Director Producer Writer
Eda Benjakul is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director. She’s known for her acclaimed work in the lifestyle and culinary space as a Showrunner for Tastemade, Food Network, and bravo digital. As Executive Producer, she is currently launching the LA Times Studios Kitchen vertical. A pioneer in the digital content space, Eda was part of the start-up team for ReplayTV (now Roku) and launched YouTube Premium’s food vertical. In 2019 Eda was part of the collective of women directors of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee’s PSA documentary, ‘Hope Builders: Making a Difference in the Inland Empire’, which aired on PBS KVCR. The program won Telly Awards for Television Directing and Social Impact. Eda’s segment, ‘Home Restaurant’ won Best Short Documentary at the California International Short Film Festival and was an Official Selection of the Oscar-qualifying AmDocs Festival. Eda served as a Co-Chair of the Women’s Steering Committee (WSC) Best DirectHer, a grassroots volunteer organization promoting women directors during award season, in 2019 and 2020. She is currently co-chairing the WSC Activities and Events Committee. Eda is currently writing and creating scripted projects, including the spy drama, ‘Star of Siam’, which won the 2021 Stowe Story Lab Fellowship; based on the life of her aunt in Thailand; and the young-adult pilot, ‘Affinity’; which she co-wrote with her teen-aged son. Eda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University. Eda joined the DGA in 2016.