MCU Alumna Elected to Board of Governors of TV Academy

Brenda_Brkusic heeadshotWe are pleased to share that MCU alumna Brenda Brkusic will be inducted as the LA Governor on the Board of Governors of the TV Academy beginning in January 2018.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to represent the LA area peer group, LA area TV stations and Academy members, and to represent PBS SoCal as our first Governor of the TV Academy.”

Brenda is the Executive Producer of Program Development & National Productions for PBS SoCal. She is a member of the class of 2001.

More about Brenda Brkusic

Brenda Brkusic is an Emmy Award®-winning television producer and the Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCaL. She joined PBS SoCaL (KOCE-TV) in 2006 as a producer for the station’s Emmy Award®-winning nightly news program, “Real Orange”. A year later, Brenda was invited by executive management to spearhead and oversee PBS SoCaL’s new digital channel in partnership with Chapman University. Under Brenda’s direction, the channel was called “the next generation of PBS” by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and received CPB’s “Education Innovation Award” during its first year on the air.

Brenda’s dedication to independent film has resulted in the creation of thousands of new programs and series for PBS SoCaL. She was the Writer, Producer, Director and Editor of “Freedom from Despair”, a film about Croatia’s struggle for independence from communist Yugoslavia, starring Michael York and John Savage. The film received dozens of awards and Brenda was honored on the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives for her work promoting human rights. She was then invited to screen the film to Members of the European Parliament at the International Leaders Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Brenda was also the Executive Producer of “Bloody Thursday” an Emmy Award®-winning film about the Pacific Waterfront strike of 1934, and she was a Producer for “Mia, A Dancer’s Odyssey”, a film about the life of famous ballerina Mia Slavenska, starring Blythe Danner. In her current role as Executive Producer, Brenda oversees the development, production and distribution of high-quality programs and series for national broadcast on public television.

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