February 9, 2008

News: XBIZ Awards Announce Winners

The Sixth-Annual XBIZ Awards were handed out in Hollywood on Thursday. For the first time, several gay categories were included. Among those honored were Raging Stallion exclusive Jake Deckard for GLBT Performer of the Year; Channel 1 Releasing’s Link V: The Evolution for GLBT Feature Movie of the Year (director Chi Chi LaRue, pictured with C1R exclusive Blake Riley, accepted); Michael Lucas and Tony DiMarco for GLBT Director of the Year for The Intern and Gigolo; and Titan Media for GLBT Studio of the Year. Hot House Entertainment founder Steven Scarborough took home the GLBT Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I think it’s great that they’re recognizing gay people at this time,” said Lucas Entertainment president and CEO Michael Lucas. “It’s wonderful because we are all in this fight together. We are all fighting the bigotry of the world, and it’s very important that we are together—gay and straight.”

(On a side note, we were surprised to learn that Lucas also got an award for Publicity Stunt of the Year for this. We didn’t know they gave awards for such nonsense!)

The awards show was held at the Highlands in conjunction with the XBIZ Hollywood ’08 Industry Conference and was hosted by Digital Playground contract star Jesse Jane and Kevin “K.B.” Blatt. For more information, visit www.xbizawards.com and for a full list of winners, go to www.xbiz.com/news/89869.

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