Fraternity for a Lifetime Dialogue That Started With A "Handshake"

A speaker series that features prominent alumni of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and provides them with opportunities to share their experience and expertise with their brothers.

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Elie M. Dekel

Dr. Bruce Hensel 

David A. Hurwitz

The seventh live event will feature — Elie M. Dekel, Gamma Beta (California State University-Northridge) '86, and Bruce Hensel, M.D., Alpha Rho (UCLA) '71, and David A. Hurwitz, Gamma Beta (California State University-Northridge) ’88.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6:00pm — 7:00pm: Welcome Reception

7:00pm — 8:30pm: Alumni Panel
(ZBT Alumni and Undergraduates)

8:30pm — 9:30pm: VIP Meet & Greet Reception
(Southern California Area Alumni Association Members & Undergraduates)


Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Elie M. Dekel, Gamma Beta (California State University-Northridge) ’86

Elie Dekel serves as the president of Saban Brands, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group. Formed in 2010, Saban Brands acquires and develops a world-class portfolio of consumer properties and capitalizes on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing these brands through content, media and marketing.  Dekel manages the company’s diverse portfolio, which includes iconic brands such as kids brand Power Rangers, fashion and lifestyle brand Paul Frank, among others. He provides strategic guidance to the company’s management team, which accounts for decades of experience in media, content creation, digital, branding, licensing, marketing and finance. 

Prior to working with Saban Capital to launch Saban Brands in 2010, Dekel served as head of Consumer Products for 20th Century Fox where he headed the worldwide licensing, promotion and consumer products marketing for many of their film and television ventures, including “The Simpsons”, “Family Guy”, “James Cameron’s Avatar” and “Ice Age”, among others. Prior to Fox, he worked as an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), specializing in content creation and brand integration for several of the agency’s highest profile projects such as “American Idol” and Hasbro’s “Transformers; The Movie”. Previously, Dekel was president of Saban Consumer Products/Fox Family Worldwide, where he oversaw the company’s worldwide marketing and branding efforts.


Bruce Hensel, M.D., Alpha Rho (UCLA) ’71

Dr. Bruce Hensel is the Chief Health, Medical and Science Editor/Correspondent for NBC4 Southern California. His award-winning medical pieces can be seen weekdays on the station’s 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. “Ask Dr. Bruce,” a segment featuring viewer-submitted health questions answered by the Dr. Hensel, airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the “NBC4 News at Noon.” 

During his tenure at the station, Dr. Hensel hosted an array of stand-alone specials, including the Emmy Award-winning “Autism: the Hidden Epidemic,” “Bioterrorism: Lines of Defense,” “4 Your Health” and “Health Fax.” His medical pieces often appear on other NBC-owned and -operated stations.

Dr. Hensel is an award-winning journalist and a practicing physician who is board certified in two specialties — Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His unique qualifications and ability to convert complicated medical information for a broad audience have made him one of the country’s most pre-eminent health journalists. 

In addition to his work on television, Dr. Hensel is a full Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA, Regional Director for Emergent Medical Associates and Chief Medical Officer of Language Access Network, a medical interpretive services company.

He is also the host of the nationally syndicated call-in radio show, “Take Charge of Your Health with Dr. Bruce.” Dr. Hensel is the author of Smart Medicine: How to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Get the Most Out of Your Medical Care, co-creator/co-executive producer of the highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary “The Opposite Sex,” and is credited as one of the founders of the High Ethics and The Internet Committee, which was formed for the protection of privacy and to insure validity of health information on the Internet.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hensel received a 2010 Los Angeles-area Emmy Award for Best Feature Correspondent and an Edward Kennedy Award for Community Service. He has amassed five other individual Emmys, three show Emmys, three Golden Mikes and two Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival Awards. The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the California Medical Association and the City of Los Angeles have also honored him for his outstanding contributions and achievements in health care reporting. 

Prior to joining NBC4 in 1987, Dr. Hensel spent five years at NBC in New York. His first on-air reporting position was at KCOP in Los Angeles, where he did a weekly segment called “Dr. Hensel’s Medical Journal.” After that he was the host of the USA Cable show “Alive and Well.”

A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor of arts degree in political theory, Dr. Hensel also studied journalism at both UCLA and Columbia University. He attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his internship and residency training at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital and at UCLA. 


David A. Hurwitz, Gamma Beta (California State University-Northridge) ’88

David A. Hurwitz is a native of Los Angeles who caught the television bug as a kid while watching shows like “Adam 12,” “Emergency” and “The White Shadow” being shot on the streets of his North Hollywood neighborhood.

Shortly after leaving California State University-Northridge in 1988, David began working on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” where he climbed the ranks from production assistant to producer. After “Arsenio,” he helped launch successful franchises like “Access Hollywood”, Comedy Central’s “The Man Show”, Nickelodeon’s “Brain-Surge” as well as “Fear Factor,” and the biggest game show ever imagined, NBC’s “Million Second Quiz” with Ryan Seacrest. Brother Hurwitz is now executive producer with Bill’s Market & Television Productions and of the titans of reality television.

The Emmy-nominated show runner has earned a reputation for executing the spectacular by putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations on mega shows including over 150 episodes of “Fear Factor” in addition to “American Gladiators,” “Stars Earn Stripes” and “Million Second Quiz.”

David’s shingle, Bill’s Market & Television Productions, currently resides under an overall deal with Universal Television where he is developing and producing more game changing shows.

This past spring he brought his stunt producing and comedy chops to TBS with the successful series “Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show” helmed by “Jackass” star Bam Margera.

With a diverse slate that has included everything from cooking and talk to game shows and stunt competition series and partnerships that include the likes of Mark Burnett, Dick Wolf, Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Seacrest, to name a few, Hurwitz is bound to be providing all kinds of entertaining content for years to come.