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SallyAnn Salsano

Founder, Executive Producer & CEO
495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsanois President of 495 Productions and the creative force behind each of the company's shows.

 

Known as "SA" (pronounced "ESS - eh") by her colleagues, friends and family, Salsano grew up an avid reality television fan. In 1996, she was nearly cast onThe Real World: Miami, becoming a finalist after impressing producers with her exuberance. She started her production career in New York City as an intern forThe Howard Stern ShowandThe Sally Jesse Raphael Show, eventually spending five years on "Sally" as she worked her way up to the role of producer.

 

After relocating to Los Angeles, Salsano produced the popular game showsWho Knows the Band, To Tell the TruthandThe Blame Game. Prior to launching 495 in 2006, she was a show runner on ABC'sThe Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Trista & Ryan's Wedding, andExtreme Makeover: Wedding Edition, as well as on Fox'sSurprise Weddings.

 

In December of 2009, MTV premiered 495's groundbreaking seriesJersey Shore. A Long Island native, Salsano drew upon her own experience of growing up in an Italian-American household for the series. With its brash and authentic cast of characters, the show was an immediate hit. After its sixth season, the show reigned as the highest-rated show in the history of the network. "Shore" became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon with multiple spinoffs featuring iconic characters Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, and Vinny Guadagnino.

 

Additional 495 projects currently in production or on the air includeThe Show With Vinnyfor MTV,Taboofor National Geographic,Tattoo Nightmaresfor Spike,FriendZoneseason 4 for MTV,Fandemoniumfor SyFy,Dirty Southfor CMT, andSnooki & JWOWWseason 3 for MTV.

 

Shows previously produced by 495 Productions include MTV'sDisaster Date, VH1'sWedding Wars, TV Guide's #1 award-winningNail Filesstarring larger-than-life nail salon entrepreneur Katie Cazorla, Lifetime'sLove Handles: Couples in Crisis, FOX'sMore To Love, several seasons of HGTV's #1 rated showDesign Star, Oxygen's #1 rated showDance Your Ass Off, Style Network'sThe Big Party Plan-Off, HGTV'sThe Antonio Project, MTV'sA Shot At Love, A Shot at Love: 2,That's Amore, VH1'sTool AcademyandMy Big Friggin Wedding, Season 6 of NBC'sNashville Star, Tanisha Gets Married, and many others.

 

Salsano has spoken on her successful career and the art of producing at various events and panels including: The NY Television Festival, Natpe, B&C's 3rd annual Women Of Hollywood, the Produced By Conference, the True/False Film Festival, Realscreen East, Realscreen West, and more.

 

The Hollywood Reporter has honored Salsano for her exemplary work and has featured her on their "Reality TV: THR's 50 Most Powerful" list for two years in a row and on their "THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100" list. She has also been featured inForbes, Variety, the New York Times, Entertainment Weeklyand on ABC's20/20, just to name a few.

 

Salsano brings her personal passion and energy to every 495 Productions project. Though she resides in Los Angeles, she can most often be found on location at one of 495's multiple shoots around the world where she continues to live up to her reputation as the most hands-on executive producer in the television industry.

 

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