Equally adept at directing both comedy and drama, veteran filmmaker Jonathan Morgan won AVN’s Best Sex Comedy award a record fifth-time last year when “Couples Camp” claimed the coveted trophy. Subsequent AVN nominations put him in similar territory, with his lighthearted romps “Party Girls” and “XXX Avengers” both receiving Best Comedy noms while his all-sex opus “My Black Fantasy” earned a nomination for Best Interracial Release
Yet even before this recent success, his track record was just as impressive. His darkly erotic Stormy Daniels DVD “Tormented” came on strong in many 2010 AVN categories and emerged as Morgan’s most acclaimed movie in years. Among its seven nominations was a well-deserved Best Director Non-Feature accolade, as well as such other high profile noms as Best Vignette Release, Best Videography and Best Three-Way Sex Scene for fine work by Priya Rai, Marco Banderas, and John West. This equals the director’s impressive 2009 showing, when his wonderfully wry and clever adult feature comedy “Fired” earned Best Sex Comedy, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress noms, and his excellent all-sex epic “Se7en Deadly Sins” received recognition in the Best Vignette Release category.
As these diverse accolades clearly attest, Jonathan Morgan is continuing to craft awards-worthy erotica both as a director and editor, with the skillful editing seen in releases like “Operation Desert Stormy” having earned him Best Editing noms in the past. Given his skill set, it should come as little surprise that when he entered the adult entertainment business as an actor, his initial films for Wicked Pictures were part of an X-rated comedy series. One of these features, "Haunted Nights," earned him AVN Awards for Best Non-Sex Actor and Best Screenplay. Jonathan first turned his ambitions behind the camera in 1993, directing the ahead-of-its-time gonzo series "Reel Sex World." In 1997, Morgan directed "Crazed," his first full-length feature for Wicked Pictures. This acclaimed AVN Editor’s Choice release starred Wicked Girl Serenity and won Jonathan honors for Best Screenplay at the 1998 AVN Awards.
Continually driven to redefine not only his own career but also adult entertainment as a whole, Morgan went on to direct another AVN Editor’s Choice for Wicked, "Indigo Delta," also starring Serenity. Her co-star, Tom Byron, would later win the AVN Best Actor award for his performance. In 1998, Jonathan signed an exclusive contract with Wicked Pictures, and his considerable skills as an actor, director and editor finally received some well-deserved recognition. His hilarious 1999 porn comedy "Double Feature" became the most acclaimed comedy in AVN history up to that time, winning ten AVN Awards, including Best Director, Best Comedy, and Best Actress (Serenity).
Morgan’s other comedies have included "Bride of Double Feature” as well as the smash hits "Hercules" and "M Caught in the Act." In 2001, the latter title again won Morgan the coveted Best Comedy Award, and allowed Serenity to again walk home with Best Actress honors – making her the first actress in the adult film industry to do so two years in a row. Morgan went on to receive some of the best reviews in Wicked Pictures history with the ambitious three-hour sci-fi comedy epic "Space Nuts." This AVN Editor’s Choice earned the gifted director the magazine’s 2004 Best Sex Comedy award, and was prominently featured in Universal Pictures' $100 million-grossing "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
But even the success of "Space Nuts" was eclipsed by the runaway success of Morgan’s slasher film satire "The Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre," which received five awards at the 2006 AVN show -- Best Sex Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Stormy Daniels), Best DVD and Best DVD Menus. One of the most successful productions in Wicked history, Morgan's homage to the splatter films of yesteryear has gone on to win additional awards from other voting bodies, and has become an iconic piece of the pop culture landscape, much like the films it parodies. And as the 2007 AVN nominations revealed, Jonathan hadn't forgotten his acting roots either, with his work in Michael Raven's "Becoming Carmen Hart" earning him a 2007 Best Non-Sex Performance nom.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Morgan continued to redefine the boundaries of adult with such releases as "Julia Ann: Hardcore," which found the titular adult film legend exploring the darker side of her sexuality – and committing several erotic firsts in the process.
Subsequent releases like “Conflicted” and “The Driver” clearly demonstrate that this filmmaker is still at the peak of his powers.