VAN NUYS, Calif. — With a record 15 AVN awards for Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, and 22 overall awards, Digital Playground is prominently featured in the April 18 Showtime broadcast of the 2009 AVN Awards.

The one hour and forty-one minute program airs Saturday night at 12 a.m. EST on Showtime. The show takes viewers to the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort for the star studded red carpet and 26th annual award ceremony.

Gary Miller, producer of the AVN Awards, says, “It was the best show ever with musical guest Flo Rida and big time productions like Pirates II leading the way. Digital Playground pretty much swept the awards with Pirates II winning just about everything and Stoya getting Best New Starlet. It was a really good night, especially if you're on the DP team.”

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“It was truly a great year for Digital Playground,” says Paul Fishbein, chairman of AVN Media Network. “In addition to the notoriety Pirates II achieved, Cheerleaders was actually the best selling and best renting title in 2008. When a studio is recognized for their features, vignettes and gonzo titles in the same year, it demonstrates a great aptitude for understanding exactly what consumers want.”

Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge recently headlined major news outlets around the world like CNN, a result of numerous universities and student groups screening the movie. International notoriety coupled with Digital Playground's mainstream nature is part of the reason why the company has received so many AVN accolades over the years.

Joone, the writer and director of Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge and founder of Digital Playground, says, “Pirates II is more than an adult film. Take out all the sex and you still have over 600 special effects, a comprehensive story, and the most beautiful girls in the world, all of which lend to our MPAA R-rated version of the movie.”

In addition to the 15 AVN awards for Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Digital Playground's Cheerleaders was named the Top Selling and Top Renting Release of 2008 and also received Best Vignette Release and Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene. Jack's POV 9, directed by Robby D., received Best POV Release. The movie features Stoya, who took home the highly coveted trophy for Best New Starlet. Digital Playground also had the Best Overall Marketing Campaign for company image.

Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge stars Digital Playground’s beautiful contract girls Jesse Jane, Katsuni, Stoya, Riley Steele and Gabriella Fox. The movie costars the talents of Belladonna, Sasha Grey, Jenna Haze, Brianna Love, Shay Jordan, Abbey Brooks, Shawna Lenee, Rhylee Richards, Brea Lynn, Shyla Stylez and Veronica Rayne. Evan Stone, Tommy Gunn, and Steven St. Croix reprise their groundbreaking roles from the original Pirates. The movie also includes industry studs Manuel Ferrara, James Deen, Marco Banderas, Mick Blue, Ben English and Charles Dera.

All hands are on deck for the epic, blockbuster Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge, directed by award-winner Joone, and produced by Joone and his business partner Samantha Lewis. The movie premiered at the heralded Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and released on DVD on September 27 and Blu-ray on November 7. An MPAA R-rated version hit major retail stores like Blockbuster, Best Buy and Albertsons, and e-tail sites like in February.