SallyAnn Salsanois Founder and President of 495 Productions and the creative force behind each of the company’s shows.
As one of the most successful women producers in the entertainment industry, Salsano brings her personal passion and energy to every show she works on. In a short time since its inception, Salsano has turned her 495 Productions into one of the leading production companies and a bona fide hit factory, with shows airing across the major networks and various cable channels.
Salsano started her illustrious career in New York City as an intern for “The Howard Stern Show” and “The 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 shows “Who Knows the Band,” “To Tell the Truth” and “The Blame Game.” Prior to launching 495 in 2006, she was a show runner on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding,” and “Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition,” as well as on FOX’s “Surprise Weddings.”
In December of 2009, MTV premiered 495’s groundbreaking series “Jersey Shore.” A Long Island native, Salsano drew upon her own experience of growing up in an Italian-American household for the series. The show was an immediate hit and 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.
In summer 2013 Salsano returned to her daytime roots by serving as an Executive Producer for the hit talk show “The Real,” which was recently renewed for a second season. The acclaimed show, hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, airs in national daytime syndication on Fox Television Stations, with a rebroadcast in primetime on BET.
495 projects currently in production or on the air include: ““Freak Out” (ABC Family), “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike) “Tattoo Nightmares Miami,” (Spike), Friendzone” (MTV), “It Takes a Sister” (Oxygen), “Big Women: Big Love” (Lifetime), “Blue Collar Millionaires” (CNBC), “Pontoon Payday” (CMT), “Party Down South 2” and CMT’s highest-rated series ever “Party Down South.”
Additional 495 credits include: “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), “The Show With Vinny” (MTV), “Jerks With Cameras” (MTV), Disaster Date” (MTV), “The Pauly D Project” (MTV), “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen), “Repo Games” (Spike), “Fangasm” (Syfy), “Wedding Wars” (VH1), “Taboo USA” (National Geographic Channel), TV Guide’s #1 award-winning “Nail Files,” “Love Handles: Couples in Crisis” (Lifetime), “More To Love,” (FOX), several seasons of HGTV‘s #1 rated show “Design Star,” Oxygen’s #1 rated show “Dance Your Ass Off,” “The Big Party Plan-Off” (Style Network), “A Shot At Love” (MTV), “Wedding Island” (TLC) ,“A Shot at Love: 2” (MTV), “Tool Academy” (VH1), Season 6 of NBC’s “Nashville Star,” “Tanisha Gets Married” (Oxygen), 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: Most Powerful” list for three years and on their “THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100” list. Variety highlighted Salsano on their “Reality Impact Report” for two consecutive years and she has also been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and on ABC’s “20/20,” just to name a few.
Although Salsano currently 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.
Speaking on: Grace Under Pressure