Hyperion & Young look first in pact

Thesp to stay on as helmer of kiddie skein

Thesp-turned-producer Chris Young has inked a first-look deal with Hyperion Studio to produce and direct both TV skeins and feature pics for the production house.

As part of the pact, Young, a former child actor who starred opposite John Candy in “The Great Outdoors,” will remain as an exec producer and principal director on Hyperion’s live-action kiddie skein for the Discovery Channel, “The Adventures of A.R.K.” Series has just been renewed for a third season for 13 new segs.

Young also will spearhead development of FunkyMango.com, a Web project connected to Hyperion’s multicultural animation unit, Jambalaya Studio.

“Chris is extremely intuitive about marketable ideas for the Web, TV and features, and he always has a fresh point of view about how to execute them,” said Hyperion senior veep Kurt Albrecht. “He has immense energy and enthusiasm … helped, no doubt, by his steady diet of caffeine and Krispy Kremes.”

Young added, “Everyone at Hyperion has really supported me … and given me a very long rope with which to hang myself.”

Young already has started development on three projects that Hyperion has acquired as potential TV skeins or feature pics:

n “Fade,” a teen fantasy thriller from author Robert Cormier (“The Chocolate War”). Helmer Tim Hunter (“River’s Edge”) is attached to direct.

  • “Atticus Kodiak,” an action-mystery project based on the series of novels by Greg Rucka about a young security specialist in Gotham.

  • An animated skein based on “The Worrywarts,” a children’s book by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrator Henry Cole.

Young started his acting career at age 14, starring as a boy genius on ABC’s innovative but short-lived “Max Headroom.” His feature credits include “Book of Love,” “PCU” and “The Runestone.”

In 1997, Young starred in and co-produced the NBC telepic “Killing Mr. Griffin,” based on the novel by Lois Duncan (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”).

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