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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Steven Bickel

Steven Bickel

November 7, 1950 - September 4, 2015

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

Service Date: Saturday September 26th, 2015

Service Time: 12:00 am

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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On Friday, September 4, 2015, respected film and TV veteran Steve Bickel, died suddenly while hiking in Europe with friends. He was 64.

Steve meant so much to so many. He loved life, he lived it, and he shared his remarkable vitality, wit and love with everyone he knew.

Steve’s father, holocaust Survivor Henry Bickel, was his hero. Steve adopted his father’s positive spirit and energy, finding a silver lining in every situation.

With his passing, we’ll have to write Steve’s silver lining. Perhaps, “He died happily; with friends he loved, in peace, with the knowledge that his beloved nephew David and wife Pam were happy in their new life in Minnesota, surrounded by family.”

We all expected Steve to be vital for another 30 years, and he crammed this life full of the most incredible experiences from a trek to Mt. Everest to traveling to the North Pole. He finally left us in the beautiful hills of the Algarve Region of Portugal.

Steve Bickel began his career in both film production and distribution working with noted Producer/Director William Castle, beginning a life–long relationship with the entire Castle family. He went on to associate produce Somewhere in Time for Universal Pictures. It was on this film that he met long-time friend, Jane Seymour, and became an honorary member of her family.

As President of Aura Entertainment, Bickel executive produced The Big Empty, the romantic comedy Blind Dating and produced Love Comes to the Executioner.

His worldwide film and television distribution experience included positions as Vice President of Independent Sales for Warner Bros. International and President of Virgin Vision, the North American-based entertainment division of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Bickel has also held the position of President of International for The Samuel Goldwyn Company, overseeing both feature and television movie/series sales.

Additionally, Bickel held the position of President of International for both The Shooting Gallery and The Film Department.

Bickel served as Vice Chairman of the International Film and Television Alliance and was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

Beyond his career activities, Bickel focused on a number of charitable causes including his position as head of the Los Angeles Next-Generation fundraising for the construction of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. He was also been a board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

He leaves behind his nephew David Bickel (wife Pam), his cousin Sylvia Shalles (husband Wayne) and his step-sister Daisy Hayden, and all his friends whom he treated like family.

Funeral services will be held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills: 5950 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles CA 90068 on Sept. 24 at 3pm.

Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to: Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lifeworks.org or the University of Minnesota.