In a move that sent shockwaves through the gay porn industry, Falcon Studios and Raging Stallion announced yesterday that they have acquired Hot House. According to a press release, this makes the three San Francisco-based studios "the world's largest gay adult production company." It was only three years ago that Falcon and RSS merged. Now, with the retirement of Hot House founder and president Steven Scarborough, the three companies will join forces under the corporate umbrella of the Adult Entertainment Broadcast Network (AEBN), which also owns Naked Sword, and be helmed by Falcon/RSS's current president Chris Ward.
"We are excited to bring Hot House into the AEBN family of companies," Ward says. "I started my own career at Hot House, so it is very significant for me to bring Steven's company to Falcon/Raging Stallion. We plan to preserve and protect Steven's outstanding legacy and continue filming in the Hot House tradition and style. Just as I worked hard to protect the Falcon legacy after the Falcon/Raging Stallion merger, I intend to make sure that Hot House fans keep getting exactly what they want."
The award-winning Scarborough, who has worked in the industry for 27 years, had this to say: "Because I came from Falcon and because Chris came from Hot House, I feel this deal is a perfect fit. I reached out to Chris because of our long history together. I am absolutely confident that Chris and his team will continue the Hot House tradition, which is something very, very important to me.... Fans can be assured that the same quality product will be delivered without interruption while remaining faithful to the brand's integrity."
Current Hot House director Christian Owen will continue to work for the companies, including for its Club Inferno Dungeon fetish imprint. And expansion of the Hot House brand, which includes a more than 300-title catalog, to cable TV through AEBN's Align Broadcast group is also expected.
Who knows? Maybe someday there'll be one conglomerate that owns all the major gay porn studios and then another that owns all the websites!? Times keep changing, kids.