Michael Young (actor)
Michael Meredith Young (born March 8, 1952) is an American actor and television host.
Young has a 25-year entertainment career encompassing all areas of production. A TV Emmy Award winner (recognized for ABC's Kids Are People Too!, ESPN Sports, Young Talent Time and CBS' Miss Teen USA) he was also part of the launch teams at CNBC, and The Disney Channel. Young began his career at QUBE, the world's first interactive TV network, created by Warner Communications, where his show won cable TV's first ACE award for entertainment series. Young would later host a game show of his own; a Florida Lottery game show called Flamingo Fortune alongside Lisa Stahl.
Early life and education
Young was born in Montgomery, Alabama. His father was a career Air Force Officer and Michael immediately moved to Tokyo, Japan. His elementary education was in Texas, Colorado, Paris, France, and McLean, Virginia. He attended Langley High School, Wagner High School at Clark AFB in the Philippines and International School Bangkok in Thailand and was the Senior Class President, graduated in 1970. He attended Auburn University and received a BA in Pre-Law Political Science. He was member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
In 1994 Young created Alton Entertainment to specifically produce informational TV programs with a new client driven financial model - profiled on the front page of the Marketing section of the Wall Street Journal, 8/10/94. Alton’s first program, Main Floor, ran in National Broadcast Syndication for 12 years. The corresponding website, www.mainfloor.com , was established in 1994 and was one of the first fashion Internet sites, eventually becoming all video. Young sold Alton Entertainment to the Interpublic Group of Companies [NYSE: IPG].
In 2001 Young established Michael Young Media and web video content for magazine clients such as Vogue, Lucky, Conde Nast Media Group, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, American Baby and others. The first effort, TrendWatch, launched Vogue.tv. This company also began producing twice annual convention events for Asset Marketing Systems, a financial services company, in 2004.
In March 1990 Young married Chilean television personality and former Miss Universe winner Cecilia Bolocco in Santiago. Their marriage was annulled in 2001. In December 2012 Young married Dr. Stephanie Gardner, a dermatologist widowed with 3 children and moved to Atlanta.
- EPCOT Magazine, program hosted by Michael Young
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