Rob Black : Axel Braun and The New Power Structure of Porn

From the 10/18/13 episode of LATE NIGHT with Rob Black www.therobblackshow.com

This week has been full of events that one can only describe as huge. Big. Big action.

And now we end the week with even bigger news which is Axel Braun has left and parted ways with Vivid Entertainment.

Ladies and gentlemen, what’s the move? It’s on AVN, it’s on XBIZ, it’s all over the place. Axel Braun, AVN’s director of the year. Threepeater. He has announced that he is ending his four year professional partnership with adult powerhouse Vivid Entertainment. Effective November 1st.

Axel says it was an amicable split. “Vivid is a terrific company, and everybody there has always been great to me. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Steven Hirsch, but I simply felt it was time to hit the reset button and challenge myself with different endeavors.”

Then it goes on to say he’s a 23 year veteran and he worked with Vivid since 09, when he started with Batman XXX , which became the highest selling and renting title of the year. He’s gone on to make, of course, Superman, Wolverine, Ironman and many more.

The axe man, the axe man cometh says, “I’m first and foremost a comic book fan. I notoriously obsess over the tiniest details to make sure that the characters I spoof are portrayed as accurately as possible, and I guess that resonates strongly with other fans. It’s easier to give an audience what they want when you’re part of the same demographic.”

Then it goes on, Axel also did parodies of Elvis , as well as his latest, top selling and renting Star Wars XXX.

“I’m not going to stop shooting parodies,” assures Braun, who recently signed superstar Riley Steele to an exclusive 2-Year contract. “I just want to take ABP in a slightly different direction and expand my catalogue, and I feel the need to have more control over every aspect of this phase, and more time to focus on promoting Riley. Meanwhile I will still continue to collaborate with Vivid on the post-production of the many projects that we recently completed, while I’m looking forward to this exciting new stage of my career.”

Vivid, the axe man says, has been a family for over four years.

And Axel concluded and said, “The fact that we are no longer doing business together has no impact on the friendship that we have.”

For Vivid’s part Hirsch offered, “Axel has been a great asset to Vivid and I’m positive he’ll be successful in whatever he chooses to do next.”

So. What does it all mean?

You all look at me like I know something. I don’t know something. You act like I would know something from my Italian friend.

You act like I would know something based on a story that was out a year ago that we were doing movies together
www.business.avn.com/articles/video/Axel-Braun-Signs-Rob-Black-to-Exclusive-Directing-Contract-451698.html

You act like I would know something. I will tell you at one point in my career I had talked to Axel Braun at a lunch at a Brazilian restaurant that he likes to go to. We had a conversation there about what somebody would want as a future and I remember I asked Axel what success was, I know you have all the fancy cars and the mansion, but you work for somebody. Until you can make that move, until you can be your own boss, until you are that man, until you can do what I’ve done, Jules Jordan and others, you are nothing more than a highly paid Brad Armstrong.

Now that was quite a while ago, we were set to do a bunch of movies through Axel Braun Productions that would go through Vivid. A little of this, a little of that happened, Axel and Vivid part ways and people look at me like I would know something. Like I would actually know something about power shifts in the adult business.

I would not know anything about all of that. I’m Rob Black and I’m just a retard.

I don’t know anything about AIDS Healthcare Foundation, I don’t know anything about Cameron Bay, I don’t know anything about the agents, I don’t know anything about pornography at all because I’m just a fan, according to Just Dave. Yeah.

But, I will tell you this. Axel Braun’s got a lot of fucking cash. Axel Braun has got a lot of not porno cash. Axel has so much money in Italy it hurts my asshole thinking about shitting all the money that that man has.

Now I don’t know if in all these power shifts, you could compete with a giant like Steve Hirsch. But you could be a really sharp stick that is just sticking him right in his fucking eye. That I could tell you you could do.

And with that stick you can chip away at a little bit of that market share and you could chip away a little bit at that business.

Because ladies and gentlemen, let’s be honest. How many celebrities are going to start doing pornography that’s going to keep Vivid Entertainment afloat? How many sub par wannabe celebrities is Vivid gonna parade out there and call it a sex tape?

Now they’ve invested millions in a cable channel that they still can’t get on in markets. So why the hell would you put yourself in a position when you’re try to create a channel and you’re trying to make deal with radio stations and podcasts and you’re trying to brand the product and create more entertainment and you let go the only person that creates any type of magic for a company next to Kim Kardashian and that was ten years ago.

You don’t. That’s the thing. You don’t let that go.

What happened is my fellow Italian has a move planned. That’s a move. That’s what we call a move.

Now are you starting to see how this business is starting to shape up? Where DVD distribution is becoming less and less relevant, and more and more relevant is streaming, cable, internet and more of what you can produce that is going direct to the consumer. Not a DVD sitting in Frank Koretsky’s warehouse where he can play games with you.

You put yourself in a position to have enough market share with product to capitalize on a consumer driven base that is completely infused with every video on demand revenue facet that there is.

Then you take Frank Koretsky and IVD and put them on this island and you service everybody but that island, you put IVD and Frank Koretsky in a position of having to suck your cock on a regular basis to get that product to service any of his accounts. And when he doesn’t pay, he gets shut off.

That’s what we used to be able to do in the old days. Can’t do that anymore because nobody has product anymore that is universally acceptable. Nobody. Evil Angel doesn’t, because no one on the cable division and no one in the foreign division is running around saying we need this product.You only have a couple of raincoatera on DVD talk who give a shit about them or Jules Jordan.

As you produce movies that on more on par with Pirates, with Star Wars, with Batman there is no more need for comp product and the DVD aspect of what they’re doing is dead. The DVD market only exists for the raincoat gonzo market. They’re the only motherfuckers that go into stores to buy that shit.

Any of the other product, they go into boutiques and lingerie stores. They don’t go into a store that smells like bleach because they’ve jizzed in the back room all night. No. Henceforth people that go in there for that product aren’t looking for 50 man anal creampie gangbangs.

They’re looking for Star Wars. They’re looking for parodies. They’re looking for entertainment that is middle fare. Not the lunatics that go on message boards and talk about a girl with a big dick up her ass and crying. Those people don’t make a Vivid title the number one seller of the year.

Now you’ve got an Axel Braun and you’re starting to see chinks and cracks in the armor of the old guard. Vivid Entertainment can definitely go get another director, but who are they gonna get? Lee Roy Myers? You see Tron? It’s horrible. Who is Steven Hirsch gonna give $100,000 to for special effects and who is gonna make it look good? Not somebody’s schlocky buddies, but the crew that Axel had, that made the Millennium Falcon fly through the air.

So you say what’s the move? Remember Vivid’s trying to get a TV channel off the ground, which they’re failing miserably at. And you have Hustler/New Frontier Media that own 10/12 cable channels. Axel Braun has always been shooting for Hustler. Remember Axel Braun made Avatar. Axel Braun is the man over at Hustler.

Now you have an Axel Braun independent studio that is now on the open market. So now Axel can present a movie that was on Vivid TV that he owns, Axel can produce movies that he pays for and present them to Hustler for broadcast for licensing fees, so Hustler lowers their costs of production and liability and Larry Flynt doesn’t have to worry about paying for pizzas for “whore” talent.

Like I told everybody, the shift in the business is not harder, not how much cum you can fill in a girl’s asshole. The shift is in making movies. Creating entertainment.

You have adults creating movies that don’t involve 50 man anal, oral, sploogefests.

So what’s the move? Axel Braun is now independent of any politics and Axel Braun has already indicated where his thought process lies. Remember, he was the one who just instituted a 21 and over policy for his films.

Axel Braun is sitting there thinking how is he going to change a structure. You see what you don’t understand is that Axel Braun is Italian and Axel Braun is very educated, far more educated than all of you out there. Axel is sitting there thinking how do I create a power shift in this business?

Axel Braun has created a huge power shift in the business. All the way from Vivid to the UAWA. Axel Braun has now become that one vote that sits in congress the both sides need. One side needs it to overtake the other side. The other side needs it to keep power.

Now Axel, like any good Italian politician is sitting there going, now I have a child, and I have to make a difference and i have a very young wife and I want to secure them financially and create a legacy for them. Then the other ego side of Axel says, I need to have fun and I need to get in the game and control the business. Because I am Axel Braun and now I need a Lear jet that says Axel Braun Productions on the side.

So now Axel is battling with himself. What does he want to do? Because once again everybody, Axel Braun is the pin in the vote of whether a new power takes over or the old regime keeping what they have.

Axel Braun changes all of it. Just like that.

Right now Axel Braun can decide the fate of about ten people.

Axel Braun I have to give you props, I have to give you kudos. You have pulled off the ultimate maneuver and I must bow to you and say you are the master.

So Axel, what is the move? Are going to create a new power? Or are you to let them keep control? Because right now, it’s all up to Axel Braun.

If any of can dissect why Axel Braun is the most powerful man in porn right now you can email me at rzblack@yahoo.com and tell me exactly why this is. I’m telling you why. But I want you to tell me why. Why he has the ability to make everything shift in one direction or another.

What’s the move? That’s the question. What is the move. Is he going to create a new power or keep the old guard high atop the corrupt thieving food chain?

So it’s all up to Axel Braun ladies and gentlemen. Where is Axel going to go? It ain’t a company, he has a company. But what Axel Braun has the power to do is reshape this business. Axel Braun has the power to be the Warren Buffett or Bill Gates of the business. What I mean by that is something who has the money and influence to come in and change the natural order of things.

Axel Braun is the man who has in his arsenal everything to take the business and reshape it. Axel Braun is the pipeline for talent that could be working, Axel is the pipeline for cable divisions and when you put that all together you have a very dangerous combination for the establishment. That means Steve Hirsch, Paul Fishbein, all of you. All of you people that are out there, Diane Duke, John Stagliano, Free Speech Coalition, PASS. Everybody that’s part of that old guard are now in jeopardy of seriously taking a beating.

When I say that, I’m meaning from lawsuits on down.

This is something that can shake up this entire industry. Remember guys, Axel Braun has always been a soldier. He’s always been on top of two old school factions. He’s never been a Hirsch or a Koretsky or a Fishbein. Axel Braun was always an outsider. He was just a lot more nicer, a lot more articulate and a lot smoother.

So now that establishment has somebody that could very well be a thorn in their side. Because with everything Axel has, wherever he puts his weight could very well change the balance of power.

And if you can’t figure that out, you’re too stupid to be breathing the oxygen that’s around us.

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