Making money at the 2009 XBiz Summer Forum

In the adult world, it is easy to equate “sedate” with “failure,” but the relative calm and low turnout to last week’s XBiz Summer Forum in Las Vegas was merely a reflection of doubtful times for the porn biz. In isolated doses, it might have been any adult convention in boom times; there was nudity,…

Ashley Fires does

Moments ago Ashley Fires won the 2009 Miss XBiz Summer Forum Pageant by dancing whilst twirling flaming batons barefoot. Fires can do everything porn stars can do, but this fire twirling is something she can really fall back on. Several women competed, such as GramPonante.com favorites Joanna Angel (pole dance to AC/DC), Kagney Linn Karter…

Benchmarking adult award shows, conferences

A few years ago, the adult video industry’s connection with upstart XBiz was tenuous; Hustler and Vivid did not play ball with AVN’s rival, and only Digital Playground seemed to see the value in advertising with the magazine. But that has changed, and now both AVN and XBiz draw from the same pool of advertisers…

First contact: Tera Patrick spotted in Las Vegas

It’s always exciting to see sleepy, rustic Las Vegas transform itself into an expensive-drinked, scratchy-throated, droopy-dugged Whore of Babylon for four days each year when the Adult Entertainment Expo rolls into town. Then it goes back to its normal state of bewildered bumpkintude wherein everyone knows each other and everyone lends a helping hand. It’s…

2008 in Review: Small studios of the year

As Master Yoda said, happy I was with Pirates 2, but off at me these Japanese Bitches pissed are. Small studios that fully commit to a niche provided some of the fun, funniest, and fappable fare this year. The following are my three favorites. 1. Third World Media It is not possible for you to…

Now they will be looking up your skirt

I am so excited I can hardly type: Control MFG is coming out with new skateboards! As you know, I can often be seen blowing out my knees on a well-worn skateboard in the concrete half-pipe I’ve constructed here at Gram Ponante Towers, Cloisters, Salmon Hatchery, Heliport, and Server Farm, so today’s news that the…

Nikki Jayne makes Mancunian sound dirty

Nikki Jayne is the newest Vivid girl, joining the ranks of all the other household name Vivid girls. She is tall and full-figured and hails from Manchester, England (beyond the Atlantic Sea). Jayne was discovered by the crew from Porn Week and brought to America for a few days last September, during which she shot…

Postcard from Porn Week

Porn Week Vacations was established in 2000 to offset the cost of filming porn movies, and has become an international brand with several revenue streams. “We knew that fans wanted to see porn being shot, and that they’d probably pay for it, but we didn’t want 30 guys hanging around,” said founder Dave West, a…

Dreams really do come true at Porn Week

Nikki Jayne is a British lady (we call them “birds”) who tentatively approached Harmony Films, the group that produces Porn Week, saying she would like to be in porn movies. In the same way that we are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we answer Yes to any woman who expresses an interest in appearing naked…