Treasure Island Media
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Treasure Island Media (also known as TIM) is a U.S. gay pornographic studio founded in 1998 by Charles Steven Key, better known as Paul Morris, that primarily produces bareback films. It was the first commercial producer to specialize in bareback films as part of the emerging 1990s underground interest in the pre-condom era of gay porn that was concerned with the freedom of the sexual experience. The studio is named after Morris's favorite childhood book, Treasure Island. In addition to the original San Francisco office, TIM has production offices in New York, London, San Francisco, and Mexico City.
Morris said Treasure Island Media was established for "preserving the integrity of pornography and the honest representation of male sexual behavior. When I started producing porn, the genre had become depressingly corrupt, representing only a small subset of sexual behaviors [...] I wanted to capture the kind of sex that has meaning for me and I wanted to do so as accurately and honestly as possible. I also wanted to document the men. I wasn't interested in what they looked like, I was interested in what they understood regarding the complex behavioral language of sex among men." He added, "Most recently, I've been motivated to produce pornography to directly address the appalling phenomenon of the HIV 'closet'."
Sales and popularity
Controversy and criticism
Treasure Island Media has been involved in several incidents due to its product line:
- 2004 – Titan Media banned its performers from signing with Treasure Island Media.
- October 2007 – TIM won the prize for "Best US Studio" at the David Awards in Berlin, the gay European equivalent of the GAYVN, which prompted Titan Media founder and CEO, Bruce Cam, to decline his award.
- July 2009 – TIM issued a press release announcing they had been banned from officially participating in Folsom Street Fair, Folsom North, Dore Alley, Gay Erotic Expo and International Mr. Leather.
- 2009 – The GAYVN Awards placed a lifetime ban on Treasure Island Media productions from eligibility as well as other productions depicting barebacking.
- December 2010 – the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Treasure Island Media $21,000 for exposing employees (i.e. the models) to "semen and other potentially infectious materials".
- September 25, 2011 – The studio's booth at the Folsom Street Fair was shut down by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).
- August 2012 – TIM releases Slammed, which depicts men engaging in bareback sex after injecting crystal meth.
- November 2012 – The safe sex advocate Colby Keller performed for TIM.
- 2014 – Morris directs Viral Loads, a video centered on bareback sex between HIV-positive and HIV-negative men.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation tried several times to have California's Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Appeals Board force companies in the pornography industry to treat actors and actresses as employees subject to occupational safety and health regulation; in a 2014 case brought against Treasure Island Media an administrative judge found that the company did have to comply with regulations.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 Golden Dickie Awards (from Rad Video): Best Studio, Best Movie (What I Can't See 2); Best Director (Paul Morris); Best Performer Top (Jesse O'Toole); and Best Specialty/Fetish Movie (Damon Blows America 8 – Los Angeles)
- 2010 Cybersocket Web Awards: Best New Site; Best Video Company; Best VOD Site; and Movie of the Year
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- Official website
- Treasure Island Media on IMDbPro (subscription required)
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- Treasure Island Media at the Internet Adult Film Database