Brenda Brkusic

Brenda Brkusic holding emmyMarymount graduate Brenda Brkusic ’01 is an Emmy Award®-winning television producer and the executive producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBSSoCaL. In July 2015, she was honored with two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards, marking her third and fourth Emmy wins.

Brkusic was recognized in the Entertainment category for her role as Executive Producer on an episode of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” a series featuring Hollywood’s most-acclaimed film and TV actors discussing their craft and work, as well as in the Arts and Culture/History category for her role as Producer of “Mia, A Dancer’s Journey,” a film about the life of famous Croatian-American ballerina Mia Slavenska.  She recently received two Telly Awards for the Mia film, and both projects were broadcast nationally on public television. She is currently working on a new series, “Buried History with Mark Walberg,” which is slated to air nationally on PBS stations.

Brkusic joined PBS SoCaL (then KOCE) in 2006 as a producer for their Emmy Award®-winning nightly news program, and went on to spearhead and manage PBS SoCaL’s digital channel—PBS SoCaL Plus, which has been called “the next generation of PBS” by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She also received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s My Source Education Innovation Award.

In her role as executive producer, Brkusic developed many programs and series for national distribution on public television. Some credits include the award-winning film “Freedom from Despair,” which was presented to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. She was honored on the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives for her work promoting human rights on this film, as well as on the Emmy Award®-winning film, “Bloody Thursday,” and the upcoming, “Mia, A Dancer’s Odyssey,” starring actress Blythe Danner.

After receiving her Associate’s degree from Marymount, Bruksic and went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production at Chapman University. She was featured as a “Top Business Executive under 40 Years Old,” and a “Woman to Watch” in OC Metro Business Magazine. She is the owner of Istina Productions, a documentary film production company in Southern California, and she also is a member of the Producers Guild of America, as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.