Young to produce, distrib ‘Todd’

Show to launch on TLC's preschool block

Mike Young Prods. has signed on to produce and distribute kiddie skein “ToddWorld.” Animated series, which follows the adventures of 6-year-old Todd, will be illustrated in style of award-winning author-illustrator Todd Parr. Targeted for a preschool aud, show will encourage self-confidence and tolerance.

Half-hour strip will bow on TLC’s “Ready Set Learn” commercial-free programming block and Discovery Kids late next year. On Discovery Kids, it will air twice daily.

Show was created by Parr and writer Gerry Renert, who also runs shingle L&G Licensing, which handles creative services for “ToddWorld.”

With more than a million books in print, Parr has 27 titles to his credit, with three more forthcoming in 2004. He is published by Little, Brown.

Mike Young Prods. credits include PBS series “Jakers!” and animated skeins “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and “Butt-Ugly Martians.”

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