- J. C. Adams
J. C. Adams (
June 6, 1970) is an author, magazine editor and reporter whose work focuses on the adult gay pornographic industry, and a director of gay pornographic films.
Early life and education
Adams was born in 1970 in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a teacher. He has two brothers, one older and one younger.
He attended local Catholic elementary and secondary schools before graduating with a
bachelor's degreefrom La Roche College.
Adams moved to
Los Angeles, Californiain 1992. He began writing articles on various sex-related topics for " Sex Vibe", an occasional magazine published by AIDS Project Los Angeles. He continued to contribute to the publication until its demise in 1998.
In August 1995, Adams began writing reviews of gay porn films for "
Adult Video News" (AVN), a trade industry publication covering the straight, gay, bisexual, and transsexual porn industry. In 1997, the Adam Gay Video Directory, an annual publication of gay porn film reviews produced by Knight Publishing Corp., hired him to write reviews for the next edition of its annual film guide.
His work for AVN brought him to the attention of the gay adult film industry, and in 1995 he worked as a coordinator for the
Gay Erotic Video Awards(GEVAs), an annual gay porn industry awards show sponsored by " Gay Video Guide". In 1997, he became judging and nominations coordinator for the GEVAs, and continued in that role until the final awards show in 1998.
In 1998, Adams began reviewing gay porn films for
RAD Video, a major online retailer of gay, straight and bisexual mainstream and adult films. That same year, Adams began writing a monthly column for the company's Web site in which he reported on industry events, technology, scandals and other newsworthy topics.
Adams' first published mainstream work was a portrait of gay adult film agent and former rock promoter David Forest, which appeared in "
Genre" magazine in October 1999.
Adams also began writing for "
Unzipped" magazine (formerly " Advocate Classifieds") in 1998, contributing articles, reviews and interviews with gay porn stars. He was hired as the publication's editor in June 2000 after the editors decided to relaunch the biweekly publication as a monthly, and produced the first issued of the new "Unzipped" (August 2000 issue). He left the magazine in January 2002.
Adams began syndicating his gay porn industry news column in March 2002. It began running on adult film Web sites such as NakedSword.com, but also on sites such as the mainstream GLBTQ portal site, OutinAmerica.com.
Adams did a great deal of freelance work for various gay porn studios during this time as well. He helped
Sports and Recreation Videopublish a print magazine, " Inside Porn", from 2001 until it folded in 2003. And he did freelance publicity work for several gay porn studios, including All Worlds Videoand MSR Videos.
He was hired by MSR Videos as a full-time publicist in November 2002. In 2003, he became a production manager for the studio. He left MSR Videos in October 2004 (the studio folded in January 2005 after the death of its founder and owner,
In 2004, Adams wrote an article for the peer-reviewed academic publication, "Journal of Homosexuality". The article, "Sex Pigs: Why Porn is Like Sausage, or the Truth is That-Behind the Scenes-Porn Is not Very Sexy," discussed why adult film sex work is, in fact, work. The article was published as a chapter in the book "Pornucopia: Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography", published by
Haworth Pressin 2005.
Adams has continued to work for the "
Adam Gay Video Directory" since 1997. In June 2005, the company hired him as editor of its monthly gay porn review magazine, " XXX Showcase", and as editor of their annual directory. The first issue of "XXX Showcase" he edited came out in August 2005. The first annual directory he edited covered gay adult films for 2005, featured Hot House Entertainmenton its cover and was published December 2005. His second edition as editor featured Raging Stallion Studiosperformer François Sagaton its cover and was published December 2006. Adams' third edition as editor was published in December 2007 and featured COLT Studio Groupperformers Adam Champand Carlo Masi.
Adams is at work on book titled "It Just Happened," an oral history of the gay adult film industry.:"I was going to call it an oral history," Scuglia tells me, "but people kept giggling. It's about how the Falcon aesthetic has infiltrated the mainstream via advertising and popular culture. Look at any fashion magazine and you see those naked, hairless, androgynous male models—and where does the aesthetic come from? Falcon movies! If you want to predict the next trend, just look at gay porn." [ [http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0547,musto,70252,15.html "La Dolce Musto" "The Village Voice," November 22, 2005.] Accessed November 22, 2005.]
The "home base" for Adams' column is currently GayPornTimes.com, a Web site which he also helps manage and edit.
Adams' career producing and directing gay adult films began in 2000.
Real to Reel, an adult film company, hired him to direct but the movie was never completed. However, one scene, featuring Christopher Young and Leo DeSilver, eventually appeared in the film "Hitchhikers Delight" released by Natural Wonders Productionsin 2002.
Adams' growing familiarity with adult film production, a by-product of his work reporting from gay porn sets, soon led to writing and directing duties.
Adams' first credit adult film script was "The List", produced by
MSR Videosin 2003. He served as production manager in the film, and produced three other titles that year as well.
In early 2004, Adams directed his first credited gay porn scenes, including the film "Shooters" from
MSR Videos. The film was co-directed with Alizzi. Earlier that year, he had his first solo turn as a director, helming the All Worlds Video "Catch Me." In 2005, Adams directed "Sex With Strangers" for All Worlds Videobefore returning to RAD Video, where he directed and produced "Friends With Benefits."
In August 2006,
Studio 2000owner David McKay hired Adams as his new chief of production. Adams replaced Scott Masters, the award-winning director and co-founder of Studio 2000who retired after selling the production house. McKay announced that Adams would manage all the studio's productions, while adult film performer and director Chad Donovanwould handle talent development. [ [http://www.gayvn.com/index.php?Primary_Navigation=News&Action=View_Article&Content_ID=272088 Doug Lawrence, "J.C. Adams New Production Chief at Studio 2000," "Adult Video News," July 14, 2006.] Accessed April 15, 2007.]
The first film he managed for the studio, "Big Boat", was released in January 2007.
Since 2003, Adams has been a regular guest on the "Derek and Romaine Show," hosted by
Derek Hartleyand Romaine Patterson, on SIRIUS OutQSatellite Radio.
*Adams, J.C. "Forest Fire." "Genre." October 1999.
*Adams, J.C. (as Benjamin Scuglia). "Sex Pigs: Why Porn is Like Sausage, or the Truth is That-Behind the Scenes-Porn Is not Very Sexy." "Journal of Homosexuality." 47:3/4 (2004).
*Adams, J.C. (as Benjamin Scuglia). "Sex Pigs: Why Porn is Like Sausage, or the Truth is That-Behind the Scenes-Porn Is not Very Sexy." In "Pornucopia: Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography." Todd G. Morrison, ed. Binghamton, N.Y.: The Haworth Press, 2005. Cloth ISBN 1-5602-3290-0; Paperback ISBN 1-5602-3291-9
* [http://www.apla.org/ AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)]
* [http://www.derekandromaine.com/ "Derek and Romaine Show," Sirius Satellite Radio]
* [http://www.gayporntimes.com/ Gay Porn Times]
* [http://gaypornwriter.blogspot.com/ "Gay Porn Writer," Adams' Personal Web Site]
*imdb name|id=1419293|name=J.C. Adams
* [http://www.sirius.com/ Sirius Satellite Radio]
* [http://www.unzipped.net "Unzipped" magazine Web site]
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