Chris and Denise Bueno at the premier of 23 BLAST in New York City.

Chris and Denise Bueno at the premier of 23 BLAST in New York City.

Chris Bueno — CEO

Chris Bueno began his career in Christian television in 1979.  This experience uniquely equipped him to better understand the needs and concerns of a faith-based audience.   Since then, he has produced numerous projects, among them: THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BOOK, a four-hour documentary with Cambridge University Press in England, THE SCENIC WONDERS BIBLE, a 52-episode series encompassing the entire New Testament, and THE GOOD ENTERTAINMENT SHOW, hosted by Michael Medved.

Chris executive produced several documentaries including the highly successful Lee Strobel series, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, THE CASE FOR FAITH and THE CASE FOR A CREATOR.

In 2004, he co-founded Carmel Entertainment Group, a company specializing in distribution.  As President, he was instrumental in securing distribution for numerous films and television series, among them FIREPROOF, the #1 independent feature film of 2008. Other projects include FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, FAITH LIKE POTATOES, NO GREATER LOVE, DEAR FRANCIS, SECRET OF THE CAVE, DRIVE THRU HISTORY, and THE LEE STROBEL DOCUMENTARY SERIES.

Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Inc. was established in 2009 and is owned by Chris and his wife Denise. Ocean Ave currently represents some of the very best flims in this faith-based category.

In 2012 Ocean Ave established a direct relationship with Netflix. Over the last years numerous films and series have been licensed to Netflix through Ocean Ave including, THOU SHALT LAUGH (Series), DRIVE THRU HISTORY (Series), MIGHTY MACS, TO END ALL WARS, END OF THE SPEAR and many more. In 2016 alone, Ocean Avenue brought 11 films to Netflix beginning with 23 BLAST. Of the recent films, in addition to USA, most have been licensed in Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and a many throughout Latin America. Then in September 2016 IN-LAWFULLY YOURS became the first ever worldwide premier on Netflix of a faith-based movie.

In late 2014, Ocean Ave become a full service distribution company with its first film 23 BLAST. Since then, Ocean Ave has released GREATER, the inspiring football movie into Christian retail stores and then released VICTOR on all major home video platforms including Walmart, Netflix and international territories. This year Ocean Ave is distributing THE HEART OF MAN and THE PRICE OF FAME.