Vivid Entertainment
Company typePrivate
Founded1984; 40 years ago (1984)
FounderSteven Hirsch
David James
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, U.S.
ProductsPornographic films
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Vivid Entertainment Group is an American pornographic film production company,[1][2] featuring internet content.


Vivid Entertainment is privately owned by Americans Steven Hirsch and Bill Asher, and Welshman David James.[3][4]

In 2006, Vivid Entertainment was described by Reuters as one of the handful of studios that dominate the U.S. porn industry.[5] It is based in Los Angeles, California. Founder Steven Hirsch is co-chairman, along with Bill Asher, who is also a co-owner.[6]

In February 2006, Vivid changed its condom-only policy to a condom-optional policy that lets performers decide whether to use them.[7][8] In October 2010, Vivid stopped production as a precaution when an actor tested positive for HIV.[9] An October 2012 open letter, from Steven Hirsch, took aim at a Los Angeles County plan that would require performers to wear condoms on set. Hirsch said the proposal would be costly and ineffective and was an example of unnecessary government intrusion into private bedrooms.[10]

Divisions and ventures

List of Vivid Girls

Sunny Leone

The following is a list of notable Vivid actresses (known as "Vivid Girls") during the first thirty years of Vivid.[15] The most recent Vivid Girl, Allie Haze, terminated her contract with Vivid in 2012.[16]

Legal controversy

On December 6, 2007, Vivid Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube.[19][20] The lawsuit alleged that the YouTube-like site profits from the illegal posting of Vivid's copyrighted films, and failed to comply with the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, a federal age-verification and record-keeping law that applies to the adult film industry.[21] The case was settled out of court.[22]

Awards and recognition


  1. ^ "The (Porn) Player" by Matthew Miller, Forbes magazine, July 4, 2005.
  2. ^ Adult-film-studio-blames-Google DigitalEdge, February 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Private Company Financial Report on Vivid Entertainment LLC – ' Private Company Financial Report on Vivid Entertainment LLC'.
  4. ^ "Porn in the USA". WalesOnline. December 31, 2004. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Porn stars strut their stuff at awards". Television New Zealand. Reuters. January 9, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "Vivid Entertainment LLC: CEOs and Executives", BusinessWeek
  7. ^ Rubbers Revolutionary: AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Michael Weinstein by Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly. January 28, 2010
  8. ^ "LA Weekly: Profiles AHF's "Adult Film Condom Campaign" by Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly. January 28, 2010
  9. ^ "Porn actor tests positive for HIV". The Guardian. London. October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  10. ^ "Vivid Entertainment owner says condoms bad for porn biz". Frank C. Girardot. October 2, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d 2009 AVN Award – 'Best Music Soundtrack' – The Bad Luck Betties; 'Best Educational Release' for Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex 2; 'Best Film' for Cry Wolf.
  12. ^ a b c d e f 2010 AVN AwardsThroat: A Cautionary Tale won 5 awards; 'Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Company Image'; 'Best Music Soundtrack' – Live in My Secrets; Vivid Ed for 'Best Educational Release' – Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Threesomes; 'Best Pro-Am Series' Brand New Faces.
  13. ^ "Vivid Radio Hosts Want To Hit A Home Run With Alex Rodriguez". Adult Video News. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Vivid Radio hosts". Vivid Entertainment. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  15. ^ Jared Rutter (September 30, 2009). "Vivid's 25th Anniversary: How Steven Hirsch's Company Thrust Porn Into Mainstream America: Meet the man behind the brand". Vivid Entertainment LLC. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "Allie Haze, Vivid Part Ways Amicably". Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  17. ^ a b c d "Tera Patrick Directs the Vivid Girls in 'Vivid Red'". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  18. ^ Ralph Frammolino; P.J. Huffstutter (January 6, 2002). "The Actress, the Producer and Their Porn Revolution". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017.
  19. ^ Joseph Menn (December 11, 2007). "Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  20. ^ "Home porn gives industry the blues",, December 16, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  21. ^ "Adult Film Company's Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube". FindLaw. December 11, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  22. ^ Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube Withdrawn by Janko Roettger. October 24, 2008.
  23. ^ 1987 AVN Award – 'Best Video Feature' for Blame It on Ginger.
  24. ^ 1991 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Beat the Heat.
  25. ^ a b c 1992 AVN Award – 'Best Vignette Release' for Scarlet Fantasy; Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse; 'Best Film' for On Trial.
  26. ^ 1997 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bobby Sox.
  27. ^ 1998 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Bad Wives.
  28. ^ 2000 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Seven Deadly Sins.
  29. ^ AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Fade To Black.
  30. ^ a b 2003 AVN Award – 'Top Selling Release of the Year' and 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for Brianna Loves Jenna.
  31. ^ 2004 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for Heart of Darkness.
  32. ^ a b 2005 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The Masseuse; 'Best Video Feature' for Bella Loves Jenna.
  33. ^ a b 2006 AVN Award – 'Best Film' for The New Devil in Miss Jones; 'Top Renting Release of the Year' for The Masseuse.
  34. ^ a b 2007 AVN Award Archived June 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine – 'Best Gonzo Release' for Chemistry; 'Best Interactive CD-ROM – Game' for Virtual Vivid Girl Sunny Leone.
  35. ^ a b c 2008 AVN Award – Top Renting Title of the Year – 2007' for Debbie Does Dallas...Again; 'Best Film' for Layout; 'Best Pro-Am Series' for Filthy's First Taste.
  36. ^ a b c d XBIZ Announces Finalist Nominees for 2010 XBIZ Awards, XBIZ, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
  37. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, February 2011
  38. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, January 2012
  39. ^ XBIZ Nominees 2013 Archived January 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, XBIZ, January 2013
  40. ^ "2013 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  41. ^ XBIZ Award Winners 2013, XBIZ, January 2013
  42. ^ XBIZ Award Winners 2014, XBIZ, January 2014
  43. ^ a b XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, January 2015