Showbiz attorney long active in public television

Hollywood power lawyer Bruce Ramer has been named chairman of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting.

The Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown partner, whose clients include Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Robert Zemeckis, will serve a one-year term in the nonprofit’s top non-management post.

“My mantra for public broadcasting is integrity, diversity and creativity,” says Ramer, a politically active Republican, who was tapped by a CPB board that is a mix of Democrats and Republicans. “I would like to build those strengths further. My hope is we can continue to establish the reasons why public broadcasting is important to the American conversation, although at the same time we must be mindful that we at CPB have an obligation to be cautious and careful in our budgeting and our use of federal funds.”

Ramer has been active in public television for nearly 20 years, joining the board of KCET Los Angeles in 1992 and serving as chair from 2001-03. He was appointed to the CPB board in 2008 by then-President George W. Bush.

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