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Country Snapshot: Poland

Country Snapshot: Poland
When Poland first joint the European Union in 2004, many workers there left to work in other EU countries — particularly the UK — because of high unemployment; which was the second-highest Europe at that time. However, with the advent of the credit-crunch overseas and rapid growth of the sala... More »

Country Snapshot: Belgium

Country Snapshot: Belgium
I guess the catalyst for this particular country snapshot was a rather unflattering thread that was recently posted on GFY entitled: What the hell is the point of Belgium? As I write, the thread itself has drawn no conclusions, but instead had several references to chocolate, beer, waffles and Je... More »

A Brave New World of Intimacy

A Brave New World of Intimacy
Utherverse Digital CEO Brian Shuster has a vision of adult entertainment's future, and that vision is decidedly three-dimensional. Utherverse is the company behind the adult virtual world RedLightCenter, an adult-specific virtual world similar in structure and function to Second Life. Shuster sees t... More »

The World Wide Phenomenon

The World Wide Phenomenon
When Raffi Vartanian was a kid, he fell in love with the movie business. Growing up in Hollywood, Calif., he was surrounded by film studios, and he ached to be part of that. As he grew older, he worked in some films as an extra and even scored a few small speaking parts. Today, Vartanian is firml... More »

Country Snapshot: Israel

Country Snapshot: Israel
Being married to a Jewish princess, I have had the pleasure of travelling to Israel on more than one occasion. The first thing that struck me when I first visited there was the rampant black humor of which I am a loyal fan — I had never heard so many Jewish jokes in my entire life! The trait of n... More »

Sex.com Evolves

Sex.com Evolves
A lot of people in the industry have been wondering what the brain trust of Sex.com has been doing for the past six months. Towards the end of March, they got their answer when the mega-domain launched a new version of its website. While the launch was limited to North American beta users, following... More »

Jet Set Men are 'On Fire!'

Jet Set Men are 'On Fire!'
XBIZ Premiere presents its latest review, featuring "On Fire!" by Jet Set Men: Directed by Chris Steele and Chad Donovan; and starring Dean Phoenix, Jesse Santana, Sebastian Young, Aaron James, Braxton Bond, C.J. Madison, Jason Reddick, Jeremy Hall, Jonathan Lowe, Nathan Sommers, Guy Parker and Max ... More »

Just Press Play

Just Press Play
There are riches in the niches. Whether a wise adult entertainment producer or retailer ever said those words is up for debate, but never has that maxim been more true than in today's segmented adult content marketplace. A devout believer in that saying is the founder and CEO of Pure Play Media, ... More »

Country Snapshot: Jamaica

Country Snapshot: Jamaica
The first thing that struck me about Jamaica when my wife and I decided to celebrate the millennium there was the number of people that owned a cell phone — and this was nearly a decade ago. Despite living in what most of us would deem to be abject poverty, a mobile device was and is a "must ha... More »

The Gay Fringe

The Gay Fringe
In an industry of ever-shifting interests, it is sometimes difficult to come up with alternatives to the norm. Particularly since "the norm" itself is in a constant state of flux. In the 1980s, gay adult entertainment was shaped by the pretty-boy California surfer-types, thanks in large part to d... 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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