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Porn Convention 2012

  • Is the Porn Industry Imperiled? Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:09 PM ET

    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.

The People

  • The Dirty Dozen 2012: Porn's Most Popular Stars Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 11:54 AM ET
    True superstardom in the adult entertainment industry is a tough thing to achieve. And this year's Dirty Dozen certainly underscores that.Just five of the actresses we listed among the industry's most popular last year make return appearances in 2012, as new faces have come along – and some veteran performers made a comeback.With the industry's annual expo under way in Las Vegas Jan. 18-21, we've once again assembled a list of the most popular porn stars. This year, instead of basing the list on

    Just five of the actresses we listed among the industry's most popular last year make return appearances in 2012, as new faces have come along – and some veteran performers made a comeback.

  • Porn Stars Who Made It to Hollywood Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:01 PM ET
    While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Hollywood – and mainstream culture, in general – tend to segregate the men and women of porn, keeping them at arm's length.But there are some performers whose drive, persistence, and fan base lets them break through those walls. Some make it onto the big screen. Others take a different path. But by the time they're done, their names are known by a much wider audience than they st

    While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Here are 10 who have managed to make the transition to 'civilian' celebrity.

  • Meet the New King of Porn Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:11 PM ET

    Fabian Thylmann lacks the icon status of Hugh Hefner or Larry Flynt, but he has quietly become one of the most powerful people in porn over the past two years.

  • Joslyn James, a porn star, gained fame as as one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses during his 2009 cheating scandal. Today, she's carving a small business niche as a community-focused entrepreneur.

The Issues

  • Condoms Remain a Conundrum Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:09 PM ET

    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.

  • The Porn Producer on Your Block Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 3:20 PM ET

    While there are a few adult entertainment companies that are publicly traded, most are firmly closed to civilians, the industry’s term for outsiders. But one company, Pleasure Dynasty, is opening the filmmaking process.

  • Are .XXX Domains the Next Porn Battleground? Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    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.

Slideshows

  • Scenes from the Adult Entertainment Expo Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 4:32 PM ET
    Each January, Adult Video News, the trade publication of the adult entertainment industry, holds the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.The event (held Jan. 18-21 this year) features appearances by well-known actors in the industry, as well as new products and companies vying for a piece of the $14 billion adult industry. The expo includes a fan show, a trade show, and an adult novelty expo, and culminates with the AVN Awards held on Jan. 21. Fans unable to visit the event are also given

    The event features appearances by well-known actors in the industry, as well as new products and companies vying for a piece of the $14-billion adult industry.

  • First Jobs of Porn's Biggest Stars Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
    Everybody has a first job – and it's rarely has anything to do with how you end up making a living.That's especially true of the adult entertainment industry's biggest names. But their first gigs aren't what you might expect. Sure, some kicked off their resumes with stints in fast food joints, like many teenagers around the country. Several, though, worked in law firms. And one learned the hard way that domestic services were not for her.We tracked down a number of industry superstars on the flo

    Everybody has a first job — and it rarely has anything to do with how you end up making a living. That's especially true of the adult entertainment industry's biggest names.

  • On the Set & at Home with Porn Star Jesse Jane Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 5:06 PM ET
    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.  CNBC's "" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jessie Jane.

    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.CNBC's "Business of Pleasure" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jesse Jane.

  • Power Brokers of the Porn Industry Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 9:25 AM ET
    Women are the main attraction in the adult entertainment industry, but when it comes to the people behind the scenes, it’s very much a male-dominated business. While there are some cracks in the glass ceiling, men still hold most of the power positions in porn. Some of the power players in porn are familiar names, but a significant number have very low public profiles. All of them, though, have significant influence and authority throughout the industry – and sometimes, that’s entirely by accide

    Some of the power players in porn are familiar names, but a significant number have very low public profiles. Here's a look at the industry's power brokers.

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