Despite the economic challenges of a crowded marketplace, the worldwide demand for porn is higher than ever. In 2006, the adult industry continued to expand into new areas of technology, while FBI visits and obscenity busts served as a reminder of the Bush administration’s right-wing agenda.
Adult starlets appeared on reality TV, while mainstream personalities such as Eddie Van Halen and Dustin “Screech” Diamond crossed over to porn. Jenna Jameson was immortalized in wax, Jim South's World Modeling closed its doors, Vivid went condom-optional and Pure Play Media went public. At year's end, Wicked Pictures released the first adult HD-DVD.
The following list compiles 25 stories that affected the adult industry this year. The staff of AVN would like to wish the adult community a happy and healthy 2007.
5) Sex.com – The End of an Era
6) Adult Industry Group Meets with FBI About 2257 Issues
10) World Modeling Closes
11) Jon Dough Takes Own Life
12) Wicked Pictures, Dimension DVD Release Industry’s First HD-DVD
13) Vivid Signs Distribution Deal with Pulse
15) Owner of CashTitans Arrested, Charged with Obscenity, Racketeering
16) Michelle Freridge Leaves FSC Post, Diane Duke Steps In
20) Jules Jordan Leaves Evil Angel to Launch Distribution Company
21) Pure Play Media Goes Public
22) Jenna Jameson Immortalized by Madame Tussauds
23) Eddie Van Halen Collaborates with Michael Ninn on Sacred Sin
Industry-related passings: Rudy Sutton, Rocky, Andy Dill, Matt Sterling, Robert McCallum, Michelle Urry, Don Lemmon (Asia Carrera's husband), Anna Malle, Candy Barr, Cory Ipson, Mary Byrne Gates, Frank Vette (Vicky Vette's husband), Jon Dough