Marriage 2.0′ Celebrated by Adult Industry with 18 XBIZ Awards Noms

Nov 20, 2015
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Acclaimed film “Marriage 2.0,” from LionReach Productions and Adam & Eve, is nominated 18 times for the 2016 XBIZ Awards. The nominations include Feature Movie of the Year, Director of the Year – Feature, and Best Actor and Best Actress – Feature.

“We set out to show that the adult industry is capable of producing movies that rival mainstream productions on every level and provide a visceral viewing experience that is unique to adult cinema. We made that movie…. and it’s different from everything before it,” stated nominated screenwriter Magnus Sullivan. “It’s nice to be recognized by the brainy folks at XBIZ.”

The movie’s nominations include: Best Actress – Feature Release for India Summer; Best Actor – Feature Release for Ryan Driller; Best Supporting Actress for Nina Hartley; Best Supporting Actress for Dylan Ryan; Best Supporting Actor for Mickey Mod; Best Non-Sex Performance for Carol Queen, Emily Morse, Reid Mihalko, and Christopher Ryan; Best Scene – Feature Release for India Summer and Ryan Driller; Screenplay of the Year, Magnus Sullivan; Best Cinematography, Alex Ladd; Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Editing, Paul Deeb; and Marketing Campaign of the Year.

“The sheer number of nominations, distributed across the breadth of cast and crew, testifies to the inspiring talent, skill, and commitment of every member of the ‘Marriage 2.0’ family. I’m honored to be included in their company,” said nominated director Paul Deeb.

Earlier in the year, “Marriage 2.0” was named Movie of the Year at the 2015 Feminist Porn Awards and Best Narrative at the 2015 CineKink Film Festival. The movie features sexual performances from adult stars intertwined with a compelling story about a restless couple at an emotional crossroads.

“We had a lot of faith in the movie, as well as the talent of Magnus Sullivan and Paul Deeb to create a great film that would leave people talking,” said Adam & Eve Director of Business Development Bob Christian. “With an amazing cast and a lot of gifted people behind the camera, I think we showed the type of strong, engaging narrative the adult industry is capable of producing.”

The 2016 XBIZ Awards will be held on Friday, January 15 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, click here.

For more information about “Marriage 2.0” on DVD, visit Adam & Eve’s website here.

Since its world premiere on in February, “Marriage 2.0” has captured the attention of film reviewers and writers across the globe, who hailed its production, performances, and unique elements.

In his review of “Marriage 2.0,” XBIZ Editor Dan Miller hailed the film’s pioneering approach to filmmaking: “Fueled by rich visual storytelling, superlative acting, and a prevailing feeling of authenticity, director Paul Deeb’s “Marriage 2.0” shows just how deep adult cinema can go with the right mix of talent and imagination.”

Iconic sex educator and filmmaker Tristan Taormino discussed “Marriage 2.0” on her VoiceAmerica™ radio show, “Sex Out Loud.” Taormino said, “It’s different than anything out there…There’s really strong acting…[The actors] have taken their craft to a whole other level…The cinematography is absolutely stunning. This has the production values of a mainstream film and even better than many independent films…Spectacular!”

“This film is a legitimate achievement,” wrote contributor Joe Kukura. “[It] is easily the most sophisticated and relatable modern film on the topic [of polyamory].” Kukura also dubbed “Marriage 2.0” “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of porn” in an article for

Gareth May, a contributing writer for British lifestyle and culture site, described “Marriage 2.0” as “a potential game changer for the porn industry.” May wrote, “The movie is most remarkable for its limited use of hardcore sex…’Marriage 2.0’ is a very different kind of porn film.”

“Marriage 2.0” features performances from adult entertainment stars, such as India Summer, Ryan Driller, Dylan Ryan, Nina Hartley, and Mickey Mod, along with appearances from internationally renowned sex and relationship experts, such as Emily Morse, Chris Ryan, Marcia Baczynski, Carol Queen, and Reid Mihalko. The film follows a couple (India Summer and Ryan Driller) in an open relationship as they search for personal freedom, as well as emotional and sexual bliss within the context of an honest and committed modern relationship.

“Marriage 2.0” is available on DVD and includes 69 minutes of behind the scenes footage, including alternate takes of scenes, movie trailers, a photo gallery, animated chapter index and more. For additional information about “Marriage 2.0,” visit

About LionReach Productions:

LionReach Productions is the brainchild of Magnus Sullivan, a screenwriter and producer from the Bay Area. Sullivan’s interest in the dynamics of open marriages, the challenges, and the opportunities for growth is a constant theme in his first two movies. “An Open Invitation” was Sullivan’s first foray into adult cinema and remains one of the bestselling movies on the subject. It earned star India Summer the 2012 AVN Awards Best Actress trophy. “Marriage 2.0,” Sullivan’s first film produced by LionReach, exponentially expands on the scope of “An Open Invitation,” making the Bay Area itself a character. “San Francisco is at the center of a relationship revolution,” Sullivan says, “And we aim to capture that in our movies.”  For more information on LionReach Productions’ new release, “Marriage 2.0,” visit

About Adam & Eve:

Adam & Eve is the nation’s largest marketer of adult products with millions of satisfied customers in the United States and all over the world. Founded in 1971, Adam & Eve is also one of the oldest names in the rapidly evolving adult industry. Adam & Eve is the flagship company of PHE, Inc. While Adam & Eve caters to a general audience, PHE also owns several smaller companies that focus on meeting customers’ special needs. For instance, Adam & Eve Pictures produces original titles with some of the biggest names in the adult industry. They are responsible for the award-winning movies “Pirates,” “Rawhide,” and many others. For more information, visit

About the XBIZ Awards:

A star-studded red carpet affair that hosts a who’s who from the business of sex, the XBIZ Awards is the adult industry’s biggest night and most prestigious symbol of success. The annual gala recognizes outstanding excellence across every facet of the multibillion-dollar business, including movie production, pleasure products, technology and retail. Since its inception, top personalities from the world of erotica have played host to the event, including Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick, Jesse Jane, Jessica Drake, Kayden Kross and James Deen. Attracting international media coverage, the XBIZ Awards show has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, CNBC, TIME, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast, among others. For more information, visit
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