jessica drake Reflects on Whirlwind Start to 2014

Adult Entertainment’s Busiest Star Expertly Juggles Reality Show, Sex Education Films, College Appearances, Feature Films, Media Profiles, & More!

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2014) – Acclaimed sexual wellness authority, sex educator, and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake has had a whirlwind start to 2014, with many more exciting projects on the horizon. In addition to performing, drake still finds times to educate couples on sex, speak to media, appear at colleges, direct, and more, all while preparing for the release of her upcoming reality show, Love, Jessica.

“What a year 2014 has been, and it’s only April!” says drake. “All my work over the past several years as a performer, director, and educator are culminating at the same time in so many different facets. I welcome the opportunity to bring more attention to topics like the adult entertainment industry and the need for sex education reform.”

drake hit the ground running in 2014, when a CNN.com feature on her was selected as the “most popular photo blog of 2013” immediately after the New Year. In the photo blog, drake discussed LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also took a peek into her private life.

Her acclaimed educational series, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, continued to garner industry praise, as jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men was named Best Educational Release at this year’s 2014 AVN Awards. Returning to Los Angeles, drake then announced she would be collaborating with award-winning BBW performer and size acceptance advocate Kelly Shibari on the first-ever educational DVD on plus size sexuality, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size Sex. Mainstream and adult media outlets alike, including Cosmopolitan, were invited onto the set of the groundbreaking project; the film will be released later this year. drake is also currently in post-production on two additional educational films for 2014: jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: The Art of Striptease and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Legends.

Ever the educator, drake was invited to present several “modern sex” seminars around the country. In addition to workshops at Cirillas stores in Ohio, drake spoke with students at University of Chicago’s Sex Week, where she shared her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modern sex education. Her second presentation at U-Chicago was titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” which she presented with anti-piracy expert Nate Glass. The seminar was profiled by multiple media sites, including tech site BetaBeat, and the duo was invited to speak to students at USC’s Film School on April 30. drake also attended UCLA for a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body.

In addition to speaking with students, drake participated on several panels within the sex educator and adult entertainment community. She spoke alongside Dr. Carol Queen on the panel “Real vs Reel Sex” at CatalystCon East, where she discussed the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. In Toronto, drake was a featured speaker at The Feminist Porn Conference, as part of the panel, “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Sharing her experience in the adult industry both as a performer and a producer/director with ‘mainstream’ heterosexual company Wicked Pictures, drake discussed how the concept of ethics and feminist tropes play within her work, and challenged the notions of ‘mainstream’ adult entertainment companies and their place within the feminist porn tableau.

Mainstream media sought jessica drake’s expertise on a variety of topics; she let readers into sex and relationship secrets for men’s pop culture and trendsetter site CraveOnline. She also offered her insight into personal privacy, in the wake of Duke University student Belle Knox’s public backlash, for the Huffington Post.

A three-time winner of AVN’s coveted Best Actress award, drake essayed the role of the Evil Queen earlier this year in Axel Braun’s Snow White XXX: A Hardcore Parody, opposite Riley Steele. The debut release in the new Wicked Fairy Tales line, this two-disc DVD release goes on sale nationwide April 23, 2014.

Ms. drake is currently in the midst of shooting her second big budget project of the year, the New York-based relationship drama Aftermath. Directed by her longtime collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Brad Armstrong, the intimate character study casts drake opposite rising star Tyler Nixon in a compelling May-December romance rife with hidden secrets. drake’s latest collaboration with real-life partner Armstrong caught the eye of Cosmopolitan yet again, resulting in an in-depth interview on costume and wardrobe design for adult films.

Capturing the behind-the-scenes portions of drake’s busy schedule are the cameras of Love, Jessica, a new reality show documenting jessica’s life. The docu-series will premiere on Canada’s The Movie Network, Sunday, May 11 and Movie Central in Fall 2014, while after a successful debut at MIPTV, deals are in the works to bring the show to all major markets around the world. Season One is comprised of 10 30-minute episodes.

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CNN Feature

Over half a year ago, a photographer and writer from CNN first met with me on set for a story they were doing on Measure B. We met several more times over the months, and the story grew into a profile piece on my career. I’m excited to say the article and pictorial are now up on CNN, and they came out great!

http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/07/a-lover-and-a-fighter-the-life-of-a-porn-star/

Hope you enjoy it too.

xo,
jd

jessica drake Discusses Measure B on CNN

Wicked Pictures Contract Star & Sex Educator Answers Questions Regarding the Passage of the ‘Condoms-in-Porn Law’ 

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 — HOLLYWOOD, CA — Sexual wellness authority and Wicked Pictures contract star jessica drake was part of an interview discussing L.A. County’s controversial Measure B, also known as the Condoms-in-Porn Law, on CNN Saturday morning as part of the “CNN Newsroom” program. The CNN Newsroom interview aired Saturday, November 10 at 10:15 am EST. CNN anchor Randi Kaye interviewed drake, as well as male performer James Deen.

The complete interview is on the CNN website here: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/11/10/exp-measure-b.cnn

“From the performer’s standpoint, and the standpoint of a woman, I don’t like the idea of being told what I have to do with my body,” drake said on CNN. “We are tested every 14 to 28 days as performers. We are tested for HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and I have been very comfortable with the testing protocols that we have had in effect.”

drake and Deen also described the misleading nature of Measure B. “On the ballot, it said ‘condom use,’ but then, later on, it says they can enforce the blood-borne pathogens law,” drake explained in the interview.

“It was a pleasure to represent our industry and Wicked Pictures to millions of CNN viewers who only see us performing, or don’t know us at all,” drake said. “We spent more than a decade developing a testing system to help keep our industry safe, and Measure B is a threat to our livelihood.”

Before the election, Deen and drake appeared in a No-on-B ad, which is available on the news-and-information website The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/porn-stars-jessica-drake-_n_1980663.html.

Since 2004, drake has been a contract performer for Wicked Pictures, an adult-video company requiring condoms in intercourse scenes for more than 14 years. Although Wicked Pictures’ in-house policy requires condom use, the company joined most of the adult industry in opposing Measure B, which mandates emergency-room medical protocols for all sex scenes shot in Los Angeles County.

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” The series has received excellent reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release and “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal’ received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year.

As an advocate for safe sex practices and education, drake spearheads Wicked Pictures’ involvement in Adult Production Health & Safety Services, a program designed by the Free Speech Coalition to provide producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing.

Continuing her commitment to sexuality education, drake writes a column for AdultDVDEmpire.com titled Ask jessica drake Anything,” where she answers questions on love, sex, and romance each month.

“We lost the first battle on Measure B, but the discussion goes on,” drake said. “We are opposed to shooting scenes in protective gear, and we will continue the fight.”

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