Cui Boner or: AVN is like a Rolling Stone

Ain’t it hard to discover that/He ain’t really where it’s at/After he took from you everything he could steal?/How does it feel? – Bob Dylan I got a message from a colleague who happens to work at an adult trade publication. “This is ripe for your site, Gram,” stated the colleague, attaching several meticulously scanned…

AVN sends employees, lawsuit to XBiz

AVN yesterday filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against rival XBiz, claiming the upstart adult trade publication misappropriated trade secrets and generated unfair competition in its poaching of sales director Sara Sazzman last month. Both outfits have shed employees lately but, aside from ronin porn scribe Tom Hymes, the migration has always been from…

XBiz releases tell-all book

Sassy adult trade publication ingenue XBiz has released its titillating expose’ of the porn world, The State of the Industry: Researched And Revealed. I breathlessly rang up XBiz president Alec Helmy and asked him the questions on everyone’s mind. Gram: Why This, Why Now? Helmy: The idea was inspired by the fact that a professional-level…

Shocker: Some Pornorazzi hated

“They stand there. They get in the way. They gawk. You can hear them breathing.” As Santa Ana winds and a tightening ring of fire drive adult casts, crews, and the media personnel that cover them closer together, both sides are chafing at the intrusion of new-school pornorazzi – people with disposables and camera phones…

Black and grey Friday in the porn world, Gawker Media

The porn industry is contracting somewhat, and familiar faces at some companies are either leaving porn altogether or are moving to other companies to be familiar faces there. I’ll mention some people in the latter category. My pal Joanne Cachapero at XBiz will be leaving to become Membership Director of the Free Speech Coalition, an…

Vicky Vette: When boobs are not enough

Erotic Scandinavian among erotic Scandinavians Vicky Vette, whose wholesome sauciness evokes the pornstars of the 90’s, is in a near dead heat with someone named Tera Patrick over a Best Boobs contest on a site called Booble. At this writing, Vette is ahead. But there seems to be a Clintonesque backroom campaign designed to snatch…

Don’t go breaking my Covenant

As America’s foremost critic of pornographic and pornotextual material (it even says so on my parking space), I am often asked, upon writing an unfavorable review of a movie, what right I have to say so if I have never directed or performed in a pornographic movie? A reasonable question if one disregards the following…

Columbia Journalism Review addresses porn megaconglomerates

With today’s announcement that Magna Publishing, parent company of furtive, raincoat-wearing gentlemen’s magazine Genesis, has purchased bestubbled, bathrobe-wearing gentlemen’s magazine Gallery, media watchers are concerned that a large segment of print medium porn consumers will no longer be represented at the corner, cheap cigar-smelling news stand. “This happened in 1994 when Sexonaut merged with Clam,”…

When Black Friday comes to AVN

AVN laid off 16 employees today, including senior editor Mike Albo, long a fixture on the adult reportage scene, having previously edited Hustler’s Erotic Video Guide. Also let go were AVN’s receptionist and employees throughout the company, from Art to the warehouse. News travels fast. An AVN employee asked how I knew, and I remembered…

Mug shot revisited

Gram Ponante posts an update on a simple street assault that speaks volumes about Porn Valley’s impression of itself. “Porn is the place where, when you go there, they lack the sense of self-worth to kick you out.”

AVNAds breaks up with AdBrite

AVNAds, the completely transparent and bug-free ad-serving program that was the shadowy adult side of AdBrite, has broken from its mainstream partner, which is now seeking adult signups via its Black Label Ads program. Both AVN and AVNads were down over the weekend, but both seem to be functioning properly now. No news as to…

Industry shocker: AVN redesign doesn’t look like ass

AVN has relaunched its website and the result is impressive. Graphically, the site is less busy than it was before, and videos do not play automatically, which was a problem with the old design. A headline refreshes every few seconds accompanied by a larger, tabloid-style picture. Without appearing like a gossip blog or a news…

XBiz Summer Forum ’07 in review

Whenever I go to any kind of convention, the rhythmic motions of my neck, like the waters of Solaris, conspire to turn my ID necklace around, so all anyone sees is the name of whatever company sponsored the costly lamination/lanyard process. On a deeper level, it raises questions of who we really are. In the…

New copy of XBiz World contains mousepad

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Adult industry trade journal XBizWorld this month included a mousepad with its 130-page magazine, confusing a number of subscribers. “I don’t know what kind of message they’re trying to send,” said Porfirio B. of GoateeCash, the pornography business’ most popular affiliate program. “Am I supposed to read the magazine or scan it…

XBiz relaunch: Something about Statue of Liberty, David Lee Roth

As you well know, I should be the last person consulted about adult website design (because a world in which someone would ask me about website design means one in which Lurk Ford, Rock and Roll Gene Ross, Mike South, Tod Hunter, and everyone on MySpace are already dead) but I feel XBiz is mixing…

Trade mags preparing site relaunches

Because no one likes the old and used, both of the adult business’ trade publications have spent the Spring rolling their new websites to the launchpad. AVN has been tinkering with its design for at least six months, and XBiz is reportedly planning a relaunch within the next few weeks. Both sites currently look similar;…

Vivid remakes The Money Shot

Six years in the wake of the AVN-financed web series The Money Shot, about the inner workings of a Porn Valley trade magazine, AVN financier Vivid is releasing Layout, about the inner workings of a Porn Valley trade magazine. The Money Shot, about the day to day operations of the Blue Movie Guide (BMG), drew…

XBiz launches ’07 Forum, drinks

I stood on the lobby balcony of the Roosevelt Hotel and asked the following question: “Who in this room will benefit from the creation of a .xxx domain?” Silence. “I know I will,” I continued. “I’m going to make a billion dollars.” This loosened people up a little. There’s nothing that inspires webmasters more than…