Falcon Sold! Raging Stallion to Take Over Production For Legendary Studio
Falcon Studios — the historic home of gay porn classics like Spokes and Other Side of Aspen, and home to stars from Dick Fisk (above) and Al Parker to Matthew Rush and Landon Conrad — has finally, after years of speculation, been sold.
The legendary gay porn studio founded by Chuck Holmes in 1971 has been bought by VOD-giant AEBN, but will be run by San Francisco-based Raging Stallion Studios. While Falcon will continue to exist as it’s own brand and film line, film production will be overseen by director Chris Ward, head of Raging Stallion, Ward confirmed with us this afternoon.
“Falcon has a huge history and I cannot even begin to express what this means to me personally and professionally,” said Ward a long-time fan of the studio who began his career directing for Falcon’s Mustang line in the late 90s. While Falcon will retain much of its staff and identity, Ward is expected to put his unique stamp on the company (Raging Stallion Studios was acquired by AEBN in 2008). In past years, AEBN has also acquired NakedSword.com (of which this site is a co-production); as a whole, the Falcon-Raging Stallion-NakedSword nexus represents the largest gay production company in the world.
How will Ward’s distinctive look affect the historic gay brand? Until ground breaks on new production, it will be hard to tell. Falcon has long been an iconic brand in gay porn, and a force in gay aesthetics more generally. In the late 70s, Falcon began moving the look away from hippies and hustlers to the preppier, more collegiate look that dominated in the 80s and 90s. Part of Falcon’s trouble in the past decade was its reliance on this aesthetic at a time when consumers were moving toward a rougher and, more arguably more masculine look of Raging Stallion.