LOS ANGELES, CA — Puba has received XRCO Award nominations for some of its biggest stars, as well as director Ivan.
Puba is well represented in the individual performer categories. A pair of Puba Girls, Asa Akira and Skin Diamond, have been nominated for Female Performer of the Year. Christy Mack received a nod for New Starlet. Dana DeArmand was named as one of porn's naughtiest women with a nomination for Superslut. Akira and Diamond were also recognized for their intense sex scenes. Each landed on the Orgasmic Analist and Superslut nominee list. Diamond added Orgasmic Oralist for a total of four nominations. In all, the Puba Girls notched nine of Puba's 10 XRCO Award nominations.
"We have an amazing roster of performers," says Puba co-owner Ben. "Asa, Skin, Christy, and Dana are all quite deserving of the recognition from XRCO. With the new talent we keep adding, I am sure that the nominations and wins will keep coming for our girls."
Puba's in-house director Ivan has received a nomination in the Best Web Director category. This is the first year that the XRCO has recognized directors for their work for web-based networks. Ivan's excellence caught the attention of the critics on the nominations panel and landed him on the inaugural web-based directors list.
"Any time an organization of critics singles you out for an award like this it's an honor," says Ivan. "These are men and women who watch a lot of porn and see the best and worst the industry has to offer. To receive a nomination for my work on web sites is very gratifying. To be one of the nominees in the first year that XRCO has recognized this category is incredibly flattering."
His work has been recognized by the XRCO, but Ivan's contributions are already well known to the women of Puba.
"Ivan has always been there for me in both my professional and personal life," says New Starlet nominee Mack." I wouldn't be where I am now without him and his amazing creativity."
"Ivan is absolutely one of my favorite people I've ever had the pleasure of working with," says XRCO Nominated performer Asa Akira. "His creative energy and passion for shooting are both extremely contagious. Not only am I lucky to have my website in the hands of such a talented director, I am proud to call him my friend."
Ivan has had a successful YouTube channel, "Slivan" (A combination of his real name and his XXX Nome de plume), for years. It currently has nearly 17,000 followers and over 17.5 million views. The channel has become so successful that Ivan is launching a new project, “As Seen on Slivan,” where fans and their videos are incorporated into periodic episodes. They have already had a number of submissions, including some from members of military checking in from battlefields around the globe.
To handle this new project, Ivan has added new members to his crew, including an additional cameraman, Chris Evans. Already an industry vet, Evans has worked with Ivan previously on a number of segments of "Porn Valley 91311." He is now part of an expanding team that includes a second editor, as well as additional crew members handling music and graphics.
"It has been a lot of fun working on the YouTube channel," adds Ivan. "It gives us a chance to be creative, fan-friendly, and to work on new projects. We are incorporating what we do on the YouTube channel with network and the Puba Girls. Our newest project is called Newly Screwed Game. We get to showcase fantastic talent in a fun, sexy segment that will cross over nicely to a mainstream audience."
Building on the momentum of Ivan's success, Puba's sister company Pornstar Empire is working on a special DVD release showcasing Ivan's work.
Puba Girl Samantha Saint sums up, "It's an honor to be able to call Ivan not only a business partner but a friend, as well. He has so much passion and talent for his work. He makes ‘work’ fun. Truly an all-around great guy who just so happens to be a badass director!"
To view Ivan's YouTube channel, visit SlIvan.com.