LOS ANGELES — Director Nica Noelle, who created Sweetheart Video, Sweet Sinner Films and Sweet Sinema Films, has parted ways with former parent company Mile High Media and signed a new deal with adult VOD site AEBN.
Noelle will begin production in November for the new girl/girl studio Candy Girl Films and feature studio Hard Candy Films, which will be available in stores and on VOD by January 2012.
“Candy Girl and Hard Candy films will feature everything my fans have come to expect from my movies — forbidden love, strong storylines and passionate, realistic sex scenes,” Noelle said. “I am still the same filmmaker.”
The difference, she said, is in ownership of her product, and in new creative freedoms and opportunities.
“Now, I can give fans even more of what they want,” Noelle explained. “Ownership [of the studios] means I have the freedom to meet my fans’ evolving needs.”
Noelle said that will include “even more realistic sex scenes, and more emotional content. More of everything that sets my films apart from ‘cookie cutter’ porn.”
She said she chose AEBN for a partnership because of the VOD site’s history of success with her product, and their “deep understanding” of her philosophy.
“Nica is a phenomenal talent, so we had to jump at the chance to work with her,” AEBN Vice President Jerry Anders said.
“Being a minute-based VOD company, she is the perfect partner because she keeps the viewer engaged with her stories and passionate sex for the entire length of her movies.
“We are all very happy to be working with her.”
With the new studios, Noelle will also be teaming up with veteran adult filmmaker Mike Quasar and still photographer Joshua Darling.
Quasar will join Noelle as her co-director and second cameraman for both Candy Girl Films and Hard Candy Films.
“I have been stalking Mike Quasar for a long time,” Noelle joked. “I’m a huge fan of his work, and it’s been a dream of mine to collaborate with him — especially on an all-girl line.”
A longtime exclusive director for Zero Tolerance, Quasar is selective in choosing outside projects. He said his collaboration with Noelle is an opportunity to expand creatively and explore new erotic themes.
“Nica has accomplished so much in such a short period of time,” Quasar said. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone whose standards are so high.
“I am very excited and inspired to be working with her and I’m flattered that she wanted me to be a part of this new venture.”
Noelle added, “I feel very lucky to have Mike’s talent, experience and technical skill on board. Not to mention that he’s one of the funniest, most genuine people I know.”
The still photographer Darling is the founder of Darlinghouse.net. He will exclusively provide still photos for both Candy Girl Films and Hard Candy Films, Noelle said.
“Josh Darling is one of the most gifted erotic photographers working today,” she said. “I am beyond thrilled that he’s agreed to be my exclusive stills photographer.”
Darling remarked, “I’m immensely proud and excited to be joining Nica Noelle’s new studios Candy Girl Films and Hard Candy Films. Our teaming is a happy day for me.”
Noelle said that it was upon seeing Darling’s stills for Sweetheart Video’s “My Sister Celine” that she realized his unique vision could ”foster a higher standard in pornographic stills photography.”
“Josh finds and captures both the emotional and sexual truth in his subjects,” Noelle explained. “I seek to do the same with my movies, so we felt destined to collaborate.”
Darling agreed, adding, “Nica’s pornography is distinguished by a compassionate connection to her characters, stories and audience.
“This, coupled with my own interest in emotionally rich, erotic narrative, makes us a perfect match.”
Noelle said that her commitment to her fans remains her first priority.
“I talk to them online every day, so I know what they want to see, and what they still can’t find,” she concluded. “And now, more than ever before, I can give it to them.”