A lot of this is from Luke Fords old site and provides some interesting info, it would appear that Mr Levine has sold out entirely.
“Luke: “When was the last time you quit a job in this business that was putting significant money in your pocket?”
Ira: “In 1997. I quit has head of production of a company where I was unhappy about the way they were treating people. There were a whole bunch of quits on principle in 1993-94 in the first HIV-scare. Since then, I’ve refused to work for companies that do not allow condom use. I used to think that condoms should be mandatory in the industry. I now know that’s a pipedream and can’t happen. I still feel that should be an option available to performers. That puts me out of line of a whole bunch of jobs that could put money in my pocket. I’d say that just about 60% of possible directing gigs went out the door. I won’t even take a gig with companies who underpay people.”
For the record, condoms are used in every picture I shoot and they remain extremely commercial. I completely reject the contention that condom use would make porn unprofitable. That is a red herring. I said at the very meeting where you accuse me of flacking for irresponsible producers that I consider condom use nothing more than a creative challenge for picture makers that can be easily integrated into successful productions with a bit of imagination. I’ve shot, and sold successfully, more condom footage than any director in the history of this medium, starting with Nina’s first Guide shoot in 1992.
I’m all for condoms and always have been. They’re a minor challenge to a good cameraman and a good editor.