Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness

Team

our vital team

Credits are not enough to thank our team for their dedication, support and commitment to our vision.

Producer/Director:
DARA PADWO-AUDICK

Producer:
DARIN OLIEN

Executive Producers:
ROB BARFIELD

Editorial Executive Consultant:
CHRIS HAWS

Director of Photography:
MICHAEL AUDICK

Producer/Associate Director:
GOPI SHASTRI

Producer/Camera:
BRIAN LECKEY

Production Assistant:
KINLEY BUNTING

Field Production/Cameras:
MICHAEL GLOWACKI
ERIC SELDIN
UGYEN WANGDI

Audio:
MARTIN GEISSMAN
BEN SEAWARD

Trailer Editing:
BRIAN LECKEY
MARK CASALE

special thanks to

BRUCE BUNTING AND
THE BHUTAN FOUNDATION

KATHLEEN ROGERS AND
POSITIVE VISION NETWORK

RYAN PRIPSTEIN

STONE SOUP PRODUCTIONS

THE WONDERFUL
PEOPLE OF BHUTAN

and everyone who’s
getting involved!

with the King's chef

Director/Producer: Dara Padwo-Audick
Dara is an award-winning writer, producer and director with over twenty years of experience with cable and network broadcast programs and series. Dara served as an Executive Producer for Discovery Channel and Discovery HD Theater National Park related programming from 2005-2007. Her repertoire includes both one-offs and series for Animal Planet, CBS, Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Health, Discovery Science Channel, ESPN and ESPN 2, HGTV, Lifetime Television, NBC, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Television, Outdoor Life Network, and PBS. Dara’s work encompasses a variety of history, medicine, military, natural history, sports and adventure topics and includes such titles as Grand Teton National Park: Life on the Edge, The Discovery Young Scientists Challenge, National Geographic: Crittercam for Fox, National Geographic Explorer and Women Behind the Wheel with host, Geena Davis. In addition to being a film and television professional, Dara is an adjunct professor at the School of Communications at American University in Washington, D.C., and a member of The Producers Guild of America.

Producer: Darin Olien
In 2007, the Government of Bhutan’s Trade Ministry joined by the World Bank, encouraged superfood formulator, Darin, to learn more about the country’s medicinal plants and other products. As founder of Darin’s Naturals and a dedicated herbal hunter, Darin ventured to this ecologically diverse medicinal kingdom in the Himalayas spending 2 months with Bhutanese farmers there and at UCLA.  Darin began to actually import authentic Cordyceps mushroom (C. sinensis)  from this region in 2008.  He continues to refine his products while communicating with the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Upon traveling to this Himalayan medicinal fortress in 2007, Darin brought a film crew and filmed the entire adventure.  That footage is part of a mini-documentary on the country of Bhutan winning numerous awards in film festivals around the globe. Recently, Darin’s work was featured in O Magazine and Bloomberg Business Week.

Director of Photography: Michael Audick
Winner of four Emmys, Mike is a seasoned professional who brings a great eye and positive attitude to projects. He was a member of NBC Sports’ Olympic Features production team in Athens, Torino and Beijing. Michael has extensive international production experience on all seven continents, including three trips to the Antarctic. More exotic projects have included filming big game in Africa for USA Network’s To the Ends of the Earth; following The Iditarod in a Cessna ski plane; and capturing the excitement of multiple Eco-Challenges. Michael’s camera-work has received international & national distribution, appearing on: The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, NBC, Fox-TV, CNN, ESPN, ESPN-2, Comedy Central, HBO, USA Network, PBS, Lifetime Television, Black Entertainment Television, ITN of London, Australian-TV Channel 9, BBC, NHK of Japan, Swedish TV, Finland’s YLE-TV, Norwegian TV, Italian TV, Danish TV-2, and many others.

Editorial Executive Consultant: Chris Haws
Chris has been an active participant in the international Documentary production community for three decades. During that time he has written directed and produced a host of award winning documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, ABC – and many other broadcasters around the world. He founded and ran the internationally successful production company, InCA, and has represented the interests of documentarians on numerous industry bodies, such as PACT, IDFA, the IDA and NATPE. He chaired the European Union Documentary project for seven years and created the Amsterdam Documentary Forum. He was appointed as Discovery Europe’s first Vice President and Commissioning Editor and went on to become Senior Vice President and Executive Producer for Discovery Networks International, based in Maryland. Currently, he consults to the CPB, PBS, National Geographic Channels International, Discovery Communications, the World Bank, the EU and the United Nations, as well as many other broadcasts, production and distribution companies around the world and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Discovery Channel Global Education partnership.

Bhutan crew

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