Producer-Managers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink Split After 18 Years (Exclusive)

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From left: 'The Hangover,' 'A History of Violence,' 'We're the Millers'

The duo were involved in the making of comedies such as 'The Hangover' and 'We're the Millers,' as well as 'A History of Violence' and more recently, 'Criminal.'

After almost two decades, manager-producers J.C. Spink and Chris Bender of Benderspink are going their separate ways.

Bender will segue into a new production and management shingle, while Spink is in the process of setting up his next venture, also a new management and production firm. The split is said to be amicable.

“We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago,” the duo said Tuesday in a statement. “We could not be more proud of what we’ve achieved together and are excited for this next chapter in each of our lives.”

The duo were assistants at management-production outfit Zide-Perry Productions before striking out on their own in the fall of 1998 during a swell in the spec-script market, a wave they rode successfully through the 2000s, especially in the comedy sphere, as they worked on movies ranging from Cats & Dogs and The Ring to Monster-in-Law and We’re the Millers.

Along the way they became full-fledged producers, generated Oscar buzz with David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence and were involved in the mega-successful comedy franchise The Hangover.

Spink focused more on the management side, while Bender focused on producing, with recent credits including the Vacation reboot. The latter is now working on Under the Silver Lake, the new movie from It Follows filmmaker David Robert Mitchell.

On top of its movies, Benderspink also will be remembered as a place that was pivotal in the careers of many industry players, such as Lego Movie producer Roy Lee, producer Mason Novick, The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec, Studio 8's Jon Silk, representatives Langley Perer, Jill McElroy, Courtney Kivowitz, Christian Donatelli and Brian Spink and Zaftig Films’ Charlie Gogolak.