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Michael Matsumoto is a producer from the United States. He rose to prominence as the former executive producer of High Noon Entertainment, the production firm behind HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”

He produced Syfy’s reality show ChaSe, which was based on the Japanese show Run for Money, in 2008. HGTV Design Star, Top Shot, Dogs in the City, and Flipping Vegas are among his other series credits.

Michael Matsumoto’s Early Years

Michael Matsumoto, 39, was born on October 16, 1981, in the United States to a mother native to Texas. His last name indicates Japanese ancestry, though further details about his origins are unclear.

Michael Matsumoto Christmas 2015
Image: Michael Christmas in 2015 (Source: Michael’s Instagram)

As a child, Matsumoto would spend summers with relatives in East Texas thanks to his family connections in the region. The producer has kept specifics about his upbringing and parents private.

Michael Matsumoto’s Family Life, Wife, and Twins

Michael Matsumoto is a married man. He married his wife, Jessie Matsumoto, on the 19th of November 2013.

They have a good married life and have four kids, Rowen Matsumoto, and Finn Harper Matsumoto, The couple have welcomed two more children, twins Oliver and Olivia.

Their oldest kids are Rowen, 11, born on 28th April 2013, and Finn, 10, born on June 28th, 2014. In March 2017, Jessie unexpectedly gave birth to twins – Oliver and Olivia, The twins will be 8 years old.

Michael Matsumoto Family Wife and Children
Image: Family of Michael Matsumoto, his wife, Jessie Matsumoto, and children Rowen Matsumoto, Finn Harper Matsumoto, and Twins Oliver and Olivia (Source: Michael’s Instagram)

The twins were unexpected, originally, he only wanted three children. But when Jessie gave birth to both a boy and a girl. Michael had to take a last-minute, one-day work trip to Denver. So sadly, he missed to watch his wife give birth to their children

Even though the twins made for a busier home, Matsumoto loves being a dad. He is always posting about the funny or cute things his kids say and do.

In early 2017, the Matsumotos moved from Los Angeles to Texas with their kids to find the perfect family home. They ended up on Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna renovating a rundown Crawford shack into a gorgeous farmhouse.

Michael Matsumoto’s Rise and Fame

Michael Matsumoto currently serves as executive producer of HGTV’s wildly popular Fixer-Upper series. In the industry, Matsumoto earned the title of “showrunner” for essentially building Fixer Upper from the ground up and overseeing day-to-day production.

Before HGTV Fixer Upper he worked at major networks like The Voice, Survivor, and Big Brother throughout the 2000s and early 2010s.

Michael Matsumoto The Voice
Image: Michael Matsumoto at the “The Voice” (Source: Michael’s Instagram)

In 2008, Matsumoto flexed his creative muscle as a producer for Syfy’s competition series Cha$e. His other credits reveal a range – from lifestyle design on HGTV Design Star to canine training on Dogs in the City to casino rehab on Flipping Vegas.

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By 2013, Working under the banner of High Noon Entertainment, he handled all filming and creative development from the company’s offices in Denver.

In 2016, he achieved a special milestone as co-producer on K-pop phenomenon BTS’s hit single “Blood, Sweat & Tears.” The release introduced BTS to a wider global audience.

Recently Matsumoto has taken on new challenges as well, serving as showrunner for HGTV’s Battle on the Beach in 2021 and Build It Forward in 2022.

Michael Matsumoto on Fixer Upper

In March 2017, Michael Matsumoto and his wife Jessie starred as clients on the megahit show Fixer Upper. The couple had recently purchased a decrepit shack in rural Crawford, Texas with dreams of transformation.

Chip and Joanna Gaines took on the challenge, admitting that converting this worn-down home into Jessie and Michael’s “industrial farmhouse” vision would be one of their all-time biggest overhauls.

The Fixer Upper team delivered, raising a stunning modern farmhouse from unpromising beginnings. Joanna incorporated imaginative details honoring the Matsumotos’ aesthetic wishes. Though the renovation was extreme, the result left Jessie, Michael, and their two kids awe-struck.

The Matsumoto family cherished their one-of-a-kind Fixer-Upper for over a year. But ultimately the distance from Crawford to Waco proved difficult.

In July 2019, Jessie and Michael made the difficult choice to list their Fixer Upper haven for $400K. Though originally planning to settle down long-term, the couple decided finding a home near Joanna and Chip’s Magnolia empire would better suit their family’s needs.

Nonetheless, Michael commemorates his household’s special place in Fixer Upper history by keeping the five-bedroom farmhouse bookable on Airbnb under the name “Matsumoto Farm.”

As a producer integral to the show’s success, Michael was devastated when the series ended its run on HGTV in 2018 after five seasons.

Yet his inventive vision was crucial for Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, which revived the show on Magnolia Network in 2021. Michael has also flexed his producer skills through Battle on the Beach in 2021 and Build It Forward in 2022.

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