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ESPN Launches ’30 for 30 Shorts’ With Schwarzenegger-Centric ‘Arnold’s Blueprint,’ From the Directors of ‘The Two Escobars’

ESPN Launches '30 for 30 Shorts' With Schwarzenegger-Centric 'Arnold's Blueprint,' From the Directors of 'The Two Escobars'

ESPN announced in May that it was bringing back “30 for 30,” the network’s award-winning program of sports-centric documentaries, for another round of 30 new features. The series kicks off next week with “Broke” by Billy Corben, a doc about the financial difficulties many pro athletes experience when their careers come to an end, thanks to bad investments, freeloaders, medical problems and tendencies to show off.

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For “30 for 30 II,” ESPN and Grantland have also collaborated on a sidebar program of 30 doc shorts that will premiere online, a new one each month. An introductory short about Pete Rose, Eric Drath’s “Here Now,” has been online since may, but the official “30 for 30 Shorts” kick-off happened today with “Arnold’s Blueprint,” about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teen years in the Austrian Army. The 10-minute film is directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, who helmed the excellent 2010 “30 for 30” doc feature “The Two Escobars.”

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