August 6, 2007

News: Channel 1 Acquires Catalina Video

Channel 1 Releasing has announced its purchase of Catalina Video and a vast catalog of more than 600 titles from the past 30 years.

“Catalina Video is where I learned from great directors like William Higgins and John Travis,” said Channel 1 partner Chi Chi LaRue (pictured). “They gave me my first opportunity to direct. When I think about all of the classic titles they created, it brings back so many great memories for me. I am excited and honored to bring these truly amazing movies to fans, both old and new.”

Founded in 1978 by legendary director/producer William Higgins, Catalina Video was a leader in the gay adult entertainment industry throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Its landmark films included Big Guns, Hot Rods: Young and Hung II, Sailor in the Wild, Undercover and GAYVN’s Best Gay Adult Movie of all time Powertool.

“We are overjoyed about Catalina joining Channel 1 Releasing,” said Channel 1 partner Rob Novinger. “The studio’s library, which includes some of the most historical gay titles ever made, remains virtually untouched. It makes the prospect of bringing them to consumers in new formats really exciting.”

With its acquisition of Catalina Video, Channel 1 Releasing—which bought All Worlds Video last year, and is also home to LaRue’s Rascal Video and director-model Doug Jeffries’ Electro Video—will gain access to the expansive library of titles that the studio has produced over the past three decades and will repackage and rerelease many of them on DVD. Porn fans can also expect to see new big-budget productions under the Catalina name in the near future.

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