If it seems as though there’s nothing on TV but talk shows and reality shows, you likely have SallyAnn Salsano to thank for that. After getting her start as an intern on the iconic Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Salsano launched her own production company and was responsible for bringing some of the most popular — if not controversial — reality shows to air, including Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project.
But Salsano’s not all about hard-partying coeds. She’s also behind milder programming like HGTV’s Design Star, CMT’s Nashville Star and, most recently, The Real, a fresh, youthful take on the ensemble daytime talk format. These eclectic interests, along with her crazy work ethic, have cemented Salsano’s rep as one of the most sought-after producers in the industry and are indicative of her own tendency to binge on a good TV show or 10. “This business is all the time, and you have to love it,” she says. “It’s not the kind of thing that you get into just because it’ll be fun to pass the time and pay the bills. It literally takes over your entire life, so you have to really be sure this is what you want to do.”