Treasure Island Media (also known as TIM) is a U.S. gay pornographic studio (founded in 1998 by Paul Morris) that was the first commercial producer of and specializes 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, Paris, Mexico City and Ft. Lauderdale.
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 & Popularity
According to XBiz, TIM's best selling video to date is Dawson's 20 Load Weekend (2004), which stars Dawson.
Controversy and criticism
TIM 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.
2012 - The safe sex advocate Colby Keller performed for TIM.
Awards & 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.