CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Free Speech Coalition has announced that Pink Visual CEO Allison Vivas will be the recipient of the 2012 FSC Leadership Award at the XBIZ Awards.
FSC’s Leadership Award is presented to the adult entertainment industry business or individual who demonstrates excellence in leading by example.
"I’m proud to be a member of the adult industry, which serves at the vanguard of free speech, represents a source of technical innovation and stands as a symbol of sexual freedom for adults," Vivas told XBIZ.
"It is those characteristics that have inspired me and Pink Visual to become more vocal and more active in representing the industry on important matters and to help dismantle the misconceptions that have inhibited the industry’s opportunities in mainstream commerce. I am honored to accept the FSC Leadership award, and thank the many members of the industry who take pride in what we do and who look beyond their personal interests to try to better the industry as a whole."
The leadership award is given for community service, activism, creating a positive and outstanding work environment, innovations and other qualities that lift the business or individual above the rest.
“Allison has great instinct, a brilliant mind and a boatload of courage,” FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said. “She combines those qualities to provide leadership not only for Pink Visual but also for our industry as a whole.”
Vivas and Pink Visual are being honored for their contributions in the adult industry.
In March, Vivas accompanied FSC and a group of industry leaders to San Francisco to protest the .XXX proposal at the ICANN Board of Directors meeting. She spoke to the media on behalf of the adult industry’s opposition to the sTLD and to the ICANN Board of Directors.
Vivas and Pink Visual also issued a letter to ICM Registry, founder of the .XXX domain, to demand protection of the company’s brands, standing united with the biggest adult brands.
Just this year, Vivas led Pink Visual to make it company policy to protect the health and safety of its performers by funding monthly testing.
Pink Visual, through Vivas, has aggressively prosecuted copyright infringement, as well as sponsoring B2B seminars for industry leaders to learn more about strategies for dealing with content piracy and litigation. Vivas has supported FSC’s Anti-Piracy Action Program (FSC-APAP.com).
Vivas exemplifies the industry executive — professional; proud to be part of the adult industry; fighting to protect the rights of adult business owners; and pushing to keep in the lead with new technologies for the consumer, FSC said.
The leadership award will be presented during the XBIZ Awards Show, which is presented by MyFreeCams.com.
The awards show is scheduled to take place Jan. 10 at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif.
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