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Vivid Studio Insider For April 13, 2012

 SANTORUM EXIT SPARKS NEW VIVID ATTENTION – When Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP presidential battle there was new attention focused on Vivid
 Entertainment, which had led the defense against the former senator’s campaign against pornography.  Steven Hirsch was interviewed on Politico.com by staff writer Patrick Gavin. In a story headlined “Porn-maker cheers Rick Santorum exit,” Gavin wrote, “To put it bluntly, Rick Santorum and the adult film industry have never gotten along….so it should come as no surprise that Santorum’s decision to suspend his presidential bid was received warmly by those in the skin business.”  During a one-on-one interview in his Los Angeles office, Steven said of Santorum:”He was great fodder for us. You never knew what he was going to say. Some of these other guys are more measured.  He (Santorum) doesn’t seem to have his finger on the pulse of what’s really going on out there.  People are more comfortable with sexually explicit material than ever before. This country has bigger problems that they have to deal with than whether or not somebody is watching an adult film on their computer.”  On the other hand, Steven said, “I think that, historically, Democrats have chosen not to go after the industry. I think that if you look at what President Obama has done is he’s…spent as many resources as possible to try to go after the people who are child pornographers, and that’s where the money should go. I don’t think he (Obama) feels that the government should be involved in taking away people’s freedom of speech, freedom to view whatever they want in the privacy of their own home. I think that’s been the Democratic stance for many years.”

 VIVID PICKS UP 2012 XRCO WINS – Vivid picked up numerous awards at the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) event at The Highlands nightclubs in Hollywood. Spider-ManXXX: A Porn Parody was honored in the Best Parody-Comic Book category, while it’s director, Axel Braun, was chosen as Best Director.  Vivid Girl Allie Haze was chosen as “Cream Dream” and Vivid-Ed director Tristan Taormino was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.   

 STAR WARSXXX GOES DUTCH – Foxy Magazine in The Netherlands, a popular adult monthly, ran a three-page spread on Star WarsXXX: A Porn Parody in its April issue, along with an ad for the movie.  The headline on the story was simple: ”Star Wars Goes Porno.”   Back in the USA, the April issue of AVN Magazine gave Star WarsXXX an AAAAA with a full page story by Peter Warren lauding Axel Braun’s direction.