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MGM’s in ‘Pink’ with Young as VP

This article was corrected on November 20, 1992. A headline in yesterday’s Daily Variety incorrectly stated Mark Young’s title at MGM, where he will head a TV animation unit. As the story noted, he has not yet been given a title.

MGM TV has tapped Mark Young, senior VP of animation development for Hanna-Barbera Prods. for the past year, to form an animation unit at the studio and develop a series for fall 1993.

As previously reported (Daily Variety, Nov. 18), the newly revamped MGM TV is believed to be readying a “Pink Panther” show for next season. Studio insiders have indicated that it would likely be MGM’s first syndie strip in years.

In confirming his resignation from H-B yesterday and his pending jump to MGM, Young declined to name the series in which he will be involved. The eight-year H-B vet would say only that he is “excited about this opportunity and the potential of this move.”

Young’s title and specifics about the project in which he will be involved will be determined shortly, he said.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. senior exec veep Kenneth Meyer noted in a statement earlier this week that MGM would focus on “niche program development” and stir away from the heavy production deficits associated with network production.

In his most recent H-B post, Young’s duties have included development of animated programming for network prime time, Saturday morning, syndication and theatrical pix.

Most recently, he served as co-exec producer on “I Yabba Dabba Do!” and “Hollyrock a Bye Baby,” two telepix for ABC. He also served as the development exec for a prime time “Flintstones” series.

Additionally, he was exec producer on H-B’s “The Addams Family” series.

Young has also held stints as a VP of development, story editor and gathered a long list of writing credits that include co-writer for “Once Upon a Forest,” an H-B/20th Century Fox animated pic set for release next summer.

A producer at H-B, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that others may follow Young from the animation house following changes in the development process. With new owner Turner Broadcasting Systems now calling the shots, H-B recently eliminated its use of staff writers (Daily Variety, Oct. 28) and has switched from an in-house to a “modular” production approach.

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