VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR MARCH 3, 2017
VIVID DECLARES MARCH “KIM K SEX TAPE MONTH” -- Vivid is marking the 10th anniversary of the debut of Kim Kardashian SuperStar, the internationally famous sex tape that helped launch her leap to stardom, by declaring March as Kim K Sex Tape Month. Vivid chief Steven Hirsch announced the celebration by saying: "I don't think anyone could have foreseen what a spectacular success this tape has become. It's our best selling tape of all time, and its sales continue to jump each time Kim gets back in the headlines, which is mostly all the time. There’s no doubt that Kim Kardashian SuperStar played a significant role in turning a little known personality into a household name." Steven added that "while Vivid has distributed lots of other celebrity sex tapes, this is the one that will remain part of pop culture history. So far we've had over 150-million online views of scenes from the movie and that number continues to grow as the VividTV network grows internationally.” Every day during the Kim K Sex Tape Month celebration fans who buy a one month membership to www.vividceleb.com will get the second month free and they will be able to watch any of Vivid's exclusive celebrity tapes from Kim Kardashian, to Pam Anderson, Farrah Abraham and many others.
RadarOnline also broke two stories about previously unknown footage from the original Kim/RayJ video shoot being discovered. RadarOnline first published a teaser story, with screen grabs from the video. This was followed by an article by RadarOnline Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, which began with this headline: “EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Raw & X-Rated! Secret Kim Kardashian Porn UNCOVERED In Vivid Vaults; Watch the clip the reality star never thought that fans would see!” Tereszcuk’s story went on to say: “It’s an explosive discovery that will ROCK Kim Kardashian‘s marriage to Kanye West". RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained never-before-seen footage from her infamous sex tape.” Noting that the tape “that launched Kardashian’s career was first released ten years ago this month” the story says the footage “that didn’t make it into the original tape shows Kardashian unguarded, unedited, and unbelievably raunchy. ‘Somebody has to film it … we ain’t got no director!’ Ray J says to the camera as then-girlfriend Kardashian laughs. The erotic video continues with Ray ‘directing’ Kardashian in a series of lewd poses. The anniversary of the release of the sex tape is a cause for celebration for Vivid honcho Steven Hirsch, who sent a message to Kardashian via Radar exclusively. ‘I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,’ Hirsch said. ‘I hope you’re as happy as we are with the last ten years. Congratulations on all your success.’”
The story began: “10 Years Ago, Kim Kardashian Turned a Sex Tape Into a Business Empire. Instead of letting her sex tape destroy her, Kim Kardashian rose from it like a phoenix from the ashes.” Writer Ilana Kaplan also says, “While many of the Kardashian family’s media moves have been carefully calculated, the one that seemingly wasn’t was the release of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J 10 years ago this month. At 22 years old, Kim was living her life as a young adult exploring her sexuality with her then boyfriend, Ray J, an R&B singer and Brandy’s little brother. In a private moment, the couple made a sex tape—something for their eyes only. Today, it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing about Kim or the Kardashian/Jenner clan. But while the tape was Kim’s first taste of real fame, it’s not what has sustained her in the public eye. It isn’t representative of the business she’s built. She worked hard to get people to see beyond the tape. And 10 years later, it’s obvious she’s succeeded.” The lengthy story goes on to say: While some might view Kim as opportunistic, the way that she played her career, using a sex tape that hurt her personally and hurt her image, was smart as hell. It was a violation of her privacy, and it tarnished her name initially, but Kim rose above it all. The tape has followed Kim throughout her time in the public eye, but at this point, it doesn’t matter: she’s proved herself as savvier than we give her credit for, over and over again.”
VIVID HAS “GOT YOU COVERED” ON CELEB SEX TAPES -- The headline on popular pop culture website ShortAndSweetNYC read: “Celebrating the Anniversary of “Kim Kardashian Superstar.” The story by writer Ralph Greco asked, “Did you happen to know that March marks the 10th anniversary of Kim Kardashian’s infamous sex tape and did you also happen to know that the actual name of Kim’s sex tape is Kim Kardashian Superstar. As Steven Hirsch, founder/co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment told me, there is also The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience, which his company released last October on www.VividVirtual.com. Recognizing this most significant event in the world of adult entertainment, I happened to speak with Mr. Hirsch about that original sex tape, the celebration of it and sex tapes in general.” Greco asked Steven, “When one considers how much of K.K. and her ilk we see daily on Instagram and Twitter in various stages of undress, do you find it odd that the appetite for celeb sex tapes hasn’t seemed to have decreased?” Steven’s reply: “If anything, the appetite is international and as we are currently expanding VividTV in Europe we are finding that they love our celebrity sex tapes too. We are searching for the French Kim Kardashian, the Polish Kim Kardashian, etc.” Greco also asked, “Are there more celeb tapes in the Vivid vault that have never been released and might be some day?” Steven’s reply: “Because these tapes are genuine, we can’t schedule them in advance. We might distribute five in one year and two the next. But there are more and there will be more. The public just loves to see celebrities in the nude and having sex.” Greco ended his story by writing: “Whether you find sex tapes ‘good,’ your favorite kind of porn or just a passing curiosity, it seems Vivid Entertainment has got you covered for this kind of stuff…and of course so much more. I thank Mr. Hirsch for his time, and as always applaud this man who gave us so much and continues to break new ground with sex tapes, Vivid TV, Vivid Radio and all that he does over at http://www.vivid.com/.”
WIDE MEDIA INTEREST IN NEW FOOTAGE STORY -- Both the announcement of the “Kim K Sex Tape Month” and the RadarOnline story were picked up widely around the world by outlets such as OK Magazine, OneNewsPage.com, and many more. The OK story carried the “Secret Kim Kardashian Porn Uncovered In Vivid Vaults!” headline. Mr. Skin story on Fleshbot.com read in part: “It is hard to believe that it has been ten whole years since Kim Kardashian, Superstar hit the internet and store shelves worldwide but here we are. This movie, which came after the Paris Hilton sex tape 1 Night In Paris, is most definitely the top selling celebrity sex tape of all time and it turned Kim Kardashian (now Mrs. Kayne West) into a household name and ultimately a top fashion/accessory brand.
ATLANTA BLOG MENTIONS MIMI’S VIVID SEX TAPE -- A popular blog written this week by Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter Rodney Ho mentioned Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta, Vivid’s Mimi Faust sex tape. The headline on the blog entry was: “Mimi Faust dishes about season 6 of ‘Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’ with an eye roll.” He wrote: “Say what you will about Mimi Faust but she knows how the ‘Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’ game works and isn’t afraid to call it as she sees it entering her sixth season of reality show silliness. (VH1’s top-rated show returns Monday, March 6.). Mimi is well aware that much of what goes on is trumped up for the VH1 cameras, that there is a certain amount of staginess to the entire affair. The show also seems to reward cheaters and liars with more camera time. She has had her own share of headline-making antics on the show, grappling with her ex Stevie J and his wackadoodle on-and-off girlfriend Joseline Hernandez, creating a (Vivid) sex tape with Nikko Smith and lying about it, then engaging in a surprise same-sex relationship season five. Mimi told me in an interview that she is dating someone, but she is refusing to let said person be on camera. She said placing her romances on camera has not been conducive to healthy interactions, that she is willing to risk the wrath of the show producers.”
VIVID PARTNERSHIP WITH 3X STUDIOS FOR NEW VIRTUAL REALITY PLATFORM -- Vivid Entertainment has announced its partnership with top gaming and virtual reality content developer h3X Studios to offer industry-leading VR content on a new platform at VividVirtual.com. The news was reported widely by both adult and tech industry sites throughout the world. Vivid has been into virtual reality since the release last fall of The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience, which allows viewers to experience a Kim Kardashian
look-alike climbing out of the screen and joining viewers in their beds. The experience was developed by 3x Studios and went on to attract international headlines. 3X Studios leaders are no strangers innovation, having worked on blockbuster games such as Transformers, Guitar Hero, and Spiderman. Bill Asher, co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, says: “3X Studios was a natural fit with Vivid. We knew that with our content and 3X’s technology, the virtual reality
experience would be elevated to a whole new level, completely surpassing our competitors. We’ve seen significant mainstream consumer adoption in VR over the past year coupled with a substantial decrease in the average price point of headsets. VR is now mainstream and for anyone to enjoy; not just gamers or more tech-savvy folks.” Adam Block, co-founder and CEO of 3X Studios. Added: “Our goal is to redefine what adult entertainment can be. With our background in gaming we are confident that Vivid fans will be blown away at the content we’re producing and appreciate our emphasis on high quality and stunning immersion.” Vividvirtual.com offers several subscription packages and is compatible with all major VR devices, including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, PlaystationVR, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard and Apple iOS. The new platform includes a robust content library which includes videos such as The Babysitter, My Husband Is Out of Town, The Full Body Massage, Dolly Loves When You Watch and My Stepbrother starring adult sensations Dolly Leigh and Cherie Deville. (Disclaimer: The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience incorporates footage from the all-time best selling sex tape Kim Kardashian Superstar. Kim Kardashian does not appear in any new footage.) The story was appeared in both adult media and such tech outlets as The Virtual Reality Reporter, WorldTechMag, 3DVRCentral, NoCommentDiary with more coverage to come
ANNIE CRUZ INTERVIEWS JESSICA ST. JOHN FOR HIP-HOP VIBE -- Vivid Radio host Annie Cruz interviewed popular alternative model Jessica St. John recently for her regular Hip-HopVibe.com column. While she still models, Jessica told Annie In the latest #ThirstTrapThursday edition that her biggest passion now is canine training, which she called “an amazing experience.” Asked what she most admires in a man, Jessica said: “Strength, not just bodily, but of mind. Confidence that you can actually see, but isn’t false to cover up a low self esteem. Passion, not just in a sexual sense but towards what he believes in and life. Pecs help, LOL.” The column ended with an invitation to “catch Annie Cruz on Vivid Radio, Sirius XM channel 415 hosting “The Dirtiest Girl in the World” from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and on VividRadio.com.”