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Vivid Studio Insider For June 22, 2012

 KIM ‘OPRAH’ APPEARANCE STIRS SEX TAPE BUZZ – The gossip sites are buzzing and interest in Kim Kardashian’s sex tape has jumped again after Kim’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Kim acknowledged on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that her fame is largely a result of the release of Kim Kardashian Superstar by Vivid. As SheKnows.com says in a story about the OWN network interview: “Most of us didn't have a clue who Kim Kardashian was — other than being Paris Hilton's frenemy — before her sex tape with Ray J was released.

Now, she's everywhere — and the girlfriend of Kanye West admits it's all because of the tape.”  Said Kim: “You know, I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world." And in a related story, TMZ reported:  “Kris Humphries trashed Kim Kardashian and her family in conversations and text messages to his former girlfriend, Myla Sinanaj ... telling her (Kim’s mother) Kris Jenner not only directed Kim to shoot her sex tape (with Ray J), but to re-shoot because Kris J didn't think the first one was pretty enough…In addition to the sex tape, sources tell us Myla has numerous text messages in which Kris says she is the love of his life and he wants to get the divorce over with quickly so they can spend the rest of their time on earth together. In several of the messages, we're told Kris says specifically that he's ‘moved on’ from Kim.”

In a follow-up story, TMZ reported:  “Kris Humphries invented the story about Kris Jenner masterminding Kim Kardashian's sex tape in order to live out a "disgusting" fantasy -- this according to Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian….Khloe was out in New York today when we asked her about the TMZ story -- that Humphries told his ex-girlfriend that Kris Jenner directed Kim to make her infamous sex tape ... and even had Kim re-shoot it because the first take wasn't pretty enough. Khloe responded, ‘That is just disgusting and disturbing, and probably HIS fantasy!’"

 VIVID CITED IN BUSINESSWEEK .XXX STORY – Vivid is mentioned in a lengthy story in the current issue of BusinessWeek covering the controversy over the .xxx top level domain. A related slide-show also includes a photo and bio of Vivid founder/co-CEO Steven Hirsch, who is mentioned as one of the leading “CEOs of Sex.” 

 VARONE GETS LAS VEGAS BOOST – Show business columnist Robin Leach interviewed Phil Varone for his Las Vegas Nightlife e-zine.  Leach then followed up the online mention with an item in his Las Vegas Sun column that reads: “PORN FOLLOW-UP: Turns out that former Skid Row rock star Phil Varone filmed his most recent adult sex flick “Swinging American Style” here in Las Vegas for Vivid. I told you Wednesday that he’d confessed to being a swinger for more than 20 years, and, now that he’s quit rock, he’s directing --and performing in -- his own swinger series for Vivid. Phil appeared with fellow adult stars Belladonna and Joanna Angel at Deja Vu Adult Emporium over the weekend.”