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Jessy Ares: Command Performance

Jessy Ares: Command Performance
It’s rare for a performer to have an immediate impact, but when Jessy Ares started his career at Titan in late 2010, he instantly made his mark — garnering Gay Performer of the Year nominations for all three of his years in the business. “Now, when I step out, I get it,” say... More »

CalExotics: Trailblazing Into the Future

CalExotics: Trailblazing Into the Future
The history of California Exotic Novelties begins 20 years ago when Susan Colvin was the general manager for the distribution company CPLC and Video Team, which had a small novelty branch called Swedish Erotica. Back then video dominated the market and sex toys were mostly an afterthought. Relegate... More »

WIA Profile: Lar Hovsepian

WIA Profile: Lar Hovsepian
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. Taking the reigns on a variety of marketing du... More »

WIA Profile: Natalie Star

WIA Profile: Natalie Star
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. Women like Natalie Star of NatalieStar.com / Na... More »

Exec Seat: Q&A With Shay Efron

Exec Seat: Q&A With Shay Efron
Meet Shay Efron, vice president of sales, marketing and business development for several of top brands in the online adult affiliate and webcam space — Pussycash, ImLive and WebcamWiz. Several years ago, Efron took the reins of business dealings for the famous brands after holding positions o... More »

Precious Metal: Sensual Silver Offers Custom Jewelry

Precious Metal: Sensual Silver Offers Custom Jewelry
Brilliantly capturing the sensual feel and texture of sterling silver and artfully shaping it into shapes that complement the body and neckline, Sensual Silver began many years ago when Zia, an accomplished fine arts major, specialized in creating metal jewelry. She then met her husband, Oz, who soo... More »

Pleasure Products: Coco Revealed

Pleasure Products: Coco Revealed
At January’s ANME Show, California Exotic Novelties made novelty history by introducing reality T.V. star/model/entrepreneur Coco and her ground-breaking pleasure product collection to the industry. Now, as Coco Licious products start hitting store shelves, let’s take a closer look at th... More »

Q&A with NakedSword's Tim Valenti

Q&A with NakedSword's Tim Valenti
The explosion of free content online might have been the death knell for another gay porn company, but San Francisco’s NakedSword.com is seizing it as an opportunity. Last year, NakedSword released Travis Mathews’ “I Want Your Love,” the studio’s first foray into indepe... More »

Talent Showcase: Venus Rising

Talent Showcase: Venus Rising
Barely two years into the business, Venus Lux has already established herself in the forefront of transsexual porn stars. The 2014 XBIZ Transsexual Performer of the Year is not only beautiful and charming but smart and ambitious, a savvy businesswoman making money from something she loves to do&mdas... More »

Exec Seat: Adam Hasner

Exec Seat: Adam Hasner
Having an “uncle in the business” has been a surefire way for job-seekers to break into the industry of their dreams for decades. Especially when times are tough. So when Adam Hasner was offered a summer job at Uncle Keith Gordon’s Bizarre Video in New York in 1998, the doors swung... More »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

E-Stim Basics: Selling Customers on Powerboxes as Pleasure Tools

Electrosex is a commonly misunderstood pleasure practice for good reason: Most of us have negative associations with electricity; maybe we’ve been shocked after rubbing our feet across a carpeted... More »

Search Oftentimes Is Left to Chance

Adult content is frowned upon in search, whether in paid, organic or social. With the big algo updates from the past few years, Google has cleaned up search, trying to get rid of spammy and low-quality... More »

Five Tips to Generate Repeat Business

A $50 sale is great. But what if you could get that same $50 sale to come back four times in the next few months? Here are some ideas how to achieve that. 1) On your receipts, you should have an option... More »
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