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Airplane! A 40th Anniversary Celebration!

David Zucker, Robert Hays, Airplane!
Director, Writer and Producer David Zucker and star Robert Hays during the recording of Hollywood Unscripted at CurtCo Media's studios in Malibu, CA. | Photo courtesy of Chelsea Curtis Photography

Honoring The 40th Anniversary of Airplane!

Lead Actor Robert Hays and Director David Zucker Join CurtCo Media’s Hollywood Unscripted Special Podcast Debuting March 16

Listeners Will have Rare Opportunity To Hear Hilarious

Behind-The-Scenes Memories From The Set of the Treasured Comedic Parody

MALIBU, CA (March 16, 2020) – Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking comedic parody Airplane!, CurtCo Media’s Hollywood Unscripted podcast for film lovers will honor the legendary and often-quoted movie with a special episode debuting on March 16.

Recorded at CurtCo’s Malibu studios, Hollywood Unscripted features funny and revealing interviews with star Robert Hays and one of the iconic film’s writer/directors, David Zucker. The podcast will be accessible to movie fans via all major platforms, including Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and TuneIN as well as on

Released by Paramount Pictures, Airplane! generated worldwide attention through its revolutionary satirical take on the 1957 film Zero Hour, starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. Written and directed by the famed slapstick comedy trio Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the $3.2 million budgeted Airplane! grossed $158 million worldwide.

Along with its financial success, the film earned a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Comedy as well as nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. But those significant accomplishments didn’t come as a surprise to Director David Zucker.

“When we conceived the idea in 1975, we actually did believe that it was going to be a big hit,” Zucker fondly recalls. “Truth be told, we were not surprised when it did. What was a surprise and what we couldn’t predict was how long it would last. We couldn’t have imagined that 40 years later, Bob and I would be at a screening at the Castro Theatre with 1,400 screaming fans, giving the same incredible reaction we had back in 1980.”

That sentiment was shared by Hays, who remembered being impressed with the script immediately. “There was something on every page that made me laugh out loud, so I was really hoping I would get the part,” says Hays, whose portrayal of passenger-turned-pilot Ted Striker marked his film debut. “I also remember doing the screen test with Julie (Hagerty), which was great for both of us, as it showed the chemistry.”

The 40th anniversary of Airplane! podcast marks the latest installment in CurtCo’s Hollywood Unscripted, which offers a series of intimate conversations with A-list actors, writers, directors, and producers who create the world’s most memorable films and television shows. Hosted by Malibu Film Society Co-founder and Executive Director Scott Tallal, Hollywood Unscripted has already included interviews with actors Alfre Woodard, Tracy Letts and Kyle MacLachlan as well as Producer Irwin Winkler and Avengers: Endgame Directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

About CurtCo Media

Launched in 2019, the CurtCo Media podcast network is dedicated to creating, distributing and hosting inspirational, authoritative, and sometimes humorous content from its newly custom-built studios overlooking the incomparably beautiful Malibu coastline. Producing both conversational and scripted audio and video programming to the highest recording and editing standards, CurtCo gives a home to content and hosts that engage audiences across a wide spectrum of subject matter and formats.

CurtCo celebrates this fast-growing inspirational style of media by providing millions of sophisticated listeners with authoritative hosts, nationally recognized guests, talented storytellers, and original music from world class composers and musicians. The first of many series include, Politics: Meet Me in the Middle,  Medicine, We’re Still Practicing, to the ultimate in luxury on Cars that Matter) top film and TV creators on Hollywood Unscripted, a fun improvised comedy, When Last I Left, with more shows coming in April. CurtCo Media will be wherever there are curious minds looking to learn, be entertained, or just have a good laugh.

More comprehensive information is accessible via, as well as through its social media channels:

Facebook @CurtCoMedia;

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Hollywood Unscripted Twitter @hlywdunscripted.


Jeff Perlman



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