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WIA Profile: Meredith Christopher

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What is your role and responsibility at Adam & Eve?

It's amazing how many new developments crop up over the weekends

I've been the executive producer for Adam & Eve Pictures for the last five years. On average I produce about 36 movies a year and currently manage Adam & Eve's three contract girls: Bree Olson, Kayden Kross and Alexis Ford. In addition, I work and coordinate with all the internal divisions at Adam & Eve, including the main catalog, wholesale, AdamEve.com, Video Gold Club, VideoMail and Sinclair Intimacy Institute.

Describe a typical Monday at your desk.

Lots of emails and hot green tea! It's amazing how many new developments crop up over the weekends that demand my attention first thing. Depending upon where I am in the creative cycle, I'll also work on contracts for new movie projects, write up marketing plans for each new movie project, search for new hot talent to cast, work with the artists on box covers and catalog layouts, review raw footage from a shoot, network with my peers at other companies, and review numbers for movies in release. It's a busy day when things go perfectly, and when they don't, it's three times as busy!

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman in adult entertainment?

That's a hard question, because the adult film business isn't like either traditional mainstream production houses, which are for the most part still male dominated, or like other segments of the adult entertainment industry, likewise still male-dominated. There are actually quite a few women in places of authority in our end of the pool. The directors don't treat me any differently, because they're used to working with — and for — women.

And I actually feel like being a woman is a positive benefit, particularly when it comes to talking to my female talent. There's no ambiguity about my motivations or my expectations, and it allows me to simultaneously put them at ease and let them know the level of professionalism we expect here at AEP.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Seeing a big project through such as "The 8th Day" or "Rawhide II: Dirty Deeds" from concept to its release date. There's something magical about watching an idea go from a few lines scribbled on the back of a napkin or in a notebook through the entire production process. Mainstream movie houses have the same creative dynamic between script, director, and cast, but with adult films there's an additional element: everything else could be perfect, but the final product has to both entertain and arouse. That kind of challenge is what keeps things fresh and interesting for me. Finding hot talent who can not only perform, but transfer their enthusiasm and allure to the viewer, is an art. Taking that performance and making it a part of a much larger, cohesive film — and have it work wonders on the screen for the fans — that is the reward.

How do you maintain balance in your life?

Balance? What balance? Seriously, I feel like I face the same stresses that most career women do, but it helps that I'm passionate about my product and the people involved. Some people have asked me if I get tired of porn all the time, like it was a chore or something. The fact is, like a lot of women, I like porn.

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