IRWIN ALLEN NEWS NETWORK
A warm welcome to the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN). Established in 1994 by Giants Log, with the late Paul Zastupnevich as president, IANN has focussed on bringing the wonderful worlds of Academy Award winning producer Irwin Allen to a wider audience. Working with fans, cast and crew around the world, IANN has published dozens of newsletters, specials and web sites to promote the television shows, movies, performers, and the production crew working so hard behind the scenes.
We hope you will enjoy browsing around the site and that you will find new material of interest. We welcome your ideas and input to help us to continue to bring the work of Irwin Allen to new generations.
If you would like to contribute research, personal memories of working on the productions, articles, photos, artwork and other creative ideas, please do contact us. We are continually developing the site whenever we have a spare moment, and the extent to which we can do this depends on everyone who has fond memories of these shows and movies.
If you hover the mouse pointer over the picture above, you can identify and visit the pages dedicated to each of the Irwin Allen productions.
RODGER E. MAUS
We have learned the very sad news that Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated Art Director and Production Designer Rodger E. Maus, who worked for many of Irwin Allen's productions, passed away last month (16th March 2017) at the age of 84. You only have to browse around our site to see the results of his work, be it the design of the Lost in Space Space Pod or the sub-orbital spaceship, the Spindrift, from Land of the Giants.
We were honoured to meet with Rodger Maus in 1992 in Los Angeles and he was a charming gentleman. Below is a photograph of Rodger reading our Land of the Giants 25th Anniversary Special.
16" SCRATCH BUILT SPINDRIFT MODEL
francine york memorial CELEBRATION 23 APRIL 2017
A memorial to celebrate the life of actress Francine York (who passed away in January) is being held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood LA. If you would like to attend, please click the image below for a PDF flyer containing details of the event.
HOLLYWOOD SHOW 28-30 APRIL 2017
Deanna Lund, Lee Meriwether, and David Hedison (Saturday 29th only) will be attending the Hollywood Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel (5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA) over the weekend of 28-30 April 2017. Other Irwin Allen related guests include Barbara Bouchet (guest on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), Sandra Lee Gimpel (Bill Mumy's stunt double in Lost in Space), Sherry Jackson (guest on Lost in Space and child star in Where Danger Lives), and Tom Reese (guest on Land of the Giants).
THREE VOLUME SET OF BOOKS BY MARC CUSHMAN
All three volumes of Marc Cushman's Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series are now available. This trilogy explores the history of Lost in Space through research and interviews and includes many never seen before photographs. Reading through the chapters will give you a greater understanding on how television classics like this were produced.
Marc Cushman has also written a three volume series of books researching Star Trek.
All three volumes are available direct from the publishers Jacobs Brown Press or on Amazon.com.
LOST IN SPACE VOLUME 1 KINDLE EDITION
Marc Cushman's Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, Vol. 1, is now available as a Kindle ebook at the US Amazon store:
JON ABBOTT - NAKED PULP ZINE
British author Jon Abbott has produced the first of a new print-on-demand zine called Naked Pulp and the first issue includes a feature on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The zine is available through the UK Amazon.
Jon Abbott will also have articles in future issues of the returning sci-fi magazine Infinity including a feature on Land of the Giants in the second issue, due out in June.
Lee Meriwether has long supported the charity AbilityFirst to help children and adults with disabilities. Details below of their latest event:
Lawrence Montaigne, a guest in several Irwin Allen TV episodes, passed away on 17th March 2017 at the age of 86. Irwin Allen fans will know him from The Time Tunnel episodes Massacre (as Yellow Elk, 1966) and Idol of Death (as Captain Alvarado, 1967) as well as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode Man-Beast (as Dr. Braddock, 1968) . He also appeared as Dr. Aguila in the City Beneath the Sea presentation reel in 1969. We understand that he has recently been working on revising his autobiography for Jacobs Brown Press based upon his book "A Vulcan Odyssey."
LAND OF THE GIANTS RETURNS AGAIN TO THE UK
Land of the Giants returns to the UK Horror Channel on Monday 20th February 2017 at 3pm (Freeview 70, Sky 319, Virgin Media 149). Horror Channel website has yet to be updated with this information.
WILLIE AAMES AT THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW
Actor Willie Aames, star of Irwin Allen's The Swiss Family Robinson, was a guest at the January 2017 Hollywood Show.
The Irwin Allen world lost one of its most active guest stars, Francine York, on 6th January 2017. She was a special guest in so many Irwin Allen productions including Lost in Space and Land of the Giants. In our January 2017 archive, we take you down an Irwin Allen memory lane of some of Francine's appearances.
We have just learned through Celeste Yarnall that Don Marshall (Dan Erickson in Land of the Giants), passed away on Sunday 30th October 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital at the age of 80. For more news, please visit the Land of the Giants section.
RED EYE SCI-FI
Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea are all now being broadcast on US television after midnight on Sunday mornings on the MeTV network. Enjoy the MeTV trailer above.
COMMEMORATING IRWIN ALLEN'S 100TH BIRTHDAY
12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster", and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It's amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers' work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen's 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.
IRWIN ALLEN 100TH BIRTHDAY ART
The above artwork has been designed by A. Dutto to commemorate the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen.
SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR IRWIN'S 100th BIRTHDAY
Restoring the Gemini 12 video featuring Paul Lubliner, Andre Dhont, and Mark Myers, and produced and edited by Mike Clark.
FULL SCALE CHARIOT REPLICA
The video above is courtesy of Chris Pappas and shows John Antonellis' amazing replica build of the Chariot from Lost in Space. Chris Pappas was a consultant on the project and provided considerable materials.
SEAVIEW MODEL VIDEO
30 Greatest Disaster Movies
Channel 5's 30 Greatest Disaster Movies (UK Channel 5, 10-11.30pm, Sunday 20th September 2015) featured three Irwin Allen disaster movies, namely The Swarm, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. During the broadcast, Irwin Allen was referred to as "the daddy of disaster movies in the 1970s" and of course "the Master of Disaster".
Surprisingly, the list also featured several zombie and science fiction movies, possibly due to the fact that it was broadcast during an "End of the World" weekend on Channel 5 (even Celebrity Big Brother got involved in the theme). By including such movies in the genre, some older classic disaster features were omitted from the list including more vintage movies like The Rains Came and San Francisco. Hopefully, some day a list of the greatest "possible" disaster movies will be compiled, limited to real-world disasters (albeit with some added drama that all good movies need).
The list was compiled by a number of film critics and based upon US Box Office success (adjusted for inflation). In current day monetary terms, both The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno receipts exceed $500,000,000.
JUPITER 2 WITH LAUNCH GANTRY AND BASE
David Holderbaum has built this stunning model using the Moebius Models Jupiter 2 kit with a custom built launch gantry and base. Click here to view all of David's latest builds.
METALUNA MODELS SPINDRIFT CRASH SITE DIORAMA KIT
A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.
BACKLOT SPACEPORT TOUR OF THE SEAVIEW
Kyle Allen shares a new creative and fun tour of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Seaview, in Back Lot Space Port Episode 6 "S.S.R.N. Seaview". The Seaview tour can also be viewed in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea media section.
THE SEAVIEW BY JEFF SUMMERS
Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.
DAVID HOLDERBAUM MODEL BUILD GALLERY
LOST IN SPACE - BLAST OFF INTO SPACE
TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT
SCRATCH BUILT LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT
MOEBIUS MODELS PRE-ASSEMBLED SPACE POD
HELP NEEDED WITH RESEARCH
The main focus of our efforts at the Irwin Allen News Network is to document the history of all of the Irwin Allen movies and television shows and this implies extensive levels of research. We are particularly trying to credit actors and crew who didn't receive on-screen credits in the productions.
We are also studying the movies, trying to identify as many people as possible who appeared on screen and this is proving to be a never-ending challenge. We have recently added a gallery of faces from The Poseidon Adventure and The Time Travelers amongst others and have several faces we cannot yet identify. If you can help with any of these missing names with corroborating pictures of the unnamed actors, please contact us.
POSEIDON ADVENTURE STARS AT JULY 2011 SHOW
Carol Lynley, Ernie F. Orsatti, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin, and Eric Shea
STEVE CAUSEY - MOEBIUS MODELS SPINDRIFT BUILD
LAND OF THE GIANTS COMMENTARY
On Friday 8th April 2011, the cast of Land of the Giants gathered together in LA to create a very special treat exclusively for the UK Second Season DVD release which is due out in June. Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, Heather Young and Don Matheson have recorded a really outstanding audio commentary which will appear on the second season DVD extras. This unique event showcases the delightful camaraderie between the cast members and is something we are very keen to extend to a convention in the UK.
SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Every so often we will showcase something from different creative fans on this main page. The image above shows several pieces of original artwork and model building from fans around the world. Click on each image to see more of this wonderful work. You can also see more outstanding work from other artists, animators, and model builders by visiting the creativity showcase and models pages on this site.
IRWIN ALLEN BLOG
We have set up a new blog for general chat, all the little bits of information we come across, and to highlight the latest news in the Irwin Allen worlds.
IRWIN ALLEN GALLERY
We have built a new structured and searchable Irwin Allen Gallery with lots of different bits and pieces on anything and everything related to the Irwin Allen productions. It includes new showcases of the work of the talented and creative fans, without whom there would not be many new things in the Irwin Allen universe to enjoy. If you would like your work and collections showcased here, you are welcome to send material via the Email link in the IANN contact page.
PAUL ZASTUPNEVICH ART GALLERY
A new gallery called The Production Art Gallery has opened online and is the "world's first art gallery dedicated solely to original film and TV art". Included in their immense portfolio are many pieces of original Paul Zastupnevich costume art, which are available for sale. Click on the image or link below to visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery.
IRWIN ALLEN NEWS ON TWITTER
Small or urgent items of Irwin Allen related news will be sent out via Twitter. If you have any upcoming events featuring Irwin Allen stars that you would like us to mention, please send us details.