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Catalina Video is an award-winning production house of gay pornography, founded in 1978 by William Higgins. The company was primarily a distributor for Nova Studios in 1982. In 1987, Scott Masters was hired as its head of production, and he began making films for the studio. The company's fortunes improved, and they opened a second studio in San Francisco.
Founded in 1978, by legendary director/producer William Higgins, Catalina Video was the "Crown Jewel" of the gay adult entertainment industry throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It produced landmark films such as "Big Guns," "Hot Rods: Young and Hung II," "Sailor in the Wild," "Undercover," "The Rise," "Jawbreaker," and GayVN Magazine's cited "Best Gay Adult Movie of All Time" "Powertool," the ground-breaking studio is also credited for single-handedly building the bisexual film market with hits such as "The Big Switch" and "Revenge of the Bi-Dolls."
Catalina Video discovered numerous awarded actors including Kip Noll, Kevin Williams, Mike Henson, Steve Rambo, John Davenport, Matt Ramsey (aka straight male porn superstar Peter North), Brandon Lee and gay porn icon Jeff Stryker who made many successful films for the label including "In Hot Pursuit," "The Switch Is On," "The Look" and "Powertool."
In 2007, Channel 1 Releasing acquired Catalina Video and began remastering, re-packaging and re-releasing several of its classic titles for the first time on DVD. Channel 1 Releasing is co-owned by the most awarded director in the gay adult film genre Chi Chi LaRue, who got his start in the business directing for Catalina in the 1980s.