Articles by Matt O'Conner

Tom Hymes Joins XBIZ as Publisher

After recently stepping down as communications director for the Free Speech Coalition, Tom Hymes has found a home at XBIZ, where he will serve as publisher.

413 Productions Rebranded as Kelly Madison Productions

Kelly Madison’s 413 Productions is getting a new name, Kelly Madison Productions, to better reflect Madison’s involvement in the company and leverage the strength of her name in the branding of the company’s products.

Study Says Spam Up, Porn Down

While spam and malicious phishing emails continue flooding user inboxes, fewer adult companies are sending spam to promote their products — and fewer hackers are using porn as bait — according to a study from security software maker Ipswitch.

Angel Pictures Strikes Deal With Peephole.TV

Adult brokering company Angel Pictures has signed a deal with cable and satellite channel Peephole.TV to license content for the new channel.

‘Family’ Groups Want to Pow-wow With Bush About Porn

Patrick Trueman of the Family Research Council has sent a letter to President Bush requesting a meeting about the distribution of what the letter calls “illegal pornography.”

Babeland to Offer Same-Day Delivery

Female-friendly adult store chain Babeland is launching a same-day home delivery service called Babeland Delivers. Beginning Friday, customers can order any in-stock product from Babeland’s inventory and start enjoying their new toy, novelty or DVD the same day.

Blu-ray Winning Content War, Rumored to Hit Hardware Snags

While most consumers remain blissfully unaware that the high-definition DVD war rages on between major electronics manufacturers and Hollywood studios, Sony’s Blu-ray system took two steps forward and one step back this week.

CED Brings New Penthouse Productions to Latin America

Adult pay-per-view powerhouse Cable Entertainment Distribution (CED) has inked a deal to bring Penthouse productions to South and Central America and Mexico. Sends Adult DVDs to Sperm Banks

DVD rental and video-on-demand company has found one of the most undeniably innovative ways to promote its service to its core audience — by supplying California reproductive tissue banks (sperm banks) with free DVDs and swag.

Company Offers STD Test Verification Card

Eli Dancy says he had seen too many people contracting HIV and too many people infected with STDs continuing to spread them throughout his community, so created the Safe Sex License (SSL), a card people can use to let prospective partners check their STD testing history.

Your Choice Deal Brings Adult Classics to Europe

VCX has struck a deal with U.K.-based distributor Your Choice to bring its library of adult classics to the European market. Your Choice and VCX will begin their distribution partnership Sept. 1 with an initial offering of 276 products, including four- and 12-piece box sets.

Indian Court Rules Against Adult Content

The state’s high court has ruled that TV broadcasters must get approval for all programming to guard against the broadcast of violence, profanity and nudity, according to the Associated Press.

Christian Coalition Starting to Splinter?

Three state chapters of powerful conservative lobbying group the Christian Coalition have split from the national organization, signaling division in the group’s ranks.

Cherry Boxxx Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Killergram’ Series

Cherry Boxxx Pictures has struck a deal with European distributor Playhouse giving the company exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Playhouse’s “Killergram” series.

Pure Play Media Looks to Go Public, Files With SEC

Adult distribution company Pure Play Media has filed a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requesting approval to sell stock in the company.

Chinese Wrap 3rd Annual Adult Show

ADCExpo, the largest adult show in Asia, wrapped Aug. 13 at the China International Exhibition Center. More than 100 manufacturers were on hand to show their latest products to 3,000 buyers such as Doc Johnson, Fun Factory and Alexander Institute.

Adam & Eve, TightFit to Officially Launch Partnership

Adam & Eve and TightFit Productions, sister companies since Adam & Eve purchased a stake in TightFit last month, will have their official coming out on Aug. 31 with a launch party at Cinespace in Hollywood, Calif.

Now Playing Magazine Chronicles ‘Pirates’ Long Road to an R Rating

Almost a year after its release, Digital Playground’s “Pirates” continues to generate buzz, with the summer edition of Now Playing magazine taking an expansive look at the studio’s long, hard road to achieving an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Nev. Politician Accusing Opponent of ‘Porn’ Ties in Smear Campaign

Negative attack ads are standard fare in American politics, but lieutenant governor candidate Brian Krolicki’s ad campaign, in which he accuses Barbara Lee Woollen, his opponent for the Republican nomination, of working in X-rated films, is downright libelous, according to Woolen.

Kansas Grand Jury Indicts at Least 6 Stores

A Kansas grand jury has handed down obscenity indictments against at least six adult book and video stores in the state.

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