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Q&A With Bel Ami's George Duroy

Q&A With Bel Ami's George Duroy
It was gay porn heaven for those in attendance, a gathering of some of the most popular and recognized names in the business: Lukas Ridgeston, Josh Elliot, Johan Paulik, Kris Evans ... the list goes on. They met in Prague for a celebration last September — when Bel Ami celebrated its 20th anni... More »

A Director for All Seasons

A Director for All Seasons
It’s an admission that’s impossible to believe, but you get the sense that Ettore Tosi — an accomplished yet under appreciated director/performer — is actually that humble, which makes the Italian hunk even more appealing. “I don’t think I’ve ever made for ... More »

Hot House Heads to the Gym with Sports Line

Hot House Heads to the Gym with Sports Line
Christian Owen is no stranger to the lure of hot athletes bursting out of their jockstraps. In his days as a performer, one of his highlights was appearing in “Bottom of the 9th,” the third entry in All Worlds Video’s “Little Big League” series — a quartet of base... More »

Falcon Studios Reflects on Merger

Falcon Studios Reflects on Merger
They heard the rumblings from some Falcon diehards in late 2010, when AEBN acquired the legendary studio and merged it with Raging Stallion to form a super duo. The two properties had loyal fan bases — many of them overlapping — but decidedly different aesthetics, the merge causing panic... More »

The Leather Man Carries 48-Year Legacy

The Leather Man Carries 48-Year Legacy
If New York City resident Chuck Mueller had owned a crystal ball when he opened The Leather Man back in June 1965, he would have been pleasantly surprised to learn that his West Village store (which has a largely gay clientele and specializes in leather fetish attire and BDSM items) would still be i... More »

Breathing Fire: The Dynamic Duo Behind Dragon Media

Breathing Fire: The Dynamic Duo Behind Dragon Media
It’s almost like it was destiny, these two icons of the gay porn world joining forces. The career paths of Joe Gage and Ray Dragon have followed similar trajectories, with instant industry success interrupted by a break to pursue endeavors in other areas — where they found more success b... More »

Aussie Invasion — Tate Ryder Eyes U.S. Superstardom

Aussie Invasion — Tate Ryder Eyes U.S. Superstardom
Since moving to the United States last year, Australia’s Tate Ryder has been like a kid in a candy store. But he knew it was his destiny ever since he was a child — and the final nudge came after he put in some work for BentleyRace.com, a successful company down under. “It was abo... More »

Man of Steel: Trenton Ducati Goes From Rodeo to Gay Porn Stardom

Man of Steel: Trenton Ducati Goes From Rodeo to Gay Porn Stardom
As Trenton Ducati approached the stage to accept his award for Gay Performer of the Year at the XBIZ Awards on January 11, few in the audience knew the full story.  Having just completed a whirlwind year where he turned in top-notch performances for almost all the top studios, Ducati had every ... More »

COLT: John Rutherford Talks Shop

COLT: John Rutherford Talks Shop
COLT Studio Group, with its plethora of brands, has produced all-male erotica for 45 years. Just recently, it relaunched flagship site COLTStudiogroup.com. XBIZ recently sat down with John Rutherford, COLT Studio Group’s president and creative director, to discuss the overhauled site as well ... More »

TOP ACT: Next Door Buddy

TOP ACT: Next Door Buddy
As affiliate program NextDoorBuddyProfits.com gears up to celebrate its five-year anniversary in November, XBIZ posed a few questions to Stephan Sirard, the president of Next Door Entertainment, to get a glimpse of the inner workings of one of the top gay companies in adult. Launched in 2006, the N... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Manufacturers Take Action Against Counterfeit Sex Toys

The mainstreaming of pleasure products is proving to be a blessing and a curse for the sex toy industry. As the demand for pleasure products continues to grow, manufacturers are seeing an increase of counterfeiters... More »

Trends in Paysite Design, Content Delivery

Given the highly visual nature of adult entertainment, it is no surprise that many paysites have shown design-forward approaches — some skirting the bleeding edge, while others sought stability over... More »

Surviving Affiliates Seem to Be Thriving

Long a mainstay of traffic generation for adult website owners and monetization channel for tech savvy marketers, “sponsor programs” have delivered countless millions of dollars to affiliates... More »
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