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Shane Diesel

Shane Diesel
There's an old saying: If you need something done, ask a busy man to do it. In other words, call Shane Diesel. The star of scores of adult films has a schedule that he describes as "horrendous." During the week, he commutes from his Long Beach, Calif., home to the San Fernando Valley — ... More »

Rick Muenyong

Rick Muenyong
At 28, Rick Muenyong has often been referred to as an online pioneer. His resume reads like an uber-webmaster's laundry list of successes, with few failed attempts. "What defines Rick, in my mind, is persistent innovation coupled with motivation," says Aly Drummond, former director of public rela... More »

Exotic Erotic Ball

Exotic Erotic Ball
The Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo made its official debut in New York City recently, marking founder Perry Mann's return to his roots in the Big Apple and a chance to bring an event to the East Coast that has become a yearly mainstay for San Francisco's sexually liberated. A few weeks before the fi... More »

Matrix of Norman Bentley

Matrix of Norman Bentley
Do a Google search for "Norman Bentley Matrix Content" and you'll bring up 74,100 results in 0.38 seconds. Hundreds, maybe thousands of those will be 18 U.S.C. § 2257 compliance listings for websites featuring content from Bentley's company, Matrix Content. Look harder and you'll find a link tha... More »

WIA Profile: Hone Lynn

WIA Profile: Hone Lynn
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. What is your role and responsibility at your... More »

VOD Hits its Stride

VOD Hits its Stride
Video-on-demand has finally emerged in the mainstream market — years behind its implementation in the adult industry. VOD has been around since the 1990s, when a small number of adult companies began branching out into unknown territory with new technology and a new game plan for delivering adult ... More »

NakedSword Bulks Up

NakedSword Bulks Up
When the dot-com boom went bust, futures and fortunes evaporated overnight. But for those with a diversified portfolio — like the two forward-looking men behind leading gay video-on-demand provider NakedSword.com — the fallout was nullified by a shrewd investment in streaming technology and in a... More »

The Pop-Up Man

The Pop-Up Man
Brian Shuster is an unassuming yet hyper man with longish hair and a goatee. He is nice, almost impeccably nice, but he seems to have a hard time settling down. "I'm always focused on the next big thing," he admits. In 1998, Schuster decided that the next big thing was going to be the pop-up a... More »

Media Darlings

Media Darlings
There's a saying in the newspaper business: Advertising is expensive – but editorial is priceless! This simple phrase speaks to the fact that readers trust and value any information they read in an article or column far more than any data they glean from an advertisement. Even when the facts prese... More »

WIA Profile: Phyllis Heppenstall

WIA Profile: Phyllis Heppenstall
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. You started the company more than 25 years a... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

How Advertisers Use Your Devices to Sell You Stuff

The paranoia has reached an all-time high. Now some people actually believe that their microwave ovens are spying on them — despite the fact they don’t have any listening devices or cameras.... More »

As Mobile Grows, So Does Need to Push Sales

The number of consumers browsing and buying online will reach 270 million by 2020, driven largely by activity on mobile devices, according to Forrester. Business is booming and the fact that most purchases... More »

With AI, Routine Tasks Start Fading Away

I just turned 42. The list of things I may never do again is growing fast. I no longer dream that I will become an Olympian in any sport except archery or horseback riding. The oldest Olympians in those... More »
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