Steven Bickel, Film Executive and Producer, Dies at 64

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Steven Bickel

He worked for Warner Bros., The Sam Goldwyn Co. and The Shooting Gallery and produced the Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour film 'Somewhere in Time.'

Steven Bickel, a film executive who also produced the 1980 Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour romantic drama Somewhere in Time, died Sept. 4 after collapsing during a hiking trip in Portugal. He was 64.

Bickel was hiking in the Algarve region with a group of friends that included Seymour's sister, Anne Gould, Bickel's friend, Terry Castle, told The Hollywood Reporter. Castle is a daughter of famed B movie producer William Castle.

Bickel began his show business career with the late Castle in production and distribution, then worked as vp independent sales at Warner Bros. International.

He later was president of Virgin Vision, the North America-based entertainment division of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group; president of international film and television at The Samuel Goldwyn Co.; and president of international at both The Shooting Gallery and The Film Department.

As president of Aura Entertainment, Bickel produced the films The Big Empty (2003), starring Jon Favreau; James Keach’s Blind Dating (2006), with Chris Pine; and Love Comes to the Executioner (2006), featuring Jeremy Renner and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Bickel also served as vice chairman of the International Film & Television Alliance and most recently headed Orpheum Communications, a sales, marketing and distribution consulting company based in Los Angeles.

Bickel attended the University of Minnesota and earned his masters in cinema arts at USC.

He was head of the Los Angeles Next-Generation fundraising for the construction of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and a board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

Survivors include his nephew David (and his wife Pam), his cousin Sylvia (and her husband Wayne) and his stepsister Daisy.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Mount Sinai in the Hollywood Hills. Donations in his memory can be made to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lifeworks.org or the University of Minnesota.

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