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 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.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mrs. Sheila Allen (Irwin Allen's wife and ambassador for his legacy). She was a familiar face in so many of Irwin Allen's productions and a dear friend and supporter of our work. Our heartfelt thoughts go to her family and friends.
We're also going through a close family bereavement (which is why things have been relatively quiet here for a while), and this news has just left us stunned. We will be paying tribute to Sheila over time, not the least by ensuring that her work and contributions both to Irwin Allen's productions and fandom are never forgotten.
If you have been saddened and moved by this devastating news and would like to do something positive in Sheila Allen's memory, a lovely suggestion has been put forward to dedicate a donation in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Please visit the St. Jude's Donation page to make a donation and provide dedication details.
If you would like to pay tribute to Sheila here on the IANN site, please send your messages of condolence via the IANN Contact Page.
JAPANESE COLLECTIBLE AUCTIONS
Our friends in Japan listed a number of rare 1960s/70s Japanese Irwin Allen collectibles for auction on Ebay on 24 September 2013. Click here or on the above image to see the items auctioned and the prices they sold for.
If you are planning on auctioning any unusual, original, or rare Irwin Allen toys or collectibles at an online auction house or eBay and would like IANN to publicise your auction, please feel free to email over some pictures and descriptions with auction estimates, time, date and location details. Please let us know the name to credit with each photo (can be full name, nickname, initials etc).
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Movie Blu-Ray
The 1961 movie version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is to be released on Blu-Ray on both sides of the Atlantic this Autumn. The Blu-Ray version will be available in the USA from 8 October 2013 and in the UK from 4 November 2013.
HOLLYWOOD SHOW OCTOBER 2013
Angela Cartwright (Lost in Space, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space), and Donna Mills (Fire, Hanging from a Thread, Alice in Wonderland) are planning to attend the next Hollywood Show in Los Angeles on 5-6 October 2013.
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.
NAUTILUS FILMING MINIATURE
The Profiles in History Hollywood Auction on 28-29 July 2013 featured several Irwin Allen items including the original filming miniature of the Nautilus submarine (sold for $5000) that appeared in Irwin Allen's The Return of Captain Nemo. Other items in the auction include an original piece of title concept art from the 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie (sold for $550) and a metal wrench prop (sold for $750) from Voyage and Lost in Space.
Original Land of the Giants Painting Auctions
Two rare one-off items are up for auction on eBay on 4th June 2013. The first is the original painting for the British Land of the Giants novel Mean City and the second is the painting for the novel Slingshot for a David. Bidding ends just after 7pm. Pictures are courtesy of eBay seller mustangtel.
Ray Harryhausen, the master of animation for many famous fantasy adventure movies for over half a century has passed away at the age of 92. In the worlds of Irwin Allen, Ray is best known for his animation creations for The Animal World.
Beelibones and the Lost Treasure
Bill Hedges has built this marvellous Beelibones replica head (Lost in Space episode Treasure of the Lost Planet) based on a plaster head purchased from a talented artist, Pierre Veilleux. Artist Rita Lane painted the face on the outside of the box. This Beelibones replica prop is featured in the very funny Youtube video shown above. Gallery to follow shortly.
HAKES AMERICANA AND COLLECTIBLES
Hakes Americana and Collectibles Auction #208 (Part 2) features several Irwin Allen collectibles. Bidding Ends on 21 March 2013 at 12:00 PM EST. We have added a gallery of the auction items in the Irwin Allen Gallery, courtesy of Hakes Americana and Collectibles.
THE SEAVIEW BY JEFF SUMMERS
Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.
JOHN WILLIAMS AT LINCOLN PARTY
Deanna Lund recently met up with composer John Williams at a party for the new movie Lincoln for which John has composed the music. Nearly half a century ago, John Williams composed themes for several Irwin Allen productions including Land of the Giants. Deanna and Carol have kindly sent this beautiful photograph for us to share with you.
DAVID HOLDERBAUM MODEL BUILD GALLERY
ROBERT COLBERT RADIO INTERVIEW
Robert Colbert, star of The Time Tunnel and City Beneath the Sea, and guest star on Land of the Giants (Sabotage), appeared on Stu Shostak's radio show on Wednesday, 10th October 2012. The two and a half hour interview is now available for downloading.
The stars of The Time Tunnel, Robert Colbert, Lee Meriwether and James Darren have had a busy weekend at the Hollywood Show. Jeanine and Stu have kindly sent the pictures above of the Time Tunnel guests at the show. The event was packed on Saturday. If you'd like to send in questions for Robert Colbert's interview on The Stu Show next Wednesday (10th October), please use the email link above.
LOST IN SPACE - BLAST OFF INTO SPACE
New Stefan Arngrim Interview
GERMAN TIME TUNNEL COMPETITION
Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH have kindly donated some copies of the ARD voice synchro version of The Time Tunnel for the latest IANN competition. The competition has now ended and winners have been notified.
DR. SMITH ROMAN HELMET AUCTION
ERNEST BORGNINE 1917-2012
Ernest Borgnine, star of The Poseidon Adventure, Fire, When Time Ran Out, and Alice in Wonderland has passed away aged 95. Up until very recently he had been attending signing events with other members of The Poseidon Adventure cast and will be much missed by Irwin Allen and movie fandom.
JETPACK OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY
As the Olympic flame travels around the whole of the United Kingdom, it stops by Leicester and is taken for a Lost in Space style jetpack ride. The Olympic opening ceremony on Friday 27th July 2012 also featured 3 jetpack stunts.
NEW DAVID HEDISON INTERVIEW
CultBox have a new interview with David Hedison which discusses his appearances in the Irwin Allen productions as well as his work on the James Bond movies.
david hedison online radio interview
TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT
SCRATCH BUILT LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA COMPLETE COLLECTION
For the complete Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea experience, a full four season DVD box set of the classic television series was released in the UK on 26th March 2012. Exclusive to this complete collection is a new booklet charting the history of the series and paying tribute to the people who made it possible.
MOEBIUS MODELS PRE-ASSEMBLED SPACE POD
HOLLYWOOD SHOW VEGAS
The cast of The Poseidon Adventure (Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley, Eric Shea, and Pamela Sue Martin) joined the Land of the Giants cast at the Hollywood Show Vegas on Saturday 19 November 2011. Also attending were Land of the Giants guest stars Celeste Yarnall (The Golden Cage) and Bruce Dern (Wild Journey), plus Voyage Movie star Barbara Eden, Mike Lookinland (The Towering Inferno), Lawrence Montaigne (guest in The Time Tunnel), Felix Silla (stuntman on The Towering Inferno), Barbara Luna (Five Weeks in a Balloon), and Vitina Marcus (The Lost World and Lost in Space).
Celeste Yarnall, Gary Conway and Heather Young at Hollywood Show Vegas
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.