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Erotica L.A. 2004
You know it is going to be a good show when the first thing you see as you enter the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby is the lovely Juli Ashton in a top that was just....perfect. She was there to host her Playboy Radio show from the convention floor on opening day and we are all very glad she did. Unfortunately her rather demanding schedule prevented me from getting any decent shots of her or even talking to her except for a few brief occasions so you will just have to take my word for it that she is still as beautiful as ever or you can tune into one of her many shows on Playboy TV to find
out for yourself.
For those people looking to make a more positive statement about the industry and society in general there was a Silent Auction that featured large ceramic AIDS ribbons that were hand painted by such people as Jamie and Danny from STAR 98.7, Devinn Lane, jessica drake and Snoop Dogg. As of press time there was no finally tally on how much money the auction raised for the Video Industry AIDS Action Committee which distributes funds to various AIDS health care organizations and facilities.
If ceramic AIDS ribbons weren't for you then there was also the raffle going on with B.A.D.D. (Bikers Against Drunk Driving) which featured the chance to win one of 5 custom bikes or a hand built re-issue 1967 Gibson Flying V guitar by the Gibson Custom Shop. And come on what self-respecting person wouldn't want to win a custom motorcycle or guitar. Especially if it also helps raise money for a good cause.
There were several new booths that interested me at this years show but chief among them was a company called High Joy Products which in conjunction with Doc Johnson is releasing some toys that allow you to interface with and control them on line. So that you could be across the country and do a little video chat with your girlfriend or someone you met on line and have cyber-sex with them. Now this is nothing new but with the High Joy enabled toys from Doc Johnson you could control your partners sex toy from you computer. Which brings a whole new meaning to the statement "being in control".
As for the industry booths themselves Eroticia L.A. continued their tradition of growing in leaps and bounds this year with almost 200 different exhibitors. You can find a complete list of exhibitors here: 2004 Erotica L.A. Exhibitors.I would have to say that Redlight District made the biggest splash among the studios exhibiting at the show. Not only were they promoting and selling their release of the Paris Hilton movie "A Night in Paris" on DVD but they also had the industry's reigning "IT" girl, Tegan, signing for them. And they did it all from a brand spanking new booth. Which helped showcase their growing presence in the industry.
Among the major studios present were:
Babylon Entertainment with Nyomi Marcela (Is there a more beautiful woman out there?), Alexis Amore and Kimmy Kahn.
DVSX with Cythera, Katrina Kraven, Reina Leone and Katie Morgan
Evolution Erotica with Keiko, Fallon Summers, Heather Gambles and Holly Stevens
Jill Kelly Productions with Cindy Crawford (Did they really need more than that?)
Metro Productions with Ann Marie, Kelly Erickson and Ron Jeremy
Platinum X Pictures with Jewel De'Nyle, Kylie Ireland, Ashley Long, Kimberly Kane, Jessica Dee and Jamie Brooks
Redlight District with Teagan, Rayveness, Missy Monroe, Vanialla Skye, Lilli Thai, Luci Thai and Sativa Rose.
Private U.S.A with Flick Shagwell, Venus, Jana Oso and Katja Kassin
Sex Z Pictures with Shayla LaVeaux, Mika Tan, Sharon Wild, Candy Delight and Liza Harper
Sin City Produtions with Aurora Snow and Hannah Harper
Video Team with Daisy
Wicked Pictures with Devinn Lane, jessica drake, Julia Ann, Sydnee Steele, Kaylani Lei and "AVN's Best New Starlet of 2005" Stormy.
Not to be out done by the studios there were several local and on-line retailers present that pulled out all the stops when it came to star power as well.
Mofo Wear was represented by Avy Scott, Olivia O'Lovely, Flower Tucci and the ever popular Belladonna.
Jaded Video had Nautica Thorn, Francesca Le and Candace
TLA Video with Arianna Jolle, Tera Patrick and new Vivid Girl Malezia
Hung Clothing with Adrianna Sage
Romantix which hosted the women from Sin City, Metro Productions and Seymore Butts Productions as well as Shane.
Phallix with Brittney Skye
and if that wasn't enough then...
Suze Randall Photography was there with Jelena Jensen, Taylor Rain, Justine, Sunny Leone and Aria Giovanni
Plus Dee, Gauge, Georgia Adair, Angel Cassidey, Tera Patrick and Lisa Sparxx were on hand promoting their own websites.
Just to name a few. There were also several women just walking around the show and saying hello to friends and fans alike such as Brittney Andrews, Lola, Monique Alexander, Brooke and Kristal Summers.
For a better idea of who was there check out the 2004 Erotica L.A. Gallery.
And just in case you were thinking that this show was all about the men I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Playgirl TV and Hollywood Men were also present to show that the women were not being ignored. In fact there are probably more women in attendance at the Erotica L.A. shows then at every other industry show combined. So it would not surprise me to see the trend of booths geared specifically for women continue to grow.
By the time the show closed it's doors we had seen thousands of people come through it's doors and as they were all leaving you could hear them making plans to come back next year. I know I will be there.
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