VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR OCTOBER 16, 2015

 VIVID MENTIONED IN NEW SEX TAPE REPORTS  Vivid is so dominant in the celebrity sex tape space that even the hint of a new one results in media speculation that mentions the company. Tapes featuring Nikki Mudarris and Lil Wayne are the newest examples. TMZ.com, DivaGalsDaily.com and Kpopstarz.com all published stories this week about Nikki Mudarris’ claim that her ex-boyfriend Mally Mall was behind the leak of a tape on VH1 that stars the “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” stars. Kpopstarz wrote: “This is not the first time that "Love & Hip Hop" reality stars had a sex tape. Nikko Smith and Mimi Faust's romp was much longer and was even sold to Vivid Entertainment.” After TMZ broke the story, Yibada.com posted a story about the leak of a threesome sex tape featuring Lil Wayne on a site called Diary Of A Hollywood Street King.  Yibada wrote: “The site claims that the video was earlier presented to Vivid Entertainment by an unknown person, who claims that it features the rapper in nothing but his socks. When the news reached the rapper, his legal team reportedly warned the site with a lawsuit if the tape reaches the internet, saying ‘We'll sue the hell out of them,’ TMZ reported.’” 

 IS COURTNEY PREGGERS? The star of Vivid’s Courtney Uncovered: The Courtney Stodden Sex Tape is stirring media interest because she may be expecting. The London Daily Mail headline asked: “Got some news? Courtney Stodden spotted buying pregnancy test as she flaunts curves in crop top and skin-tight jeans.” The story continued: “She recently announced that plans to renew her wedding vows. And now Courtney Stodden, 21, and actor husband Doug Hutchinson, 54, may have something else to celebrate, after the model was spotted buying a pregnancy test on Tuesday. The Big Brother star wore a tight crop top and tottering heels as she stopped by a pharmacy in Beverly Hills. The blonde bombshell famously wed The Green Mile actor in Las Vegas in 2011 when she was just 16 and he was 50. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old wore a stripped crop top, which clung to her generous curves. She added skinny black jeans and sky-heel heels while making the dash to the pharmacy.” The Daily Mail story concluded: “In May, the reality star released a solo sex tape, for which she was reportedly paid $1 million by Vivid Entertainment. The devoted vegetarian has said she accepted the lucrative offer in order to give the money away to animal rights and children's charities.” 

 LINKAGE OF PORN AND VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTS MEDIA ATTENTION Vivid chief Steven Hirsch was quoted this week by popular tech news website Recode.net in a report on the adult industry’s growing interest in virtual reality. Sources told reporter Eric Johnson that “the future of the adult industry will be inside virtual reality headsets.” He said “porn is widely believed to be among the most powerful forces driving mainstream interest in VR, even though almost no one outside the adult entertainment industry will talk about it on the record…but virtual reality is increasingly seen as a lifeline for erotica. Since time immemorial, the adult entertainment industry has had a symbiotic and, lately, uneasy relationship with technology. From VHS to online payments, porn has played a vital role in driving technology adoption. ‘The majority of the adult studios out there are struggling,’ Vivid Entertainment co-chairman Steven Hirsch said. ‘The amount of production is 40 percent of what it was a few years ago.’ Just how successful virtual reality porn will be is anybody’s best guess before headsets reach consumers. VR is expected to grow slowly and even if it’s a hit, it will be many years before it can reach the scale of something like the now-ubiquitous smart phone. But the broad consensus is that VR content will be harder to pirate than DVDs and streaming online video, especially when delivered directly to an app on a headset like the Oculus Rift rather than as a downloadable file. In fact, Piper Jaffray estimates VR porn content will top $1 billion in revenue by 2020, becoming the third-biggest driver of the sector behind video games and the NFL.”