January 17, 2004 04:00am
From the Trenches - AVN AEE 2004
by: Dave Cummings
Adult Video News (AVN) Rocks! I just drove in from Las Vegas where AVN adroitly pulled off a "hat trick" these past seven days, namely the Adult Internet's Internext Show, the Adult Entertainment Expo, and the AVN Awards Show. First class, professional, ritzy, and business like yet great fun, the fine folks at AVN excelled in organizing and presenting these three mega events. I'm in awe at how it was possible for them to do it so flawlessly. Let me try to recount some of the things I experienced there these past six days, hopefully in such a way that you might feel like you were there, too.
I drove the five-hour trip of 315 miles from San Diego to Las Vegas, arriving at the majestic Venetian Hotel shortly past noon; the valet and baggage people handled getting the car parked and my luggage delivered to my suite while I registered for the show and headed directly to the Video Secrets ( VideoSecrets.com) booth where Jenna Jameson was the star attraction signing autographs and posing for the throngs in her line; I was doing likewise at the booth, but of course my lines were short, especially relative to hers and the other Club Jenna and Vivid girls who rotated in and out of the booth doing the appearance "thing". As is evident just by her photos and ClubJenna.com site as well as her television and movie appearances, Jenna is absolutely beautiful; even more importantly, she's a beautiful human being who warmly went out of her way to accommodate everyone seeking photos or a few minutes to chat with her at the booth. Video Secrets was an extremely busy and dynamic place to be during the Internext Show. At an Internet awards event the next day, Video Secrets won the coveted title of Best Internet Content Provider. Among an extensive array and variety of content types, they also have a streaming video console of Jenna that other adult sites can obtain for their membership members; during this show Video Secrets was launching the same type streaming video for me as a "Sugar Daddy Dave" feed containing streaming video of my Sugardaddy, sex Fun, and Knee Pad Nymphos series of videos---see their VSContent.com . Just before the end of that initial day, I managed to walk around and see the other exhibits. All the big guys were there; giveaways were plentiful, some lucky attendees won top-of-the-line vehicles, and I briefly visited with a number of adult stars and others (one of whom gave me a free password to view WantBoobs.com , one of my favorite sites).
My evening consisted of a nice Italian dinner (I'm half Italian-and half Irish) at the Venetian, then out to a couple of parties; there's no such thing as a so-so party at AVN's Internext, rather they are All elegant and exquisite. After doing a fast-paced 40-minute walk around the hotel the next morning, I met with my webmaster-partner for a breakfast planning meeting concerning the launch of 300+ additional adult sites for other porn-related domains I own; then, I reported back to the Video Secrets booth to meet more attendees. That evening I did a hardcore photo shoot with Erika Kole for her ErikaKole.com and my DaveCummings.com sites; in barely an hour, we produced over 250 naughty photos and 9-10 short video clips; interestingly, while doing our initial intercourse position, she asked me if it would be Ok if she stuck her finger up her butt while I was thrusting my penis into her vagina. Of course, I said it was Ok-what's a guy to do when someone so cute asks? Later, she asked me to do the "money shot" on her eye glasses so that she could then lick the cum off of them before taking me back into her mouth; again, being accommodating, I agreed! Erika Kole was sweet, smiley, sexy, and personable; oh yes, she also kisses sensuously, and enthusiastically humps away!
After the shoot, I went to a party hosted/sponsored by Danni Ashe and attended by many of the Industry's elite models and top photographers (e.g., EarlMiller.com ). Afterwards, I swung by the Video Secrets gala event, one swamped with the leaders/shakers/movers of the Adult Internet Industry. Every one of us guest's felt like royalty.
Internext was a total success; business was accomplished, outstanding seminars were presented, attendees got to place faces with names; and, everyone I saw or chatted with seemed genuinely happy with all aspects; universally, they were applauding AVN for doing such a great job of yet another fine event. I personally agree.
While most Internext attendees were departing Las Vegas, the annual Computer Electronics Show (CES) registrants and AVN Adult Entertainment Expo participants and attendees were checking in. The Venetian Hotel's staff efficiently handled the outflow and simultaneous influx seamlessly. All 4,000 suites were booked, people were pleased with the accommodations and uniqueness of the hotel, and I personally turned on the hair dryer in my suite just for the fantasy that I magically had hair that needing attention, but...! The hotel staff and guests were buzzing with rumors and reports of porn star arrivals; CES attendees were asking which porn starlet was who, and commenting about how they planned to hurry back from the CES Show so they could enjoy the AVN Expo adult happenings; and, the Huge AVN Expo area was becoming crowded with Industry personnel and smiling fans alike. That night I put on a hat and spent some of the early evening walking the Las Vegas strip and enjoying people-watching; even with a hat, people somehow recognized me and kept coming up to me to shake hands, some gushing over me being their hero for banging young adult starlets. It was enjoyable chatting with them and helping them see that we porn people are approach-able and normal; during my evening out with my best friend (me!) it was also fun to act tourist-like. Returning to the Venetian after a delicious late night seafood dinner, I walked amongst the tourists and casino players (yes, I dropped a few dollars into the poker slot machines; I considered it "spending" not gambling, hence I didn't feel like a loser, per se).
Like the previous day when I was appearing/autographing for Wildlife Productions, I reported the next morning to their booth where a number of us all gathered each day of the AVN Expo to meet and greet fans---e.g., starlets Sophia, Fallon Sommers, Ava Devine, Shy Love, and, Nicki Hunter (of Nicki-hunter.com ); porn actor Brett Rockman who is presently directing and releasing "Double Indulgence" through Wildlife/Power House; Wildlife contract star Nick Manning; and, AVN Award winner, Actor Ben English who is releasing "Intensitivity" through Wildlife. Truly, Wildlife Productions recognizes and caters to the fans, and respects and appreciates them. They even have a forum at their WildlifeXXX.com for interaction directly with Director Bobby Rinaldi. Fans are like gold to Wildlife Productions.
The size of the exhibit floor and the crowd was even larger this year than previous years. It's amazing how many women and couples attended, none acting sheepishly or embarrassed about the normalcy of sex. The porn starlets were attentive to the fans, and the smiles were genuine. I noted that many female fans were more outgoing and comfortable about adult matters, and that many of the married CES attendees who were enjoying the sights (i.e., the girls) weren't as concerned as some were in the past about corporate associates seeing them there and possibly thinking negatively about their morals; indeed, I saw evidence of even more mainstreaming and acceptance of porn as a fact of life! Lots of celebrities were seen on the floor, including wrestler Hulk Hogan and fighter Mike Tyson. To name the famous Adult Film Industry folks at the Expo would take pages and pages, so suffice to report that almost everyone from the Adult Industry was there.
The final night of the AVN Expo was the AVN Awards Show. Nominees and winners can be found at AVN.com. The thousands of fans, three and four deep on both sides of the roped off walkway for the two hundred yard jaunt down the "red carpet" from the casino elevators to the Ballroom, were enthusiastic and happy. Some media, critics, and others might subjectively laugh at how the AVN Awards relate to the Academy Awards, but the fans are showing the mainstreaming of porn by their enthusiastic attendance and applause. Aside from perhaps the survival instinct, the sexual urge of mankind is so strong and universal that the AVN Awards Show might someday be more watched than the Academy Awards Show. And, yes, many of the fans lining the walkway and yelling out compliments to the talent were women and couples, not just guys. The AVN Awards Show was entertaining and fun for the 3,000+ in the audience. Again, I'm in awe at how AVN does such a magnificent job of the Awards Night. After making the trek down the walkway and doing short interviews for Playboy Television, HBO, and KSEXradio.com, I walked into the huge ballroom and found my table. The food was tasty, the actor and actress tablemates were great company, and the show was absolutely efficient, entertaining and fantastic. After the show, the trek back up the walkway lined with fans and tourists was still jammed pack. I couldn't help but think that the right-wing hypocrites would be upset if they saw the unrelenting and ever-growing acceptance of porn that was evident this past week. A fun after-party for show attendees was fun, somewhat wild, and filled with love and happiness.
The next morning, like each morning in Las Vegas, I did my fast-paced walk followed by a nice Italian breakfast; after showering, I again reported to the Wildlife booth (a place where we guys and women of porn were always well cared for, respected, and supported). Now home after another 300+ mile drive back to San Diego, I can't help but smile both within myself as well as on my face when I re-live the happenings of the truly outstanding events that AVN presented this past week. Now, it's back to the grind of everyday life and the gearing up to again be back in front of cameras and lights, and that Director's call of "Action"!!
If I could wave a magic wand and somehow make it happen, I'd like for everyone reading this to be able to attend next year's events. AVN Rules!! AVN scored a hat trick---AVN is a world-class winner!