After graduating from Tufts University, Chris followed his dream to become a corporate executive; he took a position at DuPont and worked hard. Four years, and many jobs later, Chris finally reached the pinnacle of his corporate ambition while serving as a courier for a nuclear pharmaceutical company. He drove a Ford Escort to and from hospitals delivering nuclear imaging products and picking up radioactive medical waste for five dollars an hour.
Unhappy with his career path, Chris picked up a popular self help book and read the first 90-pages. Two weeks later Chris was hosting a talk show (for no money) at a little AM radio station in Cumming, Georgia. In less than three years, Chris took the little known news/talk station and turned it into a critically acclaimed Americana music station. The station won multiple awards and received praise in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Constitution.
As a result of his success at WMLB, Chris was offered a position in Nashville as Americana Editor for the radio trade magazine Gavin. During his two years in Music City Chris wrote an influential music industry column and he became a sought after contributor to organizations and media outlets including NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Science), the CMA, CMT, Billboard and Rolling Stone. Chris also consulted for record labels such as Warner Bros, Rounder, Sony and Mercury, helping launch the careers of important independent artists such as Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Alison Krauss and Son Volt. Chris is a member of the founding council of The Americana Music Association.
At this point, Chris felt he needed another creative outlet. After spending years in front of a television, Chris knew TV was the next logical step so he moved to Denver taking a position with Ovation the Arts Network. Utilizing the skills he acquired in radio, Chris wrote, produced and voiced on air promos for the network.
While still producing for Ovation, Chris took a position at High Noon Productions and began working on the Animal Planet series Breed All About It and for two years he spent most of his time on the road working with dogs and producing segments for the series.
Next, Chris helped develop Animal Planet's recreation series Busted. After helping to pitch the show, Chris became Series Producer and also a Director on this cutting edge series that yielded 20 one hour episodes and helped launch the obsession with crime scene investigation and forensics.
As a result of his success with the Animal Planet projects, Chris went on to produce and direct for a variety of networks including Discovery, Disney, HGTV and the Travel Channel.
Chris then started his own company No Barking Productions and spent the next 16 months producing and directing his first independent film Combover: The Movie. The hilarious and insightful documentary generated enough buzz to garner director Chris Marino appearances on The Today Show, NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Combover: The Movie has been licensed by networks around the globe including The Sundance Channel in the U.S., HBO Latin America, Five TV in the UK, XYZ in Australia and Fox International. For the last eleven years, Chris has been producing and directing for Andrew Zimmern and Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, Driven by Food and The Zimmern List.
Chris is also a photographer who has shot thousands of photographs around the world for Discovery and Travel Channel. In between his busy shooting schedule Chris was also the primary photographer for Macerich Company, a leading developer and owner of major retail real estate that includes Santa Monica Place, Queens Center and Biltmore Fashion Park.
Chris is currently editing his most recent documentary It Takes Balls.