Corbin Fisher Provides Models with Benefits
Health insurance, a 401(k) program and tuition reimbursement are provided to exclusives.
Posted Sep 15th, 2008 02:14 PM
SAN DIEGO, Calif.
- Gay adult video producer Corbin Fisher
has begun offering an expanded range of benefits to the company's exclusive models. Currently more than two dozen young men are under contract with the company, a spokesman said.
The new benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; 401(k) plan enrollment and participation, and tuition reimbursement for models actively enrolled full- or part-time in accredited institutions of higher education.
"The contributions our models make to the success of our company have always been tremendous," company vice president Brian Dunlap said. "We've long recognized that fact with very high pay rates and substantial income-earning opportunity for our performers, but we wanted to do all we could to further expand upon what our valued performers are offered, how we care for them and how we express our appreciation for all they do."
Corbin Fisher works with models regularly, frequently, and over extended periods of time often stretching over years, Dunlap said.
"We've long pursued an approach different from the ‘revolving door' method many other companies use where models appear, film a few scenes and then disappear to never be heard from again," he said. "Rather, our fans know us as a company that works with an ever-growing group of core models that they get to view, enjoy and see develop and mature as men and performers over the course of dozens of videos and several years.
"We already pay quite well, and have long been committed to looking after the health and safety of our models with mandatory sexually transmitted infection testing as well as covering the costs of those tests," Dunlap continued. "We've never had anyone contract anything on one of our shoots and are quite proud of that, but looking out and caring for our valued models involves way more than just pay and testing and extends beyond just shoots."
Dunlap also drew parallels between the nature of gay adult videos and athletics.
"The simple fact of the matter is that, as with athletes, there is a ‘prime stage' in which we can work with our models the most, and during which they can earn the most. Once someone has passed that prime, things can change. We focus on guys that are 18 to 23 years old and so, while we're able to offer a great deal to them while they fall within that age range, we want to do our utmost to offer them benefits that will last them their entire lives, even after they have ceased working with us.
"In a day and age when even multi-billion-dollar corporations are trimming or eliminating employee benefits, we're offering our models the same comprehensive health benefits our full-time, salaried employees and executives are offered," Dunlap added. "Further, 401(k) plan enrollment and participation will enable the models to benefit from the considerable amounts of money they earn with us today, decades and decades down the line."
Dunlap said the new tuition-reimbursement program is a way to both reward models already enrolled in institutions of higher education and encourage those who are not to pursue graduate and post-graduate educations, while motivating all to perform well academically. Any Corbin Fisher model actively enrolled in an accredited institution will be reimbursed a base percentage of their tuition, with the opportunity for a greater percentage of their tuition being reimbursed depending on the grades they earn. A model earning all As in a term could see 100% of his tuition reimbursed.
"Many of our models are college students - true amateur performers in that they come and shoot some scenes with us now and again, and then return to the regular world of a college student centered around books, class and campus life," Dunlap said. "We have models ranging from part-time students at city colleges to full-time students at four-year institutions. They can be found earning educations at vocational schools as well as Ivy League institutions. They're paying in-state tuition at large, public universities as well as substantial tuition at private colleges and universities. Many are working on undergraduate degrees, with others pursuing postgraduate studies. Those that are not, we would like to encourage pursuing education and assist them in doing just that."