FremantleMedia Acquires Majority Stake In SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Prods.

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

495ProdsThe consolidation of independent unscripted production companies continues, with FremantleMedia buying a 75% stake in SallyAnn Salsano‘s 495 Prods. with the option to acquire the remaining 25%g in the future. Founded in 2006 by Salsano, 495 Prods. is behind such unscripted series as MTV’s Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki And JWOWW, The Show With Vinny and The Pauly D Project; Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares, which FremantleMedia distributes internationally, and Repo Games; MTV’s dating show Friendzone and the daytime syndicated talk show The Real. The company also produces Jerks With Cameras for MTV, Tattoos After Dark for Oxygen and CMT breakout hit Party Down South. “Our ambition is to continue to grow 495 Productions in the U.S. and to broaden its global footprint even further through our extensive distribution and production network,” FremantleMedia CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said. Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Buckwild’ Premiere Beats ‘Jersey Shore’ Debut

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 4:15pm PST

Its been called “The Jersey Shore Of Appalachia”, but MTV’s Buckwild last night bested its network time slot predecessor. The 10 PM debut of the reality series, about a group of thrill-seeking young adults in small-town West Virginia, pulled in an audience of 2.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating over its back-to-back episodes Thursday night. That’s more than 1 million more viewers than the 1.375 million who watched the premiere of Jersey Shore in 2009. Of course, Jersey Shore went on to get record ratings for MTV; at one point, in its third season, Jersey Shore had an audience of 9 million as Snooki, Pauly D and the other housemates became national topics of conversation — even attracting kind words from GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Jersey Shore wrapped up its six-season run December 20 with soft ratings. Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Soft In Series Finale

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 4:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

It was time. Despite a blanket campaign surrounding the final season of MTV‘s Jersey Shore, the former ratings juggernaut whimpered to the finish line. Last night’s series finale drew 3.1 million viewers, a third of the audiences the … Read More »

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MTV Sets Schedule For ‘Jersey Shore’ Farewell; Series Finale December 20

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 10:33am PST

The network has a week of Jersey Shore programming planned this month leading to the end of the hit reality series’ six-season run. MTV announced today it will air the second-to-last episode of the reality series December 13 … Read More »

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Pre-Launch Controversy Helped ‘Jersey Shore’; Will It Do The Same For ‘Buckwild’?

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 7:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here we go again. In December 2009, MTV’s launch of Jersey Shore, about a group of party-loving young Italian Americans, drew the ire of Italian American organizations and legislators who mounted a campaign Read More »

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MTV Greenlights Talk Show Hosted By ‘Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 10:27am PST

With Jersey Shore nearing its end, another cast member of the blockbuster reality series is staying at MTV with a new show. The network has greenlighted hybrid talk show/reality series The Show With Vinny hosted by Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino. Executive produced by Jersey Shore mastermind SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Prods, the series will be set at Guadagnino’s family home in Staten Island, NY.

The Show With Vinny, which sounds a lot like UK’s The Kumars At No. 42, combines the reality of Guadagnino’s home life with off-the-cuff and unscripted interviews with stars invited over to break bread. It will feature a host of real characters from Guadagnino’s personal life, from his ultimate hostess mother Paula to party boss Uncle Nino and more. Celebrities will share a meal and a candid conversation about whatever comes up complete with lots of commentary from Vinny’s peanut gallery of loved ones. No studio or audience; just family, food and big friggin’ stars. “Vinny’s unique mix of humor, intelligence, curiosity and heart make him the perfect choice for this genre busting take on the interview format,” said Chris Linn, MTV EVP Programming and Head of Production. Read More »

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MTV Schedules Fundraising Special For Hurricane-Ravaged ‘Jersey Shore’ Site

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 6:24am PST

The one hour show, called Restore the Shore, will include cast members from MTV’s Jersey Shore as well as guests who’ll be announced later, and will air live on November 15 at 11:00 PM ET, with a tape delay for … Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ To End Run After Next Season

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 9:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With some of its stars off to topline their own spinoffs and start a family, ratings starting to come down to earth and cast salary demands escalating, MTV is ending its blockbuster reality show Jersey Shore. The upcoming … Read More »

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MTV Sets ‘Jersey Shore’ Season Premiere Date, Series Renewals: TCA

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT

At today’s TCA, MTV announced that the 6th season of Jersey Shore will premiere Thursday October 4 at 10 PM. The network also says it will be picking up second seasons of Snooki & JWoww and Money From Strangers. Here’s the release:

Beverly Hills, CA (August 3, 2012)—The much-anticipated premiere date for season six of “Jersey Shore,” along with the premiere dates for new and returning series, and season two renewals for “Snooki & JWOWW” and “Money From Strangers,” were among the announcements today by David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming, during the network’s presentation at the Summer 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour. MTV also unveiled an all-new clip from the upcoming comedy “The Inbetweeners,” set to debut on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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ICM Lawsuit Reveals Big Bucks For ‘Jersey Shore’s’ Pauly D

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 10:44am PDT

Forget The Pauly D Project: ICM is interested in Pauly D’s paycheck, and it’s taking the Jersey Shore star to court to get some of it.

ICM Lawsuit Pauly DIn a 16-page civil complaint filed in LA Superior Court yesterday, the talent agency says its former client owes it more than $370,000 in past commissions from the hit MTV reality series. And ICM says Paul DelVecchio, his real name, also owes it more than $200,000 from the upcoming season of Jersey Shore. The suit says that it’s “standard custom and practice” for talent agencies to receive “post-termination commissions on all deals they negotiate for their client.” Pauly D left ICM on May 5, 2011, after less than a year. DelVecchio is now represented by WME which negotiated his current Pauly D Project spin-off series. It debuted on MTV on March 29, 2012.

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MIPTV Briefs: ‘Anger Management’ To Scandinavia, Jersey Shore’ To France, More

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT

Anger Management, Lionsgate TV’s upcoming sitcom starring former Two And A Hale Men leading man Charlie Sheen as an irascible anger management therapist, has been picked up by Modern Times Group (MTG) to air on its Viasat Broadcasting free-TV channels … Read More »

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MTV Renews ‘Jersey Shore’ For Season 6

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jersey Shore MTVMTV has greenlighted a sixth season of reality juggernaut Jersey Shore, which appears to be scaling back to one edition a year. Production on Season 6 is slated to begin in the summer in Seaside Heights, … Read More »

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‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff Finally Finds Home

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 9:02am PST

It looks like MTV’s Jersey Shore spinoff starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley has found a place to shoot after being turned down last week by Hoboken”s film commission. Jersey City, N.J, has issued a … Read More »

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‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff Nixed In Hoboken

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 10:52pm PST

The women of MTV’s Jersey Shore say Hoboken, NJ would have benefited from a proposed spinoff that was denied a filming permit. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley said today the Film Commission likely based its decision on … Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Down In Season Premiere For The First Time, Still Strong

By | Friday January 6, 2012 @ 3:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After posting its first season-to-season decline for its fourth-season finale, MTV’s juggernaut Jersey Shore‘s posted its first season-to-season premiere drop. Last night’s Season 5 opener was down 14% from the Season 4 debut. Still, it drew a massive audience of … Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Slips In Season 4 Finale

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 6:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

What goes up must come down. There is no series whose ratings have kept growing indefinitely, and even MTV’s mega hit Jersey Shore is not immune from that, posting its first season-to-season decline in its finale last night. The closer … Read More »

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‘Jersey Shore’ Tax Credit Gets The Ax

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 7:21pm PDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today pulled the plug on a tax credit for Jersey Shore, likening it to “wasteful spending.” The MTV reality show’s producer 495 Productions was to receive a $420,000 tax break for filming in the state as … Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Jersey Shore’ Spoof, Lonely Island Number Among Highlights, Ton Of Cameos

By | Saturday September 17, 2011 @ 4:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Will Jane Lynch be channeling her inner Snooki? We’ve learned that the Emmy ceremony tomorrow will also feature a Jersey Shore spoof featuring the Emmy host donning a 40-lb. wig.

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Tax Credit For ‘Jersey Shore’ MTV Mayhem

By | Thursday September 15, 2011 @ 8:45pm PDT

The idea that New Jersey taxpayers are helping to enable the Jersey Shore gang to party hearty and get their fight on isn’t sitting well. “I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for Snooki and The Situation, and I am … Read More »

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