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Posts Tagged ‘Vivid Entertainment Group’

Steven Hirsch Moderates X-Rated CEO Discussion

To all those who got a Sirius XM receiver and subscription from Santa this year, welcome to the freewheeling club. We are big fans of the satellite broadcaster’s breathtaking range of musical and talk programming, listened to both at the office and while on the road.

VividLogoPremiering on the service tonight at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Vivid Radio (Channel 102) is yet another intriguing bit of Sirius content. It’s the debut episode of monthly series CEO Roundtable, moderated by Vivid Entertainment founder and co-CEO Steven Hirsch. Tonight’s episode features Evil Angel Productions owner John Stagliano, Penthouse Entertainment managing director Kelly Holland, Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke and free speech attorney Paul Cambria. From the announcement:

“It’s great to have a regular, unfiltered national media platform that will enable the industry to speak for itself, talk about the challenges we face and the strategies we are using to present great entertainment to our fans,” said Hirsch.

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Several Porn Companies Halt Production Due To AIDS Scare

Since news broke Tuesday that a prolific porn actor had tested positive for HIV, several adult entertainment companies have halted production — and several more haven’t. Porn is a multi-million dollar business, and concern for the well being of the performers has always been low. Despite a strong push by health advocates for condom use, few porn shoots actually bother with condoms, the government refuses to mandate such changes, and consumers don’t seem to care. Many porn companies in town continue keep shooting, despite not knowing all the facts surrounding the infection, including who might have been exposed.

The companies that have halted porn production are Vivid Entertainment, Wicked Pictures (which has a policy of mandatory condom use), Hustler Video, Digital Playground, Jennaration X Studios, Girlfriends Films and Kick Ass Pictures. Remember those names next time you’re shopping for porn, and buy from a company that made the expensive but responsible choice to put their performer’s health first.

Porn Producer Buys Into Playboy

seth-rog222an-playboy-april-2009.jpgHugh Hefner‘s company, which has become increasingly flaccid in the last year due to shrinkage of finances and investors, just got a huge shot of Viagra in the form of one of the adult industry’s biggest names. No, not Sasha Grey, but Bill Asher, co-CEO of Vivid Entertainment Group, the largest porn video producers in the world.

According to AOL’s Daily Finance, Asher just bought one million shares of Playboy Enterprises Inc., certainly a boon to the company ever since its $300 million deal with London Fog owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. fell apart last month. Vivid may or may not be buying Playboy full-out at this point, but as Asher told the press, “Certainly, anybody who has a brain would be interested.” Well, a brain or a hard-on.

Read More: Bullish on the Bunny: Porn Titan Buying Playboy Shares –Daily Finance

Previously: Playboy In Talks With London Fog Owner, Playboy Looking For A Buyer?

LAT In 90 Seconds

34200337.jpgThe Internet Is For Porn: Pity poor Vivid Entertainment Group which is seeing too much of its skin being shown for free — and without consent — on YouTube knockoff PornoTube. Echoing the Viacom lawsuit, the porn giant is suing the little guy, and, we’re guessing, they’re going to try to screw PornoTube in every hole they’ve got. But, at the end of the day, PornoTube will be ready for another money shot.

34200259-10165432.jpgWriters Are Screwed: Columnist Patrick Goldstein explains the studios’ hardball tactics, saying that the suits have no intention to give an inch to writers because then they’ll have an even tougher fight against the much more powerful (and photogenic) Screen Actors Guild in June.

bourneult.jpegSomeone, Somewhere Paid $400 To Watch Matt Damon: Vudu Inc.’s online service is releasing a high-def version of the The Bourne Ultimatum today, the same day the DVD comes out. It’s the first HD movie that Vudu has delivered online on the DVD’s release date. This means that if you bought a Vudu box, you purchased the most expensive bragging rights ever — and (so far) little else.