AVN 2019

IAFD is back and somewhat rested from the always grueling experience of AVN week. I commented last year that I didn’t know how people could work a convention, party the entire night, rinse, and wake up the next day to repeat the cycle, but I managed to do it this year without any pharmaceutical help because I was much more selective on who I wanted to photograph, where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to hang out with rather than try to do and cover everything.

The Expo

The expo itself was slightly smaller this year with less booths and what seemed like less attendees from previous years. It still hummed though. One positive but controversial change was that people were not able to bring in “professional” (DSLR and mirrorless) cameras unless they had an industry badge. Although unevenly enforced, this led to many less idiots holding up traffic flow by parking their asses somewhere and trying to get some upskirt shot. Another weird change was the use of metal detectors since everyone and their equipment/phones were setting them off which sometimes led to a followup hand wanding. I’m not sure what the point of that was since it falls below TSA protocols and the news had made it clear that TSA screening was not foolproof in preventing weapons going through.

Angela White

If you asked me who had the best booth at the show, I would semi-seriously answer whichever booth Angela White was signing at. She did quadruple duty signing for Evil Angel, Greg Lanksy‘s Tushy/Vixen/Blacked, Jules Jordan, and AVN itself and was accessible to her fans throughout the show even though she had the longest lines in the show. However, to be more serious, the best booth was Jules Jordan Video because of the quality of their signing lineup and how accessible they were presented to the fans. Abella Danger and Gina Valentina had long lines for them also, but the lines kept moving because the two kept plugging away at it. As Abella noted:

…trying to not look like dead😂 4 days in a row of standing for 5 hours straight doesn’t seem like much but i’m so used to being on my back

I was also sheepishly keeping Jill Kassidy warm in a perpetual hug throughout the week while her lines looked on.

Abella Danger Jill Kassidy Gina Valentina

Lansky’s booth was a work in progress through the week. Due to its location next to two other busy booths and elevated height, the great lineup they had was not as accessible to the fans. On the first day of the expo, you had to go through one line if you wanted to see any of the girls, and there was no guarantee that they would be there once you get to their signing area. There was a bar and photobooth inside the booth, and several girls utilised both heavily and were more busy participating in group activities meant to draw the crowds rather than actually engaging the fans. Entry into the booth itself was limited to VIPs, and I was denied entry by the bouncer even after presenting the designated VIP card, heh. You definitely are getting the velvet rope experience. Thankfully, they scrapped the one line rule by the second day, but the crowds overwhelmed any semblance of signing lines. By the last day, the girls that were there concentrated more on signing so someone is listening to fan feedback.

The golden couch

As in previous years, swaths of square footage was devoted to cam, clips and other self-production companies. MyFreeCams (MFC), the major sponsor of the show, had three large booths to accommodate all of their camgirls and threw exclusive parties for them each night. The positive is that you see all types of women with them, but the negative is that they are interacting more with their laptops and each other than with the public. Many also had groupies of regulars that constantly stay with them the entire convention. At some point you have to wonder why MFC bothers spending so much money here when they could easily just have their own exclusive event to take care of their members.

The rest of the expo photos on Flickr

The Nightlife

Most networking was done off site. I saw many performers walking about and socialising at the host casino that I didn’t see at the expo. With beers in hand on the casino floor, I caught up with many friends in the industry and ended up crashing several parties because of them; with the appropriate wristbands of course. I did not have the burden of bringing my camera with me thanks to my Google Pixel.

Out and About on Flickr

I did not attend or work the AVN Awards for the second year in a row. Being away from the bustle of the red carpet made me happier than being morbid. IAFD couldn’t procure tickets in time to go support our friends either.

Angela White Charlotte Stokely

Congratulations to Angela White who won 10 awards including repeating as Female Performer of the Year. This was the second year that IAFD voted in the Awards, and the list of winners were mostly consistent with the ballots of judges that we polled and ours. As I joked with Angela, “Who knew that voting actually worked?” Congratulations also to Charlotte Stokely for winning G/G Performer of the Year, acknowledging what I believe she earned years ago.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to Mark Spiegler, Ivan, Shawn of AGW, and Sascha Koch for hosting us on various shindigs. Shoutout to my boys from IAFD & ADT, Swine, and Sammy.

Lily Labeau Kendra Spade Mackenzie Moss Verronica Kirei Haighlee Dallas Destiny Lovee Celeste

Thank you to Lily Labeau, Kendra Spade, Mackenzie Moss, Verronica Kirai, Haighlee Dallas, Destiny Lovee, and Celeste for making magic with me.

It’s An Honor To Be Nominated Again

It’s happening again…  We’ve been nominated for an XBiz Award in their 2019 show in the Best Fan Site category.

Against the odds, we’ve won the last two years against some very stiff (ahem) competition. So, why not try for a three-peat?

You can cast your vote here; once per day. As they say, vote early, vote often!

Thanks for your support!

The 2018 Spank Bank Award Nominations

It’s been long enough.  Poor @Gabriel_Lan has been tweeting out the teases on social media for months now.  Time to make with the list.

But first, a word from our voter:

Upon opening the hermetically sealed jar in which they were kept, show host Missy Martinez revealed the nominations for the 8th annual Spank Bank Awards presented by iafd.com. The nominations had been being held at an undisclosed, top secret location (we can neither confirm nor deny that said top secret location was Missy’s butthole) until the announcement.

The Spank Bank Awards are an irreverent, fun-natured group of categories founded on the ideal of giving recognition to the performers in the adult industry who may (or may not) receive the accolades they deserve from some other awards shows. This year’s collection of perverted honors features a record number of major categories, including awards for Websites, Production Studios, Directors, and Male talent, and as always, an abundance of awards for the Female performers. As usual, there is an enormous amount of ‘technical’ awards as well (to be given out on the red carpet before the awards ceremony) giving kudos on a wide variety of subjects.

Leading the way in nominations this year are Adriana Chechik, Angel Smalls, Casey Calvert, Maddy O’Reilly, and Violet Monroe all receiving 20 noms. Rounding out the top ten are Alexa Nova and Charlotte Sartre with 19 noms each, Haley Reed with 18, and Abella Danger and Riley Reid with 17 nominations apiece.

Winners will be announced as soon as we wring every last piece of social media traffic out of this… so in about a week or so. :-)
Follow @iafdcom and @Gabriel_Lan on Twitter for details and to get the heads up on the big reveal. Use the hashtag #spankbank18

  • Note: Spank Bank Awards are voted on by a single member of a panel of porn critics (@Gabriel_Lan ), noted adult film connoisseurs (@Gabriel_Lan ), outside adult industry media insiders (@Gabriel_Lan ), X-rated film fans (also @Gabriel_Lan ), and a committee chairman (you guessed it: @Gabriel_Lan ). Nominees who entice or influence the panel with any form of ‘sweet talking’, ‘sexual innuendo’, ‘buttering up’, or outright eluding to sexual favors greatly increase their chances of winning.

[Editor’s Note: The Spank Bank Awards are not a competition.  Please, no wagering.]

(Reverse) Cowgirl Connoisseur of the Year

Airtight Angel of the Year

Amazing Anal Artist of the Year

America’s Porn Sweetheart

Asian Empress of the Year

ATM Machine

Baroness of Licking Lady Ass

BBC Lover of the Year

Beautiful Blonde of the Year

Best All Around Porn Goddess

Best Body Built For Sin

Best Booty

Best DSL (Dick Sucking Lips)

Best ‘Fuck Me’ Eyes

Best ‘Just Got Fucked’ Hair

Best Legs

Best ‘O’ Face

Best Smile

Best Spitter / Drooler

Best Swallower

Best Vocals (While Being Railed With Cock)

Bewitching Brunette of the Year

Bionic Butthole

Blowbang / Bukkake Badass of the Year

Bondage Artiste of the Year

Boobalicious Babe of the Year

Born To Hand Job

Cock Worshipper of the Year (Best Whore Knees)

Contessa of Cum

Cosplay Queen

Countess of Contortionism

Creampied Cutie of the Year

Cuckold Queen of the Year

Customs Specialist of the Year

Deepest Throat

Doctoral Degree in Dildology

Dominating Dick of the Year

DP Dynamo of the Year

Ebony Princess of the Year

Empress of Nipple Paradise

European Enchantress of the Year

Excellence in ‘Lawn’ Maintenance (Best Groomed Bush)

Exotic Femme Fatale of the Year

Facial Cum Target of the Year

Fetish Virtuoso of the Year

Fucking Nerd of the Year

Fun Sized (Spinner of the Year)

Gangbanged Girl of the Year

Gloryhole Guru of the Year

Group / Orgy Maestro of the Year

Guru of Gonzo (Director – Web/Gonzo)

Hardest Working Ho in Ho Biz

Instagram Girl of the Year

Latina Starlet of the Year

Life Sized Human Hand Puppet (Best Fistee)

Magnificent MILF of the Year

Master of Filth (Director of the Year – Body of Work)

Masturbator of the Year

Mattress Actress of the Year

Minstrel of Smut (Director – Plot Driven)

Mistress of the Strap On

Most Adorable Sexual Deviant

Most Awe Inspiring Gape

Most Beautiful Seductress

Most Comprehensive Utilization of All Orifices

Most Energetic Fuck Bunny

Most Fuckable Feet

Most Luscious Labia

Most Photogenic Nymphomaniac

Most Talented Tongue (Best Girl/Girl Kisser of the Year)

Most Underrated Slut

Most Volumptous Vixen

My (Wet) Dream Girl

Natural Born Cock Killer

Newcummer of the Year

Oral Authority of the Year

PAWG of the Year

Pipe Laying Actor of the Year

Porn’s ‘It’ Girl

POV Perfectionist of the Year

Prettiest Girl In Porn

Prettiest ‘Whore Mouth’

Pretty In Pink (Prettiest Pussy)

Puppeteer of the Year (Best Hands/Fister)

Pussy Phenomenon of the Year

Queen of Cunnilingus (Girl/Girl Star of the Year)

Ravishing Redhead of the Year

Royal Majesty of the Stripper Pole

Sensational Scissorist

Servile Sub of the Year

Sharing Is Caring (Cumswapping Cutie of the Year)

Silky Smooth (Best Bald Beaver)

Size Queen

Snapchat Sweetheart of the Year

Sovereign Dom of the Year

Super Squirter of the Year

Tattooed Temptress of the Year

The Dirtiest Player in the Game

The Dirty Little Slut of the Year

The Girl Next Door…. Only Better

The Most Spanked To Girl of the Year

The Sexiest Woman Alive

The Total Package

Three Kielbasas in a Corridor (Triple Anal Pundit)

Threesome Savant of the Year

Tightest Vag

Tortured Fuck Doll of the Year

Tweeting Twat of the Year

Two Hot Dogs in a Hallway (Double Anal Prodigy)

Two Peas in a Pod (Double Pussy Precisionist)

VR Star of the Year

Webcam / Skype Show Girl of the Year

Dirty Distributor of the Year

Pay for Play Website

Production Studio of the Year

 

Annotated AVN Nominations 2018

And here we go with the granddaddy awards show – the one they call The Oscars of Porn. On January 27, 2018 the porn world will gather at The Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas to celebrate the year’s achievements. And we’re here to bring you our annual annotated guide.

Hats off to this year’s nominating committee, no errors that we found!

This is not the exhaustive list of nominees – it’s just a subset of the performers and titles in categories that we track in the database.  The full list of nominees can be found at the AVN Awards site.

(Disclosure: for the first time, we’re voting this year. Please, no wagering.)

Our breakdowns of the nominees:

Top Actresses

Top Actors

Top Movies

So, without further ado, here’s the nominees (in categories that we track)!

Best Movies

Best Action/Thriller

Best All-Girl Movie

Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie

Best Anal Movie

Best Anthology Movie

Best BDSM Movie

Best Comedy

Best Drama

Best Ethnic Movie

Best Foreign Feature

Best Foreign Non-Feature

Best Gonzo Movie

Best Ingenue Movie

Best Interracial Movie

Best Lewd Propositions Movie

Best MILF Movie

Best Niche Movie

Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Movie

Best Oral Movie

Best Orgy/Gangbang Movie

Best Parody

Best Polyamory Movie

Best Star Showcase

Best Taboo Relations Movie

Best Transsexual Movie

Best Scenes

Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene

Best Anal Sex Scene

Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene

Best Double Penetration Sex Scene

Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene

Best Group Sex Scene

Best Oral Sex Scene

Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production

Best Three-Way Sex Scene – B/B/G

Best Three-Way Sex Scene: G/G/B

Best Transsexual Sex Scene

Best Virtual Reality Sex Scene

Most Outrageous Sex Scene

Acting Awards

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Non-Sex Performance

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Performers of the Year

All-Girl Performer of the Year

Best Male Newcomer

Best New Starlet

Best Solo/Tease Performance

Female Foreign Performer of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Mainstream Star of the Year

Male Foreign Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Niche Performer of the Year

Transsexual Performer of the Year

Best Directors

Best Director: Feature

Best Director: Foreign Feature

Best Director: Foreign Non-Feature

Best Director: Non-Feature

Best Web Director

Director of the Year

Screenwriting and Technical Awards

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Makeup

Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project

Best Screenplay

Best Soundtrack

Best Special Effects

Clever Title of the Year

We Got Nominated Again!

Many many thanks to the folks who nominated us for an XBiz Award in the “Best Fan Site” category.

As you may recall, we won the award last year (#humblebrag) and we’d sure love a repeat.

Here’s some boilerplate PR info:

Nominees for the 2018 XBIZ Awards were selected based on more than 8,000 pre-nominations submitted by members of the industry via XBIZ.net.

Scheduled for Jan. 18 in Los Angeles, adult superstar Jessica Drake will host the annual gala at the grand J.W. Marriott located at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, within walking distance to Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nokia Theatre and the Grammy Museum.

A star-studded red carpet affair that hosts a who’s who from the business of sex, the XBIZ Awards is the adult industry’s biggest night and most prestigious symbol of success. The event recognizes outstanding achievements across every facet of the multibillion-dollar business, including movie production, pleasure products, technology and retail.

Since its inception, household names from the world of adult have hosted the event, including Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick, Jesse Jane and Kayden Kross. Its worldwide reach has garnered international media coverage from renowned outlets such as the L.A. Times, CNBC, TIME, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, among others.

The XBIZ Awards will once again coincide with the trade events series of the year, XBIZ 2018, which annually features an unparalleled lineup of industry thought leaders from international markets to explore the future of adult.

For the complete list of finalist nominees, visit XBIZ.com.  For our annotated list of those nominees, you can visit our annotated XBiz Nominations article.

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About XBIZ
XBIZ™ is the adult industry’s leading publisher of business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in two monthly publications — XBIZ World for the digital media market and XBIZ Premiere for the retail market. In addition, XBIZ hosts a series of annual events including the adult industry’s biggest night, the XBIZ Awards. XBIZ is frequently cited in the media for coverage of the industry and has been published in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Forbes, Newsweek, MSNBC, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and Los Angeles Times, among others.

About IAFD
The Internet Adult Film Database has been tracking bibliographic info on adult movies at its current home since 1999. With information on almost 275,000 movies from 1959 through present, the IAFD is the most comprehensive database of its kind. Maintenance is provided by a dozen volunteer editors doing their own research assisted by a variety of sources – industry professionals, fellow researchers and everyday porn fans. Along with movie listings, IAFD has a price search engine and links to over 122,000 movie reviews from the leading review sites on the Net.