AVN (magazine)

Adult Video News (also called AVN or AVN Magazine) is an American trade magazine that covers the adult video industry. The New York Times notes that AVN is to pornographic films what Billboard is to records.[3] AVN sponsors an annual convention, called the Adult Entertainment Expo or AEE, in Las Vegas, Nevada along with an award show for the adult industry modeled after the Oscars.[3][4]

AVN rates adult films and tracks news developments in the industry. An AVN issue can feature over 500 movie reviews.[5][6] The magazine is about 80% ads and is targeted at adult-video retailers. Author David Foster Wallace has described AVN articles to be more like infomercials than articles, but he also described the AVN magazine as "sort of the Variety of the US porn industry."[1]

Adult Video News
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CategoriesTrade magazine
Total circulation
Year founded1983
CountryUnited States
Based inChatsworth, California


Paul Fishbein, Irv Slifkin, and Barry Rosenblatt founded AVN in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Slifkin left in 1984; having lost interest in reviewing adult movies due to the industry's transition from film to videos. Rosenblatt and Fishbein had a falling out in 1987. Eventually, Fishbein moved the magazine to the San Fernando Valley where it operates to this day.[7] Fishbein sold the company in 2010.[2]

AVN is widely quoted for various figures about the adult industry and its revenues.[8][9][10] AVN estimated that the sales and rentals of adult videos topped four billion dollars in 2000[8] and 2002.[9] Forbes has called this figure "baseless and wildly inflated". When Forbes asked AVN how it arrived at this figure, the managing editor responded, "I don't know the exact methodology... It's a pie chart." When asked to separate the figures for sales versus rentals, a standard practice among those who cover the video industry, the editor did not think those figures were available. Adams Media Research noted that no one tracked the adult video business with rigor or precision and that the most generous estimate of sales and rentals combined was $1.8 billion.[8] AVN estimated that adult industry revenue in 2005 was $12.6 billion with $2.5 billion of that coming from the Internet. However, ABC News reported that this figure could not be independently verified.[10] According to Michael Goodman of the Yankee Group, it is difficult to estimate for an industry where few companies are public and new providers continually appear.[11]

Notable alumni

AVN Europe

In October 2007, AVN launched the first ever pan-European, English-language adult industry trade-magazine, AVN Europe, with editorial offices based in Budapest, Hungary. For about two years, AVN Europe published monthly issues with reviews and news items as well as in-depth background articles on such topics as historical development, distribution patterns and women's erotica. By mid-2009, following a change of editorial staff, the publication lowered its ambitions somewhat, focusing more on photos from trade shows and other light-weight content. It folded soon after; the last issue was June 2009.

Adult Entertainment Expo

AVN sponsors an annual convention, the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), held each January in Las Vegas. The Expo is the largest pornography industry trade show in the United States.[15]

Award Shows

AVN Adult Movie Awards

AVN also hosts an award show for the adult industry modeled after the Oscars.[16][17][18] The awards feature over 100 categories and has an attendance of over 3500 people.[19] David Foster Wallace skeptically noted that AVN, in 1997, reviewed over 4,000 new releases in every category in comparison to the 375 films that the Academy Awards were required to see for the Oscars.[1] This number increased to 8,000 for the 2008 Awards and Paul Fishbein comments that it is "a very long, horrible process".[20] The New York Times describe the "precise criteria for winning an AVN are not, well, explicit".[21] Awards often go to consistent advertisers in AVN.[22]

Sports columnist Bill Simmons commented that the Awards were "the most secretly captivating telecasts on TV" alongside the National Spelling Bee and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.[23] Violet Blue, the sex writer, describes the Awards as "big backslapping event where the same companies and same names win year after year... To think of the 'porn Oscars' as a true representation of porn's very best is like having sex with a Jenna Jameson love doll and telling your friends you had sex with the porn star".[24] Even Tyla Winn, an award winner, had trouble remembering one of her sex scenes that was nominated.[21]

GayVN Awards

AVN also sponsors the GAYVN Awards which are presented annually to honor work done in the gay pornography industry. Awards for gay adult video were a part of the AVN awards from 1988 to 1998. In 1999, AVN decided to separately host the GayVN Awards.

AVN Online

AVN produces a publication dedicated to online adult business trends. In print and on the web, AVN Online publishes articles devoted to the diverse adult internet experience, such as a story about the Village TV Gay News.

See also


  1. ^ a b c David Foster Wallace (2006-03-12). "First Chapter - 'Consider the Lobster'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  2. ^ a b Nick Wingfield (2012-01-09). "Silicon and Silicone Split, as C.E.S. and Adult Entertainment Expo Part Ways". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Timothy Egan (2000-10-23). "EROTICA INC.—A special report.; technology sent Wall Street into market for pornography". U.S. The New York Times. Corrected 2000-10-25. Archived from the original on 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  4. ^ Steve Kroft (2004-09-05). "Porn In The U.S.A." 60 Minutes. Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  5. ^ Frank Rich (2003-07-27). "Finally, Porn Does Prime Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  6. ^ DPA, Los Angeles (2003-07-17). "Porn loses seedy image, becomes mainstream in US". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  7. ^ Anthony Layser (2008-01-09). "Porn Supremecy". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  8. ^ a b c Dan Ackman (2001-05-25). "How Big Is Porn?". Forbes. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  9. ^ a b Bill Keveney (2003-10-16). "Hollywood gets in bed with porn". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  10. ^ a b Jonathan Silverstein (2006-01-19). "Is Porn a Growing or Shrinking Business?". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  11. ^ Sue Chen (2002-11-25). "San Fernando's Open Secret". CBS News. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  12. ^ "AVN Names New Managing Editor". Adult Video News. 2000-01-26. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  13. ^ Gelt, Jessica (January 28, 2014). "Anthony Lovett dies at 52; humorist wrote 'L.A. Bizarro' guidebook". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  14. ^ "Tony Lovett Steps Down as AVN Publisher and Editor-in-Chief to Pursue Creative Ventures, AVN, November 19, 2010.
  15. ^ Stephen Clark (2006-04-01). "Ex-stripper evangelizes to sex industry". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 9 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  16. ^ "The Oscars of porn". Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
  17. ^ Brent Hopkins (2007-06-03). "Porn: The Valley's secret industry". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-07-25. ...earned seven Adult Video News awards, referred to as the Oscars of porn.
  18. ^ David Schmader (2000-03-09). "Porn's Big Night". The Stranger. Retrieved 2007-07-25. ...the most prestigious event in the world of adult film: the Adult Video News Awards, hereby known as the AVNs, popularly known as the porno Oscars.
  19. ^ Stuart McGurk (2006-03-04). "And the winner is ..." The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  20. ^ Adam Tanner (2008-01-14). "Porn industry seeks recognition with annual awards". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  21. ^ a b Matt Richtel (2006-01-10). "A Night to See the Stars Actually Wearing Clothes". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  22. ^ The teenager & the porn star: will 18-year-old Sasha Grey become the adult film industry's next Jenna Jameson? Los Angeles Magazine
  23. ^ Bill Simmons (2002-05-31). "Great sports any way you spell it". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  24. ^ Violet Blue (2007-01-18). "The Rise of Indie Porn?". SF Gate. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-04.

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AVN (magazine), Adult Video News, a trade magazine for the pornographic industry

AVN Award, award issued by AVN magazine

AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, AVN magazine annual convention

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Atrioventricular node, a special region of conducting tissue in the heart

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AVN, National Rail code for Avonmouth railway station, UK

FK AVN, former name of FK ASK (1923-1970), a former Latvian football club

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Agencia Venezolana de Noticias, Venezuelan state news agency

Avination, a virtual world simulation game modeled after Second Life.

AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) is an adult entertainment convention and trade show held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada and is sponsored by AVN magazine. AEE is the largest pornography industry trade show in the United States. The 2007 AVN Expo had over 30,000 attendees, which included 355 exhibiting companies.

AVN Award

The AVN Awards are film awards sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News) to recognize achievement in various aspects of the creation and marketing of American pornographic movies and they are called the "Oscars of porn".The awards are divided into nearly 100 categories, some of which are analogous to industry awards offered in other film and video genres and others that are specific to pornographic/erotic film and video.AVN sponsored the first AVN Awards ceremony in February 1984. The award ceremony occurs in early January during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, the ceremony has aired in a form edited for time on Showtime, which is usually broadcast in a 90-minute time slot.Awards for gay adult video were a part of the AVN Awards from the 1986 ceremony through the 1998 ceremony. The increasing number of categories made the show unwieldy. For the 1999 ceremony AVN Magazine began hosting the GayVN Awards, an annual adult movie award event for gay adult video.

AVN Media Network

AVN Media Network is a publishing, digital media and event management company for the adult entertainment industry. AVN Media Network's portfolio of businesses includes several widely recognized adult industry publications, expos, shows, and communities. These include gfy.com, an adult webmaster community, AVN magazine, AVN Online, GAYVN and AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.AVN Media Network, Inc. is headquartered in the Chatsworth, CA

Alexis Texas

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Ariel Rebel

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Carly Milne

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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Milne started writing professionally at age 14. Two years later, she was hired by The Calgary Herald, as a columnist for "20 Below", which was geared to discussing teen issues. She contributed to several Canadian teen magazines; and at 19, she became the entertainment editor for Canada's first teen e-zine Spank! Youth Culture Online. She then created and edited the e-zine Can.Say for Molson Breweries. Can.Say won a Canadian Internet Award for Best Internet Publication. Milne then became an editor at Yahoo! Canada.

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In 2002, she accepted a position as Associate Editor of AVN magazine, and in 2003, she took a job with Metro Interactive, home of porn star Ron Jeremy, as a publicist, and launched her website Pornblography.com. 'The website drew attention from various media outlets including PBS, ABC's Nightline, Sirius Radio, Sex TV, XM Radio, Naked New York, Playboy Radio and more. Milne was also interviewed for the popular E! Channel show True Hollywood Story about porn superstar Jenna Jameson.

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Fucking Machines

Fucking Machines (also known as fuckingmachines.com and fuckingmachines) is a pornographic website founded in 2000 that features video and photographs of women engaged in autoerotic sexual stimulation with penetrative sex-machines and sex toys. Based in San Francisco, California, the site is operated by Kink.com. Web entrepreneur Peter Acworth launched Fucking Machines on September 25, 2000, as his company's second website after Kink.com. Devices shown on the site were created with the intent to bring women authentic orgasms. Performers were instructed to allow themselves to be recorded experiencing pleasure.

After the site applied in 2005 to trademark the phrase "fuckingmachines", the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the application and ruled that the mark was obscene. Free speech lawyer Marc Randazza represented the site and appealed the decision. Orlando Weekly called his legal brief "one of the most entertaining legal documents you're likely to come across." The appeal was denied in April 2008 and the case was terminated. Randazza's argument in the case became known as The Fuck Brief.

The website has been the subject of attention from journalists and academics studying sexuality. Writer Regina Lynn highlighted the site's emphasis on communication, and Annalee Newitz of AlterNet classed it as part of Porn 2.0. Violet Blue wrote in The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Sex Toys that it helped popularize the idea of machines aiding in sex acts. The 2008 edition of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History described the aesthetic of the devices as disturbing. Jessica Roy wrote for The New York Observer that Fucking Machines' examples of orgasms were a form of transhumanism. Sarah Schaschek devoted a chapter to the phenomenon in Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema, titled "Fucking Machines: High-Tech Bodies in Pornography". She observed, "Strictly speaking, the women in these videos are both the controllers and the controlled."

GayVN Awards

The GayVN Awards are film awards presented annually to honor work done in the gay pornographic industry. The awards were sponsored by AVN Magazine, the parent publication of GAYVN Magazine, and continue the recognition for gay pornography which was part of the AVN Awards from 1986–1998. The awards went on a hiatus after the 2011 ceremony and returned in 2018.The award recipients are listed below by the year of the award ceremony. In 1998, the first year of the awards, awards were given for that current year's work. Starting with the awards show held in 2000, the awards were given for the previous year's work. For example, the 8th GAYVN Awards were held Thursday, March 9, 2006; awards were given for the movies that were released in 2005. The awards have been held annually since 2000. The current record-holder for the most wins in one year is Lucas Entertainment's Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita, which won 14 awards in 2007. The previous record-holder with 11 award wins in 2005 was Buckshot Productions' BuckleRoos.

Holly Randall

Holly Randall (born September 5, 1978) is an American erotic photographer. In 2013, she was named one of the most influential women in the adult industry by AVN magazine.She is the daughter of the erotic photographer Suze Randall and the author Humphry Knipe.

Internet Adult Film Database

The Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) is an online database of information pertaining to, in United States, the pornography industry: actors, actresses, directors, studios, distributors and pornographic films. It is similar to the Internet Movie Database, in that it is open to the public and is searchable. Films produced by the non-American pornographic industry are found on the database if a U.S. release is available and the film concerned is presented as bearing the information about the U.S. release, not the original one.

Jiz Lee

Jiz Lee (born October 30, 1980) is an American genderqueer pornographic performer, whom Steve Javors of AVN Magazine has called "one of the major stars of the 'queer porn' set." Lee identifies as genderqueer, preferring the use of epicene or gender neutral pronouns such as they, them, and theirs. Lee is an advocate for the ethical production and consumption of pornography. In particular, Lee advocates for the labor rights and sexual autonomy of adult entertainment performers on-set.

List of members of the AVN Hall of Fame

The AVN (Adult Video News) Hall of Fame has honored people for their work in the adult entertainment industry since 1995. The individuals inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame have "made significant contributions to the adult industry" and have had "a minimum of 10 years in the industry" to be considered for induction.There are several branches of the AVN Hall of Fame; performers and directors enter the original AVN, video-based Hall of Fame. The Founders branch is "for those who founded the industry’s pioneering companies". The Internet Founders Branch is "for those who built the online sector" of the industry. The Pleasure Products branch is "for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of sex toys"; The Executive branch is "for key members of the industry who work behind the scenes in the corporate offices or excelled in other capacities—for example, in sales, marketing, or education".

Mark Miremont

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Misty Stone

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