AVN reports on arty adult director Michel Ninn being locked out of the Ninn Worx SR building (link is Not Safe for Work):
“Michael Ninn is no longer.”
The voice on the phone belongs to the man known in the adult industry as Michael Ninn. But the award-winning director has temporarily given up his nom de porn after a falling-out with his namesake company, Ninn Worx_SR.
“This is definitely headed to court,” the director told AVN. “I am no longer working for the company.”
That is probably the only point on which Ninn agrees with the owners of the Spearmint Rhino Corporation, which acquired Ninn Worx and all of its assets last year. As part of the deal, Ninn Worx_SR owns the name Michael Ninn as well as the Ninn Worx content library.
“We welcome [a court case] at this point,” Ninn Worx_SR CEO John L. Gray told AVN. “We would rather have organization and order than arguments.”
Signs of trouble at NWSR have been showing for some time; contract girls Jana Jordan and Nikki Kane left the fold in March, and performer Cassidey followed suit in April. Last week, the Spearmint Rhino corporation released a statement indicating that Ninn was “on hiatus” from directing – but according to the man himself, that “hiatus” came as a surprise.
“They escorted me out of the office on Friday two weeks ago, under the guise that they were doing some wiring in the building,” the director said. “When I went back to work on Monday, I was locked out of my office.”
Ninn remains a forty-nine percent shareholder in Ninn Worx_SR, but both sides confirmed the director is no longer welcome at NWSR headquarters in Norco, Calif. Ninn has relinquished control of his epic adult fantasy The Four, slated for release through NWSR this summer, and now intends to start his own company using the name IMNINN for contractual purposes.
Gray described the split as a matter of economics. With Ninn Worx_SR owing $1 million in debt, Gray said, the company could no longer afford to spend time or money disagreeing with its in-house auteur.