Paul Maslansky

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
A veteran Hollywood producer, Paul Maslansky has ha an eclectic career. He entered showbiz as a trumpet player with a number of bands in his native Manhattan. After a sojourn in radio advertising sales, Maslansky moved ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (30)

Police Academy: The Series 1989 - 1991, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Fluke 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cop and A Half 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Honeymoon Academy 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ski Patrol 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Dissident Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Police Academy 3: Back in Training 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Salamander 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Child 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Damnation Alley 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Race With the Devil 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Blue Bird 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eyewitness 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Tenda rossa 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

King (TV Show)

Producer

The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Show)

Producer
Production Management (3)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Running Man 1963 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Counterfeit Traitor 1962 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Director (1)

Sugar Hill 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A veteran Hollywood producer, Paul Maslansky has ha an eclectic career. He entered showbiz as a trumpet player with a number of bands in his native Manhattan. After a sojourn in radio advertising sales, Maslansky moved to Europe where her served as an assistant director and later production manager on European films, including Carol Reed's "The Running Man" (1963). He subsequently produced the first Italo-Soviet co-production, Mikhail Kalatozov's "The Red Tent" (1971), and the first joint US-USSR film venture, George Cukor's "The Blue Bird" (1976). But American audiences are probably most aware of his low-brow but extremely successful "Police Academy" franchise which has spawned six sequels and two TV versions. Returning to Moscow, Maslansky co-produced a rare prestige picture, Fred Schepisi's adaptation of John le Carre's "The Russia House" (1990), which teamed Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. Maslansky also has made occasional forays into American TV. In addition to an animated and live-action version of "Police Academy: The Series" (syndicated, 1989 and 1997 respectively), he oversaw the Emmy-nominated biographical miniseries "King" (NBC, 1978), featuring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson.

Relationships

Sally Maslansky

Wife
married in 1986

Sam Maslansky

Son
adopted 17-son old Romanian orphan in October 1990

EDUCATION

Washington and Lee University

Lexington , Virginia 1954

failed law school

Cinematheque Francaise

Paris
made documentary, "Letter from Paris," which won award at Cannes

Milestones

1997

Revived "Police Academy: The Series" as a syndicated live action show

1990

Abandoned low-brow comedies to co-produce Fred Schepisi's "The Russia House"

1989

Served as creative supervisor and executive producer of the syndicated an animated "Police Academy: The Series"

1984

Had hit with "Police Academy" which spawned seven sequels and two television adaptations

1978

Produced the Emmy-nominated TV miniseries, "King" (NBC)

1976

Was one of the producers of the ill-fated US-USSR co-production "The Blue Bird", directed by George Cukor

1974

Initial TV production, the ABC movie "The Gun and the Pulpit"

1967

Covered war in Israel for CBS film unit

1964

First film as producer (also writer), "Il castello dei morti vivi/Castle of the Living Dead"

1962

Initial film credit, assistant director on "The Counterfeit Traitor", directed by George Seaton

1959

Sold AM radio advertising space in Kansas City and worked for a band

1959

Worked in Europe as production manager

1959

Produced first project, a live jazz concert starring Jimmy Witherspoon (date approximate)

Played trumpet with bands in New York

Was in charge of physical production in Europe for United Artists

Bonus Trivia

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The concept for the "Police Academy" films came when Maslansky, overseeing production on the 1983 feature "The Right Stuff", noticed that uniformed police cadets--used in the staging of the John Glenn tickertape parade scene--came in every size, color, age and shape and would make ideal characters for a new genre of comedy. The first film was produced for $4.5 million and grossed $82 million domestically and more than $140 worldwide. (Source: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, March 10, 1989)

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