainment Group, one of the industry's largest. Chief executive and co-founder Steven Hirsch says that could change quickly, however, if the industry loses an appeal to overturn the county ordinance. Or if the state Legislature passes a similar condom requirement it is considering. ‘There are several places we're looking into,’ Hirsch said Wednesday. ‘Some people are already shooting in Nevada, and that's something that's certainly on our radar.’ In the meantime, Vivid has closed its Los Angeles film set and is making movies outside LA County, Hirsch said, declining to reveal exactly where. He said his company would prefer to stay in the city in which it was founded in 30 years ago, adding Los Angeles' sun-dappled skies and iconic landscape give even a porn film a classic look that is hard to duplicate.” The AP, L.A. Times and TMZ stories were picked up by other news media around the world.