Bel Ami is a gay pornographic film company with offices in Bratislava, Prague and Budapest. It was established in 1993 by filmmaker George Duroy, a Slovak native who took his pseudonym from the protagonist Georges Duroy in Guy de Maupassant's novel Bel Ami. In addition to hardcore DVDs, Bel Ami and Bruno GmÃ¼nder Verlag also produce calendars and photo books, such as Howard Roffman's Private Moments: Bel Ami, and its performers are frequent headliners at nightclubs and similar venues around Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
Bel Ami has employed hundreds of actors over its history. Notable performers include Sebastian Bonnet, Kris Evans, Kevin Warhol, Luke Hamill, Tim Hamilton, Josh Elliot, Tommy Hansen, Dolph Lambert, Brandon Manilow, Johan Paulik, Lukas Ridgeston, Ariel Vanean, Mick Lovell and, more recently, the twins Elijah and Milo Peters, who have performed together in a variety of scenes including oral and condom-free anal sex.
The studio has won numerous adult entertainment awards and nominations. Bel Ami earned five 2010 XBIZ Awards citations, including GLBT studio of the year, and five nominations at the 2010 GayVN Awards, including best newcomer for Kris Evans. They won the award for best marketingâ€”company image. In addition to numerous film accolades, Bel Ami also received an XBIZ Award in 2013 for Gay Site of the Year. George Duroy, as well as marquee performers Lukas Ridgeston and Johan Paulik, have been inducted into the GayVN Awards Hall of Fame.