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22 October 2008
Cardiff University Hosts Legend of Welsh Animation and Creator of Super Ted, Mike Young, Friday 24 October
Welsh Studio Founder Will Discuss Conquering Hollywood and Offer Insights into the Future of Animation in Wales and Ireland in the Global Digital Age
The creator of Super Ted and producer of S4C’s new pre-school cartoon favourite Dive Olly Dive! is in Cardiff to discuss how Wales and Ireland can compete in the international animation trade.
Emmy and BAFTA-award winning animator Mike Young returns home to Wales this Friday, 24 October, to give a free public lecture: Taking on the Mouse: Ireland, Wales and the Animation Trade.
Mike’s career began in Wales more than 30 years ago when he began telling his four year-old son tales about a crime-fighting teddy bear. The legend that was to become Super Ted was born. The cartoon hero went on to become a hit on S4C and was later broadcast on America’s Disney Channel.
Mike’s company, Mike Young Productions now operates from a digital production factory in Los Angeles and an international production studio in Merthyr Mawr - a 500-year-old barn which has been converted into the state-of-the-art digital studio. His many other cartoon hits include Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks in which Piggley Winks tells his grandchildren tales of growing up as a young pig in 1950s Ireland.
Mike’s lecture, hosted at Cardiff University, will tell the story of how he built his business in Hollywood. He will also discuss the future of animation in Wales and Ireland in the global digital age.
The talk is a highlight of a two-day conference "Ireland and Wales: Romantic Nations," organised by the Ireland-Wales Research network, which develops greater awareness of the overlapping histories and cultures of the two nations. It is organised by members of Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy and the School of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University.
Organiser Dr. Claire Connolly, of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, said: "We are delighted to have one of Wales’ great cultural success stories attending our conference. We are looking at similarities in Welsh and Irish culture from the 18th century to the present day, and Mike’s talk promises to offer some fascinating insights."
The lecture takes place at 6pm in Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place. The event is free but pre-booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org or 02920 876936.
Mike Young is available for interview ahead of Friday’s talk. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Public Relations Office,
029 2087 5596
Marc D. Grossmann
Sr. Director, Worldwide Corporate Communications
Taffy Entertainment/Mike Young Productions
21300 Oxnard St. - Ste. 100
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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