SOURCE: AVN

January 17, 2008 15:53 ET

Best of 2007's Adult Entertainment Honored at 25th Annual AVN Adult Film Awards

Sex Z Pictures Strikes Gold With "Upload" During Awards' Silver Anniversary

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Sex Z Pictures' "Upload" and Vivid's "Layout" were among the big winners at the 2008 AVN Adult Film Awards, held this past Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Marking the 25th anniversary of the awards, the show celebrated the industry's long and arduous journey by awarding the best achievements in adult entertainment.

Vivid, one of the industry's biggest studios, struck AVN gold with "Layout," winning eight awards including Best Film and Best Actor Film going to Tom Byron. Sex Z Pictures won eight awards as well. Sex Z Pictures' "Upload" won for Best Video Feature, with star Eva Angelina winning Best Actress Video.

Industry veteran Evan Stone won Male Performer of the Year, while longtime adult filmmaker John Stagliano was cited as Best Director Video for "Fashionistas Safado: Berlin" (Evil Angel). And AVN celebrated the future with Bree Olson winning Best New Starlet.

"We congratulate all the winners. Their achievements are truly remarkable and their awards well deserved," remarked Paul Fishbein, President, AVN. "It's only fitting that on our silver anniversary, we honor both the veterans as well as the newcomers."

Winners in the other major categories include:

Best Actor Video - Brad Armstrong, "Coming Home" (Wicked Pictures)

Best Couples Sex Scene Video - "Evil Anal 2" (Manual Ferrara/Evil Angel), Jenna Haze & Manuel Ferrara

Female Performer of the Year - Sasha Grey

Best Gonzo Release - "Brianna Love Is Buttwoman" (Elegant Angel)

Best Interactive DVD - tie; "Interactive Sex with Jenna Haze" (Zero Tolerance Entertainment) and "InTERActive" (Teravision/Hustler Video)

For a complete list of winners, please visit avn.com.

In existence since 1983, the AVN Awards Show is to the adult world what the Academy Awards is to mainstream entertainment. Every January industry talent, producers and technicians come together for a night of accolades, entertainment and fun. The AVN Awards, considered to be the biggest and most lavish celebration of the year, honors the best movies, performers and production companies in adult entertainment for the past year in more than 100 different categories. For more information on the AVN Awards Show, visit avnawards.com.

AVN Media Network has become a global leader in the adult entertainment community. AVN's portfolio of business includes the widely recognized industry journals: AVN, AVN Online, GAYVN, and AVN Novelty Business. In addition, AVN hosts the leading industry conventions: AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Internext Las Vegas, Internext Summer, AVN Adult Novelty Expo, the GAYVN Expo, GAYVN Summit; and the consumer show Erotica LA. It also provides online coverage through AVN.com news, along with cutting-edge industry e-newsletters. AVN also hosts the annual AVN Awards and GAYVN Awards ceremonies. For more information, visit the web site at avn.com.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to championship boxing, premier concerts and special events. With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center offers excellent sight lines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Prominent events have included concerts such as KISS, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, James Taylor, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney and Alejandro Fernandez. World championship boxing events have featured Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver and Fernando Vargas vs. Shane Mosley. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also is home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events throughout the year, the annual TigerJam event hosted by Tiger Woods and the annual Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Finals as well as the Latin Grammy Awards.

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