|Born||c. 1969 (age 47–48)|
|Other names||Joone, Ali Joone, Joonie|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Photographer, director & producer|
|Years active||1998–2008 (porn director)|
|Spouse(s)||Samantha Lewis (divorced)|
|No. of adult films||21 as director (per IAFD)|
Joone is an Iranian-American photographer, director and producer. For directing pornographic films, he won AVN Award twice. In 1993, Joone founded American pornographic movie studio Digital Playground and was a co-owner of the company until it was acquired by Manwin in 2012.
Commenting on the transition of the pornography industry from the underground economy to mainstream corporate acceptance, the company's founder said: "I look at the porn business where Vegas and gambling was in the 70's… Vegas was still mob-owned and they were making the transition between these small groups of people to being corporate owned… I feel the same exact thing is going to happen with adult".
In January 2012, alongside his ex-wife Samantha Lewis who was co-owner, CEO and President of Digital Playground, he reached an agreement with Fabian Thylmann to sell the company to Manwin. On the acquisition, Joone commented: “To me this deal is no different than the acquisition of Pixar by Disney, The consumer is going to see more blockbusters, big-budget productions, and it’s our goal to create the next genre of adult entertainment. This acquisition is a marriage between two industry leaders. Adult entertainment is changing and Manwin has a lead on technology.” The price or terms of the deal was not disclosed, but it was announced that Lewis and Joone will "continue to oversee the studio", however, it was reported in March that Manwin has released Lewis and some other employees in orther to make changes.
- Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge
- Island Fever 1, 2, 3 & 4
- Forbidden Tales
- Virtual Sex line of DVDs:
- Rocki Roads' Wet Dreams
Awards and nominations
- 2006 AVN Award – Best Director, Video (Pirates)
- 2006 XRCO Award winner - Best Director
- 2009 AVN Award winner – Best Director, Feature (Pirates II)
- 2009 AVN Award winner – Best Screenplay (Pirates II) shared with Max Massimo
- 2009 AVN Award winner – Best Videography (Pirates II) shared with Oliver Henry
- 2009 Eroticline Awards winner - Best U.S. Director
- 2009 Hot d'Or Award winner - Best American Screenplay (Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge - Digital Playground)
- 2009 Hot d'Or Award winner - Best American Movie (Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge - Digital Playground)
- "THE SOFT MACHINE: Digital Playground's High-End XXX Vids Have Redefined the Craft of Making Commercial Porn With Solid-Gold Results". GramPonante. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
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- Joone Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Dana Kennedy (2003-08-17). "The Fantasy of Interactive Porn Becomes a Reality". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- Jeffreys, Sheila (2008). The Industrial Vagina: The Political Economy of the Global Sex Trade. Taylor & Francis. p. 73. ISBN 0-415-41233-1.
- Pardon, Rhett (2012-01-17). "Manwin Acquires Digital Playground - XBIZ Newswire". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "UPDATED: Manwin Makes Changes at Digital Playground". XBIZ Newswire. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
- "AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. January 9, 2006. Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "Joone Digital Playground's founder and the director of 'Pirates' holds up his award at AVN Awards Show in Las Vegas". santabanta.com. January 9, 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- Rhett Pardon (21 April 2006). "Porn Industry Shows Up for XRCO Awards". XBIZ. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- David Sullivan (2009-01-11). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- "Gewinner 2009". Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- Paul Fishbein, "Pirates II, Evil Angel Big Winners at 2009 Hot d’Or Awards", AVN.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- "Hot d'Or archives presse x, articles sur les Hot d'or". Hot-dor.fr. Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-05-09.