Oxygen Media dares to be different as it brings art to life with this groundbreaking, adrenaline-charged competition series. World-renowned street artist Justin BUA serves as host, co-judge and executive producer on the show, which pits ten of the country's most promising artists against one another. The series tests not only their physical stamina, but also pushes their artistic skills to the limit in hopes of jumpstarting the winning artist's career with a $100,000 grand prize. The series is shot at some of the most iconic Los Angeles locations as young, passionate hopefuls strive to bring their vision to life and showcase their work to the world. Furiously scaling walls, climbing fences and navigating underground tunnels, these artists must have the talent, style and hustle to battle it out to the end.
The contestants are given opportunities to create vibrant art in never-before-seen ways, with challenges ranging from murals to installations and 3D paintings to guerilla art. Real-life brands participating in the series include Polaroid and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Each episode will feature two challenges testing the artists' abilities and drive, beginning with a mini art-stunt dubbed "The Hustle," where the contestants must create a quick piece while confronted by environmental obstacles. The winner is given an advantage in the next challenge, "The Throwdown." In this elimination round, the competing artists will be tested on their stamina, strength and efficiency as they create a large-form piece or mural in hard to reach locations and under harsh conditions. Joining BUA on the judges' panel is Lauren Wagner, who brings a fresh perspective to the competition and demonstrates that there is an ability to merge the gallery and street art worlds together.
"Street Art Throwdown" is produced by Sony-owned Embassy Row with Michael Davies, Julia Cassidy, and Andrew Wallace serving as executive producers and Ugly Pretty Productions with Justin BUA and Darin Chavez serving as executive producers.