Colin Rowntree, Co-founder of Spicecash and Producer of Wasteland.com
As the founder and CEO of Wasteland.com, Colin Rowntree is a true pioneer of the online adult entertainment industry. Colin’s stature within the adult industry is reflected by the many honors and recognitions he has received over the years from adult industry media outlets and trade organizations, including his 2011 induction to the Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Fame. Colin was also the recipient of the 2018 XBIZ “Legacy” award, the 2015 XBIZ Progressive Leadership Award, the 2011 Leadership Award from the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and winner of multiple awards from other adult media outlets. Colin was also awarded the 2015 Progressive Leadership of the Year XBIZ Executive Award.
As a BDSM film director/producer, Colin has directed over 600 Wasteland films which focus on authentic BDSM play featuring lifestyle BDSM kinksters.
Colin is a frequent contributor to industry trade publications and websites, including Adult Video News and other media outlets. He has been interviewed by and featured on Forbes.com, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, International Business Times, CNBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, BBC Television, the Fox Network, HBO, ABC Nightline, NewsCorp, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, LA Weekly, Edgy.buzz, Bizzare Magazine, The Rubin Report, MTV.com, Gizmodo.com, AskMen.com, TheBlot.com, Mens Health Magazine, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, Cnet.com and Bnet.com.
Angie Rowntree, Co-Founder of Spicecash and Producer of Sssh.com
@AngieRowntree is the founder of Sssh.com, the web’s premier “porn for women” site and winner of the 2015 XBIZ Award for Best Alternative Website and 2017 Best Adult Site – For Women. An inductee to the AVN Hall of Fame Founders Division who also has been named as one of the industry’s top female power-players, Angie got her start in the adult industry’s online sector in the early 90s, making her one of the adult Internet’s true pioneers. In addition to directing Sssh.com’s original films, Angie is also the producer of the Mindbrowse.com online discussion series, which brings together directors, performers, academics and critics to tackle some of the most incendiary and controversial topics surrounding the Adult Industry.
Known for her lighthearted and straightforward approach, Angie is a frequent participant on panel discussions at adult industry trade shows, and has been profiled by a variety of major media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline, CNBC, Fox, Cosmopolitan, NPR, the BBC, and TIME magazine. Most recently, Angie became the first member of the adult industry to speak at a Sundance Institute event, appearing at the “Creative Tensions: Sex” experimental interactive discussion event in Brooklyn. In March 2018, Rowntree spoke at SXSW about using Explicit Sex as a Storytelling Element and is a member of Women in SexTech.
In Her Words
I’m an erotic filmmaker by trade, a vegetarian by choice and a lover of animals by way of an irresistible, lifelong compulsion. I also love a good story, be it hard and true, or fantastically fictional. I became a filmmaker to tell stories, both my own and those I’ve been privileged to have others share with me and generously allow me to tell on their behalf. I don’t make erotica to shock viewers, or merely to titillate them; I want people to engage with my characters, to feel what the characters feel and to absorb it all emotionally and viscerally, rather than simply take in a spectacle with their eyes alone. I’ve led something of a complicated life myself, which may be why I like challenging narratives that track complex emotional journeys – quintessentially human tales, in which the characters and the viewer are tested, and from which they emerge triumphant, inspired and whole.
I believe in the enduring, undying power of passion; whatever challenges you encounter, whatever opportunities come your way, meet them with all the passion you can muster. Passion doesn’t guarantee success, but it does guarantee giving your best effort – and that’s all life can ask of us.