CMT’S “STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE” PICKS UP FIRST DIRECTOR’S GUILD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT

02/08/16

NASHVILLE – February 8, 2016 – CMT’s “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” picked up its first Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding direction in the Reality Programs category, it was announced today by the DGA. The award marks the first win for both CMT and Adam Vetri, who serves as director on the series for 51 Minds, along with associate director Ian Blankenship and stage manager Richard Mercury Melendez. The series was first nominated last year for its dramatic cinematography, which incorporates high-speed slow motion and a Cablecam aerial camera system to capture the dramatic competitions. The DGA Awards honor outstanding directorial achievement in film, television, commercials and documentaries.

“Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” returned to CMT in January stronger than ever, nabbing nearly 2 million viewers for its season three premiere, and notching a record-setting debut with a .51 rating among Men 18-49 and .46 rating among adults 18-49 (Nielsen Live+3).

This week, eight new female athletes will battle it out at the Broken Skull Ranch for a chance to compete on the toughest course in America, Steve Austin’s ‘Skullbuster.’ The ladies will first have to survive some of the most physically challenging competitions yet on Summit, High & Dry and Carnked. Only one female will remain standing at the end for a shot at $10,000 and the untouchable Skullbuster, a half-mile obstacle course that breaks down even the toughest of athletes, body part by body part.

For more on “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” or to catch the premiere episode, visit CMT.com and download the CMT App. Fans can also join the conversation on the series official Facebook page, and follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram using #BrokenSkullChallenge.

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment with executive producers Christian Sarabia, Steve Austin, Vincent Cariati and co-executive producer Steve Kaufman. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

*NMR; Most Current. 1/3/16. 2 telecasts. 1+ Minute qualifier


ABOUT STEVE AUSTIN:

Steve ‘Stone Cold’ Austin, six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion and 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee has been busy since retiring from the ring in 2003. Steve currently hosts two successful TV shows for CMT, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge and Redneck Island. In addition, he shakes things up every week with his highly-rated podcast, The Steve Austin Show on www.podcastone.com. He’s the face of the new WWE 2K16 video game, and just introduced his new craft beer, Broken Skull IPA with El Segundo Brewing Company. Austin is also a brand ambassador for Kawasaki Motor Sports. When not hanging out on his 2100+ acre Broken Skull Ranch (www.brokenskullranch.com) in the brush country of South Texas, Austin lives in Marina del Rey, Calif. with his wife, Kristin, and their three Labradors. Join Steve on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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