SallyAnn Salsano is Founder and CEO of 495 Productions and the creative force behind each of the company’s shows.
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, bringing her personal passion and energy to every show she works on.
As one of the most recognized and successful producers in the entertainment industry Salsano has been honored for her exemplary work by The Hollywood Reporter, who 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.
In 2014, in a monumental moment for Salsano and 495, FremantleMedia North America acquired a majority stake in the company. Salsano is still at the creative helm solidifying her reputation as the most hands-on executive producer in the television industry.
Continuing to create a diverse roster of ground-breaking television 495 projects currently in production or recently on the air include: “Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party” (VH1), “Invitation Only” (Bravo), “Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition” (Lifetime), “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike) “Tattoo Nightmares Miami,” (Spike), “It Takes a Sister” (Oxygen), “Ex-Isle” (WeTV), “Big Women: Big Love” (Lifetime), “Blue Collar Millionaires” (CNBC), “Party Down South 2” and CMT’s highest-rated series ever “Party Down South.”
In summer 2013 Salsano returned to her daytime roots by serving as an Executive Producer for the hit national daytime syndicated talk show “The Real,” hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon.
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.
Additional 495 credits include: “Nashville Star” (NBC), “More To Love,” (FOX), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), Friendzone” (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), HGTV‘s #1 rated show “Design Star,” “Freak Out” (ABC Family), 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), “Tanisha Gets Married” (Oxygen), and many others.
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.”
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 has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, The Huffington Post, Ad Week 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.
Jim Bianco joined 495 Productions at its inception and currently as the Head of Production, he has helped company Founder and President Sally Ann Salsano build one of the most successful television production companies.
After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Bianco migrated to Los Angeles and began his television career at Nickelodeon, where he tackled scripted series and live shows. As the reality genre started to explode, Bianco shortly thereafter crossed paths with Salsano on “Surprise Wedding I & II.” Continuing back on their separate paths, Bianco went onto the premiere season of “The Bachelor” before adding “Temptation Island II,” “Marry My Dad,” “Mr. Personality,” “Rob and Amber’s Wedding” and David E. Kelly’s “The Firm” to his list of credits. In addition to network shows, Bianco also handled numerous cable series.
Bianco re-teamed with Salsano when she launched 495 Productions in 2006 and the company quickly emerged as a power-player with “Design Star” (HGTV) and “A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila” (MTV). Since then, Bianco has managed production for the company’s roster of innovative programming including the groundbreaking series “Jersey Shore” (MTV), which led to the hit spinoffs: “The Show With Vinny” (MTV), “The Pauly D Project” (MTV), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV). Additional 495 programming that has hit the ratings roof includes: “Nashville Star” (NBC), Tattoo Nightmares” (SPIKE), “Repo Games” (SPIKE), “Tool Academy” (VH1) and countless others.
Currently Bianco is supervising the ever growing roster of upcoming 495 shows, which include: “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen), “Fangasm” (Syfy), “Wedding Island” (TLC) and “Down South” (CMT).
Bianco currently resides in Los Angeles.
With an eye for gripping content and true-to-life storylines that resonate with viewers nationwide, 495 Head of Post Production Ryan Abbott comes from an impressive background of non-scripted series work. A native Angeleno, Abbott has spent his career immersed in reality television since the birth of the genre, having recognized its potential from the start.
Prior to joining 495, Abbott already had an impressive and varied career that included game shows to documentaries. His credits include “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé,” the subsequent “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss,” “Trading Spouses,” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” among others. Abbot’s slate of work also includes “The Next Joe Millionaire,” “Extreme Makeover” and “Paradise Hotel.”
Since joining the 495 crew, Abbott has overseen post-production efforts for such projects as the number-one smash MTV series “Jersey Shore,” Spike TV’s “Repo Games,” TV Guide Network’s “Nail Files,” MTV’s “FriendZone” and VH1’s “Mama Drama.” Abbott also dedicated countless hours to 495 hits, MTV’s “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” VH1’a “Tool Academy,” NBC’s “Nashville Star,” Oxygen’s “Dance Your Ass Off,” the production company’s flagship series “HGTV Design Star,” and others.
Josh is Director of Development at 495 Productions. After Graduating from Washington State University in 2001, Josh spent 2 years running a news room as the evening news producer and assignment editor for an ABC affiliate in Washington. The newsroom’s high-pressure environment and focus on story-telling was the perfect preparation for Josh’s eventual transition into reality television.
In 2006 Josh joined 495 as a Production Manager but quickly took on an expanding role in the company producing on a many 495 series including: “Design Star,” “Tool Academy,” “Nashville Star,” and others. In 2008 Josh joined the development staff at 495 and was named Director of Development in 2009.
In his time at 495, Josh has been at the forefront of a number of 495 series including “Disaster Date”, “Friendzone”, “Repo Games”, “Wedding Wars” “Love Handles”, “More to Love” “The Real”, “The Show with Vinny”, “Snooki & Jwoww”, “Fangasm”, “Down South” and more.
Josh resides in Santa Clarita, CA with his wife Mitrelle and daughter Lyla. When he’s not thinking up, writing about or seeking out 495’s next hit series he can be found spending as much time with them as possible.