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It seems Next Door Buddies attempted rescue of Falcon has failed. The bank came to collect, and this time there was no white knight.

So control of the iconic Falcon brand falls to Chris Ward. The irony is, of course, the films he directed for Falcon in the late 90′s were sold to Steven Scarborough, with the exception of the one or two Mustang movies (and I believe one of them stars Chris Steele, head of Jet Set. Wow, small world.). I guess Hot House is next for AEBN?

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The stunning news of last week’s bankruptcy filing by Colt’s parent company Prowest Media, as well as that of it’s owners, partners John Rutherford and Tom Settle, put into perspective the impossibility of the Colt deal, and the on-going effects of the Great Recession on the gay porn business. Combine that with the other trend-setting events of the week, and the gay porn business has been rocked like the San Francisco earthquake.

Faced with the imminent trial from the Jim French breech-of-contract lawsuit against Prowest et al, Rutherford and Settle made a last bid effort to try and retain control over their company, get relief from their debts, and give them some hope of salvaging their business. Prowest was placed into Chapter 11 (typically a re-structuring) while Rutherford and Settle filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation).

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It’s been quite a couple of weeks in the gay porn industry; at this point, nothing would surprise me.

First is the big news from Colt, which my co-blogger Ronnie so aptly covers. Condolences to John and Tom at this difficult time.

IML banned bareback porn from the leather market for the first time, sort of like shutting the gate after the horse has left the barn (oh wait, they did make an exception for the bestiality video booth, since neither the dogs, horses, nor men in these videos were wearing condoms). Nevertheless the consequences were reflected at the event. For the first time in my memory, the host hotel sent out an email 3 weeks prior to the weekend and redacted the 3-night minimum stay requirement. The hotel was roughly half-full, and the lobby, usually a shoulder-to-broad-shoulder wall, was empty enough to breeze in and out regardless of the day or time. The leather market itself was “dull” and “dead” according to several attendees, and a commenter on Joe.My.God suggested that old-time vendors were awol (aside from bareback porn companies). Of course, the economy still sucks, so it’s no shock that attendance is down. Nevertheless, in the face of discrimination based on politics, officials felt it so important to show their inclusiveness, the winner of the pageant was a transman in a wheelchair (congratulations and no disrespect to Tyler McCormick).

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Titan’s suit against the British tube sites is a welcome event in the online gay porn world. GayForIt.com (itsallgay.com, jerkofftube.com) et al are a fraud.

Titan will be successful because gayforit has a financial interest in the streaming of the content. It is selling access to that content on a subscription basis. It leases/controls the servers @ LeaseWeb, and it is making editorial decisions at minimum about some of its content. It is a financial model built on pirated content plain and simple.

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Ah, Twitter, you’ve already taught me so much, and it’s only been a month! You’ve reintroduced me to JRLChartsonline.net via a lovely little tweet that caught my eye regarding Titan Media pulling all content from the AEBN network.

Now, first, I have a problem with JRL. Frankly, they seem a bit too willing to give their advertisers positive coverage. Make that exclusively positive coverage. I respect their charts (as oposed to AVN’s, which are a joke), and afterall, JRL is trying to cover the dwindling wholesale market, and they have built some credibility on this front.

A couple of weeks ago, however…
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GayVN shoots and missesNow, who does AVN think they’re kidding? Really, not one Treasure Island title in the top 100 sellers of some recent month (they don’t state for what month, but this is from the January 2010 issue)? And we’re supposed to believe that Jason Adonis Unseen sold more copies than either of Lucas’ Israel crap?

I counted fewer than 4 pages of content, including one full page of reviews. The book was 300 pages this issue, due mostly to it being a show issue. Of course, only two gay companies are bothering to exhibit at the AVN show. Wow, we’ve gone from being pissed about being shoved off into the corner to not even meriting a mention in the index.

And they wonder why nobody buys ads.

Everyone in the industry bitches about piracy and content theft, and at least a couple of studios will go after theives (and there’s always Titan), but these infringers of copyright have been getting away with it for years.


VarsityDVDs glossy 40-inch flier, side 1

VarsityDVDs glossy 40-inch flier, side 1
click for high reslution pdf.

What gives Bel-Ami, Staxus and Falcon?

Is there anyone out there that is not aware of the relationship between GayPornBlog, which is owned and operated by NakedSword, a division of AEBN, which in turn, owns Raging Stallion? Apparently, someone at GayPornBlog deems this information too intimate to reveal; at least, after posting a criticism of their recent post Is Leaked Raging Stallion Clip Snuff? pointing out that there is absolutely no coincidence that it appears, and that it seems rather self-serving not to disclose the relationship, that’s all I’m left to think. Three days later and my comment seems to be stuck in moderation.

GayPornBlog=NakedWord=AEBN=RagingStallion

A “leaked” clip of an “envelope-pushing” scene. Wow, who woulda thunk it? Liked the “evaluation copy” watermark, nice touch. I’m sure it made the one or two people out there who aren’t familiar with jwplayer are now convinced that the clip really was “leaked.” Sure is interesting how that guitar player happened by to strum a few notes (and over, and over, and over…) while the gay-for-pay fucks the other one, all nicely edited into a smooth-flowing segment leaked for sensation.

I’d say please, grow up but…

Several weeks ago, GayPornTimes linked to an Advocate article since removed and republished at the author’s blog, The Unabashed Queer’s Cut: Business Before Pleasure? — enough links yet? — that skids a little too close for comfort, apparently.

I wish I’d downloaded and saved the article in the edited form appearing on The Advocate’s website. (And to be honest, when it was removed, I thought it was that Regent Media wanted you to buy the magazine to read the content, or at least subscribe to the digital issue to read content that wasn’t in the current issue.) If any reader has it — the original form, not the version I linked to and is widely linked across the intertubes — please email it to me. It had a couple of prescient quotes that fit nicely with an piece I’ve been kicking around for a while on bareback porn. But alas, the piece was pulled, and now we rely on the version that has several errors that I don’t remember from the Advocate’s version, and most notably, the quote that I was most interested in has now changed as well:

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Oh, the hypocrisy. Falcon “Classic Bareback” movies, compiled into convenient compilation form, on sale now!

More hypocrisy from Falcon on display

I guess what escapes them is that if there was ever a time when we’d actually see a seroconversion take place on screen, these films were made during that time.

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