AVN 2018

Wow, AVN week went by in a blur and some of that experience could be blamed on some health issues and that I tried to keep things as low key as possible after the convention hours. I don’t know how people can work a convention, go out and party the entire night, rinse, and wake up the next day to repeat the cycle three days ultimately culminating in the Awards. I mean I used to do this on an annual basis when I was in my 20s, but those days are long gone.

August Ames: Never Forget worn by Penny Pax

The AVN convention or AEE (Adult Entertainment Expo) was dominated in square footage by the cam companies most specifically by MyFreeCams (MFC), Chaturbate, and Cam4. You would see cam girls not only at their booths but in the crowds visiting their friends or allowing their cam room to view the convention by taking their laptops and webcams with them. In fact, beyond just camgirls, it seems like the dominant theme this year is on performers whether cam people or traditional porn stars producing their own content and releasing them through outlets like Clips4Sale or ManyVids and receive a percentage. With the glut of Internet piracy out there this is probably the wave of the future for performers to make money in that they have to diversify their income beyond getting a set rate for a scene.

Stefanie Joy always takes the time to greet me.
Catjira, AVN’s Favorite Camming Cosplayer

As for the traditional production booths, Greg Lansky and the general Mindgeek booths had the busiest claustrophobic traffic while Jules Jordan and Evil Angel had their own share of busy lines. Riley Reid, Abella Danger, and Adriana Chechik drew the busiest lines. Evil Angel had the most organised booth and were handing out  August Ames shirts which were worn by attendees throughout the convention courtesy of Kevin Moore.

Riley Reid: demure
Abella Danger and her glee from receiving a Helga shirt from a fan

I noticed that many active porn stars did not attend the convention, and it was hard to catch people who did attend but not signing at a booth. Popular camgirls were also hard to track down because they were more interested in their laptops or hanging out with their peers than interacting with the attendees.

Angela White

I did not attend the Awards this year even though IAFD got to vote for the first time. I did not want to deal with the red carpet or the ensuing requests from people who attended the Awards. Maybe if I have the energy next year, I’ll attend the Awards as a spectator to support my friends. Congratulations to Angela White, who had the trifecta distinction of being inducted in the Hall of Fame, hosting the AVN Awards, and winning a record 14 awards including Female Performer of the Year.

For the convention photos on Flickr.

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

IAFD and Grooby to Re-Categorize Trans Performers on IAFD.com

Los Angeles, CA – IAFD and Grooby announced IAFD.com is in the process of re-categorizing transgender performers on their website. Trans women will be listed as “actresses” and trans men will be listed as “actors”, with the additional option of allowing performers to self-identify via the submission form.

“We are very appreciative for Steven reaching out and helping us see how important this issue is and that most importantly demonstrating it doesn’t need to be a difficult fix,” said IAFD webmaster Jeff Vanzetti. “In our internal discussions, our desire to ‘get it right the first time’ tied us in knots as we debated and tried to solve for every edge case and in doing so, paralyzed ourselves. We didn’t want to ‘get it wrong’ so we didn’t do anything; but we realize, paradoxically, that in not acting at all, our current position ‘gets it wrong.’

“With what turned out to be only minor tweaks to our underlying data tables – not the complete revamp as we feared – we are able to provide a solution that we hope treats everyone with the respect they deserve.”

IAFD and Grooby will be working together to identify those who were listed erroneously misgendered on the site and move them into the appropriate categories. Additionally, performers can also click on the “Submit Corrections” button on their IAFD profile to let the company know how they wish to be identified on the site. IAFD estimates the majority of changes will be implemented before the end of the year.

“We’re really happy that we were able to take action and work with Jeff and the IAFD on this,” added Steven Grooby. “I reached out to them immediately after the open letter and happy to report that they recognize the problem and are allowing us to work with them. The first fix we will be doing is to ensure that IAFD has everyone in the correct gender category. Once that is done, we’re going to look into giving them more details on specific performers and what content they may have appeared in.”

Vanzetti added, “We are ready to start migrating profiles as soon as the list is compiled or as the requests from the performers come in. We hope to have a lion’s share of the work done before the new year. Mistakes have been made, and since we’re human we cannot claim that they won’t be made again along the way, but rest assured our goal is not to belittle or marginalize performers who share so much of themselves – amidst great risk – for our pleasure.”

“I think this is a great example of how with just a little work, we can make fixes in the industry which become a win-win for the websites and the community,” stated Grooby. “We look forward to getting this accomplished as quickly as possible. If any other companies or websites are looking for advice, as always, Kristel [Penn] is always available for you and one of the leading lights in the industry.”

ABOUT IAFD
The Internet Adult Film Database has been tracking bibliographic info on adult movies at its current home at iafd.com since 1999. With information on over 275,000 movies from 1959 through present, the IAFD is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The underlying data was compiled and maintained by Peter van Aarle until his death in 2005, after which maintenance has been 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 blog, a price search engine and links to over 122,000 movie reviews from the leading review sites on the Net.

ABOUT GROOBY
Founded in 1996, Grooby is the leading producer of trans erotica. In addition to operating over 30 membership sites, the company produces nearly 50 DVDs a year, and hosts the annual TEAs (Transgender Erotica Awards) held in Hollywood, CA.

In 2017, the company took over the editorial content for Transformation, the world’s most popular transgender lifestyle magazine. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

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.

The XBiz 2018 Annotated Nominations

So begins awards season, and so begins our coverage of same with our annotated lists of nominees; annotated by virtue of we link to the people and titles that have garnered nominations this season.

We only saw a couple issues – first is in the “Best Sex Scene – All-Sex Release” category, XBiz nominated Elsa Jean and Jay Smooth for Who’s Banging the Babysitter, unfortunately, her scene partner was Lucas Frost, not Jay Smooth.

Elsa Jean and Lucas Frost; screencap courtesy of Adult Empire

Second, we’re not sure what they refer to as “Latina Sex Tapes: Senoritas” for the Best Latin Themed release.  We assume it’s a DVD compilation of content from Mofo’s Latina Sex Tapes site, those DVDs are released with volume numbers, not subtitles, so we’re not sure which volume they’re referring to.

And now some stats. Assuming the database summed things correctly, the most honored performers are:

And the movies leading the pack are:

Let’s get into the noms:

Best Releases of the Year

Feature Movie of the Year

Gay Movie of the Year

Trans Release of the Year

All-Black Release of the Year

All-Girl Release of the Year: Feature

All-Girl Release of the Year: Non-Feature

All-Sex Release of the Year

Amateur Release of the Year

Asian-Themed Release of the Year

BDSM Release of the Year

Comedy Release of the Year

Couples-Themed Release of the Year

Fetish Release of the Year

Foreign Feature Release of the Year

Foreign Non-Feature Release of the Year

Gonzo Release of the Year

Interracial Release of the Year

Latin-Themed Release of the Year

Performer Showcase of the Year

Pro-Am Release of the Year

Taboo Release of the Year

Vignette Release of the Year

Performers of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Foreign Female Performer of the Year

Foreign Male Performer of the Year

Gay Performer of the Year

Trans Performer of the Year

Girl/Girl Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Best Performances of the Year

Best Actor – Comedy Release

Best Actor – Couples-Themed Release

Best Actor – Feature Release

Best Actress – All-Girl Release

Best Actress – Comedy Release

Best Actress – Couples-Themed Release

Best Actress – Feature Release

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Non-Sex Performance

Best Scenes of the Year

Best Scene – Feature Release

Best Scene – Gonzo Release

Best Sex Scene – All-Girl Release

Best Sex Scene – All-Sex Release

Best Sex Scene – Comedy Release

Best Sex Scene – Couples-Themed Release

Best Sex Scene – Taboo Release

Best Sex Scene – Vignette Release

Best Sex Scene – Virtual Reality

Personality Awards

Best Male Newcomer

Best New Starlet

Cam Model of the Year – Female

Crossover Star of the Year

Web Star of the Year

Best Director of the Year

Director of the Year – Feature Release

Director of the Year – Non-Feature Release

Director of the Year: Body of Work

Foreign Director of the Year

Gay Director of the Year

Trans Director of the Year

Technical Awards

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Music

Best Special Effects

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Screenplay of the Year