KEN LORBER President/Chief Executive Officer
Ken Lorber, President and CEO of The Kitchen, as well its parent company TM Systems, oversees the day to day operation of the companies, having catapulted the language services division of TM to one of prominence throughout the global industry.
Lorber is an experienced television facilities industry executive, having created and built successful facilities in both New York and Miami over the past 30 years.
As President of Post Edge in Miami, he was one of the key industry executives responsible for the development of the international production industry in South Florida. He is credited with securing major contracts with MTV Latino, the Discovery Channel Latin America and many other broadcast and production entities, contributing to the creation of the region as a major international production center.
In 1999, Lorber left Post Edge and developed the business plan for The Kitchen, a television broadcast and language customization company, then a division of the South American media conglomerate, Cisneros Television Group. He oversaw the company’s design, construction, development, and staffing, and then operated The Kitchen until the company’s acquisition by Claxson Interactive, an Argentinean based media group.
In 2001, Lorber joined Carlos Contreras to form TM Systems, LLC a language localization software company marketing the proprietary tools, created by Contreras. He assumed the position of President/CEO of TM Systems and later acquired The Kitchen, from Claxson, where he again spearheaded the language customization and production activities of the organization.
DON DENKHAUS Chairman/Chief Financial Officer
Don Denkhaus is Chairman of The Kitchen’s Board and its Chief Financial Officer. He brings more than thirty years of financial experience to the company. Don was a senior partner with Arthur Andersen, a Big Four accounting firm, and was in charge of their South Florida audit practice for fifteen years. He has extensive experience with corporate financings, mergers and acquisitions, as well as initial public offerings.
Initially an investor in TM and The Kitchen, Don took on the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer and has overseen the day to day finances of the company as well as developing strategic financial planning for the past six years.
DEENY KAPLAN Executive Vice President
Deeny Kaplan, Executive Vice President, of TM Systems and The Kitchen, spearheads the domestic and international sales and marketing efforts of both companies, and is responsible for its Miami and Los Angeles sales teams. She divides her time between both coasts.
Deeny is a 30 year veteran of the production and entertainment industries. She began her career with broadcasting entities such as KDKA-TV, in Pittsburgh; WBZ-TV, in Boston and WABC in New York. She later kept a pulse on the industry as Feature Editor for two major publications, Millimeter and Backstage in New York, and is credited as Founding Editor of Video Magazine, the first consumer video publication on the market.
Upon relocating to South Florida, Deeny competed against 250 applicants to secure the position of Director of the Miami Dade County Film Office, where she marketed to and oversaw projects for: Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jerry Weintraub. She was directly responsible for tripling the local production business in South Florida, bringing such applauded productions as True Lies with Arnold Schwartzennegger, Ace Ventura with Jim Carrey and Bird Cage with Robin Williams, to Miami.
Kaplan was one of the founders of TM Systems and is a managing partner in The Kitchen, and has been responsible for the both company’s sales and marketing efforts since its inception.
TIM FOX Vice President Engineering & Facilities
Tim Fox, Vice President of Engineering and Facilities, is responsible for the physical and electronic well being of the company. Tim has been working alongside Ken Lorber for more than 20 years and has been the point person for all facility development, construction, upgrades and maintenance.
Tim’s background stems from the broadcast business, having worked in various production capacities from cameraman, to production manager, to head of operations.
Tim first worked with Ken Lorber in developing the studio and post production facilities to service the production needs of MTV Latino, Discovery Latin America, and numerous other clients. He has developed many of the approaches used by The Kitchen to ensure a smooth and efficient delivery of superior dubbing and subtitling projects.
MARITZA ALVARADO Vice President Operations
Maritza Alvarado, is Vice President Operations of The Kitchen, with supervisional responsibilities that include: Operations; Casting; Language Services; The Hub; Dubbing Production and Audio Production.
A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, with a major in Communication and Film/TV, Maritza brings years of experience to her position, including a deep knowledge of communication, production and post production.
Maritza has worked extensively with both Tim Fox, VP of Engineering and Facilities , and Ken Lorber, President/CEO, in the past, and having the opportunity to work together again, she feels that the team can continue to be the very best in the business, bringing a cohesiveness on every level, all benefiting the future of the company.
ALEXIS CARDENAS Vice president International Sales
Alexis Cardenas, serves as Vice President International Sales for The Kitchen.
Alexis oversees The Kitchen’s relationships with its diverse South American Spanish; US Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese clients, and has her hand in all aspects of the international language localization industry worldwide as well. Considered the fastest-growing segment of the global localization marketplace, Alexis works with global clients wanting the best possible language customization of their programming, to and from all languages, at cost effective pricing.
Alexis spent ten years working in the distribution side of the business, an excellent background for understanding the specific needs of this burgeoning segment of the industry. Additionally, Alexis has a strong knowledge of marketing and finance in the international marketplace. She has the type of energetic personality, and keen knowledge of the business that puts her clients at ease immediately.
She is a graduate of Florida International University with a major in International Business Administration and Finance.
YORAM CHERTOK MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE KITCHEN EMEA
Yoram Chertok is responsible for growing and managing The Kitchen’s new subsidiary, known as The Kitchen, EMEA. He will spearhead the company’s immediate expansion into Europe, The Middle East and Africa. While offices for the new subsidiary will be in London, Yoram will travel throughout the territories from his home base in Israel.
Yoram had been working as a provider for The Kitchen’s dubbing work into German, Russian and Arabic for several years, delivering high quality product each time. A working relationship between The Kitchen and Yoram steadily developed and grew, and having him as part of the executive team in managing the company’s new overseas endeavor presents a very exciting opportunity for The Kitchen and its growing list of clients.
Yoram has worked in many areas of industry and is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the business.
The Kitchen has a very aggressive plan to expand facilities and services over the next few years, and the first two new Kitchen’s will be launched in the first quarter of 2017.