Mal Young

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Mal Young
Born (1957-01-26) 26 January 1957 (age 61)
OccupationTelevision producer
Years active1984–present
Mari Wilson (m. 2002)

Mal Young (born 26 January 1957) is a British television producer, script writer and executive producer.


Young began his career in graphic design. At age 27 he began working in television, on the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside. Over nearly a decade, he worked his way up to become the show's producer in the early 1990s. His tenure was criticised for taking the show away from its social realist roots towards a more sensationalist, ratings-chasing format. He achieved record ratings for the series and for Channel 4. He also co-created and produced his own successful drama series for Channel 4, And The Beat Goes On.

He then moved on to become head of drama at the independent production company Pearson Television, where he oversaw work on ITV police drama The Bill and another soap opera, Channel 5's Family Affairs, which he created, and was executive producer on C5's legal drama series, the BAFTA-nominated Wing And A Prayer.

From 1997-2004, he moved to the BBC to become the Controller of Continuing Drama Series for the Corporation's in-house production arm. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the organisation's in-house continuing episodic drama series. Programmes he oversaw for the BBC included the soap opera EastEnders; medical dramas Doctors (which he co-created), Casualty, and the latter's spin-off series Holby City, which he created; police dramas Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead, and Merseybeat; anthology shows The Afternoon Play and Murder in Mind; legal drama Judge John Deed; rural-set Down to Earth; comedy-drama Being April; and science-fiction series Doctor Who.


At the end of 2004, Young became head of drama at independent production company 19Television Limited, part of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment. Along with former BBC Head of Development Serena Cullen, who is now 19 Entertainment's head of development for film and television, he is charged with developing new drama formats for the UK and US markets. He now splits his time between the US and UK. He co-created, wrote, and produced a drama pilot for Fox in March 2007, Born in the USA. He then co-wrote and sold another pilot to The CW in the US, Austin Golden Hour, a real-time medical drama series format for the 2008-2009 season.

The Young and the Restless[edit]

On 31 December 2015, Young cryptically said on his Twitter about what is next for him in 2016, "This year I'm going to be Young and I'm going to be Restless." A few days later, Young sent several other tweets to the Twitter account of the American soap opera, The Young and the Restless, announcing his hiring on the show. It has been confirmed by CBS Daytime that Young has been hired as a producer.[1][2] Young's first episode as a supervising producer aired on 1 February 2016 and his last episode aired on 12 July 2016.

On 8 June 2016, after news of the firing of Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, came confirmation that Young has replaced Phelps as executive producer of the American soap.[3] His first episode as executive producer aired on 13 July 2016. On 31 July 2017, Daytime Confidential announced that both Kay Alden and Sally Sussman Morina will be departing from the show, with Young being named as the new head writer.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to singer Mari Wilson, whom he met at a charity function in 2001.


In September 1999, he gave the Huw Weldon Royal Television Society lecture at their Cambridge convention. In May 2005, he received a special award for his contribution to television from ITV's Soap Awards. In July 2004, in a poll of industry experts conducted by Radio Times, he was voted the 9th-most powerful person in television drama. He was the producer of the widely derided Desperate Scousewives.


  1. ^ Mulcahy Jr., Kevin (January 10, 2016). "British Producer Mal Young Working at The Young and the Restless". We Love Soaps. United States: Blogger (Google). Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Eades, Chris (January 11, 2016). "THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Hires UK Soap Producer Mal Young". CBS Soaps In Depth. United States. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. ^ SOD (June 8, 2016). "CONFIRMED! JILL FARREN PHELPS OUT AT Y&R". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media Inc. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Giddens, Jamey (July 31, 2017). "The Young and the Restless SHOCKER: Sally Sussman and Kay Alden to Retire; Mal Young in as New Head Writer! (EXCLUSIVE)". Daytime Confidential. United States: Confidential Media, Inc. (SAY Media). Retrieved July 31, 2017.

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