SOURCE: AVN

October 26, 2006 16:33 ET

The Famed Adult Video News Awards Moves to Mandalay Bay for 2007 Ceremony; Event Hosted by Three-Time AVN Award-Winner Jessica Drake and Comedian Jim Norton

Tickets Now On Sale

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- Tickets to the 24th annual AVN Awards Show, commonly referred to as "the Oscars of Adult,"** are now on sale for the general public. The ceremony takes place Saturday, January 13, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It will be hosted by Wicked Pictures' contract star and three-time AVN Award-winner Jessica Drake and comedian Jim Norton who has appeared on the HBO series "Lucky Louie" and "One Night Stand," as well as Colin Quinn's "Tough Crowd."

"We are thrilled to open up the AVN Awards Show to the general public. Every year, the consumer demand for tickets has grown, and now that we've partnered with the Mandalay Bay Events Center, we have more available seats to sell," AVN President Paul Fishbein said. "Our loyal fans have always supported our event with letters, red carpet attendance, and online visits to our site."

"The move to the Mandalay Bay Events Center is an important one, as it signals the evolution of the adult entertainment industry into mainstream," he continued. "We're more excited about this year's event than ever before. Jessica Drake and Jim Norton will be great hosts. They're both consummate professionals who have awesome stage presence."

Tickets priced at $240, $212, $159.50 and $107 are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office and at Ticketmaster locations (Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Macy's stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.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, expected 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.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning destination resort, is set on 60 lush acres and offers 3,644 rooms and suites including 424 accommodations managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Mandalay Beach, an 11-acre tropical pool environment, features real California sand, a wave pool and lazy river. The property also features the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, Shark Reef and the 1.5-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center -- the largest convention center on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay's brands include THEhotel, an all-suite hotel which features 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites and the BATHHOUSE Spa, and Mandalay Place, a collection of 41 unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE™. For more information and reservations, visit the web site at www.mandalaybay.com, or call toll free at (877) 632-7000.

** Entertainment Weekly

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