It's the porn industry's equivalent of the Oscars -- and at this year's AVN Awards, it's all about the changing face of pornography. Brian Shactman reports. (2:15)» Read More
The highest earners of porn today are CamGirl models who make money by stripping in front of a computer webcam.
Toys are a growth segment in the adult industry, with sales topping $15 billion, primarily because of the rise of high-end toys, which couples see as an investment in their love life.
Porn had a tough year--everything from rampant piracy to a mandatory condom rule. But don't give up on this plot line just yet: The 2013 outlook is looking good.
While the old guard is certainly not stepping out of the spotlight, there are a lot of up-and-comers eager to take their place.
In the porn industry, the people pulling the strings remain behind the scenes. Here are the power brokers in the world of porn.
As the porn film business continues to see revenues decline, more and more adult companies have begun expanding into new fields of business. And business has been good.
Women loved books like 50 Shades of Grey and films like Magic Mike. And the porn industry welcomed them.
Since the late 1990s, Wicked Pictures has used condoms in its films, yet it's still one of the biggest filmmakers in the industry.
When the movie industry slapped adult films with an XXX rating, porn companies came to embrace the scarlet letters. But when the nonprofit corporation that oversees Internet addresses rolled out the .xxx domain, the reception was unequivocally unenthusiastic.
The L.A. City Council voted to make condom use mandatory in adult films. And adult studios are already planning how to minimize the effects of that law.
As the porn industry gathers for its annual convention, there's a lot at stake. Online piracy continues to nip at the earnings of studios, and new legislation could dramatically impact how companies do business.