Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic is a seasoned television executive with over 15 years of experience in program development and production. She previously spent 13 years at PBS SoCal where she was responsible for directing the development, production, national distribution and marketing of programs on PBS.
Earlier in her career, Brenda produced an Emmy Award-winning nightly news program and she also spearheaded a new TV channel for PBS which was lauded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Brkusic then launched "PBS SoCal Productions", and was the driving force behind the acquisition, development and production of thousands of programs and series. She has been responsible for the development and production of programs featuring acclaimed film and TV stars Will Smith, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Lady Gaga, Keira Knightly, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence and more.
Brenda's visionary approach increased revenue and brought in the highest ratings and largest number of Emmy Awards the company's original productions have received in history. Her work has received 8 Emmy Awards, 14 Emmy nominations, 4 CINE Golden Eagle Awards, 12 Telly Awards, and 2 Golden Mike Awards. Among her dozens of accolades, OC Metro Business Magazine named her a Successful Young Entrepreneur and Business Executive and a Dynamic Women To Watch. Brenda is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the TV Executives Peer Group for the Television Academy.
Brenda currently serves as the Director of Programming and Development at NBCUniversal. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.