Long time champion of female masturbation and sapphic sex, Abby Winters has announced the production of its first boy/girl hardcore content and, just like everything the company does, they’re doing this a little bit differently than most.
Speaking to AVN, Abby Winters’ CEO Garion Hall, announced that the company has been working on hardcore fare for a number of years and is now ready to launch this latest endeavor. With a decidedly female-centric approach to hetero hardcore, the company pays both performers equally, dwells largely on the female experience depicted, and, perhaps most importantly, only casts real-life couples. “Part of our reason for using real-life couples is to differentiate from our competitors, but it’s also more true to our core values, showing healthy loving relationships,” he said. Vowing to keep the girl/girl and solo girl elements of the site separate from the new hetero content, Hall announced a ‘No Penis’ filter that Abby Winters members can use to block all but the most feminine of scenes and galleries.
There’s more to come, though, and Hall has promised a line of DVD releases will soon be released to compliment the existing all-girl DVD lines. Hall also hopes to gather other producers and companies to join his efforts to arrange an industry-wide market research endeavor, one that could redefine porn for the early days of the 21st Century, an effort focused entirely on finding out (and presumably delivering) the kind of porn women really want. Well, if anyone’s going to do it, it’s bound to be the folks behind Abby Winters.
The first wave of Abby Winters’ latest endeavor can now be seen at abbywinters.com.
Reports began circulating yesterday of the passing of Digital Desire’s chief photographer, J. Stephen Hicks and were confirmed by Hicks’ business partner and fellow lensman, Jay Allan, who sent AVN a note in tribute to the man he called mentor and friend.
“[Hicks] was a true pioneer in the adult industry,” Allan wrote. “At a time when there were only about a doze photographers worldwide shooting for the adult magazine market, J. Stephen Hicks’ work stood out as exceptional. It still does today.”
Anyone familiar with Hicks’ work for Digital Desire, or his earlier print work for Penthouse, Hustler, Club, Gallery, and High Society magazines, surely recognizes the enormous talent he had. Not content with only seeing his later work online, in 2004 Hicks even published a hardcover Digital Desire book containing nearly 200 pages of his finest work. He followed this release with another hardcover collection, Superbeauty, in 2010. Both the printed and digital versions of Hicks’ photography offer prime examples of what Allan calls “the beautiful natural light and calculated composition that his images always contained.”
“Stephen taught his team to always put 100 percent of their creative energy into every image and video and to try to make everything as artistic and beautiful as possible,” Allan continued. “As a photographer he had no equal and took every step to artistically and creatively make every girl we shot look her absolute best. I am very lucky to have known and learned from the best and I am at least comforted by knowing that his legacy will live on and his amazing body of work will always be here for us to enjoy.”
Digital Desire, which most recently received a thoroughly impressive 91% approval rating from Mr. Pink’s back in July of ’12, will continue to showcase Hicks’ work and legacy, albeit with some new blood taking the photographic reigns, a group Allan calls “an amazing teanm of artists who will carry with his beautiful erotica the way he taught us since we were young.”
Allan’s final words on his departed friend and mentor could easily have come from any one of Hicks’ devoted fans and followers, “I will miss him dearly.”