Film Department taps Bickel


Steven Bickel on Tuesday was named president of international at the Film Department.

Bickel, who starts Monday, replaces Elizabeth Kim and reports to company founders Mark Gill and Neil Sacker.

Bickel comes from Aura Entertainment, where he was president since 2001. In that role, he also served as executive producer of "The Big Empty" and "Blind Dating" and as producer of "Love Comes to the Executioner."

A financing, production and international sales company, the Film Department plans to finance and produce six films per year budgeted at $10 million-$45 million.