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, BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and many more. In 2016 alone, Ocean Avenue has 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. In September 2016 IN-LAWFULLY YOURS became the first ever worldwide premier on Netflix of a faith-based movie.
In December 2016, Ocean Avenue released GREATER, the inspiring football movie into Christian retail stores throughout the USA through its new partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. In May 2017 HERITAGE FALLS marked the second global release through Ocean Avenue on Netflix . Most recently, Ocean Avenue premiered VICTOR in theaters and then in June, 2017 it was released on all major home video platforms including Walmart. In July it was released on Netflix throughout the Americas, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.