XBIZ is pleased to announce the official awards categories and pre-nomination dates for adult entertainment’s biggest industry awards show, the 2013 XBIZ Awards on Jan. 11, 2013.

Several new award categories have been added for the Xbiz Awards 2013 show in an effort to be more inclusive of previously unrecognized market segments and in response to feedback from members of the adult entertainment industry.

In the Movies & Production field, for the first time in XBIZ Awards history, honors will be bestowed for outstanding performances in individual scenes.

The 11th annual XBIZ Awards, hosted by adult film superstar Tera Patrick, will culminate an unprecedented series of six grand-slam industry events dubbed, which gets underway on Jan. 9 in L.A.

2013 XBIZ Awards Categories Announced
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The new categories that will recognize performers at the XBIZ Awards include Best Scene – Feature Movie, Best Scene – Parody Release, Best Scene – Gonzo/Non-Feature Release, Best Scene – Vignette Release, Best Scene – Couples-Themed Release and Best Scene – All-Girl.

In addition, XBIZ Awards will honor additional acting performances in 2013 by dividing those categories into three different movie genres — Feature, Parody and Couples-Themed. The new categories are: Best Actress – Feature Movie and Best Actor – Feature Movie; Best Actress – Parody Release and Best Actor – Parody Release; and Best Actress – Couples-Themed Release and Best Actor – Couples-Themed Release.

In recognizing the top emerging studio brands in the marketplace, XBIZ will introduce award categories for New Line of the Year and New Studio of the Year. An award for European Director of the Year is also new for 2013.

In the Web & Tech field, the new categories include Erotic Photography Site of the Year, Erotic Movie Site of the Year and Mobile Affiliate Program of the Year.

In the Pleasure Products field, new award categories include Powered Pleasure Product of the Year, Couples Pleasure Product of the Year, Progressive Pleasure Products Company of the Year and Discreet Pleasure Product of the Year. In addition, awards will be given for the first time to the Gay/Lesbian Pleasure Product Brand of the Year, Lingerie Collection of the Year, Sexual Wellness Product of the Year, Sexual Enhancement Product of the Year – Dietary, Sexual Enhancement Product of the Year – Topical, Soft Bondage Line of the Year, Boutique Pleasure Products Company of the Year and Adult Game/Bachelorette Product of the Year.

In the Retail & Distribution field, several new award categories have been added, including Online Retailer of the Year – Full Range, Online Retailer of the Year – Pleasure Products and Online Retailer of the Year – Specialty. New awards are also in order for the Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year – Full Range, Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year – Pleasure Products, Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year – Specialty and International Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year. Winners will be announced at the highly anticipated, red-carpet ceremony on Friday, Jan. 11.

“Every year, we closely evaluate and revise our list of award categories to best reflect the current industry landscape,” said Alec Helmy, president and publisher of XBIZ. “Decisions made are based on the latest market trends and all the feedback we receive from the industry. As always, we encourage everyone to contribute their recommendations during the pre-nomination period and call our attention to the most notable works of the past year.”

The pre-nomination period for the XBIZ Awards will launch industry-wide on Sept. 15. To submit pre-nominations in any of the awards categories, industry professionals must be registered members of the XBIZ.net social network and use the online submission form to record their entries.

The deadline for all 2013 XBIZ Awards pre-nominations is midnight on Sunday, October 14.