After twenty years in adult entertainment, Chris Ward announced his retirement today, November 18, as president of Falcon Studios Group. “I have lived a dream working in our industry,” Ward says. “I started out in a basement and grew my company into something far larger than I ever thought possible.”
Ward co-founded Raging Stallion Studios in 1999 with JD Slater, then in 2009, Raging Stallion merged with Charlotte-based AEBN; a year later, they acquired Falcon Studios, and in 2014, they bought Hot House and merged the three studios under Falcon Studios Group. In 2015, Falcon Studios Group released over 100 DVDs, living up to their moniker of America’s Gay Porn Company.
NakedSword CEO Tim Valenti assumes the role Falcon Studios Group president in the new year and Chris Ward will remain in an advisory role through the spring of 2016. “I have a great respect for the legacy that Chris Ward is leaving behind,” says Valenti. “Chris and I have worked together for many years and I’m excited about this opportunity.” Valenti adds that he’ll carry on at the helm of NakedSword.
Chris Ward remains one of the co-owners of AEBN, but he says that he has no plans to actively participate in the porn industry: “I can be a very controlling person, and I want to clear out and to give Tim the space he needs to take Falcon into the future.” Ward says he will split his time between San Francisco and France with his partner, Mo Duran.
Ward got his start in porn at Hot House in 1996 where he released his first film called The Hole Punch. He quickly became one of studio’s main directors, working with Hot House owner Steven Scarborough. Ward has received over fifty industry awards for his own efforts, including GayVN’s best director three years in a row. Ward’s standout movies include Arabesque, Grunts, To The Last Man, Manifesto, Giants, and Raiders of the Lost Arse and he has directed more fisting films than any other director. You can see his body of work at Raging Stallion Studios.