Director Axel Braun announces departure from Vivid Entertainment
Axel Braun is parting ways with Vivid Entertainment. That surprising announcement was made by Braun last night, bringing to an end an incredibly successful and acclaimed partnership that has existed since 2009. In his four years of making movies for Vivid, Braun produced and directed some of the biggest budget, most popular porn parody films ever made. According to Braun, his partnership with Vivid Entertainment will end effective November 1st.
In a statement released yesterday, Axel Braun made it clear that he and Vivid Entertainment were parting ways on good terms, saying…
It’s an absolutely 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.
Some of the blockbuster porn parodies that Axel Braun and Vivid have collaborated on include Batman XXX, Star Wars XXX, Superman vs Spider-Man XXX, and Wolverine XXX. In his time with Vivid, Braun helped build a huge library of superhero porn parody properties for Vivid and established a reputation for attention to detail and remaining very true to the spirit of the comic book characters that he was parodying.
Recently, Axel Braun has made headlines for declaring that going forward, he would not allow anyone under the age of 21 to perform hardcore sex scenes in any of his movies. Additionally, porn superstar Riley Steele has signed on to an exclusive performance contract with Axel Braun Productions. In talking about why he made the decision to end his partnership with Vivid Entertainment, Braun expanded on his above comments…
I’m not going to stop shooting parodies. 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.
Considering how successful Axel Braun has been in his career, especially in the area of porn parodies, it’s clear that he is in a position to be calling the shots with where he goes and what he does next. Braun has produced and directed some of the highest grossing and most popular porn films released in the past decade. Regardless of what his next move is within the adult entertainment industry, it’s a pretty safe bet that he’ll continue to be one of the biggest and most important players around.
No word yet on what other companies Braun might be looking to partner with, or if he has plans on ramping up his Axel Braun Productions to handle distribution of his movies as well. As more of that information does become available, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
What are your thoughts on the news that Axel Braun and Vivid Entertainment are parting ways?