Thoughts Over The Morning’s Coffee: Is Bluebird the Biggest of Porn Deadbeats? I Know a Few More Who Need to Square up

from www.lukeford.com- For awhile now Bluebird Films has not been paying their bills.

“As many as four of my cheques are already in the “Pending” status. The employees of Bluebird Films whom I contacted earlier have stopped replying to my emails. Does anyone know how to reach them? When were the last pay-outs made? It would be a shame to put away all the traffic as the sites still sell well. I hope it’s just some kind of sad misunderstanding.”

“Bluebird not paying you? Get in line…the line starts about a mile back. I don’t care who manages their sites….Bluebird has a well earned reputation for stiffing people on their money. Proceed with caution.”

“Bluebird has owned me thousands for over a year now. They keep making up bullshit excuses and even swore up and down that the check was in the mail three times now. Of course no check ever arrived. Lying pieces of shit.”

But now it seems they’ve not paid the wrong people and all of their websites have been taken offline. It seems that when you don’t pay your CMS bill for more than 6 months your whole site goes poof. Think that that big shots over at Bluebird Films would have figured that out.

So just in case you didn’t get the message let me make it clear for you.
Bluebird Films does not pay their bills. Anyone who does any sort of business with them, does so at their own risk of not getting paid.

From the AdultFYI files: If Damon Runyon had been writing about porn producer/director Nicholas Steele, he might have referred to Steele as Pay ‘Em Later Nick.

Months ago I had the pleasure of breaking bread with one of the former contract girls for Bluebird USA. I say former because she was contemplating suing the company because they weren’t paying her. Hint. Hint.

Neither were the other contract girls [the Glambirds as they called them] having an easy time of being compensated.

As part of their employment package, the Bluebird contract girls were supposedly awarded bonuses like laptops, ipads, iphones, free plastic surgery, allowances for clothes, shoes and hair extensions and other bonuses such as cars, vacations around the globe and apartments. I wonder how much of that was on the level.

Then there was the time when Steele, according to a report on the old LukeFord site, was being sued by a former contract girl he had allegedly knocked up. Which makes you wonder if impregnation was covered in the Bluebird insurance package.

Here’s the problem with all that. Bluebird’s owner Paul Chaplin was over in England doing his thing while Bluebird’s landlord, Steele, was overseeing the Las Vegas operation. When the cats away, the mice will play and all that.

Bluebird was already showing signs of wear and tear. Once located in Porn Central, Bluebird, reputed to have “deep pockets” moved to Vegas to “downsize” its operations. Except Steele, who drives a Mercedes and lives in a gated community wasn’t downsizing.

As track & field goes, the bulky Steele who’s been in the business since the early Nineties was never known in porn circles for the hundred yard dash to the checkbook. It’s also fair to point out that Steele isn’t alone in the porn industry when it comes to pecuniary recalcitrance.

I could name you loads of company owners and worker bees who’d rather have hot needles put in their eyeballs then square up on a vendor bill.

In an eBook which you can find on the Internet, Rev. Robert Billman in Chapter 37 of “From Preacher to Porn” states his case about Steele. Billman says that his daughter Christianna had gone into a partnership with Steele. She had worked for Steele as a makeup artist and set designer.

“Like a lot of people he [Steele] had some good points, Billman writes.

“But they were balanced out by his jerk side. It was a love/hate relationship between the two of them. He loved her and she hated him,” Billman continues.

“He lived with her awhile, they were always fighting. NO one in the family liked him. He was going through a divorce. I guess his wife didn’t like him, either.

“He did have talent as a porn director and made some pretty good pictures. His budgets were three times as much as [Cash Markman’s] were. But, from the time I met him, I got complaints from people that worked for him, that he took forever to pay them.”

That sounds like Steele’s M.O. The same which ultimately brought down his company Ultimate Pictures.

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