495 Productions

OWN appoints 495 Productions’ Drew Tappon to lead unscripted development

The Discovery-owned Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has hired former 495 Productions exec Drew Tappon to head unscripted development, programming and specials at the cablenet. Tappon replaces Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, who exited the company in April, and will be responsible for developing unscripted content across all genres. He will report to OWN president Tina Perry. The exec arrives […]

Fox checks out of ‘Paradise Hotel’

Fox has cancelled Paradise Hotel after just one season.  The US broadcaster has pulled the plug on the rebooted format from Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, citing low ratings and a lack of airtime for what is intended to be a stripped programme. Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, confirmed the cancellation to Deadline at […]

Fox revives Paradise Hotel

Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano is rebooting reality competition series Paradise Hotel for Fox. The format returns to the US broadcaster after 16 years as part of a new push into unscripted programming, which has seen Fox find success in new offerings such as The Masked Singer and Armoza’s The Four. Paradise Hotel first aired […]

MTV returns to Jersey Shore

After six years, MTV is bringing back the latest installment of Jersey Shore with its original cast. The latest series, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, is set to premiere in 2018. The series initially ran from 2009 to 2012 on US cable channel MTV, and sold well internationally. Family Vacation will star original housemates Nicole ‘Snooki’ […]

Deal round up: Fremantle pitches in with Tent City

FremantleMedia North America has scored a production deal with US prodco Tent City Entertainment, to-line news in today’s round up. The deal will see FremantleMedia’s US arm working with Tent City co-founders and former LMNO Productions execs Lori Rothschild Ansaldi and Lisa Bourgoujian (pictured) on true crime programming. LA-based Tent City is known for shows […]

Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart host Dinner Party

Rapper Snoop Dogg and homemaking expert Martha Stewart are joining forces for Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, a new reality show for the VH1 US cable net. The format has Snoop and Stewart teaming to throw a dinner party to which they invite their celebrity friends. It is being produced by Jersey Shore prodco 495 […]

FremantleMedia takes 75% of Jersey Shore’s 495

FremantleMedia has acquired a 75% stake in Jersey Shore producer 495 Productions. The deal hands the production and distribution giant the option to acquire the remaining 495 shares in the future. Founded in 2006 by SallyAnn Salsana, 495 is best known for creating reality hit Jersey Shore (pictured) for MTV, which was the network’s highest […]

Syfy’s Fandemonium becomes Fangasm

Syfy has greenlit Fangasm, a reworked version of pop culture show Fandemonium. The NBCUniversal-owned US cable net has ordered the six-part series from 495 Productions, the US indie that makes Jersey Shore. It will follow a tight-knit group of pop culture-obsessed fans living in an LA apartment as they try to “find their place in […]

MTV orders third Jersey Shore spin-off

MTV has ordered a third Jersey Shore spin-off, commissioning a hybrid talk show, reality series with Vinny Guadagnino. The broadcaster will launch The Show with Vinny, which will be produced by SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, the company behind MTV’s smash hit Jersey Shore. This comes as the reality series finishes its run of six seasons […]