Axel Braun Wins AVN Director Of The Year For The 4th Consecutive Time

LOS ANGELES—(January 19, 2014)— It was another stellar night at the AVN Awards Show
for legendary Adult director Axel Braun, who took home the prestigious Director Of
The Year trophy for a remarkable fourth consecutive time, a feat never accomplished
before in the history of the Adult Industry.

“This is just surreal” said an overwhelmed and clearly surprised Braun in his
emotional speech, before thanking the industry icons whom he’s been associated with
over the span of his career “I’ve been in the industry 24 years now, and I’ve been
lucky to work for some pretty amazing people: Russ Hampshire at VCA, who gave me my
first directing gig, Patrick Collins at Elegant Angel, who became a mentor and a
huge father figure to me, Scott Taylor at New Sensations, who taught me that making
a good movie is not enough…that you gotta make a GREAT movie, Larry Flynt, a hero
and an example to all of us, Steven Hirsch at Vivid, who allowed me to make most of
the movies that I’ve been winning awards for in the past four years, and now Steve
Orenstein at Wicked, a man whose integrity and dedication I truly admire and
respect. Most of these people are here tonight, and I want you all to know how much
I appreciate them for inspiring me, tolerating me, and helping me get to where I am

Braun also won Best Parody-Drama for Man Of Steel XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, along
with Best Special Effects for Iron Man XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, cementing his
reputation for excellence in superhero-themed parodies. “It takes a village…” Braun
offered as he accepted the Best Parody award, adding “Well, here’s my village” while
welcoming on stage his Director of Photography and longtime friend Eli Cross, who’s
been a close collaborator of his for many years. Man Of Steel’s male lead Ryan
Driller, winner of the XCritic Award for Best Actor-Parody, also joined the director
on stage. “Axel made me grow my hair, kill myself at the gym to put on 40 pounds of
muscle, and spend crazy long days on set to have really uncomfortable sex in
spandex…and it was all worth it!”

Among Braun’s awards was also Best Music Soundtrack for Grease XXX, a long-gestating
project he eventually turned over to fellow director Will Ryder due to scheduling
conflicts. “I had a lot of fun bringing Seth Gamble and everybody else in the
studio,” said Axel, who wrote, produced, and arranged all the tracks, “and even
though I ultimately couldn’t shoot the movie, Will did a truly fantastic job with it
and I’m just happy that my small contribution got recognized.”

Braun’s own contract girl Riley Steele, who pulled a massive crowd during her
signing stint at the Wicked Pictures booth, was also honored, taking home the trophy
for Favorite Female Porn Star. “I’m so happy!” said Steele with a big smile, “This
was a fan-voted award, and it really is so special to me…I love love love my fans,
and I am so thankful for their support. It was a great night for Axel Braun
Productions and I’m totally excited for all the projects that me and Axel have
coming out this year!”

Riley’s first ABP movie, the long-awaited Riley Goes Gonzo, will be available on DVD
in stores nationwide on January 22.

Axel Braun Productions is exclusively distributed by Wicked Pictures. For Domestic
Sales please contact Bonnie Kail at 800-737-7838 or, and
for International Sales please contact Steven Vlottes at 818-349-3593 or

About Axel Braun: The son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun and grandson of a
diplomat, Axel Braun was born and raised in Italy, where he received a privileged
upper-class upbringing. Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school
graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in psychology, Axel has a unique cultural
background that sets him apart from the many other directors in the adult industry.
A second-generation AVN Hall-of-Famer, over the span of his career he has won dozens
of awards all over the world for directing, producing, screenwriting, and editing,
including four consecutive “Director Of The Year” AVN awards. For more information
visit and

About Riley Steele: Born and Raised in San Diego, Riley got her start in porn in
2008 after meeting pornstar Jesse Jane at an adult movie premiere in Hollywood. Over
the following five years she would go on to establish herself as a bona-fide
superstar, winning multiple awards and eventually crossing over into mainstream with
a major role in 2010’s Piranha 3D. In January 2011 she hosted the AVN Awards Show in
Las Vegas, where she also took home several trophies, including Best Body and
Favorite Pornstar, a feat she repeated the following year. In early 2013, having
fulfilled her contract with Digital Playground, she took a leave of absence from the
adult industry in order to travel and enjoy her personal life, and six months later
returned under an exclusive 2-year contract with award-winning director Axel Braun.
A self-professed beach bunny and outdoors enthusiast, Riley loves interacting with
fans in person and on social media. For more information visit


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