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Shapiro appointed EBC's CEO

NEW YORK — TV news veteran Neal Shapiro will take over Monday as CEO of the Educational Broadcasting Corp., operators of WNET and WLIW, two of the three most-watched public TV stations and two of the nation's major producers for the Public Broadcasting Service. He succeeds William Baker, who served as president and CEO of the stations since 1987.

Real D lines up $20 mil

3-D provider Real D has raised an additional $20 million in private-equity funding, sources said. The company has installed about 1,000 3-D systems at digital-cinema-equipped theaters; it has said it aims to have 4,000 installed by May 2009. In March, private-equity firm Shamrock Capital Growth Fund said it was investing $50 million in Real D.

Kapur's new role at MySpace

NEW YORK — As News Corp.'s MySpace gets set to open its platform to outside developers next week, the social networking site said Wednesday that Amit Kapur will lead the effort in his new role as COO. In addition to overseeing "development and implementation of all global business operations," Kapur, who was promoted from vp business development, will have responsibility for the growth of the new MySpace Developer Platform.

CBS unit ups van de Beek, taps execs

NEW YORK — CBS said Wednesday that it has upped Garen van de Beek to senior vp on-air promotion amid several other moves in the unit. The on-air promotion unit also named Paul Friedman, Chris Cranner, Lori Shefa and Brad Roe as vps, while Sarah LaBranche is director of on-air promotion and Anne de Vega is executive producer. All the moves were announced Wednesday by Ron Scalera, executive vp and creative director of the CBS Marketing Group.

German pol in L.A. to tout production

COLOGNE, Germany — One of Germany's most powerful politicians, Jurgen Ruttgers, is in Los Angeles for meetings with the studios and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote his state as a production location. Ruttgers is premier of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany's most populous state and home to European giant Bertelsmann and the continent's No. 1 broadcaster, RTL Television. "In Cologne, we have Germany's largest film studio, Europe's biggest TV broadcaster and ambitious financing partners open for new cooperations and co-productions with American partners," Ruttgers said ahead of his visit. "Our doors are wide open."

Par in pair of deals Down Under

SYDNEY — Paramount Pictures Australia unveiled two partnerships that will give the distributor a greater involvement in the independent production and distribution sector here. Under the deals, Paramount will co-finance and acquire local and international projects for Australian and New Zealand distribution in partnership with new independent film distribution outfit Transmission, set up by Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie, the former CEOs of Dendy Films. Paramount also inked a first-look deal with new shingle See Saw Films, formed by Australian producer Emile Sherman and former Becker International head of sales and acquisitions Ian Canning.