A flashing good time at the XBiz Awards


The red carpet was buzzing, and actress Riley Reid was trying to practice her acceptance speech.

But a sheepish fan in a bow tie wanted a picture. Fellow performers wanted good-luck hugs and kisses. Reporters wanted interviews.

Reid, 22, said she’d spoken with her mother before the show and they talked about what the actress might say if she won Female Performer of the Year.

Her mom wanted a shout-out from the stage. After all, the actress had inherited one of her better-known attributes from her. Reid had promised she wouldn’t forget her.

“It’s super-flattering and I would be super-happy if I won,” Reid said. “Winning an award will help me feel like I am the best at what I do.”

Under the hot lights and a blanket of pungent perfume, Reid and dozens of other performers vamped, posed, signed autographs and later gave awkward acceptance speeches — just like the Academy Awards or Golden Globes, except the evening featured categories for Girl/Girl Performer and Male Sex Toy of the Year, and a protester carrying a sign that read “Repent

NBC Entertainment chief talks Leno, NFL and Peter Pan

PETER PAN LIVE!  Season: 2014  Pictured: (l-r) Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook

NBC doesn’t want to say goodbye to “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno just yet.

“I’m very much hoping we will enter into a new relationship with him after ‘The Tonight Show,’ ” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Sunday.

Leno, who ends his run as “Tonight Show” host on Feb. 6 (with Billy Crystal as his final guest), has kept mum on his future plans, including whether he will seek another TV hosting gig. Greenblatt said he’d like to have Leno host specials for NBC down the road.

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” will debut as host of “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17, in the midst of its coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The network hopes that the bigger audiences for the Games will mean increased sampling for Fallon.

Digital video sales’ rise breathes new life into home entertainment


LAS VEGAS — Joann Killeen had never before purchased a digital video, but she took the plunge this holiday season. She forked over $3.28 each to watch the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba” on her Apple iPad and dance along with a friend’s grandchildren to the thump of another Nick Jr. show, “The Fresh Beat Band.”

Killeen, 62, is not alone in busting a move. Digital sales have nearly doubled in the last year, becoming the fastest-growing source of home entertainment revenue for Hollywood studios.

“What we’re seeing is a dramatic shift in the digital ownership this year,” said Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment.

Electronic sales of movies and TV shows have languished for years, as consumers gravitated to low-cost DVD rentals and online streaming services to deliver video to their television sets, computers and portable devices. Some industry observers speculated about a permanent shift in consumer behavior, away from purchasing.

A combination of factors, including access to high-definition-quality digital video and new ways to download or stream content, has yielded double-digit gains, which