Chris Marino-Director-Producer-Writer 

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 picking up radioactive medical waste for five dollars an hour. 

 Unhappy with his career path, Chris picked up a copy of “Awaken the Giant Within” by the big-toothed author, Tony Robbins.  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 as Nashville 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 MCA, Sony and Mercury, helping launch the careers of important independent artists such as Lucinda Williams.

Shortly after leaving the radio station, Chris felt he needed another stimulating  creative outlet .  After spending years in front of the television set,  Chris knew TV was the next logical step.  In 1998 he moved to Denver taking a position with Ovation the Arts Network.  Utilizing the skills he acquired in radio,  Chris wrote and produced on air promos for the network.  

 In 1999 he began working on the Animal Planet series “Breed All About It,” and for  two years he spent most of his time on the road producing segments for the series.

 In 2001, Chris became involved in the development of  Animal Planet’s recreation series “Busted”.  After helping to pitch the show, Chris became Series Producer and also a Director on the show.  The cutting edge series yielded 20 one hour episodes over two years and helped launch the obsession with crime scene investigation and forensics

 From 2003 to 2004, Chris went on to field direct a majority of the fifty-two episodes of Discovery’s reality series, “Rally Round the House”. 

At the end of 2004, Chris produced and directed 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, MSNBC, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  “Combover the Movie” has been licensed for air 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 Europe.  Since 2007 Chris has been directing Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and the new series Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World.

 

 

 

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