Young Named Toon Production VP at Porchlight

Family entertainment producer/distributor PorchLight Ent. has signed animation veteran Mark Young to the newly created post of senior VP of animation production. The news follows word that PorchLight is opening a new 4000-square-foot animation studio and post-production facility in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Corporate offices will remain in west Los Angeles.

Young previously headed development at Hanna-Barbera Prods., where he was also a staff writer and producer. He then went on to became one of the founding producers at MGM Animation, where his writing and producing credits include The Pink Panther animated series, All Dogs go to Heaven 2, the Emmy Award-winning Halloween Tree and a series of animated specials for LeapFrog.

Over the years, Young has worked closely with PorchLight president and CEO Bruce Johnson on a number of projects, including films and theme park attractions.

At Porchlight, Young will supervise the production of 13 new episodes of the Emmy-winning animated series Tutenstein, which airs on Discovery Kids Channel, NBC’s Saturday Morning Discovery Kids Block and Jetix Europe.