Flynt and Leslie Join Retailers on Opening Panel of AEE

The 2004 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) will open with Hustler founder and publisher Larry Flynt, AVN Hall of Fame director John Leslie, and AVN Hall of Fame director/performer Nina Hartley joining  several key retailers in a discussion about the power, trends and challenges of adult entertainment. AVN publisher and editor-in-chief Tim Connelly will moderate the session.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, January 8th from 9:30 - 11:00a.m at the Bellini Rooms of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is sponsored overall by AVN and is presented by Home Entertainment Events (HEE).

"It is an honor to have this distinguished panel of participants," said Carrie Dieterich, spokesperson for HEE. "The Opening Business Session not only focuses on the business aspects of this year's Expo but also emphasizes the power and sophistication of the adult industry."

Larry Flynt, John Leslie, and Nina Hartley are all icons within the adult industry. Flynt started with a strip club and built it up into a multimedia empire, while Leslie started as a performer and became one of the greatest directors in adult history, and Nina Hartley started as a performer and still is highly sought after today for performing , while having branched out into directing as well, notably with a popular sex positive educational series. The supply side of adult will also be represent by Christain Mann, president of Video Team, a veteran of more than twenty years in adult.

Rounding out the panel will be key retailers including Carol Queen of San Francisco's Good Vibrations, Bill Murphy of Fairvilla, Dan Quinn of Horizon, Scott Herman of Excitement Video in Pennsylvania, and Vanessa Keegan, adult product buyer for TLA Video, a chain with stores in Philadelphia and New York.

Exhibits at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo will be open Thursday, January 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday, January 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The show is open to trade only until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and until noon on Saturday.

Prior to December 16, 2003, trade registration for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo will cost $40 for VSDA members and $60 for non-members. Following the December 16 deadline, trade registration will cost $60 for VSDA members and $80 for non-members.

Trade registration may be completed online at or over the phone at 1-888-421-1107, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. CST Monday-Friday.

Fans who wish to attend may purchase one-day tickets at the cost of $40 online at or by calling 1-866-468-3399. Tickets are also available at the door in limited quantities.

The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo sets the stage for the 21st annual AVN Awards Show, which will be held at the Venetian Hotel, on Saturday, January 10. Please note that a separate ticket is required for admission to the AVN Awards Show. For ticket information, go to