NASHVILLE – May 27, 2014 – Family fixer Dave Vitalli brings troubled teens and their sometimes wayward parents back from the brink of disrepair in his new eight-episode CMT series MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY, premiering Saturday, July 5 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Struggling parents call Dave for help with their difficult teenagers, but years of experience working with families in crisis have taught him the apple doesn’t usually fall far from the tree. Each one-hour episode of MY DYSFUCNTIONAL FAMILY finds the parents under as much scrutiny as their kids as Dave digs out the truth to set these families straight.

His brand of “tough love” won’t be found in any textbook, but Dave’s own troubled childhood is a driving force for him to help teens in need. MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY takes him cross-country to such cities as Gulf Shores, Ala.; Camp Verde, Ariz.; Rossville, Ga.; and Covington, La., where he helps families deal with complex issues ranging from addiction to abandonment. Each episode finds him working with a new family and a new set of issues. Armed with lie detectors, drug-sniffing dogs and other surprise tactics, Dave’s commitment and sometimes controversial tactics give these struggling families hope for a fresh start.

A self-styled commando turned family fixer, Dave Vitalli runs his own New York-based security and investigations company, Vortek International. Dave is used to working in hostile environments through his consulting work both nationwide and overseas. A survivor of abuse himself, Dave is passionate about mentoring troubled teens and has counseled hundreds of families in crisis as he appeared in more than 275 episodes on the syndicated TV show Maury.

MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY is produced by Shed Media US with executive producers Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dan Peirson and Jeff Cvengros. Matt Trierweiler, Jayson Dinsmore and Joe Livecchi executive produce for CMT.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

Shed Media US is the American production arm of the global media giant Shed Media Group (now majority owned by Warner Bros. Television Group), which consists of several of the top production companies in the UK: Ricochet Television, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Renegade Pictures, Watershed, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures. Shed Media US boasts a prolific and diverse slate of series ranging from docu-soaps to entertainment formats. As of May 2014, the company is producing 14 series across nine networks and will deliver more than 150 hours of finished television programs throughout 2014. Series produced by Shed Media US include The Real Housewives of New York City and Game of Crowns for Bravo; Atlanta Exes, Hollywood Exes, Basketball Wives Los Angeles and Basketball Wives Miami for VH1; Eric & Jessie: Game On and Escape Club for E!; APB with Troy Dunn for TNT; My Dysfunctional Family for CMT; Child Genius for Lifetime; and Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC, among others.

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