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Vote VideoBox for Adult Site of the Year and WIN

Hey VideoBoxers,

We are proud to announce that VideoBox has been nominated for the XBIZ Adult Site of the Year for the third straight year! This is a great honor and we are grateful that the industry and our valued members have nominated us once again.

We would be absolutely honored if you, our valued members, would take the time to vote for us and spread the word!

http://xbizawards.xbiz.com/voting/W25.php

After you vote at the above link, you will be asked to “Tweet Your Vote”. If you are willing to do so – simply click on the “Vote” icon next to VideoBox.com and we will give you access to any one of our Premium Channels for free for 2 weeks! This is just a small gesture of thanks for taking the time to vote and for being a valued VideoBox member. All you need to do is email us at support@videobox.com with the channel you would like and include your Twitter handle so we can verify the post.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the XBIZ Awards, it is the biggest and most prestigious awards show in adult entertainment today. Both members of the industry and fans get to vote for their favorite adult performers and websites – A full list of fan voting categories can be found at: http://www.xbiz.com/news/188351

Thanks again for your continued support! We would be nothing without our members! –
The VideoBox Team

VideoBox Wins XBIZ Adult Site Of The Year

We’re excited to announce that VideoBox has won the Adult Site Of The Year Award in the multi-genre category at the 2012 XBIZ Awards!

It is an honor to be nominated among such amazing sites, and an even bigger honor to have won in this category. Everyone here at VB is thrilled to win our very first XBIZ award. We would like to thank all of our members, content partners, and everyone who voted for us for making this possible.

We’re also especially thankful to XBIZ for recognizing us in such a distinguished category. We look forward to new partnerships and continued innovation in the new year.

Cheers!

AEE Expo 2011 – Day 3

Hey Everyone,

In the spirit of less text and more show, here are some photos from our final day at AEE.



Kristina Rose



Annie Cruz with Alec Knight



Rachel Starr



Tory Lane



Diamond Kitty



Trina Michaels



Bree Olson



Tara Lynn Fox



Tiffany Star



Gianna Michaels



Gina Lynn


We’ve got a lot more footage to come, so stay tuned and remember to check back regularly for more photos and videos from this years Adult Entertainment Expo!!

- Phil

AEE Expo 2011 – Day 1 & 2

Hey Videoboxers,

Phil here reporting to you guys from the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve got a ton of awesome footage and photos to share with you guys, but for now I’m going to share some highlights from Day 1 and 2.

Day 1 – VIP Bowling Party with Digital Sin/New Sensations


Kagney Linn Karter Hitting The Lanes with a Disney Princess Bowling Ball

Kagney Linn Karter Hitting The Lanes with a Disney Princess Bowling Ball!!





Kagney Linn Karter was bowling right next to us, she was very sweet and took a picture with us.



The beautiful Courtney Cummz!



I caught Alexis Texas just before she left and jumped in for a photo! =)



Just before we called it a night, I ran into Steve Holmes at the circle bar (inside the Venetian).


Day 2 – AEE Convention


Our good friend Annie Cruz came with us to the convention and did a killer job as the Videobox Hostess. Here are some of the stars we talked to:



Allison Moore



Dana DeArmond



Joanna Angel



Nina Hartley



Kagney Linn Karter



Sophie Dee



Jynx Maze



Kelly Madison



Zoe Voss



Cali Lee



Monique Alexander



Francesca Le



Phoenix Marie


So far I’ve had an amazing time at AEE! Thank you to all the stars that took the time to chat with us. I’m excited for Day 3, so be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow night when we close out our final night in Fabulous Las Vegas! Cheers!

- Phil

Producer Arrested for Allegedly Filming 17 Year Old

dirty_dI have a feeling this still-developing story may end up being the most talked about of 2010. It’s really got everything – lies, blackmail, secret identities, arrests, and an underage girl.

The classy gentleman pictured to the left is Michael Storm, aka Dirty D. He is being accused of knowingly filming a scene with a minor. Specifically “two counts of the promotion of a sexual performance of a child, two counts of the use of a child in a sexual performance and one count of illegal computer pornography, which refers to the streaming of underage content.”

Her Story
The accusations are being made by a girl who usually goes by the name Kelsey Cummings (she has several aliases). Her story is that she was contacted by Dirty D via her account on a modeling website and was asked to do a porn scene. She told him she was 17, but he said it wasn’t a problem because she’s married (to a porn performer, in fact). She says okay, procures an ID from another woman who looks nothing like her, and shoots a scene on a Sybian.

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AIDS Group Petitions CAL/OSHA to Mandate Condom Use in Porn Production – What Do You Think?

bulk-condomsIn June of this year, a porn performer tested positive for HIV. To make matters worse, she was hired to work immediately before she was tested (or after, depending on who you ask) even though it had been over a month since her last test. The fear was that she had exposed her co-stars to the disease. Thankfully, none of her partners contracted HIV.

A scandal involving the industry’s testing service, Adult Industry Medical (AIM), erupted and accusations of hiding positive tests, skewing numbers and generally being incompetent began to fly. Amid all of this, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) launched a campaign to require condom-use in California, which brings us to yesterday.

The AHF filed a petition to amend California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CAL/OSHA) rules regarding blood-borne pathogens to mandate that condoms must be used by all porn performers in the state. This has been wholly rejected by the industry for a variety of reasons, ranging from performer safety to loss of profits. Accepted wisdom in the adult industry is that condom porn doesn’t sell.

So I’m curious what you, the consumer, thinks about this subject. Is requiring condoms a good idea? I’ve expressed my opinion in another forum, but I really want to hear from you. Participate in the poll below and feel free to share your opinions in the comments as well. This issue has the potential to radically change the way pornography is made and very few people are discussing the impact on the customer.

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Should condoms be mandatory in porn?

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Further reading:
‘Handful’ of Adult Performers Quarantined After Positive HIV Test
Not-So-Safe Sex
AHF Petitions Cal/OSHA to Amend Regulation, Explicitly Require Condoms in Porn
FSC Lobbies Against Potential Mandatory Condom Legislation
The Coming Condom Law
Porn Performers’ Health: Why the System is Broken

Vivid Girls Hate Choco Tacos

Conan O’Brien fans who tuned in this Tuesday got a glimpse inside the Vivid Entertainment Plaza (plaza?) when he went on a tour of his new Studio City neighborhood and happened to pay Vivid a visit. For those who missed it, please enjoy:



The first several minutes of the clip show Conan wandering around to a magic shop, a ski store and a sign-making establishment. He finishes his odyssey at the Vivid compound, getting a tour of the facility by the likes of Monique Alexander, Sunny Leone and Meggan Mallone.

In the final moments of the clip, Conan distributes an ice cream treat called a Choco Taco. Vivid contract stars are up for anything (except, in some instances, anal. or penises), so they all gave the frozen novelty a try (or at least an exploratory bite).

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Watch Meggan Mallone and A.J. Bailey’s faces at the end of the clip. From what I hear, all the girls completely hated the Choco Tacos. But on the plus side, Andy Richter is reportedly really nice.

Porn Biz News Potpourri

Every now and then, I like to update you on what’s happening in the world of porn. Not everyone has time to read fifty different porn blogs, so I’ve condensed the more interesting stories of the last few weeks for your reading pleasure.

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Stormy Daniels Arrested for Domestic Battery
On July 25th, Stormy was arrested for battery after hitting her husband in the head during a domestic dispute. The fight started because Stormy’s father-in-law did her laundry in a way that was not to her liking. Neither she nor her husband (industry PR guy Mike Moz) have issued any public statements about the incident.
mr-and-mrs-teaganTeagan got engaged
July 24th was Ms. Presley’s birthday and her boyfriend Josh gave her an engagement ring that he had created for her. Josh is the father of her child as well as her business partner. He seems like a nice guy and I hope that they have a long and happy marriage. No word yet whether they’ve set a date.
0531071inside1Max Hardcore writes from prison
Max Hardcore currently resides in the Metropolitan Detention Center in LA. He recently wrote a letter to Porn Valley News updating them on his case. Max will be appealing his conviction in October to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Hard to say how it’ll turn out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the all of the victims of obscenity prosecution.
jenna-presley1-smallPornstar roommates take conflict public
Earlier this week, Shawna Lenee posted on Twitter that her roommate, Jenna Presley had slammed her head through her wall and “peed everywhere” because she was on drugs. She also claimed that Presley was taken to a mental hospital. Shawna ended up looking pretty stupid later on when Jenna explained that she was not on drugs, but rather had a Grand mal epileptic seizure. She had to be hospitalized afterward and given her seizure medication intravenously.
musical-notes-logo2Los Angeles theater group planning a porn-themed musical
A theater group called The Civilians is currently doing research on the porn industry in preparation for a musical they’re planning to write about the day-to-day lives of stars, directors, producers, and other folks who work in the business. Perhaps a porn blogger character is in order…

A Tale of Two Porn Publicity Stunts

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You probably remember Ropeadope’s post last month about Larry Flynt’s bailout PR stunt. When I heard about it, I thought it was actually pretty funny and showed Flynt is still on top of his game.

On Tuesday, Steven Hirsch of Vivid offered Nadya Suleman (aka Octomom) one million dollars to star in a Vivid movie. If you haven’t been following the Octomom story (or even if you have), here’s my take: as outrageous as her situation is, I find it tragic in the end – mostly for her children. So when Vivid offered her a million dollars to be in a porno, it felt like a cynical PR stunt to get Vivid’s name in the news. And it was very successful at that.

The next day, Pink Visual wrote a letter/press release of their own. In it, they say, “It simply isn’t in your interest, and more importantly in the best interest of your children, for you to become a porn star” and offered Ms. Suleman one year’s worth of free diapers not to accept Vivid’s offer.

Perhaps you’re saying “but they’re just trying to capitalize on the situation too!” and you’d be right. But you know who looks better in this whole mess? Pink Visual. They capitalized on Vivid’s PR stunt to make themselves look good while making a competitor look bad. As a marketing professional myself, I have to say I was impressed…

Update: Nadya has turned Vivid down (shocking!). According to Radar Magazine, Suleman said, “I think it’s kind of funny that I got offered a million dollars to make porn, those guys at Vivid video must be nuts! Who wants to see me naked? Maybe in a year when the baby fat goes away.”

Adult Industry Seeks Multi-Billion Dollar Bailout

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Larry Flynt is seeking a $5 billion bailout from Washington to rejuvenate the industry, which he says is suffering because of the economic downturn.

“With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind,” Flynt said in a statement. People were “too depressed to be sexually active”, which was “very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such, but they cannot do without sex.” He said the only way Congress could “rejuvenate” America’s sexual appetite was “by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly.”

Please click here for full article.

Interested to hear your reactions to this story. Do you feel the adult industry is deserving of a bailout? More so, less so, or on par with the banking industry? The insurance industry? The auto industry? Do you find yourself too depressed for sexual activity lately? If so, do you believe it’s related to the economic downturn? Has your consumption of adult industry products (including online material) increased, decreased, or remained the same during the past several months? Would you anticipate any changes to these consumption habits over the upcoming months?

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