VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR APRIL 7, 2017
MAJOR COVERAGE ON KIM K SUPERSTAR SEX TAPE -- Major media coverage continues of the 10th anniversary of the release of the Kim K Superstar sex tape from Vivid. Star Magazine featured the story with a picture of the Vivid cover and the headline: “Kim’s Sex Tape: Porn to Be Famous, 10-Year Anniversary.” The story read in part: “It was the sex tape that launched an unknown hanger-on and her family into the celebrity stratosphere and changed the face of pop culture—for better of worse. In the Sping of 2007 Vivid Entertainment released a 41-minute X-rated video, shot by a young couple four years earlier during a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.” The story also quoted Steven Hirsch as saying, “Millions of people have seen it, and it’s by far our bestselling tape of all time…We knew we were onto something when we first set eyes on Kim—and the video helped make her the sensation she is today.” The New York Post carried a major storyon the 10th anniversary of the tape’s release. The Post story and various spinoffs quickly spread to hundreds of other newspapers and websites worldwide. The article by Oli Coleman runs for more than 4,300 words, a huge story by Post standards. It included previously unpublished information about the origins and marketing of the sex tape, plus extensive quotes from Stevenand many notable sources, including Perez Hilton, journalist Ben Widdicombe, entertainment industry attorney Clyde DeWitt, and many others. Coleman wrote: In 2007, ten years ago this month, the tapes that Kardashian and Ray J made were released to the public by Vivid Entertainment as Kim Kardashian, Superstar, a 41-minute movie. Kardashian had initially sued to prevent it from being released, but ultimately settled the suit. It is no exaggeration to say that in the ten years since, Kardashian has transformed American culture. This is the story of that movie, beginning in the months leading up to its release.” The article includes this quote from Steven: “Someone just called the office one day and said, ‘We have some footage of a celebrity.’ Somebody took the call and we set up a time to talk. The person brought it in and they had the footage on this computer and they came in with this big, like, rolling suitcase and they unpacked all of it. It was a production. I remember thinking, ‘Oh wow. This person’s prepared.’ Usually you just get the footage and we’d put it into one of our edit bays but it in this case it was very much compact and all together. I think they just wanted to be in control the whole time… It wasn’t that they were representing the people in the video. It definitely wasn’t. Because Kim was not involved in it. It was that these people had the footage and were looking to sell it.” Coleman also quotes Steven as saying: “It took a little bit of research to figure out what was going on with her family, and she was Bruce Jenner‘s stepdaughter and her father represented OJ Simpson and then I did some research on Ray J and saw that people knew who he was but that his sister [the singer and actress Brandy] was very well known. So there were these pieces that came together and I thought, ‘Wow. This is super interesting.’ Everybody would sort of in some way be connected to her because they knew somebody who was an intimate part of her life… The next step was trying to get a deal done. She wasn’t involved in that. It was trying to get a deal done with the people who had the footage. They had guaranteed that we would be able to distribute it. I questioned that as time went on… I think we announced we had the footage, and that’s when we started getting legal letters from Kim’s attorney.” Coleman concludes his story be writing: “Kim Kardashian, Superstar has been viewed online more than 150 million times and has made over $50 million. In October (Vivid) released Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience, a 3D virtual reality film featuring a Kim Kardashian lookalike. Vivid has named March 2017 as Kim K. Sex Tape Month.” Among the countless media picking up on the 10th anniversary story were The Daily Mail of London, TMZ, The Star of Australia, the Huffington Post,Perez Hilton, Scoopnest, and BarStoolSports, The Hollywood Gossip¸Hot New Hip Hop and many more.
VIVIDRADIO.COM AND CHATURBATE CREATE THE VIVID ADVENTURES LIVE BROADCAST SERIES -- Vivid Adventures, a new get-close-to-fans series from Vivid Radio and Chaturbate, is traveling across the United States visiting the largest event series dedicated to sex and sexuality, the Exxxotica Expos. The new series is a joint venture of VividRadio.com and the world's most popular free, live-cam site Chaturbate. Vivid Adventures will journey to all three Exxxotica Expo stops scheduled for 2017, starting last week with Exxxotica Mile High in Denver and followed by Exxxotica Summer Heat in Chicago and Exxxotica XXXL in Edison, New Jersey. Broadcasts from the expos are being aired on Vivid Radio.com and on SiriusXM Channel 415. Vivid Adventures launched the weekend of March 31, as Vivid Radio broadcast live from the Chaturbate booth at Exxxotica Mile High. Hosts Annie Cruz, Aiden Starr, Tanya Tate, Joanna Angel and Kiki D’Aire are interviewing popular adult stars, Chaturbate personalities and fans attending the expos. "I'm thrilled that Vivid Radio is attending Exxxotica and that we get to hang out with all the super sexy Chaturbate cam girls.” Chaturbate Chief of Operations Shirley Lara added: “Vivid Adventures makes for great radio with the fantastic lineup of Vivid hosts broadcasting live from our booth.
STEVEN HIRSCH QUOTED ON MISCHA BARTON SEX TAPE SENSATION -- The celebrity media was buzzing recently about an alleged sex tape featuring The O.C. actress Mischa Barton, which was apparently being shopped with a starting price of $500,000. HollywoodLife.com was on top of the story and had exclusive quotes from Vivid chief Steven Hirsch. The HollywoodLife.com story began: “Uh oh. A sex tape featuring The O.C. actress Mischa Barton is allegedly being shopped around Hollywood with a starting rate of $500k, according to an explosive report on March 13. This shocking news comes weeks after her public meltdown.” The story went on to say: “Steven Hirsch, founder/co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, the leader in celebrity sex tapes, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY his thoughts on the potential tape saying, ‘My understanding is that Mischa Barton hasn’t confirmed that the tape is actually of her and media reports are only saying that it looks like her. I think I would wait to bid on it until there is actual confirmation. We only deal with reputable brokers and this sounds more like a publicity play.’” A follow-up HollywoodLife.com story reported: “Mischa Barton has confirmed that her alleged sex tape exists in a shocking new video from March 15. Now, she is bravely taking on her ‘revenge pornography’ peddler.” It then refers to its original interview with Steven, noting: “We should have seen this coming as Steven Hirsch, founder/co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, the leader in celebrity sex tapes told his thoughts on the situation EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com when he stated, “My understanding is that Mischa Barton hasn’t confirmed that the tape is actually of her and media reports are only saying that it looks like her. I think I would wait to bid on it until there is actual confirmation. We only deal with reputable brokers and this sounds more like a publicity play.’”
VIRTUAL REALITY REPORTER INTERVIEWS MICHAEL H. KLEIN -- Leading trade publication Virtual Reality Reporter interviewed Vivid’s broadcast chief Michael H. Klein, focusing on ”the current and future state of VR porn as an industry. Michael outlined the current status of ViritdVirtual.com and said its “goal is t add new content every month to make it a robust offering for all the subscribers.” Asked how the “the popular Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience came about?” Michael replied: “Both 3x Studios and Vivid mutually decided that repurposing the legendary Kim K sex tape, Kim Kardashian Superstar, in VR would be a fun and unique twist on our debut release in virtual reality. In a way, it’s like mixing older technology with the new. 3x proposed the idea that we use green screen tech to emulate a model