Vivid Signs Distribution Deal with Axel Braun Prod.

LOS ANGELES — Vivid Entertainment announced that it has inked a distribution deal with Axel Braun. Braun will produce and direct a series of spoofs under the new agreement, beginning with Batman XXX: a Porn Parody.

“Axel has had friendships with several members of the Vivid family over the years and we are delighted that this has led to a business relationship,” said Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch. “We all admire his creativity, unique cultural perspective and drive.”

“I can’t imagine a better company for me to partner with in a distribution deal,” said Braun. “I have so much respect for Steven Hirsch and what he has accomplished at Vivid, and I’m absolutely thrilled about this deal.”

The 20-year industry vet has slowly reinvented himself as a go-to parody producer with best-selling send-ups such as Hustler Video’s This Ain’t Star Trek XXX, This Ain’t Happy Days XXX, and Spice Studios’ Fugly Bettys.

Braun’s first release through Vivid will be a lampoon on the popular 60’s television show “Batman.”

“As a child I was a huge comic fan, so obviously ‘Batman’ has a special place in my heart,” said Braun. “I grew up in Italy and I clearly remember the excitement I felt the day the 3D View-Master disc came out, several years before Italian TV started airing the show. To see my favorite comic book character literally come to life was an extraordinary experience, and putting together my own XXX version is a dream come true.”

The AVN award-winning producer will follow his ode to the caped crusader with parodies of: “The Addams Family,” “Zorro,” and “The Green Hornet.”

“We’re already in pre-production for all four movies and I’m storyboarding them entirely,” Braun noted. “It’s very important for me to visualize every shot in advance, this way I can give them the same look and feel of the originals. Plus, since they mark the debut of my venture with Vivid, I definitely want them to be my best work ever!”