Brella Productions on Ashland Avenue and Simpson Street. RoundTable photo

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Brella Productions.

Founded two decades ago in a local apartment, with nothing more than a video camera and a tape-to-tape editing system, Brella has persevered and flourished over the years, eventually becoming the North Side’s biggest media production house.

Founders Bernadette Burke and Mark Mallchok met at their alma mater, Northwestern University. After graduation, they founded Brella Productions. Many of their initial jobs were small corporate sales and training videos.

Over the years, Brella expanded, moving into new areas of corporate communications. Today services include domestic and international event production and support; interactive, including web, apps; and e-learning; and of course videos for a variety of screen sizes.

This broad range has allowed Brella to expand its services to current clients while attracting new ones, including several Fortune 100 corporations.

“When you have a whole palette of tools, you can focus on what the project really needs.” By being able to tell their clients’ stories in a number of media, “We can give them what we call ‘media independence,’” explains Ms. Burke, who is president.

Brella’s company headquarters are on the corner of Simpson and Ashland in the historic “Fanny’s Restaurant” building and are a driving force of Evanston’s Arts District.  Brella is now expanding by adding a third floor and remodeling the structure to make room for new hires and expanding needs.