For Immediate Release | "Underworld" Goes Above & Beyond at the 2014 AVN Awards
LOS ANGELES, CA / LAS VEGAS, NV – (JANUARY 24, 2014) – For industry powerhouse Wicked Pictures, 2014 will be remembered as a year of change. Boasting one of the most accomplished track records in adult entertainment, the 21-year old company stayed true to its core mission of bringing big-budget erotica to women and couples with such releases as Brad Armstrong’s spectacular jessica drake vehicle "Underworld." Wicked also expanded its creative circle by signing Asa Akira and Axel Braun to exclusive contracts. And like all pioneers past and present, the forward-thinking brand continued expanding into emerging markets with new Wicked RealDolls and new products in the award-winning Wicked Sensual Care Collection. Stormy Daniels, jessica drake, Kaylani Lei, Samantha Saint and Asa Akira were brand ambassadors for all this and more at the recent 2014 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The entertainment resort’s penthouse suites were the place to be Wednesday, January 15th as the Wicked Girls enjoyed a media day attended by press from around the globe. Forbes.Com, CNBC, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, HBO Latin America, Mr. Skin and many more interviewed the five contract superstars. The next three days saw the Wicked Girls meeting the public at the all-new Wicked Booth and participating in a diverse array of educational seminars and panel discussions. "Porn Goes to College" found Ms. drake discussing her work dispelling common misconceptions about the industry at some of the nation's leading universities, while her fan seminar "jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal" gave attendees the information needed to experience a pleasurable and passionate "first time." Asa Akira participated in the lighthearted industry panel "Fact or Fiction?" while "What’s the Future of the Feature?" saw director Armstrong discussing the viability of big-budget erotica in today's challenging economy. His jessica drake fantasia "Underworld" was screened inside the Hard Rock's Vinyl nightclub. After the screening, jessica, Brad, Asa and producer David Lord participated in an entertaining Q&A session. In other seminar highlights, iconic actress, screenwriter and director Stormy Daniels shared her views on "The Feminist Porn Mystique," a panel moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals that's since become one of the most talked-about events of the expo. And the latest director to join the Wicked family, Axel Braun of Axel Braun Productions, joined other industry veterans in revealing "31 Ways to Make Cash from Content." The AEE excitement peaked Saturday night, January 18th. Hosted by Wicked's Samantha Saint and acclaimed starlet Chanel Preston, the 2014 AVN Awards Show proved to be a distinctly Wicked affair from the red carpet coverage by Kaylani Lei for AVN Live to the awards show stage, where the company received over twenty major awards. AVN founder Paul Fishbein and the Wicked Girls initiated the Wicked festivities on a poignant note, presenting the coveted Visionary Award to company founder and president Steve Orenstein. Stormy Daniels spoke of Orenstein's 1999 decision to switch to condom-only adult production, while drake praised his solidarity with industry colleagues in opposing government attempts to legislate safer sex practices by fiat. Orenstein, in turn, put others in the spotlight, acknowledging the roles his key creative and executive teams have played in making Wicked the globally recognized brand it is today. In another show highlight, Ms. Daniels was honored with an induction into the AVN Hall of Fame. From there, Wicked and the lines it distributes went on to receive twenty more awards, with "Underworld" receiving nearly half of them: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director Feature, Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Packaging, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor - Xander Corvus & Movie of the Year. In his heartfelt acceptance speech, Armstrong dedicated the Movie of the Year award to the late Jim Starks, an ace lighting designer and critical component of his creative team over the years. The work of Armstrong and drake earned a special tenth award - the first annual Best Safe Sex Scene Award (for "Sexpionage: The Drake Chronicles"). The acclaimed instructional series jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex earned high praise as well, with "jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men" receiving Best Educational Release honors. The newest director to join Team Wicked, veteran hit-creator Axel Braun, received AVN's Best Director trophy for a record fourth year in a row. In other show highlights, veteran contract director Jonathan Morgan's "No-Tell Motel" was recognized with a Best Non-Sex Performance (Kyle Stone), while Barrett Blade received the Best Vignette Release trophy for "Show No Mercy." The evening's next Wicked-related hit, Marc Dorcel's "The Ingenuous," snared a trio of high profile awards, including Best Foreign Feature, Best Director – Foreign Feature, and Best Sex Scene in a Foreign Shot Production. With no one from the Dorcel camp present to receive the awards, the latter trophy was accepted on behalf of the European production giant by Wicked publicist Daniel Metcalf. Dorcel also received Best Foreign Non-Feature honors for "Claire Castel: The Chambermaid." In recognition of Wicked's expanding presence into new and emerging sales arenas, Wicked Sensual Care was recognized with a Best Lubricant Manufacturer trophy. Team Wicked concluded the night – and their week in Vegas – by hosting the official AVN Awards Afterparty at Vanity. With a sprawling dance floor surrounded by cyclone chandeliers, onyx catwalks and world-class entertainment, the luxurious VIP section was the perfect place to bring all things Wicked to a close. In reviewing his company's week in Las Vegas, Steve Orenstein enthuses, "What a week! I couldn't be happier with the way our performers, directors, PR and sales teams handled what was an extremely busy and successful show. Between meetings, interviews, panels, dinners, seminars, parties and ending with the awards show it was a fantastic week. Adding a best lubricant company award for our fairly new venture is equally as rewarding." For more information about the Wicked Girls and Wicked Pictures, please visit www.wicked.com and www.wickedb2b.com.