Michael Schelp

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Michael Schelp is an American writer and director, former producer of the 2008 television series Cha$e, and former executive producer of MANswers. Schelp founded the New York-based production company Spark Plug Entertainment in 2006. The company has created several mockbuster direct-to-video CGI films.


Michel Schelp is the senior director of business affairs at Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. (FCI),[1] a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings, Inc., Japan's largest media conglomerate. FCI's sister companies include the Fuji Television Network, the Nippon Hoso Radio Network, Dinos Direct Marketing, Fusosha Publishing, Pony Canyon Music & Video, and Sankei Newspaper.

Responsible for developing and selling television content internationally, Schelp executive produced MANswers on Spike TV,[2] Blais Off on Discovery Science, Viking: the Ultimate Obstacle Course on ESPN, Reinventing the Meal on Cooking Channel, and SUPERCHEF KIDS, a web series sponsored by P&G's Bounty. Schelp was a senior producer of CHA$E on SciFi Channel. He co-created, developed, and executive produced TILT 23 1/2, an 86-episode reality TV series that has been licensed in over 120 countries. Schelp sold Iron Chef to the Food Network and manages FCI's business relationship with ABC News, CNN, and other American media organizations.

Schelp is a member of the seven-person International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Committee.

Spark Plug Entertainment[edit]

Michael Schelp is the president and chief executive officer of Spark Plug Entertainment, a New York-based studio that produces computer-animated features for the international home entertainment and television markets. In the United States, Spark Plug features on DVD are sold at Walmart, Kmart, and other leading retailers and aired on the Starz premium cable channel. Spark Plug has released fourteen titles: Bug Bites (a.k.a. Ant's Life), Operation Dalmatian, Mee Christmas, Car's Life, Plan Bee, Spider's Web, Piper Penguin and His Amazing Flying Machines, Car's Life 2, My Exotic Farm, The Adventures of Scooter the Penguin, Car's Life 3: The Royal Heist and Car's Life 4: Junkyard Blues.



  • Operation: Dalmatian - Fun With Letters (1998) (writer/director) (piggy-back on One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
  • Bug Bites: An Ant's Life (1998) (writer/producer) (piggy-back on A Bug's Life and Antz)
  • Mee Christmas (2000) (writer/director) (piggy-back on Monsters, Inc.)
  • My Exotic Farm (2005) (writer/director) (piggy-back on Madagascar)
  • A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure (2006) (piggy-back on Cars)
  • Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale (2006) (writer/director) (piggy-back on Charlotte's Web)
  • Plan Bee (2007) (writer/director/producer) (piggy-back on Bee Movie)
  • An Ant's Life 2: The Insect Stories (2007) (writer/producer) (piggy-back onThe Ant Bully)
  • Sea Life Safari (2008) (writer/director/producer) (piggy-back on Finding Nemo and Shark Tale)
  • Piper Penguin and His Fantastic Flying Machines (2008) (piggy-back on Surf's Up and Happy Feet)
  • Frankie Stein (2008) (Cancelled and currently lost)
  • Car's Life 2 (2012) (piggy-back on Cars 2)
  • The Adventures of Scooter the Penguin (2012) (writer/director/producer) (piggy-back on Happy Feet Two)
  • Car's Life 3: The Royal Heist (2013) (piggy-back on Cars)
  • Car's Life 4: Junkyard Blues (2014)
  • An Ant's Life 3: Party In The Island (2015) (writer/producer) (piggy-back onThe Ant Bully)
  • Car's Life 5: The Arabian Nights (2016)


  • Cha$e (6 episodes, 2008) (producer)
  • MANswers (19 episodes, 2007–2010) (producer/executive producer)


  1. Li, Kun (March 17, 2006). "UNICEF thanks Fuji TV for its longstanding support". New York: UNICEF. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. Nordyke, Kimberly (December 13, 2007). "More 'MANswers' at Spike". The Hollywood Reporter. AP. Retrieved February 26, 2018.

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