Michael Ninn

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Michael Ninn
Born 1951[citation needed]
Occupation Adult film director
Years active 1992 - Present
Known for adult erotic films

Michael Ninn (born 1951[citation needed]) is an adult film director and writer known for his innovative, artistic and stylized approach to adult film making. He began his career as a music video director and made his first adult films in 1992.[1][2] From 2002 through 2007, Ninn released films through his own production company, Ninn Worx.[citation needed] Having recently sold majority interest in the company, he is now embarking on new projects.[citation needed]


Michael Ninn was born to a young mother and raised in a New York orphanage.[citation needed] Before the age of 20, Ninn was working for a well-known New York ad agency as an art director.[citation needed] Soon afterwards, he directed music videos for the record company Capitol Records before moving to the West Coast of the United States to pursue TV and film.[citation needed] Ninn was married in 1983 and divorced in 1989.[citation needed] His adopted name is supposedly derived from the famous novelist and erotica writer Anaïs Nin.[3]

Adult film career[edit]

In 1992, Ninn made his first two adult erotic films, Two Sisters and Principles of Lust.[citation needed] The next year, he signed with VCA Pictures and then went on to produce a series of award winning films like Sex, Latex and Shock.

Ninn's production company, Ninn Worx, has produced dozens of films that have won more than 70+ AVN Awards.[4] In 1997, Shock won eleven awards including "Best Director" and "Best Video Feature".[5][5] In 2005, the Ninn Worx film Fetish Circus won the 2005 AVN award for "Best DVD", and Lost Angels: Katsumi won "Best Foreign All-Sex Release".[5] In 2006, Ninn won the AVN Award for "Best Director - Non Feature" for the film Neo Pornographia.[5]

In 2013, Ninn received an XBIZ Award nomination for "Director of the Year - Feature Release" for The Four.[6] He also was nominated for seven AVN Awards in 2013 for The Four.[4]

In 2007, Spearmint Rhino acquired 100% of Ninn Worx, the rights to his name, and the Ninn Worx content library, forming Ninn Worx_SR. On 16 June 2008, Ninn announced that he was no longer working for the company because of a dispute that both sides admitted may end up in court.[citation needed] Though he remained a 49% shareholder in Ninn Worx_SR, Ninn had begun making plans to work with former Ninn Worx_SR contract stars under a new name, IMNINN, while looking into his legal options.[7] Ninn argued on his own behalf (pro se) in front of the three-judge United States Bankruptcy Appellate Court in Pasadena (“I couldn’t afford a lawyer at that point,” he says).[citation needed] He argued to appeal a lower court’s decision to sell to a trust established by Spearmint Rhino owner John Gray, 137 of Ninn’s films, and the intellectual property associated with them.[citation needed] Ninn faced a formidable array of lawyers, including Paul Cambria, well-known throughout the adult industry for his work on behalf of Larry Flynt and other moguls.[citation needed] Ninn said “Eventually, lawyers told me not to fight anymore. They said I couldn’t win. They wouldn’t take my case even if I could pay them.”[citation needed] The court’s finding, filed a month later, is remarkable for what the court thinks Ninn intended to say. "While not raised precisely by [Ninn] on appeal, we have the discretion, if not the obligation, to ensure that bankruptcy law is properly applied. Nonetheless, despite {Ninn}’s lack of contrary evidence, his argument does have some merit."[citation needed] Though neither Ninn nor Gray’s camp can talk about the split or the eventual settlement (publicly they stick to phrases like “mutually satisfying arrangement”).[8] It would appear that, after the settlement, Ninn's 137 films and the intellectual property associated with them were returned to him and now are back in his control.[citation needed]


AVN Awards
Year Award Film
1996[9] Best Director-Video Latex
1997[10] Shock
Best Editing-Video
Best Editing-Gay Video Night Walk
2002[11] AVN Hall of Fame N/A
2003[12] Best Videography Perfect
2006[13] Best Director - Non Feature Neo Pornographia
2014[14] Best Director – Foreign Feature (shared with Max Candy) The Ingenuous
Hot d'Or Awards
Year Award Film
1996[15] Best American Director Latex
1997[15] Body Shock
1999[15] La Nuit Sans Fin
2000[16] Ritual
NightMoves Awards
Year Award
2005[17] Best Director (Editor’s Choice)
XRCO Awards
Year Award
1996[18] Director of the Year
2006[19] XRCO Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "Michael Ninn - Biography". IMDB. 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Adam (28 January 2014). "Legendary Director Michael Ninn Strikes Awards Season Gold with "The Ingenuous"". Sexart.com. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Orgazmik Biography Michael Ninn". Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "AVN - 2014 AVN Awards Show - History". Avnawards.avn.com. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "AVN - 2014 AVN Awards Show - History". Avnawards.com. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  6. ^ "XBIZ Nominees 2013". Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  7. ^ AVN Staff (16 June 2008). "Michael Ninn Splits from Ninn Worx_SR". AVN (magazine). Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Michael Ninn: Two Trucks, Three Years, "The Four" | Porn Valley Observed con Gram Ponante". Gramponante.com. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Adult Video News Award Winners - 1995". RAME. January 8, 1996. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ "1997 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (January 12, 2002). "2002 AVN Awards Show Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (January 21, 2003). "2003 AVN Awards Winners Announced: Awards Presented Big Year for Evil Angel...". AVN. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2006 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. January 9, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ AVN Staff (January 19, 2014). "AVN Announces the Winners of the 2014 AVN Awards". AVN. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Les cérémonies des Hot d'Or". Hot d'Or. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Hot d'Or Winners". AVN. August 2000. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ Dirty Bob (October 11, 2005). "NightMoves Awards Show Reaches Climax". AVN. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ "THE BEST OF 1995 (1996 Show)". X-Rated Critics Organization. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Pirates Wins Big at XRCO Awards". AVN. April 20, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 

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