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Vivid Entertainment Group is an American pornographic film production company,.[1][2]

Vivid Entertainment
Private
Industry Adult Entertainment
Founded 1984; 33 years ago (1984)
Founder Steven Hirsch
David James
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Products Adult films, brand licensing program including sex toys, condoms, apparel, etc.
Website Official website

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OverviewEdit

In 2006, it was described by Reuters as one of the handful of studios that dominate the U.S. porn industry.[3] It is based in Los Angeles, California. Founder Steven Hirsch is Co-Chairman, along with Bill Asher, who is also a Co-owner.[4]

Vivid Entertainment LLC is privately owned by Americans Steven Hirsch and Bill Asher, and Welshman David James (born Dewi James in Blaengarw, Bridgend).[5][6]

In February 2006, Vivid changed its condom-only policy to a condom-optional policy that lets performers decide whether or not to use them.[7][8] In October 2010, Vivid stopped production as a precaution when an actor tested positive for HIV.[9] An October 2012 open letter, from Steven Hirsch, took aim at a Los Angeles County plan that would require performers to wear condoms on set. Hirsch said the proposal would be costly and ineffective and was an example of unnecessary government intrusion into private bedrooms.[10]

Divisions and venturesEdit

  • Alt-porn: In 2009, the company won the AVN Award for Best Music Soundtrack for The Bad Luck Betties[11] and in 2010, for the musical soundtrack of Live in My Secrets.[12]
  • Vivid Radio: Vivid supplied content for a channel on the Sirius XM Radio network that features its various stars. The channel moved to online only on July 17, 2014.[13][14]

List of Vivid GirlsEdit

The following is a list of notable Vivid actresses (known as "Vivid Girls") during the first thirty years of Vivid.[15] The most recent Vivid Girl, Allie Haze, terminated her contract with Vivid in 2012.[16]

Legal controversyEdit

On December 6, 2007, Vivid Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube.[22][23] The lawsuit alleged that the YouTube-like site profits from the illegal posting of Vivid's copyrighted films, and failed to comply with the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, a federal age-verification and record-keeping law that applies to the adult film industry.[24] The case was settled out of court.[25]

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 1987 AVN Award – 'Best Video Feature' for Blame it on Ginger[26]
  • 1991 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Beat the Heat[27]
  • 1992 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Scarlet Fantasy[28]
  • 1992 AVN Award – 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse[28]
  • 1992 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for On Trial[28]
  • 1997 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bobby Sox[29]
  • 1998 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bad Wives[30]
  • 2000 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Seven Deadly Sins[31]
  • 2002 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Fade To Black[32]
  • 2003 AVN Award – 'Top Selling Release of the Year' for Brianna Loves Jenna[33]
  • 2003 AVN Award – 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for Brianna Loves Jenna[33]
  • 2004 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Heart of Darkness[34]
  • 2005 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The Masseuse[35]
  • 2005 AVN Award – 'Best Video Feature' for Bella Loves Jenna[35]
  • 2006 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The New Devil in Miss Jones[36]
  • 2006 AVN Award – 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse[36]
  • 2007 AVN Award – 'Best Gonzo Release' for Chemistry[37]
  • 2007 AVN Award – 'Best Interactive CD-ROM – Game' for Virtual Vivid Girl Sunny Leone[37]
  • 2008 AVN Award – Top Renting Title of the Year – 2007' for Debbie Does Dallas ... Again[38]
  • 2008 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Layout[38]
  • 2008 AVN Award – 'Best Pro-Am Series' for Filthy's First Taste[38]
  • 2009 AVN Award – 'Best Music Soundtrack' – The Bad Luck Betties[11]
  • 2009 AVN Award – 'Best Educational Release' for Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex 2[11]
  • 2009 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Cry Wolf[11]
  • 2010 AVN Awards – Throat: A Cautionary Tale won five awards[12]
  • 2010 AVN Award – 'Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Company Image'[12]
  • 2010 AVN Award – 'Best Music Soundtrack' – Live in My Secrets – Vivid-Alt[12]
  • 2010 AVN Award – Vivid Ed for 'Best Educational Release' – Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Threesomes[12]
  • 2010 AVN Award – 'Best Pro-Am Series' Brand New Faces[12]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award Nominee – Studio of the Year[39]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award Nominee – Feature Movie of the Year for Faithless[39]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award Nominee – Feature Movie of the Year for Throat: A Cautionary Tale[39]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award Nominee – Feature Movie of the Year for Live In My Secrets (Vivid-Alt)[39]
  • 2010 XBIZ Award – 'Marketing Campaign of the Year' – Throat: A Cautionary Tale[40]
  • 2012 XBIZ Award – 'Marketing Campaign of the Year' – Spider-Man XXX[41]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award Nominee – 'Studio of the Year', 'Parody Release of the Year-Comedy' for Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody; also 'Parody Release of the Year-Drama' for The Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody and The Dark Knight XXX: A Porn Parody. Additional nominations include: 'All-Sex Series of the Year for Brand New Faces, 'Vignette Release of the Year' for Allie Haze: True Sex and Goddess[42]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award – 'Vignette Release of the Year' – Allie Haze: True Sex[43]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award – 'Parody Release of the Year - Comedy' – Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody[44]
  • 2014 XBIZ Award – 'Parody Release of the Year-Drama' – Superman vs. Spider-Man: An Axel Braun Parody and 'Couples-Themed Release of the Year' – Orgy University,[45]
  • 2015 XBIZ Award – 'Feature Movie of the Year' – Wetwork[46]
  • 2015 XBIZ Award – 'Best Art Direction' – Wetwork[46]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The (Porn) Player" by Matthew Miller, Forbes magazine, July 4, 2005.
  2. ^ Adult-film-studio-blames-Google DigitalEdge, February 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "Porn stars strut their stuff at awards". Television New Zealand. Reuters. January 9, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vivid Entertainment LLC: CEOs and Executives", BusinessWeek
  5. ^ PrivCo.com Private Company Financial Report on Vivid Entertainment LLC – 'PrivCo.com Private Company Financial Report on Vivid Entertainment LLC'.
  6. ^ "Porn in the USA". WalesOnline. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Rubbers Revolutionary: AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Michael Weinstein by Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly. January 28, 2010
  8. ^ "LA Weekly: Profiles AHF's "Adult Film Condom Campaign" by Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly. January 28, 2010
  9. ^ "Porn actor tests positive for HIV". The Guardian. London. October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Vivid Entertainment owner says condoms bad for porn biz". Frank C. Girardot. October 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d 2009 AVN Award – 'Best Music Soundtrack' – The Bad Luck Betties; 'Best Educational Release' for Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex 2; 'Best Film' for Cry Wolf.
  12. ^ a b c d e f 2010 AVN AwardsThroat: A Cautionary Tale won 5 awards; 'Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Company Image'; 'Best Music Soundtrack' – Live in My Secrets; Vivid Ed for 'Best Educational Release' – Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Threesomes; 'Best Pro-Am Series' Brand New Faces.
  13. ^ "Vivid Radio Hosts Want To Hit A Home Run With Alex Rodriguez". Adult Video News. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Vivid Radio hosts". Vivid Entertainment. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Jared Rutter (September 30, 2009). "Vivid's 25th Anniversary: How Steven Hirsch's Company Thrust Porn Into Mainstream America: Meet the man behind the brand". Vivid Entertainment LLC. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  16. ^ "Allie Haze, Vivid Part Ways Amicably". avn.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "Tera Patrick Directs the Vivid Girls in 'Vivid Red'". avn.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Vivid Signs Hanna Hilton". avn.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Hanna Hilton Named Winner for July Booble Girl of the Month". avn.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Jack Venice Found Guilty of Rape". avn.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ Stefani Morgan (23 March 2006). "Inside Stefani Morgan". Inside the Porn Stars Studio (Interview). Interview with Big D. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  22. ^ Joseph Menn (December 11, 2007). "Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  23. ^ "Home porn gives industry the blues", guardian.co.uk, December 16, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  24. ^ "Adult Film Company's Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube". FindLaw. December 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  25. ^ Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube Withdrawn by Janko Roettger. October 24, 2008.
  26. ^ 1987 AVN Award – 'Best Video Feature' for Blame it on Ginger.
  27. ^ 1991 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Beat the Heat.
  28. ^ a b c 1992 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Scarlet Fantasy; Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse; 'Best Film' for On Trial.
  29. ^ 1997 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bobby Sox.
  30. ^ 1998 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bad Wives.
  31. ^ 2000 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Seven Deadly Sins.
  32. ^ AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Fade To Black.
  33. ^ a b 2003 AVN Award – 'Top Selling Release of the Year' and 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for Brianna Loves Jenna.
  34. ^ 2004 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Heart of Darkness.
  35. ^ a b 2005 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The Masseuse; 'Best Video Feature' for Bella Loves Jenna.
  36. ^ a b 2006 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The New Devil in Miss Jones; 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse.
  37. ^ a b 2007 AVN Award Archived June 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. – 'Best Gonzo Release' for Chemistry; 'Best Interactive CD-ROM – Game' for Virtual Vivid Girl Sunny Leone.
  38. ^ a b c 2008 AVN Award – Top Renting Title of the Year – 2007' for Debbie Does Dallas...Again; 'Best Film' for Layout; 'Best Pro-Am Series' for Filthy's First Taste.
  39. ^ a b c d XBIZ Announces Finalist Nominees for 2010 XBIZ Awards, XBIZ, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
  40. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, February, 2011
  41. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, January, 2012
  42. ^ XBIZ Nominees 2013 Archived February 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., XBIZ, January, 2013
  43. ^ "2013 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  44. ^ XBIZ Award Winners 2013, XBIZ, January, 2013
  45. ^ XBIZ Award Winners 2014, XBIZ, January, 2014
  46. ^ a b XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, January, 2015

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