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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.

LATEST NEWS

THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN BY JEFF BOND

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy is now shipping and is the ultimate Irwin Allen coffee table book. This beautifully presented hardback book runs at 600 colour pages with many never before seen photos, storyboards and blueprints.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

Available exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen covers all of Irwin Allen's productions with chapters dedicated to each of the hugely popular sci-fi series. Through this book, we gain knowledge on the production of both the early movies and the later disaster movies, culminating in a final chapter which illustrates how the productions continue thrive for new generations including the exciting Netflix Lost in Space.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy

CAROL LYNLEY

Carol Lynley in The Poseidon Adventure

The very sad news from the worlds of Irwin Allen on 3rd September 2019 was the passing of Poseidon Adventure star Carol Lynley at the age of 77. Carol also starred in Flood. Here are a number of tributes:

Variety

The Hollywood Reporter

New York Times

USA Today

People

The Sun

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THROWBACK THURSDAY - WARNER VIDEO

As it is Thursday, we thought we'd do our own Throwback Thursday with this colourful poster for Warner Video promoting their video releases for Irwin Allen's 1970s productions Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, Flood, and Fire.

DAVID HEDISON

David Hedison - Star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

It is hard to find the words and is with deep shock that we have to bring you the very sad news that actor and star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, David Hedison, passed away on Thursday 18th July 2019 at the age of 92. This news is heartbreaking for all his family, friends, and his legion of longtime fans around the world. David gave so much pleasure to so many people through his work in the field of entertainment and his career continued with a wealth of public appearances at conventions and signings. So many of our visitors and members have had the opportunity to meet and chat with David. In our small corner of the entertainment universe, the Irwin Allen world, David is fondly and lovingly remembered for his role of Captain Crane in the hugely popular sci-fi series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Voyage in peace, our beloved Captain Crane.

Here are just some of the tributes and obituaries paying homage to David Hedison:

BBC Tribute

Variety

Hollywood Reporter

USA Today

Deadline Obituary

Daily Star

Mirror

THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN

Irwin Allen's wife Sheila spoke fondly of her desire for there to be a coffee table book on producer Irwin Allen and his career, and finally that dream is coming true with Jeff Bond's new book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

Book announcement from Jeff Bond

Creature Features in association with Synthesis Entertainment and Legendary Pictures presents THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN, the definitive coffee table book more than two and a half years in the making!

This deluxe 600+ page limited edition hardback is the first and only book of its kind to take a visual journey through the mind and career of legendary producer Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster"—the man behind some of the most popular television programs of the 1960s and the visionary who invented the special effects movie blockbuster format with his 1970s hits The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.

Authored by Jeff Bond with the full participation and cooperation of the Irwin Allen Estate, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN follows the ambitious icon from his early days as a Hollywood agent and radio personality to his lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox, where he produced movies such as The Lost World and Five Weeks in a Balloon and the popular television shows Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.

Allen employed the studio's sprawling lot and soundstages, its library of movie footage, costumes and props, and its veteran special effects craftsmen to bring vivid color and movie-quality action, miniature effects and visuals to television viewers accustomed to low-budget, black and white programming. Allen's flare for action and visual punch gave audiences some of the 1960s most popular and iconic figures: Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; the Lost in Space Robot and Jonathan Harris' nefarious Dr. Zachary Smith; Will Robinson and the Robinson family of space travelers; the pop art kaleidoscope of The Time Tunnel; the Jupiter 2, the Seaview, the Flying Sub, the Spindrift.

Before George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Irwin Allen broke box office records with two of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time: The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Wooed to Warner Bros. at the height of his power with the offer of a building named in his honor and one of the most generous studio contracts ever given a producer, Allen faced his biggest challenge: topping himself with The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, and a series of ambitious projects for television.

Illustrated with more than 2,000 images including concept and production artwork, storyboards, blueprints, design sketches, miniatures and behind-the-scenes photographs, many of them never before published, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN is the ultimate guide to Allen's famous productions, from his documentaries The Sea Around Us and The Animal World to his spectacular TV-movie City Beneath the Sea, plus fascinating unproduced projects, all explored in detail for the first time.

This hardbound masterwork will be offered in a standard edition of 1000 copies, and a deluxe signed edition of 250 copies autographed by author Jeff Bond and actor Bill Mumy, who penned the foreword.

Pre-orders begin on a first come, first served basis exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com on Friday, April 19th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.

The book is slated to arrive at our door in mid-July and begin shipping immediately, though shipping schedules are always subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: Creature Features is the only authorized source for new copies of this book and will not be offering it thru Amazon or any other retail sellers.

Sample pages from the book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen

Moebius Models 1:32 Die-Cast Flying Sub

Moebius Models 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from VTTBOTS with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control

Now available at FabGearUSA is the Moebius Models 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control.

"Moebius Models presents an authentic 1/32-scale reproduction of the Flying Sub. This spectacular, high-end collectible is a fully finished, large-scale deluxe replica featuring incredible detail, highlighted by authentic lights and sounds. A true work of art created for the discriminating collector, the FS-1 Flying Sub Gallery Edition is limited to 300 pieces, includes a certificate of authenticity and is offered in deluxe collector's packaging."

FabGearUSA - 1:32 Diecast Flying Sub from VTTBOTS with Lights, Sounds and a Remote Control

THE SWARM BLU-RAY

Irwin Allen's The Swarm has been released in Blu-Ray high definition format in the US.

JAMES DARREN AT 2018 STAR TREK CONVENTION

The Time Tunnel star James Darren appeared at the 17th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on 3rd August 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada and participated in a Star Trek DS9 panel.

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DEANNA LUND - CAREER SLIDESHOW

In tribute to Deanna Lund and the wealth of performances she gave us, we have created a new picture gallery covering her career which spanned over half a century. Feel free to browse the gallery and also to view it as a slideshow.

Deanna Lund Career Gallery Slideshow

Deanna Lund Career Slideshow

IN LOVING MEMORY - DEANNA LUND

Our Valerie in Giantland

Deanna Lund - Our Valerie in Giantland

It is heartbreaking to have to write the following words and to let you know that on Friday 22nd June 2018, our dear and beautiful friend Deanna Lund passed away. Our hearts go out to all her family and friends at this very sad time. We have promised that we will help to preserve her legacy through her website and beyond and friends and fans around the world are welcome to contribute through the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN) site.

The Land of the Giants cast have all been like family for everyone who has travelled in time with them over the past 50 years. In this 50th Anniversary year of Land of the Giants, this is an even greater loss as we all try to commemorate the show which brought us this inspiring actress, Deanna Lund.

Deanna's long term fan organisation Friends of Deanna Lund, run by Dr. Fred Eichelman, has prepared a special obituary in Deanna's memory for her website.

Deanna Lund Obituary

Hollywood Reporter tribute to Land of the Giants star Deanna Lund

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, SEAVIEW'S FINEST HOUR

Here is a new video from Shaun Dale featuring his DeBour Hulls 57" Seaview model build.

18" DIAMETER JUPITER 2 FROM LOST IN SPACE LAUNCH TRIBUTE

New video from Mark at THE THIRD MODELS

PLANET LIFT OFF EFFECTS FOR 1/35 MOEBIUS JUPITER 2 BUILD

New videos from Mark at THE THIRD MODELS

DERELICT TRIBUTE

16" SCRATCH BUILT SPINDRIFT MODEL

Mark Dorais has scratch built a new Spindrift model, this time a little over 16 inches long and made of cast resin, styrene plastic, metal and a vacuum formed dome.

Mark Dorais Model Build Gallery

COMMEMORATING IRWIN ALLEN'S 100TH BIRTHDAY

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

Irwin Allen 100th Birthday Artwork

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.

Chariot Inspiration

SEAVIEW MODEL VIDEO

This is a video of Shaun Dale's 57" DeBoer Seaview model build.

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.

30 Greatest Disaster Movies

JUPITER 2 WITH LAUNCH GANTRY AND BASE

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

Land of the Giants Spindrift Crash Site Diorama Kit

A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.

Paint, glue and Moebius Models #255 Spindrift not included. The Moebius Models Spindrift kit is available separately at fabgearusa.com.

Please also note that the Moebius Models 1/350 Seaview model kit is going to be back in stock soon and FabGearUSA.com are now taking pre-orders.

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

The Seaview by Jeff Summers

Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.

Visit Jeff Summers' Gallery

DAVID HOLDERBAUM MODEL BUILD GALLERY

David Holderbaum Model Gallery

View David Holderbaum Model Gallery

LOST IN SPACE - BLAST OFF INTO SPACE

Lost in Space - Blast off into Space by David Holderbaum

Visit the David Holderbaum Art Gallery

TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT

Back Lot Space Port Episode 1 - Spindrift

Take a tour of the Spindrift

SCRATCH BUILT LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT

Bill Hedges Scratch Built Chariot

Bill Hedges Chariot Gallery

Chariot Video

MOEBIUS MODELS PRE-ASSEMBLED SPACE POD

Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod

Moebius Models Assembled Space Pod Gallery

HELP NEEDED WITH RESEARCH

The Cast of The Poseidon Adventure

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

The Poseidon Adventure Cast at the July 2011 Hollywood Show

Carol Lynley, Ernie F. Orsatti, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin, and Eric Shea

STEVE CAUSEY - MOEBIUS MODELS SPINDRIFT BUILD

Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build

Moebius Models 1/128 Spindrift Kit Build

CONVENTIONS

Irwin Allen related convention reports and galleries

Convention Reports and Galleries

Convention Directory

LAND OF THE GIANTS COMMENTARY

Cast of Land of the Giants at recording studio on 8 April 2011

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

Seattle Science Fiction Museum

Visit the Spindrift and Robot at the Seattle Science Fiction Museum

THE SPINDRIFT

Spindrift Hero Miniature Gallery

Visit the Spindrift "Hero" Miniature Gallery

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Creativity Showcase Bob Aucutt David Kleve Time Tunnel Model Shaun Dale Richard Sierra's futuristic designs Kelvin Hendrey's Snow Robot UK’s first Lost in Space B9 Robot full size Replica Jerry Von Mueller Customised Models Mark Dorais Paul Davison D S Campos Voyage 3D Lars Liljeblad Gordon Foulds Cartoons A. Dutto Art MarkM Models Simon Mercs Model Builds Mike Aucutt Henry Prentiss TSDS Gallery Kyle Clark's Models and Special Effects D. Gilmour's Irwin Allen Artwork Gemini Model Build-up Studios Brian Matthews

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 Blog

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.

The Irwin Allen Gallery

Visit the Irwin Allen Gallery

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.

Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery

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.

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