Today one more of the major gay studio brands is becoming an AEBN property as Hot House announces it’s being merged into the Falcon/Raging Stallion family. Hot House will remain a separate brand name along with their ass-play-obsessed fetish line, Club Inferno Dungeon, but studio head Chris Ward will take over from Hot House founder Steven Scarborough, who’s announcing his retirement today as well.
Also, this means that Hot House content will once again be available on NakedSword, the country’s largest gay VOD membership site.
Scarborough (pictured) founded Hot House after leaving the employment of Falcon Studios in 1993 he was also the ex-boyfriend and right-hand-man of late Falcon founder Chuck Holmes. He says the decision to sell the company came after finding out that the studio’s home in San Francisco was slated for demolition later this year to make way for a new office complex. Scarborough says that with rents as high as they currently are in the city, he thought this was an “opportune time to exit the industry and pursue other interests. ”
Both companies have issued press releases, with Ward saying, “We are excited to bring Hot House into the AEBN family of companies,” and noting that he started his own porn career at Hot House. “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.”
Scarborough says, “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. I look forward to seeing Hot House remain an industry leader for years to come.” Scarborough also notes that both studios already operate under the Buddy Profits affiliate program, and Hot House director Christian Owen will stay on board to make films for the Hot House and Club Inferno brands.
This merger follows the major merger of Falcon and Raging Stallion under the AEBN umbrella two years ago. The North Carolina-based AEBN is the leader in streaming adult content, and is also the parent company of NakedSword.
Below, a clip of Scarborough in a rough cut of the upcoming documentary Seed Money, about the life and times and Chuck Holmes. He’s talking about directing one of Falcon’s groundbreaking fetish films of the 90s, Abduction.