Former Shooting Gallery Intl. prexy Steve Bickel has launched Aura Entertainment, a foreign sales and marketing shingle that will also finance, develop and produce features and television in all budget ranges, with the backing of Lou and Kelly Gonda’s Lexington Entertainment Group.
LEG, which is headed by former David E. Kelley Prods. prexy Jeffrey Kramer, also contains Lexington Road Prods. (“Men With Guns”), post house Post Logic Studios, F/X house Creo, pan-Euro digital distributor Firstream Group and production company East of Doheny Prods. LEG’s backing stems from equity facility Lexington Funding.
Prior to his Shooting Gallery stint, Bickel oversaw foreign distribution and marketing as president of Samuel Goldwyn Intl. He also served as prexy of Virgin Vision and VP of independent sales for Warner Bros. Intl.
Bickel will launch Aura at the upcoming London Screenings and Mifed, overseeing the international sales of East of Doheny’s “A Time for Dancing.”
LEG, formed last year to consolidate the Gondas’ entertainment interests, is part of Lexington Commercial Holdings, which also contains interests in commercial real estate, as well as private and public companies. Until 1990, Lou Gonda was a founder and executive of Intl. Lease Finance Corp., the largest lessor of commercial aircraft to airlines.