It's a recurrent theme among the performers who sign with Jaxson: They see him as mentor and confidant.

Some, like Montreal native Jake Bass, call him "Daddy." Says Bass: "He didn't really like it, because in the gay world it has a different connotation, but he quickly realized that I wasn't calling him Daddy 'cause of that, but because I kind of latched on to him." When he was in his teens, Bass explains, his father died. He says his mom trusts Jaxson: "She's knows I'm safe with him, that I'm not going to run out of anything or be in trouble."

Jaxson says he has met the mothers of most of his actors. ("A lot of them are my age," he notes.) At least two have visited CockyBoys' headquarters in Queens. Jaxson says they find it reassuring to see the office in person. "There's no back room, it's not some seedy guy."

Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, 
and Levi Karter.
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Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, and Levi Karter.
Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.
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Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.

It's clear that the affection Jaxson's performers have for their boss is mutual. They're his employees, but also his muses. Their real lives often serve as the basis of CockyBoys films, like Road Strip, a campy road-trip flick that is memorable for a scene in which CockyBoys' most popular star, Max Ryder, speaks candidly about the difficulties of blending his career with his real life. GRAB Magazine gushed that the movie "up-ended the conventions of porn," where fantasy trumps reality.

Earlier this fall, CockyBoys released an explicit documentary, Fuck Yeah Levi Karter, featuring footage Karter shot of himself going about his daily life: "while he's cooking breakfast, while he's talking to his mom, while he's having phone sex, while he's jacking off," Jaxson explains.

Then there was A Thing of Beauty, a film that prompted a critic at Salon.com to dub Jaxson "the Walt Whitman of gay porn." The movie takes its title from a line in a Keats poem, but its plot is based on Jaxson's long-term relationship with Benny and RJ, which was also the subject of a 2012 New York magazine profile.

Giving the audience a peek behind the curtain into the performers' real lives is paying dividends for CockyBoys. Under Jaxson's direction, each performer has cultivated a devoted social media following, a surprising number of women among them. (Jaxson fondly refers to his stars' female fans as "the ladywood brigade.")

"In the '90s, in the Jeff Stryker and Ryan Idol era, these were considered gods, and [fans] didn't want to know anything off-set. They just wanted to have porn stars and idols. Now people are a lot more invested in what these people do in their off time," AVN's Timothy Ferencz says.

Jaxson has been on the forefront of the shift. Says Ferencz: "I think he's been really smart to try to merge the two."

Ferencz says Jaxon's savvy use of social media is one of the factors that propelled CockyBoys to the industry's upper echelon. But it proved to be a double-edged sword when a private dispute with one of his highest-profile performers became very public.

Hansen says he started to have doubts about his fledgling gay porn career months before the rest of the world would find out about it. It was in April, after he was expelled from school, and he was with the CockyBoys family at the Grabby Awards in Chicago.

The Grabbys are not the Oscars of gay porn — that's a title typically reserved for the GayVN Awards — but they are, at the very least, the Daytime Emmys of gay porn. This year, CockyBoys cleaned up, taking home awards for best director, best newcomer, and best movie.

That evening, speaking into a microphone shaped like a giant bronze dildo, Jaxson accepted the fan favorite award as well. "I just wanted to say thanks to the Grabbys; it's my first year, so it's been a crazy year for me," he told the audience.

Taking home so many statues at CockyBoys' first appearance at the awards show should have been a great night. Instead, upstairs, emotions boiled over.

Says Jake Bass, "After the Grabbys, shit went down."

Hansen arrived in Chicago after a Liberace-themed photo shoot with Paper magazine in upstate New York. In Bass's version of the evening, sniping about which performers were sharing rooms devolved in to vicious gossip about who was doing drugs with whom, who'd attempted suicide. There was yelling. There were tears.

Afterward, Bass says, "Basically everybody was like, done. We were ready to stop working for Jason, stop working for CockyBoys. It really got bad for some reason — it exploded so brutally."

That night, Hansen says, he decided CockyBoys was a little too much like a family. He says he expressed his misgivings to Jaxson, RJ, and Benny. "I told them that I felt terrible and I was really unhappy and, most of all, I just really wanted to go home," he says. "I just wanted to figure out who I was and what I was doing and why. I told them that I needed to reconsider all the choices that I had made for myself because I knew, artistically, that they were the right choices, but I wasn't sure that I was at the right place."

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CBMember
CBMember

This article was very informative and I liked that both sides of the story are in it.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Answered Prayers and know that it will be like nothing else out there today.  I don't like that the drama with Jett is involved in any way because it does have a negative impact in my mind regarding the film.  I understand that there were questionable acts done on both sides of this, but the fact that a young man was publicly attacked never sat well with me.  It's time to move on and stop the mentioning of things that should remain behind the scenes. 

Cockyboys has such great success because the three visionaries behind the company work hard and really do everything they can to make the films "works of art".  I wish all parties well and I will continue to support them.

zoodlemouse13
zoodlemouse13

I think that Cockyboys is one of the more reputable studios around. They help the models to work towards careers that will get them OUT of the industry. They treat the models with caring & respect.  Jett took someone's trust and money and betrayed them.  He seems to have a pattern of using people and then crying "poor me" when he gets called out for it. I have zero respect for someone like that.  

As someone said below..."continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi" 

Visionary CEO....fascinating models...yes, wishing much continued success for Cockyboys.  (I doubt a disgruntled ex-employee who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar will slow them down!! lol)

rufus_red
rufus_red

I'm from the dance world and it's highly unlikely or unusual that someone would join a professional company, Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montreal, and then go into a school, Royal Winnipeg. Are you sure the order didn't get mixed up? What, the school paid more?

LLPR
LLPR

Look who is listening to her friend Grace Baine

thekruezer
thekruezer

Jeppe Hansen contacted me this past summer and provided more of his version of events, asking me to do a series of feature stories about him and Cockyboys and especially Jake Bass and Max Ryder, about whom he appears to have some deeply divided feelings.  I responded by publishing one article, neutral in tone, that outlined the basics of what the Village Voice has done in this article.  Interestingly, some of this VV piece appears to be based on my article from this past Summer.  Then Jeppe offered a full-on exclusive interview in which he promised to "to blow the lid off the Cockyboys scene and tell about some things that happened to me that will shock the industry".  I responded by saying that I'm a reputable reporter who's been covering the gay adult industry for 17 years who's known for fair and unbiased reporting and my presentation of unfiltered news - which means no hidden agendas, no opinions represented as facts, and no "buying in" to anyone's side. The bottom line on this VV article, Hansen, Jaxson and Cockyboys: No one is perfect.  All leaders (including CEOs) are human, and all humans make mistakes.  Now that Lucas has gone bareback in the most radical example of hypocrisy and double standards I've ever seen in the industry, my money's on the continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi.

Chug
Chug

Seems to me, that this Cockyboys dude has all these homeless looking boys working for him and shooting porn. Is he running some sort of home for wayward boys? Drugs, travel, porn, tattoos, twinks. They are "like a family". They get off the streets if they shoot their loads on camera and he makes money off it? Sounds like a pretty good deal all around. No wonder the kid wanted to get away. I feel bad for him. 

NicT
NicT

Overall a balanced and interesting read.  The notable exception here is when you touch on the recent scuffle at Lucas, but give only one side of the story.   The other version contests the assault claim and relates that the performer was upset at being pressured to perform bareback.   No idea what the truth in that mess is, but presenting both sides would have been appreciated.

sewn272bear707
sewn272bear707

@CBMember I'm sorry but I disagree. Why should the 3 be silent while being attacked? Being young is no excuse. He is old enough to know right from wrong. I see nothing wrong with defending your honour when someone tries to drag it through the mud...regardless of how old the person doing the dragging is.

CBMember
CBMember

@sewn272bear707 @CBMember I don't believe Jett was dragging anyone's name through the mud as you say. He remained quiet on the matter simply releasing a statement that he is no longer with CB and wishes them well.  JJ was the one who publicly attacked Jett and had him ostracized.  Since it looks like both sides allegedly did wrongdoing, it should have been kept private.  I guess I would like to see actual proof before public shaming happens.  That being said, I respect and admire both sides and just want to move on and enjoy the high quality work being released.

 
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