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Do it Virtual

Do it Virtual
At the intersection where online video games meet social networking websites, there's a new way to buy all kinds of naughty stuff, virtually and, increasingly, for real. While the use of virtual worlds for marketing and purchase of real products is in its infancy, the possibilities are endless. N... More »

The Dominator

The Dominator
The year 1993 was a seminal time for Ilan, CEO of the hugely successful online adult retailer, GameLink.com. He'd been working in the hotel business, and as he puts it, "I was bored. That's a business where you're surrounded by people all day long." Not that Ilan is a misanthrope, but he claims t... More »

Indie for All

Indie for All
He seems pretty mild-mannered for a smut peddler. Camera-shy Eon McKai, the creator of alt porn, is a boyish man, more emo than straight edge if you were to identify him by his style. His porn moniker is a tribute to D.C. punk rocker Ian MacKaye, of the bands Minor Threat and Fugazi. You'd never ... More »

Steven Toushin

Steven Toushin
Steven Toushin, president of Bijou Video, has been involved in adult entertainment for nearly four decades. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was passing through Chicago in 1968 when he joined the avant-garde Aardvark Theater group, sparking a career in adult that has spanned over the course of 8mm film, t... More »

A New Formula

A New Formula
Early this year, Jack Mardack hit the road to do some marketing for Earl Miller. Mardack, who had already been an affiliate manager and webmaster of AdultFriendFinder.com, visited some strip clubs during the marketing trek and found something he wasn't expecting. "I was surprised to see how much ... More »

The Crossover

The Crossover
Less than two years ago, Pamela Butkowski was working in mainstream distribution, and wondering how she could get into something new that would take advantage of her marketing background. At the close of 2005, the Cleveland native saw her chance. DVDs For A Buck, an adult DVD program that had been o... More »

JT's Stockroom

JT's Stockroom
Adult fetish retailer JT's Stockroom is arguably the oldest sex toy company on the Internet — its store was online back when the World Wide Web was merely a sparkle in the eyes of Internet shoppers. Stockroom founder Joel Tucker began his fetish store — at the time called JT Toys — in 1988 ... More »

Legal Bear in the Woods

Legal Bear in the Woods
There are hundreds of stories of how mainstream professionals find their way into the adult business. Most will admit it's by accident. Renowned litigation attorney Paul Berra is no different. His path into the adult industry certainly was accidental. As one of the outstanding litigants at the hi... More »

Born For Porn

Born For Porn
Having family in the business makes for good business. That was the common refrain across the adult industry that has a healthy number of sisters, fathers, daughters and sons happily working among its ranks. Vivid Co-chairman Steven Hirsch employs his sister Marci as their director of production.... More »

Eastside Story

Eastside Story
Documentary filmmaker Margie Schnibbe, aka Vena Virago, has appropriated the style of her real self for the work of her nom de porn. Schnibbe is known for her documentary "Pornstar Pets," in which she interviews porn performers like Evan Stone and Taylor Wane about their animals. As Vena Virago, she... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Adult Industry Keeps Fighting On

On Nov. 8, we had one of the most momentous — and to political observers, improbable — victories in the history of our industry. We defeated, by popular vote, a purportedly progressive measure... More »

Finding the Right Payment Business Model

One consistency among nearly all paysite owners is that they are creatures of habit. After all, how else could someone tirelessly produce or procure similar content steadily in order to update their commercial... More »

What Payment Plan Suits Your Bottom Line

The most disappointing aspect of merchant processing is having to tell a merchant that all domestic options have been exhausted and that there isn’t a bank in the U.S. willing to open a merchant... More »
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