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Michael Young (born 1945 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan), is a Welsh born, US domiciled, Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning television producer, and the co-founder of the animation studios Kalisto 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.[1]

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 Pentyrch-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.[2] 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 Hollywood executives who expect him to be just along the road. In 1989 the family moved to Los Angeles, 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. "Little Dracula", 'Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats" co-produced with the Dave Edwards Studio, "The Secret Garden" with ABC television and "The Prince of Atlantis".

Since its formation in 1991 the studio based in LA has become one of the most prolific animation studios in the world. Recent series and other productions include "Pet Alien", "Growing Up Creepie", "He-Man Masters of the Universe", "Clifford The Big Red Dog", "Clifford's Puppy Days" and the feature film "Clifford's Really Big Movie,", "Dive Olly Dive" the multi- Emmy Award winning "Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Winks", Six "Bratz" movies and a "Bratz " television series, "hero 108" co-produced with Cartoon Network, 'Chloe's Closet" produced out of their Welsh studio, "Quantum Ray", "Twisted Whiskers", Strawberry Shortcake", "Skechers "Zevo-3" and The Sportlets, the studios first live action series. The studio has won no less than fifteen Emmy's, A British Academy Award, four Humanitas Awards, Two Pulcinellas, two Pri Jeunese Awards, as well as multiple Parents Choice, Hugo's and many other awards.

His company has also now created a series of caricatures at Cardiff City Stadium. [3]

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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 California.[4] Young was awarded the Chancellor's Medal at the 2007 graduation ceremony of the University of Glamorgan.[5]

Filmography

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

"Jakers the Adventures of Piggley Winks" "Hero 108" "Strawberry Shortcake" "Dive Olly Dive" "Chloe'sloset" "Zevo-3" "Quantum Ray"

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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