Who We Are

We take your vision and bring it to life in a way that is fresh and current.

Trillium Productions LLC was founded in 1985 and for decades has used the efficient model of pairing company partners with the best freelancers in their field to craft each job. This nimble and cost-efficient model allows us to draw from a broad spectrum of expertise and experience. As a result, we produce high quality digital media, touch-screen interactives, and interactive textbooks that motivate, engage and inspire viewers.

We forge collaborations with our clients. We believe designing and developing good communications requires an organized plan and the ability to listen. We begin with understanding our client’s culture, objectives and needs, and arrive at a creative, highly customized solution.

Whether that takes the form of an hour-long program seen on PBS or a micro-documentary for the web, Trillium’s productions all are driven by the same elegant storytelling augmented with stylish graphic design.

Our clients include: Arecibo Observatory, Chicago History Museum, Discovery Channel, Field Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum, Mayaguez Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, Nebraska 150 Statehood Celebration.

Gaylon Emerzian, CEO

An Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Ms. Emerzian began with Trillium Productions as a director/writer and became a partner in 2001. In 2019, she became owner and CEO.

A brilliant team leader, Ms. Emerzian encourages the best in her contributors. She is able to weave each person’s contributions into a dynamic whole. And her team members appreciate her leadership. Many of them have worked with her for a decade or more.

Ms. Emerzian prides herself as being a visual communicator. Her creativity, direction and attention to detail have brought countless projects from blue sky into reality. She approaches each project by recognizing the uniqueness of the client’s needs and organization. Synthesizing complex information into easily understandable communications is one of her many strengths.

Clients will tell you she is a highly resourceful, intelligent and works as their collaborative partner to create exceptional media within budget and on time.

Her television work has seen on A&E, the Weather Channel, and PBS. She has written, produced and directed for National Geographic Education and Discovery Education and is winner of multiple Cine Golden Eagles and Telly Awards.

Ms. Emerzian was a pioneering webcaster, producing a children’s cooking site that won the James Beard Award in 2006 for Best Webcast. The subsequent Spatulatta Cookbook, published by Scholastic sold 75,000 copies.

Over the years, her media work has paralleled her involvement in social issues, particularly domestic violence and gender equality. She produced and directed 14 videos for the Chicago History Museums’ OUT in Chicago exhibit. Always a visionary, in 1985, she drew together the first all-female film crew in Chicago to produce a drama about domestic violence.

Gaylon Emerzian Trillium Productions CEO