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    Sally Ann Salsano
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    SallyAnn Salsano
    Founder and president of 495 Productions

    "I believe you have to trust your gut, go after it and know that not everything is going to be a hit, but when it hits it really should hit," says the Jersey Shore producer. SallyAnn Salsano's ability to trust her instinct led to the creation of MTV's highest-rated series ever and have made her the town's hottest production. "I thought Jersey Shore was going to get heat and a cult following. I was shocked at the mass appeal," she admits. "It just took off like gangbusters, but it was a total gamble." Shore will air its fourth season in late 2011. Salsano started her career as an intern at The Howard Stern Show and The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, where she became the youngest producer on Raphael's staff. She went on to produce for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition, among others. Salsano also produced dozens of projects for Dick Clark Productions, Sony, Telepictures, Paramount, Tribune and MTV. In 2006 she launched her L.A.-based company 495 Productions, which spawned such hits as HGTV's top- rated show Design Star and Oxygen's No. 1 rated show Dance Your Ass Off.

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