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Spike TV Expanding ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ Franchise To Miami

8 May 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Spike TV is heading to Miami for a spinoff of its successful La-set Tattoo Nightmares series. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Tattoo Nightmares Miami from SallyAnn Salsano. It’s slated to go into production this spring for premiere in the fall in conjunction with the fifth season of the network’s other tattoo franchise, Ink Master. Tattoo Nightmares Miami will feature three new tattoo artists — Clint Cummings, a former contestant on Ink Master Season 2; local artist Samuel Suarez, better known to his clients as High Noon; and Reese Hilburn, a female fine artist and tattooist from Southern California — who will tackle cover-ups as well as create and execute extreme original tattoos. That could include tattooing someone’s head, eyelid, or a major surgery scar. Tattoo Nightmares’ current season is averaging 1.1 million viewers, improving the time period by 147% in adults 18-49 and 82% in viewers. Tattoo Nightmares and Tattoo Nightmares »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Party Down South’ Producer 495 Productions Acquired by FremantleMedia

26 March 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The production company that brought the world “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South” has a new owner. “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in 495 Productions, further strengthening its North American operation. Also read: Vice and Fremantle to Launch Online Food Network 495, founded in 2006 by SallyAnn Salsano, has also produced series such as Spike TV's “Tattoo Nightmares,” MTV's  dating series “Friendzone” and “Repo Games,” as well as numerous “Jersey Shore” spinoffs. “495 Productions is undeniably one of the Us's leading reality production companies with a unique approach to formatted character-driven reality shows which have proved compelling TV in. »

- Tim Kenneally

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

26 March 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The 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. This is the latest in a rash of acquisitions involving U.S. and European indie production companies. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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