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Web Transaction Services Spreads the Wealth

Web Transaction Services Spreads the Wealth
For more than a decade, online payment processor Web Transaction Services (WTS) has served merchants well with its Automated Clearing House (ACH) billing system. "That was our niche in the adult marketplace," said WTS CEO Bill Parodi. "That's what we cut our teeth on. We really refined that proc... More »

The King of Latin Porn

The King of Latin Porn
Marco Banderas has been referred to as The Maraca Machine and of course, The King of Latin Porn. Known best for his ability to supply endless pop shots, often back-to-back-to-back; to perform scenes from dawn to dusk without a break (“I hate to stop once I’m going.”) and to even direct the ent... More »

Fiery Latina Flower

Fiery Latina Flower
It’s the eyes that first catch you when looking at Daisy Marie. She makes a sultry, searing connection with the lens. Without a moment’s pause, she knows exactly how to communicate on a visceral level, full in the knowledge that she enjoys making her living having sex for the world to see. ... More »

FameDollars on the Rise

FameDollars on the Rise
FameDollars holds the key to the power of three, having landed three of the biggest names in porn — Tera Patrick, Rocco Siffredi and Peter North — and helped establish three of the strongest online brands in adult. After completing the trifecta in September with the addition of RoccoSiffredi.com... More »

The Ultimate Freak Diva

The Ultimate Freak Diva
I know this young guy who’s interested in doing porn, so I took him to dinner,” the svelte, hard-bodied Marie Luv told XBIZ as she stands, in all her exquisite sexiness, beside the glistening water of a massive swimming pool high up in the world-famous Hollywood Hills. Donning casual blue j... More »

In the Executive Seat: Michael Klein

In the Executive Seat: Michael Klein
As other celebrated brands struggle to maintain their place in the pantheon of adult companies, Larry Flynt's Hustler manages not only to maintain but expand its reach and influence, even in the face of a withering recession. We thought now would be the perfect time to sit down with LFP President Mi... More »

Into the Mind of Diesel

Into the Mind of Diesel
Shane Diesel really does do ‘em all, just as the title of his popular compilation series for Digital Sin boldly proclaims. Indeed, the black contract performer/director for New Sensations loves women of all ethnicities. It’s all good to Diesel, otherwise known as “Blackzilla” due to his... More »

The New Asian Persuasion

The New Asian Persuasion
With a fractured adult industry overflowing with talent, it’s more difficult than ever for even a worthy performer to find recognition. Asa Akira is one starlet who, despite her beauty and consistently strong scenes, seems to get less attention than some of her more publicity-hungry rivals. T... More »

The Adult Company goes Global

The Adult Company goes Global
Guillaume Charmant, associate CEO of the Geneva, Switzerland-based Dreamnex Group, had an idea. He noticed that about 30 percent of the traffic to U.S. adult sites comes from European countries. He also noticed that nearly all of this traffic is going to waste. "Most of the time, these surfers ha... More »

AMP Offers New Options for Merchants

AMP Offers New Options for Merchants
Mace Horowitz, vice president of operations for Alternative Merchant Processing (AMP), likes to keep things simple and straightforward. "We provide direct merchant accounts, both domestically and internationally, for hard to place, unconventional or high volume merchants." That may sound lik... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail;... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades”... More »

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than... More »
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