Drew (Andrew) Okun (June 25, 1952 in Natick, Ma; August 17, 1992 in San Francisco, Ca).
His outfit was Surge Studio, set up in 1980 by him and his long-time companion and partner, Richard Cole (who used the aka of Steve Taylor for his porn modeling). They had met ca. 1975, in Los Angeles (Hermosa Beach exactly) and stayed together until Cole's death. Cole was born in Dixfield, Maine in 1940 and died of AIDS in L.A. in the fall of 1986.
The studio was first an extension of the photographic hardcore work the two had been involved in in 1979. The first movie was Flashback, shot on film in 1980. Steve Scott (said to have started directing gay hardcore in 1969) did give some uncredited help for editing and postproduction; a co-directing credit may be an overstatement. There was a third party involved in producing the movie who was responsible for bringing in Kip Noll. But he was bought out of the project by the pair of Drew and Richard. The film had to be called Al Parker's Flashback to distinguish it from the contemporary film by J. Brian, J. Brian's Flashbacks. It premiered at the NYC 55th Street Playhouse, probably in 1981. Then Surge was approached by Le Salon who bought from them the rights for VHS distribution.
Al Parker bought a video camera in 1981 and started a very extensive video diary but all Surge films were shot on film, until 1989 and Surge Men "R" Better Than Ever. From the second Surge film, Turned On, Steve Scott was director of the movies: this also includes Games, Dangerous and A Few Good Men. Then Steve Scott and Al Parker had a big falling out over money and film rights at the end of 1983. So Surge continued without Scott, starting with One in A Billion. From the next film, Rangers to 1986 and High Tech. Barry Knight was cameraman and Russell Moore was audio technician for Surge. The two had founded Jaguar in 1971. They had worked for Steve Scott for the production of Inches in 1979.
When Richard Cole died, Drew sold the rights to the 10 films Surge had made and owned until then for $10,000 each. All early Surge films except the 4 made with Steve Scott had been sold to Falcon by Seve Scott. This explains all the compilations that surfaced after that from Vidco.
After Richard Cole's death, Drew Okun had a relationship from December 1986 to May 1988 with the San Francisco guy known in porn as Justin Cade. After a while, he reactivated Surge and made Turbo Charge. Then the relationship with Justin Cade ended, and Al Parker moved to San Francisco to stay with with his old friend Keith Reiter (the one with the penis pump business, who used the aka Ivan when performing: he is in Strange Places, Strange Things; A Night Alone With Al Parker; America's Sexiest Home Videos) while Justin Cade stayed in LA. Drew and Keith stayed together to the end. The next Surge movie after that, again in 1988, was A Night Alone With Al Parker that used footage shot earlier in the 1980s but never released before. From that period on, a fellow named Rick Lewis helped take care of the financing of the films, which explains his being credited as producer.