The Porn Recession: Which Studio Will Close Next?

The Porn Recession: Which Studio Will Close Next?

So apparently, gay porn studios such as Jet Set and Black Scorpion, which became Black Rat, and all the other studios that were semi-popular just a few years ago are gone, and we’re likely to see a few more studios shutter in the next year or two if things continue as they are. Because, as many have said, the golden era of gay porn is long gone.

Gone are the days of expensive productions, lavish budgets, and high pay for the biggest porn stars, some of whom even commanded five-figure paychecks for a single movie once upon a time.

While some studios like Falcon, Lucas, NakedSword, Men.com, and most recently Titan are still signing exclusive models, and Men.com produces a buttload (sorry) of content every week, studios have zero trouble finding fresh talent these days, with amateur models clamoring to get in the business from all sides — even though the pay isn’t that great anymore. This glut of models means that there isn’t necessarily enough work for established stars either.

Sword co-founder Michael Stabile spoke to this topic a couple of years ago in Salon, and now Dazed covers the “porn recession,” getting quotes from UK Hot Jocks owner and model JP Dubois, and model Adam Russo.

Says Dubois: “We may pay the guys the very best but if we don’t have the scenes to give them, then it’s not beneficial. Genuine porn consumers who want the latest stuff with the latest guys and the best quality will still pay for porn. But the fact that less people think that way means there’s less money to hand out to the guys… I almost feel like it’s a recession-type thing where it will filter down and there will be no money left for porn and a load of studios will shut up shop.”

Says Russo: “I consider the porn as a promotional tool [for escorting]. People want you more. People want to see me because now I am Adam Russo. People were like, ‘I watch you all the time’ and they had to see me in person. I see a lot more guys escorting in general. They tell me they’ve been writing to the studios and haven’t heard anything back and I’m like, ‘Good luck with that.’ There’s a lot of people that try to escort in the same way that people try to do porn. Just because you think you can do it does not mean you can.”

So, who’ll be next?

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  1. ken
    December 04, 05:36 Reply

    Sadly the porn industry is fast fading. Which is a very bad thing cos some of us are so addicted.
    The biggest problem for them is the lack of creativity. There’s rarely good storylines and mostly just wham-bam-slam syndrome. Plus, ameteurs are seriously suffocating the bigtimers. Why should I spend my hard earned money when I can easily watch it for free

    • Absalom
      December 04, 06:31 Reply

      Never really understood the whole storyline business in porn. Please just have sex, let me watch.

      • Pink Panther
        December 04, 06:34 Reply

        I know, right? All that yapping and bad acting as prelude to the sex is really just unnecessary to me. Like, let’s get to the reason I’m watching already

        • Max
          December 04, 08:08 Reply

          Most of them are poorly made. Takes hours just to find a good one with the actors in all the right positions.

        • ken
          December 04, 08:29 Reply

          Well thats what they doing right now, and guess what: it aint working. Storyline not only shows creativity but also allows actors who might actually have talent cross into the mainstream movie industry. Just ask former pornstars like sylvester stallone!

          Porn without story is boring!

  2. Mandy
    December 04, 06:21 Reply

    That’s why you get the veterans quitting the profession to pursue other interests. This is one career that has no longevity.

    • Peak
      December 04, 08:53 Reply

      Same could be said for musicians and actors. You are as good/big as your next hit.
      Like the music business of today, you should use it as a platform. Touring and endorsements is what brings in the money since ppl would rather stream than buy. Escorting and club/event appearances is rather the case with porn stars. The studio is out to make money, so a cut back would happen to fees. Actors should get creative and find alternative sources of income or starve.

  3. Absalom
    December 04, 06:29 Reply

    I doubt the porn industry could EVER shut down forever. Even less viable industries have had their demise predicted yet they’re still alive.

    Studios will come, studios will go. And the fortunes of models will fluctuate anyway.

  4. #Chestnut
    December 04, 07:06 Reply

    These ppl should not just do anything to “breed it raw” and “planta rosa” and “timmy tales” o! #OkBye

    • Pink Panther
      December 04, 07:10 Reply

      Breed It Raw… *sigh* Addicktion, with that his mobile tongue, gives me life from that studio.

      • Absalom
        December 04, 08:18 Reply

        Planta Rosa! Lawd. All those MIGHTY dicks! Chestnuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!!!!!! I will tell your pastor.

  5. Dennis Macaulay
    December 04, 08:19 Reply

    If I was the only gay man in the world today, all gay porno studios would have closed.

    Gay porn just doesn’t turn me on! I have tried!

    • Khaleesi
      December 04, 08:47 Reply

      So its watching all those wet, slimy, squishy, Dripping pussies that turns you on? ****barely avoids fainting while glaring at you with side eyes – pukes****

      • Mandy
        December 04, 11:23 Reply

        Lol. Khaleesi, leave Dennis let him be blaspheming against the gaybourhood

      • Dennis Macaulay
        December 04, 11:43 Reply

        Nna leave me biko, I like interracial straight porno (black man white girl), I also like lesbian porno because cunnilingus

        *smacks lips*

  6. Chizzie
    December 04, 08:31 Reply

    Finding i’m more into tumblr porn these days than mainstream porn, cause its more artistic and there are tons of exclusive and fetish stuff if you have particular kinks that turn u on ?

  7. Colossus
    December 04, 12:16 Reply

    When homosexuals lived more in the closet, gay porn thrived. Now it’s not really that much of a big deal in more countries so why hide to watch porn. It’s basic logic, I think.

    • façade
      December 04, 17:17 Reply

      Straight people have been out n proud since forever n there’s still straight porn so I don’t think gay porn is going anywhere

  8. GAG
    December 04, 12:41 Reply

    If XL is still acting, I am okay. Pls visit justgagging.blogspot.com

  9. Delle
    December 04, 13:06 Reply

    Oh well, I’m really indifferent about them porn films. When it comes to porn, the whites just do not do it for me. There’s this realistic feel one gets when watching the blacks go at it. Remy Martin still is a porn god till rapture occurs.

    That said, the porn visuals can fizzle out for all I care but the novels MUST stay. Porn novels are better, classier and ‘educating’. There are things written in a novel, a film can’t depict!
    *hits the hammer and stomps out*

    • Dick Advocate
      December 04, 18:26 Reply

      Stop trying to do a Khaleesi with your Drama induced comments. There can be only one Drama Queen and she doesn’t need a copy. A terrible copy at that.

      • Delle
        December 04, 19:27 Reply

        Well I really don’t like you. So I’d leave it at that.
        *rolling my eyes*

  10. Dick Advocate
    December 04, 18:28 Reply

    Gay porn, str8 porn! Whatever.. Ill rather watch live action.

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