Which Recently Upped TV Exec Got His Start As A Gay Porn Star?Simply reinforcing our long-held theory that anyone who works in Hollywood—regardless of age, gender, or genitalia size—has at least one gay porn credit buried somewhere in their resumes, it's been brought to our attention that a boldface name in yesterday's Trade Roundup also got his start in this town's storied sausage factory circuit. Find out who after the jump:Which Recently Upped TV Exec Got His Start As A Gay Porn Star? Billy Kemp, FremantleMedia North America's newly anointed VP of casting and talent, had an illustrious career in the '90s as an adult entertainment star and screenwriter under the name Jordan Young, starring and/or writing in a stream of all-male fantasy entertainments, including Nightwatch 2, Lost in Vegas, The Taking of Jake, and Hardcore. In a 1997 interview, he recalls his first scene:
"The night before," Young says, "all I could think about was, once I step in front of that camera, I can't take it back. I can't buy back the film. There was nothing I could do. It was scary, but I knew that I would never be president," he laughs, "so I did it."
Perhaps not—but as we've learned this year, just about anyone can be a vice president! Kemp would eventually move into the mainstream as a reality casting exec on shows like Nanny 911, Temptation Island, and Elimidate. His bio on reality site Dreams N2 Reality omits his adult work, but does contain one interesting footnote:
When he finally made his move to sunny California, he had a chance meeting with a TV producer that led to his first job in "showbiz" as a researcher for Richard Simons where he was helping make deserving people's dreams come true on "Richard Simmons' Dream Maker."
If you'd like to see Kemp/Young in action back in his porn-starring glory days, highly NSFW still #6 from Idol in the Sky is as good an example as any. It demonstrates the laser-beam intensity with which he approaches any given task—whether servicing an airplane mechanic, or weeding through a stack of headshots to find the perfect addition to Drew Carey's Beauties.