Eytan P. Rechter is CEO of Kardan Israel Ltd., a dynamic investment group active in the real estate, financial services, infrastructure, communications and automotive sectors. He is also the chairman of the controlling shareholders group of Kardan N.V., as well as a number of Kardan subsidiaries and offers a wealth of business experience to the BabyFirstTV brand.
Prior to joining Kardan, Rechter served as Managing Director for Moribo Leisure Ltd., a public company traded on the Johannesburg Stock exchange and Managing Director for I. Hennig && Co. Ltd., diamond brokers for De Beers.
David Matalon currently is president and CEO of Regency Enterprises where he oversees all aspects of the company's corporate and financial operations including the development, marketing and distribution of all feature films and television projects for Regency Television. Matalon maintains a hands-on approach to all aspects of New Regency production including story development, casting, physical production, business affairs and worldwide marketing and distribution. Under his direction, Regency has established itself as Hollywood's largest independent film studio. Matalon began his career with Columbia Pictures International, progressively advancing to become executive vice president of the company where he supervised its Europe, Africa and Middle East divisions. Following, he co-founded and served as president of Tri-Star Pictures and then returned to the Columbia family as executive vice president of Columbia Pictures Entertainment.
Rebecka Belldegrun (Zabludowicz), M.D., currently serves as president and CEO of BellCo Capital, LLC, a privately owned management consulting and investment company based in Los Angeles. Prior to her involvement with Bellco Capital, Dr. Belldegrun was founding president of Intertech Corp., a New York-based company specializing in real estate development and acquisitions. Here, she expanded Intertech's businesses and holdings to include interests in high-tech, biotechnology, hotel management and manufacturing in the United States, England, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Israel.
Born and raised in Helsinki, Finland, Dr. Belldegrun graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in Corneal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. She serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy; the External Advisory Board of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Board of Trustees at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Dr. Belldegrun also is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles and is on the University of Pennsylvania Parents Leadership Committee.
Bill Burke offers extensive leadership experience in cable television and Internet businesses. Most recently, Burke served as president and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies where he oversaw all operations of The Weather Channel® network; weather.com; Weather Services International (WSI); and various digital cable, radio, newspaper and interactive television products. Prior to TWCC, Burke served as president and CEO of RSN, a broadcast TV and Internet company targeting the active outdoor sports market. He also held several key senior management positions at Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting, where he developed the business plan for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and subsequently led the launch of this highly successful network as its first general manager. After the launch of TCM, Burke was named president of TBS Superstation and in 1999 was named CEO of News and Information for Time Warner Digital media.
Burke is a graduate of Amherst College and received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is a national trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a trustee at Maine Medical Center. He also has served on the Board of Directors for The Clean Air Campaign, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minorities in Media and The Carter Center Board of Councilors.
Amit Ben-Yehuda is the CEO of Kardan Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Kardan Israel Ltd.
With more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunications market, his understanding of this industry is invaluable to the BabyFirstTV brand.
Ben-Yehuda previously served as the director of business development in Cellcom, the largest cellular operator in Israel. A former senior economics advisor to ministers of tourism and interior affairs, Ben-Yehuda earned his MBA and BA in economics from Tel Aviv University.
Guy Oranim, along with business partner, Sharon Rechter, conceptualized and co-founded BabyFirstTV, the first and only television channel in the U.S. dedicated to providing rich, innovative educational content designed to enhance baby's development in a delightful and engaging way. A combined background in television programming and advertising, and a shared passion for child development sparked their foray into this area.
As the chief executive officer, Oranim brings a wealth of leadership and strategic insight to BabyFirstTV gained from his broad background in advertising and market research. Serving as executive vice president for one of the leading international ad agencies, BBDO Advertising, he drove strategic planning and product initiatives for several global lifestyle brands including PepsiCo, Kimberly-Clark, and Hertz to name a few. He also co-authored a market research book Researchers Speak – Marketing Research and Its Implications, which illustrates the importance of market research, consumer behavior and trends, and marketing ethics.
Oranim received both his bachelor of law (L.L.B.) and his M.B.A. in marketing and international business from Tel Aviv University, Israel.