Chris Bender (born 1971) is an American film producer whose beginnings were through developing and co-producing American Pie film series based on his and writer Adam Herz' own high school experiences. In November 1998, he established the management and production company, Benderspink, with partner J.C. Spink, a fellow alumnus of Bucknell University. Benderspink had a successful first-look deal with New Line Cinema for over 15 years and a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and prior to that, CBS Studios.
In 2016, Bender and Spink split up to pursue forming their own companies. J.C. Spink died in 2017 and was celebrated at a memorial service attended by industry friends and family.
Chris Bender founded Good Fear Content in 2016 with Jake Weiner. The company produces clutter-busting media across theatrical, TV and emerging digital platforms with a focus on nurturing and establishing new voices aspiring to be generation-defining talent. Under the company’s banner, Bender’s most recent release was as a producer on David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake with Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace. The film was screened in competition in Cannes and was released by A24 (company) domestically in April 2019. In 2020, Amazon Studios is releasing My Spy. The film is directed by Pete Segal with Dave Bautista and Kristen Schaal starring. That project will be followed by Mulan (2020 film), a live-action version of the classic adventure of a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a warrior in order to save her father. Set for release by Disney in July, the film is directed by Niki Caro and stars Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Gong Li, and Donnie Yen.
Other projects produced by Bender include the hit comedy We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis; Horrible Bosses 2, starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day; and Vacation starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, and Chris Hemsworth, all for New Line.
Bender has produced or developed projects that have grown into six franchises in various genres: "Final Destination", “American Pie”, “The Ring”, “Cats & Dogs”, “The Butterfly Effect”, and “The Hangover” series. Eight of his movies have opened to number one, and Bender was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for A History of Violence".