The Greek Connection of “Pan Am”

Sid Ganis with his wife Nancy

The greatly anticipated new ABC show “Pan Am” has finally hit television screens and acquired TV fans. Former A.M.P.A.S. president Sid Ganis is an executive producer of the show along with his wife Nancy Hult Ganis, a former flight attendant with “Pan Am” who makes it her business to keep Pan Am honest

Nancy Hult Ganis was with Pan American World Airways from 1968 to 1976. She spent hours upon hours meticulously researching her former employer and getting jet-age stories from other past employees.

The TV series is centered around the iconic airline Pan American World Airways during the 1960s. The period drama, from writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), will focus on the pilots and flight attendants working for the world-famous airline in 1963.

The cast of the show includes Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Michael Mosley, Mike Vogel, Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie.

The Greek-American executive producer of the show talked to us about how “Pan Am” came to be and what it is all about. Watch the interview below:

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Please, please, please….fix this program.  It has everything going for it to be great.   To borrow a paraphrase of the past!  There are just so many inaccuracies.  I think Nancy you have a great premise to show PAN AM in her glory days….then show it.  All the good stuff, mixed in with some terror, accidents, unruly pax, Hollywood, the dignitaries, milestones, first 707, first routes granted, airlifts, the MAC and CRAFT flights.  The funny parts of training, and a stewardess’s first flight.  The cockpit is too too young, the cabin crew desperately needs to get it together.  Collette’s character the exception (who reminds me of many of the foreign girls that I flew with).  This dwelling on the courier, spy and espionage was but a small part of what made Pan Am, Pan Am.  Alot of that “coziness with the State Department was in a effort to seek domestic routes.  But the general audience sees it totally differently!   The government used Pan Am!  It breaks my heart for you to display our crews in such unflattering positions, such as Captains who are smugglers or cabin crews laying about FICL drinking.  And while there were some shennigans….as far as the viewing audience they get the wrong impression this early whilst trying to establish your audience.    Pull up and start your climb to a better story.  Please….for all of us former Pan Amers.

  2. Please, please, please….fix this program.  It has everything going for it to be great.   To borrow a paraphrase of the past!  There are just so many inaccuracies.  I think Nancy you have a great premise to show PAN AM in her glory days….then show it.  All the good stuff, mixed in with some terror, accidents, unruly pax, Hollywood, the dignitaries, milestones, first 707, first routes granted, airlifts, the MAC and CRAFT flights.  The funny parts of training, and a stewardess’s first flight.  The cockpit is too too young, the cabin crew desperately needs to get it together.  Collette’s character the exception (who reminds me of many of the foreign girls that I flew with).  This dwelling on the courier, spy and espionage was but a small part of what made Pan Am, Pan Am.  Alot of that “coziness with the State Department was in a effort to seek domestic routes.  But the general audience sees it totally differently!   The government used Pan Am!  It breaks my heart for you to display our crews in such unflattering positions, such as Captains who are smugglers or cabin crews laying about FICL drinking.  And while there were some shennigans….as far as the viewing audience they get the wrong impression this early whilst trying to establish your audience.    Pull up and start your climb to a better story.  Please….for all of us former Pan Amers.