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Michael Young (born 1956 in Barry, Vale of Glamorganmarker), is a Welshmarker born, US domiciledmarker, Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning television producer, and the co-founder of the animation studios Kalato Ltd and Mike Young Productions.

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Biography

Young trained as a television producer, but while working as an advertising copywriter he met partner Liz Young. After the pair married in the 1970s, his step son Richard Finn (now head of post-production at MYP), was having trouble falling asleep. Young invented stories about a teddy bear, which became SuperTed. Finn went to school to tell his friends the wonderful stories, which resulted in the SuperTed books, co-produced with TV Producer Young.

The couple were approached by the new Welsh based television channel S4C to turn the books into an animated TV series, over voiced in Welsh. Setting up Pentyrchmarker-based Siriol Animation to deliver the show (Siriol is Welsh for 'cheerful'), Young and his wife partnered with animator Dave Edwards and producer Robin Lyons. The series went down so well it was re-dubbed in English, Siriol produced three series of SuperTed, and made a special edition for the Welsh Office which instructed children on the "dos" and "don'ts" of road safety. The series sold well in the UK, and together with the larger developed series of Fantastic Max, The Further Adventures of SuperTed and Little Dracula.

Developing their portfolio, Young found it difficult to sell series to Hollywoodmarker executives who expect him to be just along the road. In 1989 the family moved to Los Angelesmarker, selling their right to Super Ted and shares owned in Siriol Animation to finance the move. Mike and Liz set up Mike Young Productions, which in its first year of production produced The Little Engine That Could, a short film that ran before Universal Studios 1991 animated feature An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

His company has also now created a series of caricatures at Cardiff City Stadiummarker.

Personal life

Young is married to partner, president and the other co-founder of Mike Young Productions, Liz Young. A football fanatic, he is a lifelong supporter of Cardiff City F.C., and runs a junior soccer league in Californiamarker. Young was awarded the Chancellor's Medal at the 2007 graduation ceremony of the University of Glamorganmarker.

Filmography

MYP and Kalato Ltd have since done many other shows and movies for children, such as:

References

  1. Drawn to new path: independent animation studio takes reverse approach to selling its shows Los Angeles Business Journal - January 27, 2003
  2. SuperTed at Toonhound
  3. [1] Cardiff City Stadium news – When Young Met Young - June 15, 2009
  4. Phillips, Terry SuperTed stadium? South Wales Echo - 19 July, 2006
  5. Honorary Awards 2007 - University of Glamorgan


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