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.