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VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR MAY 7, 2010
VIVID IN THE MIDDLE OF KENDRA'S SEX TAPE SCANDAL - The media went wild after OK Magazine broke the story that Vivid Entertainment planned to release the Kendra Wilkinson sex video. As OK reported: "A salacious sex tape has surfaced, and Kendra, 24, is desperately waging a legal battle to keep it from going public!" Within two days every gossip and entertainment website, TV program, radio show and other media was onto the story and there were over 10 million web references to Kendra and Vivid. Vivid issued its own press release, quoting co-chairman Steven Hirsch as saying: 'We know that Kendra has millions of fans and we feel that it's rare to find well-produced, hardcore footage of a star of her magnitude. The tape was brought to us by a third party and after consulting with our attorneys, we are confident in our right to distribute it. We've been trying to reach Kendra but have so far been unsuccessful. We therefore made the decision to release Kendra Exposed to stores across the country by the end of May. We believe this could be our all time best selling celebrity tape." Kendra is the star of the current hit reality series Kendra on E! Television Network. The beautiful blonde Playboy model previously was on E!'s Girls Next Door and when she was featured on E! True Hollywood Story, she garnered the series highest ratings in a decade.
NPR COVERS THE CONDOM CONTROVERSY - National Public Radio reporter Alex Cohen reported extensively last week on the adult industry condom controversy in a story aired on All Things Considered May 4th. Vivid figured prominently in her story. "Male porn stars have been known to don all sorts of interesting attire - but one thing you'll seldom see them wear is a condom," according to Cohen. She noted that Vivid requires all performers to view a cautionary video that explains the studio's safety rules: "Performers must be tested for HIV and other diseases every 30 days; sex toys will be disposed of after one use; and condoms will be made available to all performers. But many performers, both male and female, find it physically uncomfortable to do their jobs using condoms, says Vivid CEO Steven Hirsch. 'If girls choose to have condoms used in their scenes, then obviously we accommodate them,' he says. 'Some girls choose to, and most girls don't.' Hirsch adds that most performers seem content with the current protocol for STD testing through a local clinic. 'They put the results online; we can log in with a password; we can see whose tests are current, whose tests aren't current,' Hirsch says." The story also reported on opposing opinions from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Cohen reported: "Most porn producers agree that these health risks are serious, but they don't think condoms are the solution. Hirsch says Vivid tried it before, for nearly seven years. 'When we became a mandatory-condom company, we saw sales drop by about 20 percent,' he says. Hirsch fears a condom mandate would wipe out the region's multibillion-dollar adult film industry... So far, the foundation has been unable to find a lawmaker willing to support legislation requiring condoms. It sued the L.A. County Health Department - but a judge dismissed the suit."
SAVANNA IS WINS HOWARD STERN HOTTEST NUDE -- Vivid Girl Savanna Samson, who has appeared nude many times on The Howard Stern Show, has won "The Lifetime Skinchievement Award." She was selected as the Stern show guest who is always willing to get naked, and look good doing it. Mr. Skin and Howard Stern announced Savanna's honor during the fourth and final episode of the four-part series "Howard Stern's Hottest Nudes with Mr. Skin," which is available on most major cable systems in the U.S. and Canada until June 30 on Howard TV, plus through Video-On-Demand and Pay-Per-View until May 31. (Check out howardtv.com and click on "get Howard TV" to find out where to watch the VOD special.) Savanna was awarded a very special bronze trophy in honor of her win that is sure to make a great mantelpiece. Her competition for the award included Jenna Jameson and Tabitha Stevens. Said Savanna after receiving the award: "Many beautiful women have appeared nude on the Stern Show, so it is definitely a special honor to be singled out by Howard and Mr. Skin. I always have an amazing time on the show with Howard and the gang and I get great feedback from fans afterwards."
JOSLYN JAMES TO STAR IN VIVID TIGER TALE -- Joslyn James, one of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses, will star in The Eleventh Hole, a sexy, graphic depiction from Vivid of her relationship with the golf champion. Vivid issued a press release this week saying the movie will take viewers behind the Tiger Woods headlines, gossip columns and texting to capture the hidden secrets about the affair. Viewers will learn the story behind the personal texts Woods sent to James as the duo carried on a long-running affair after meeting in a Las Vegas resort. James disclosed in a recent interview: "Even at major tournaments we would manage to hook up and in fact it wasn't unusual for us to have sex four or five times a day." Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch says he anticipates, "a great demand for this film because we think it will tell the real story behind Woods' voracious sexual appetite and the women who satisfied it." The Eleventh Hole will be released under the Vivid-Celeb imprint.
THE XTREME SIDE OF SHAUNA -- A profile of Shauna Sand in the May issue of Xtreme Magazine by editor Paulie K gets down to the nitty gritty of her Vivid-Celeb movie, Shauna San Exposed, asking first: "Where did you shoot this thing?" Without revealing the name of her partner, Shauna answers: "We were in Miami, and it was about a month's worth of intimacy... He was such a great lover; I can't begin to tell you. He was French, as you will see when you watch the video; I had to put subtitles on it, because I speak fluent French, so not much English was going on there. (Paulie K) Not much talking period, was going on there. (Shauna Sand) He was wonderful, we split up, and so, he is no longer with me. (Paulie K) Oh I'm sorry. (Shauna Sand) Yea, we had to break up." Shauna also discusses how, after first trying to stop Vivid from distributing her video, she eventually came to an agreement with co-chairman Steven Hirsch. "He let me have control over it. It looks great, he let me edit it, and choose the music and everything, so it really wasn't so bad... I'm pleased with how it came out. It looks good. (Paulie K) Would you ever do another one? (Shauna Sand) Oh I have plenty more sex tapes in my closet. (Paulie K) Do you really?! You dirty girl!! (Shauna Sand) Oh yes and I have locked them up good and tight. (Paulie K) Oh no!! You mean you're not gonna sell them? (Shauna Sand) No, no. Not those. Maybe I'll shoot some new stuff, you never know. You just never know."
BATMAN XXX TRAILER IS ALREADY A HIT -- The first official trailer for Batman XXX: A Porn Parody on YouTube has received an overwhelming positive response. The trailer, available at www.vivid.com, offers glimpses of adult stars Tori Black as Catwoman, Lexi Belle as Batgirl, and Dale DaBone and James Deen as Batman and Robin, as well as Randy Spears and Evan Stone as The Joker and The Riddler. Says producer Alex Braun: "I knew this project would trigger a certain amount of interest, but the reaction has far exceeded my expectations: over 150,000 visitors viewed the trailer on YouTube in the first 24 hours. I guess comic fans are happy to see a different, sexy side to their favorite characters." News of the trailer attracted attention of dozens of mainstream outlets from New York Magazine to Ain't it Cool News, generating enthusiastic reviews and confirming the heightened anticipation for Axel Braun's parody of the campy 60's show. "I think fans of the original series responded so positively because my attention to detail shows how respectful I am of the source material," Braun says. "The adult marketplace is starting to see more and more porn parodies being produced, so I just decided to raise the bar a little, and this was an ideal vehicle to do so." "Batman XXX: A Porn Parody" will be in stores across the country on DVD starting May 24th and can be pre-ordered at www.shopvivid.com.
DISCLAIMER: Batman XXX: A Porn Parody is a parody movie. Batman®, Robin®, Batman & Robin®, Batmobile®, Gotham City®, Catwoman®, The Riddler®, Batgirl®, and The Joker® are registered trademarks of DC Comics, a General Partnership, composed of Warner Communications Inc. and E.C. Publications, Inc. This video is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with DC Comics General Partnership, Warner Communications Inc. or E.C. Publications, Inc. or any other person or entity affiliated with any of them.
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