Friday, August 31, 2012

Nevada SAG-AFTRA Franchised Talent Agencies

Nevada Frachised Talent Agencies

See also other postings concerning agents, agencies, agent relations and the business.

In Nevada please us only the Las Vegas SAG franchised agencies:

Baskow, J & Associates
Full Service (All Ages)

2948 E. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV  89120
(702) 733-7818

Lenz Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1591 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 733-6888

eNVy Model & Talent Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

101 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 878-7368

Best Agency
Full Service (All Ages)
5565 South Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 889-2900

Kenny Kerr at the Onyx

The Onyx Theatre Presents... 

The Onyx Theatre
Don't Miss the Fabulous KENNY KERR!
Saturday & Sunday Night!
September 1st & 2nd
Tickets are still available!
Showtimes are 4 pm & 7:30 pm
Tickets $20
Hope to see you here!

The Onyx Theatre
953 E. Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
The Onyx Theatre

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SHOOT DATE: Friday , September 7, 2012
TIME: TBD will begin in the AM and plan on up to 8 hours
Pay Rate: $300(less 10% agency)

IF YOU FIT THE LOOK AND ARE AVAILABLE, YOU MUST ATTACH YOUR JPEG HEADSHOT (please label your picture with your name), include full name and cellular in the body of your email.

Sheree Wilson
Director of Models & Talent
Executive Assistant to Jaki Baskow
Baskow & Associates, A GEP Partner
2948 E. Russell Road
Las Vegas, NV  89120

Teens stage Bye By Birdie

Theater Events Sunday September 2, 2012

Las Vegas Little Theater (Black Box)
2 pm The Glass Mendacity $10- $15

Onyx Theater
4 pm, 7:30 pm An Evening With Kenny Kerr $20

The Smith Center (Reynolds Hall)
2 pm, 7:30 pm Wicked

Starbright Theater
2 pm Sin City Community Theater: The Happy Seniors Cruise $8


Theater Events Saturday September 1, 2012

The Box Office
8 pm Atlas Theatre: Closer

Las Vegas Little Theater (Black Box)
8 pm The Glass Mendacity $10- $15

Las Vegas Little Theater (Black Box)
8 pm Poor Richard's Players: November $11- $12

Onyx Theater
4 pm, 7:30 pm An Evening With Kenny Kerr $20

The Smith Center (Reynolds Hall)
2 pm, 7:30 pm Wicked

Starbright Theater
7 pm Sin City Community Theater: The Happy Seniors Cruise $8

Theater Events Friday July 31, 2012

The Box Office
8 pm Atlas Theatre: Closer

Erotic Heritage Museum
8 pm Comedy with Schree - In the Trenches XXX $20

Las Vegas Little Theater (Black Box)
8 pm The Glass Mendacity $10- $15

Las Vegas Little Theater (Black Box)
8 pm Poor Richard's Players: November $11- $12

The Smith Center (Reynolds Hall)
7:30 pm Wicked

Starbright Theater
7 pm Sin City Community Theater: The Happy Seniors Cruise $8

Winchester Cultural Center
6 pm The Winchester Star Catchers' Summer Recital $7


Hollywood Invades Broadway:

Which Big Stars Are Headlining on the Great White Way?

Like East Coast snowbirds heading south to Florida, Hollywood stars are prepping to make their annual trek east to the Broadway stages.

Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino are among the actors scheduled to hit the boards in high-profile plays on Broadway. Others, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Gretchen Mol will perform off-Broadway.

Their names above the title often mean the difference between box-office boom or bomb.

There are countless examples of the challenges they face, as Julia Roberts discovered in 2006 when she took on Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain." Her Broadway debut made the limited-run revival the hottest ticket in town, but the critics were brutal. Ben Brantley of the New York Times, an admitted "Juliaholic," wrote, "Your heart goes out to her when she makes her entrance in the first act and freezes with the unyielding stiffness of an industrial lamppost."

And “Entourage's" Jeremy Piven found out quickly that diva behavior would not be tolerated after dropping out of the 2008 revival of David Mamet's “Speed-the-Plow” because of "acute mercury poisoning." Despite good notices, Piven had to contend with media skeptical of his illness (attributed to excessive sushi) and more focused on his late-night antics.

Yet, there are rewards. Scarlett Johansson earned a Tony Award for her role in the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” Denzel Washington, in his third stop on Broadway, picked up a Tony in 2010 for Best Actor in August Wilson's "Fences." And just before "Amazing Spider-Man" hit movie theaters, star Andrew Garfield was nominated for his turn in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

Here’s a partial representation of who's headed for the Great White Way this season.

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Play: “The Heiress”
Where/When: Walter Kerr Theatre. Previews start Oct. 7; opens Nov. 1
Theatrical Experience: This is her Broadway debut, but she has appeared on stage in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Why We’re Psyched: Chastain exploded onto the big screen last year in “The Help” and “Tree of Life.” Now the Julliard-trained actress will take on the role that has brought great success to the likes of Olivia de Havilland, who won an Oscar for the film version of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's classic, and Cherry Jones, who picked up a Tony for the 1995 revival. Can she make Catherine Sloper, the plain-looking heiress at the center of the play, her own? Joining her on stage will be "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens, making his Broadway debut, and Broadway veteran David Strathairn.
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Play: “Glengarry Glen Ross”
Where/When: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews start Oct. 16; opens Nov. 11
Theatrical Experience: The two-time Tony winner is a Broadway veteran. He was seen last in his Tony-nominated performance in Daniel Sullivan’s 2010 production of “The Merchant of Venice.”
Why We’re Psyched: Pacino is one of the preeminent interpreters of David Mamet’s syncopated language, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1992 film version of “Glengarry.”

Robin Williams TV plans.Nielsen 'people meter' changed TV. Al Jazeera to use Soccer to increase its reach. 'The Possession' to possess box office. The good, the bad and the ugly at Repubulican Convention.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams may return to TV. (Warner Bros. / August 31, 2012)
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to do with a long weekend.
The Skinny: One thing I'll be doing this weekend is taking my cat in for his semi-annal crew cut. His haircut costs more than mine but it also looks better. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview for the holiday weekend and Robin Williams may return to television.

Daily Dose: For everyone who wants to get HBO without having to pay for cable, now you have a chance. There's only one problem. You'll have to move to Norway to do it. The pay-TV channel is launching HBO Nordic and will offer consumers the option to buy the channel as a streaming service. In the U.S. and much of the rest of the world, if you want HBO you have to have a pay-TV subscription from a cable or satellite provider.

Scary weekend. The horror film "The Possession" is projected to scare up enough viewers to take in $15 million in box office over the Labor Day weekend. However, overall attendance at the movies this weekend is what will likely really be scary. Also opening is "Lawless" starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, which will do battle with the documentary "2016: Obama's America" for second place. The bomb of the weekend will be "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure." Box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Nielsen People Meter
The Nielsen "people meter," circa 2004, changed the television industry; for one thing, it made it more difficult for network executives to be patient with shows. (Nielsen Media Research)
Instead of relying solely on the diaries that members of "Nielsen families" filled out by hand, listing the shows that they watched, the device provided a more efficient and accurate way to measure who was watching what shows and when. Diary results were always suspect because procrastinators often waited until the end of the month-long "sweeps" periods, typically November, February and May, to fill out the diaries.
But with the introduction of people meters into 2,000 homes in 1987, the networks suddenly got overnight ratings results.
The updated measurement technique made the TV business more competitive. It became more difficult for network executives to be patient with shows, allowing promising ones time to gain traction. 
The devices also accelerated the trend of advertisers zeroing in on key demographics, such as viewers 18 to 49. Shows that appealed to younger audiences became more valuable than shows that had older-skewing audiences.
Today, the Nielsen "people meter" panel has expanded to 20,000 homes, which measure the viewing habits of a sample audience of approximately 45,000 people.  Nielsen reports that more than 289.4 million Americans live in homes with TVs, and the average TV viewer consumes on average more than five hours of television per day.
While Nielsen has been slowly trying to phase out the handwritten diaries, they are still used in smaller markets, according to a Nielsen spokeswoman. "We collect more than two million paper diaries from across the country each year during sweeps," she said. 

Call my lawyer. Former News of the World lawyer Tom Crone is the latest major arrest in the British government's investigation of phone hacking and other wrongdoing at the now-shuttered tabloid paper. Crone, who spent more than a quarter of a century at the paper, is also known for contradicting James Murdoch's statements regarding how extensive hacking was at the paper. Coverage of Crone's arrest from the Wall Street Journal.

Goal! beIn Sport, a small cable network owned by Al Jazeera, has been gobbling up rights to soccer in an effort to boost its profile and beef up its reach in the United States where the sport's popularity continues to grow. But another reason beIn Sport may be spending heavily is that if the channel gets stronger, Al Jazeera could be in a position to try to use it to leverage distribution of its news channels. A look at beIN Sport from the New York Times.

Change-up. Fresh from a big new deal with ESPN, Major League Baseball is now trying to wrap up new contracts with its other distributors. However, the deals being talked about could lead to some dramatic changes in the television landscape. A look at what's being discussed from the Los Angeles Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on Clint Eastwood's improv routine at the Republican convention Thursday night.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Someone is gonna sleep with the fishes...latest Godfather Saga court battle

Paramount and children of 'Godfather' author clash in court

Mario Puzo children fighting with Paramount
The family of Mario Puzo, who died in 1999 at age 78, is fighting Paramount Pictures for the rights to the author's "Godfather" books. (Evan Kafka / Associated Press)
On Thursday, Hollywood attorney Bert Fields, who is representing the Puzo children, told a federal judge in New York that Paramount had violated its 1969 contract with Puzo when the movie studio went to court this year to prevent the May publication of a new sequel, "The Family Corleone."
The movie studio claims that Puzo's heirs lacked the rights to publish the book.
Puzo died in 1999.  Fields said the dust-up has prompted Puzo's children, a daughter and two sons, to seek termination of their dealings with Paramount, which has the exclusive right to produce movies based on the author's works.
"Paramount is in material breach, and we want to terminate their rights to stop them from making future pictures," Fields said in a phone interview after the hearing. "We want to free ourselves to make pictures at another studio."
Paramount is part of Viacom Inc., which is controlled by media mogul Sumner Redstone.
“The studio has tremendous respect and admiration for Mario Puzo, whose novel 'The Godfather' was acquired in 1969, and helped spawn one of the most celebrated film trilogies of all time," Paramount said in a written statement. "As we have said before, we have an obligation to and will protect our copyright and trademark interests.”
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan did not rule on the matter Thursday.
In March, Paramount sued Puzo's son, Anthony Puzo, who heads the author's estate, asking for a declaration that the studio owned the publishing rights to any book that was a sequel to "The Godfather." Paramount contends that it acquired those rights as part of its 1969 deal with Puzo.
The original agreement paid Puzo $50,000 and he kept book publishing rights, Fields said. The author went on to write other screenplays and was paid millions of dollars by the studio.
"Mario Puzo saved Paramount 40 years ago with 'The Godfather,' " Fields said. "He was paid $50,000 by the studio, and his works made Paramount $1 billion.  And how do they repay him? They are suing his kids."

Are sports too important to TV? Baseball is next in line to shake things up.

Major League Baseball's next TV deals could reshape landscape

The Dodgers celebrate
Baseball is working on new TV deals that could bring big changes. (Getty Images / August 30, 2012)
The next television deal Major League Baseball strikes has the potential to radically alter the media landscape.
Depending on how the talks play out, CBS could have baseball for the first time in almost two decades or Fox could acquire rights to even more games and use them to launch a cable sports channel that would look to challenge Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN.
Fox carries regular season baseball as well as a the All-Star game, one of the two league championship series and the World Series. Turner Broadcasting's TBS also carries regular season baseball, the divisional playoffs and a league championship series. Both the Fox and Turner deals are up at the end of next season and Major League Baseball wants to have a new deal in place before the end of this season.
Major League Baseball is trying to consolidate its postseason games with one rights holder. The catch is that it also wants to ensure that the World Series remains on broadcast television.
That means if TBS lands the package that includes all of the postseason, it will need a broadcast partner for at least the World Series and probably the All-Star game as well. Turner has reached out to CBS about teaming up on baseball. The two are already partners on the NCAA basketball tournament.
But CBS getting back into baseball is a long shot, people close to the situation said. Major League Baseball would want CBS to carry more than just the All-Star and World Series and that's probably a nonstarter for the Eye network.
A more likely scenario is Fox scoring more postseason baseball and using some of that along with a portion of its regular season games to finally move ahead with its oft-discussed plans to rebrand its extreme sport cable channel Fuel into a broad sports network. 
Another wild card in all these situations is how aggressive NBC will be in going after baseball. Not only would NBC like baseball for its low-profile NBC Sports Network, it probably wouldn't mind having games to put on its broadcast network as well, which is struggling.
The problem for NBC is that it is already committed to professional football on Sunday nights, which would create scheduling conflicts with postseason baseball.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball wrapped up an eight-year, $5.6-billion deal with ESPN that included additional regular season games and one playoff game.

Remington Agency no longer SAG Franchised, but still open as agency/mangers

The Remington Talent Agency

To: All SAG-AFTRA Members who are currently represented by, or previously been affiliated with, The Remington Talent Agency

From: Zino Macaluso, National Director/ Sr. Counsel, Agency Relations

Date: Aug. 30, 2012

Re: Surrender of The Remington Talent Agency – Nevada

Please note that SAG-AFTRA has accepted the surrender of The Remington Talent Agency’s SAG Franchise effective Aug. 30, 2012.

The effect of the surrender is as follows:

          No member of SAG-AFTRA may hereafter engage, use or deal through this agency.

          All contracts in force between this agency and the members of SAG-AFTRA are ipso facto and without further notice terminated except that the agency may retain and collect any commissions earned under said contracts prior to the surrender of franchise.

          Members shall not be under any obligation to pay commissions to the agent on any moneys earned by members after the termination of the agency contracts, even though such moneys are earned by members on employment contracts in existence at the date of termination of the agency contracts.

You have the right to revoke any payment authorizations which you have signed in favor of The Remington Talent Agency for SAG-covered work.  You may do this by advising each and every employer, the Residual Department of SAG-AFTRA, and payroll services of the revocation in writing.  Please be reminded that, in the event that you choose to revoke your payment authorization to The Remington Talent Agency you are not thereby relieved of the responsibility to remit the appropriate commissions due to The Remington Talent Agency.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Steve Clinton, Executive Director Las Vegas Locals at (702) 513-1520 or the National SAG-AFTRA Agency Department (323) 549-6745, if you have any outstanding questions.

Thank you.

 Zino Macaluso, National Director/ Sr. Counsel, Agency Relations

Please see below for a list of Las Vegas SAG franchised agencies:

Baskow, J &Associates
Full Service (All Ages)

2948 E. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV  89120
(702) 733-7818

Lenz Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

1591 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 733-6888

eNVy Model & Talent Agency
Full Service (All Ages)

101 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 878-7368

Best Agency
Full Service (All Ages)
5565 South Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 889-2900

Playing this weekend, feel free to add to the list... For current production see or search for "Events" or "Theater Events" for a specific date.

Playing this weekend, feel free to add to the list...

For current production see or search for "Events" or "Theater Events" for a specific date.

Hunger Games' rules DVD sales and rental charts

Jennifer Lawrence from "The Hunger Games"
Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," topping last week's DVD and Blu-Ray sales and rental charts. (Lionsgate / August 30, 2012)
Lionsgate was back on top with its "Hunger Games" last week, returning to the top of both the sales and rental charts. Newcomer "The Dictator," from Sasha Baron Cohen, made noise too, as did releases of Paramount TV shows "NCIS" and "Dexter" and Disney classics "Pocahontas" and "The Rescuers."
Below are the 10 most bought and rented DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the the U.S. last week, according to Rentrak Corp.
Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales
1. "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate). Week 2.
2. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (Universal). Week 3.
3. "The Dictator" (Paramount). Week 1.
4. "NCIS: The Ninth Season" (Paramount). Week 1.
5. "Dexter: The Sixth Season" (Paramount/Showtime). Week 2.
6. "Pocahontas/Pocahontas II" (Disney). Week 1.
7. "The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under" (Disney). Week 1.
8. "The Aristocats" (Disney). Week 1.
9. "House: Season 8" (Universal) Week 1.
10. "Glee: The Complete Third Season" (Fox). Week 2.

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray rentals
1. "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate). Week 2.
2. "The Dictator" (Paramount). Week 1.
3. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (Universal). Week 3.
4. "Bernie" (Millinnium Media Services). Week 1.
5. "Lockout" (Sony). Week 6.
6. "Freelancers" (Lionsgate). Week 1.
7. "American Reunion" (Universal). Week 7.
8. "Dexter: The Sixth Season" (Paramount). Week 2
9. "21 Jump Street" (Sony). Week 9.
10. "Silent House" (Universal). Week 5.

Dax Shepard: Hit and Run

Dax Shepard: Hit and Run
Host: Growing up in Detroit, it was customary to be exposed to, as Elvis puts it, "a certain kind of exploitation picture based on horsepower." In his new film, Hit and Run, actor Dax Shepard, who grew up in a Detroit suburb, pays tribute to those beloved car chase movies of the 70's, including Smokey and the Bandit, using his very own souped up 1967 Lincoln Continental. His real life girlfriend, Kristen Bell, is also in the film, and Shepard claims their relationship problems on screen were based on their actual relationship. Drawing so closely from his own personal experience is something that Shepard has gotten better at with time, citing his work with Parenthood creator Jason Katims as a main source of inspiration. A former addict, Shepard is frank about his fascination with the 'fallibility of humans,' and his own evolution in spite of his troubled past. He shares why he looks up to Nicholas Cage, how Tom Arnold saved his life, plus, a dead-on Owen Wilson impersonation.


Nickelodeon house cleaning! Guggenheim eyes Dick Clark Productions. For radio personality producing a movie was a real challenge. Spielberg has partial split with Disney.

Dora the Explorer
Nickelodeon, home of "Dora the Explorer," is making executive changes. (Nickelodeon)

After the coffee. Before figuring out whether if I act like Charlie Sheen I can get his job security.

The Skinny: FX gave an order for 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management." That's not a typo. Thursday's headlines include some big executive changes at Nickelodeon and Fox, and Dick Clark Productions may have a buyer. Otherwise, it is pretty slow as most of Hollywood is on vacation this week.

Daily Dose: Over the last few months, ABC, NBCand Fox have all gotten new program planning chiefs. But the musical chairs among schedulers isn't over yet. NBC, which wooed ABC's longtime scheduling chief Jeff Bader, is now looking for a No. 2 who will handle day-to-day management of the schedule while Bader focuses on long-term strategy. ABC, meanwhile, filled Bader's position with Andy Kubitz, the No. 2 at CBS, which promptly promoted Noriko Gee, its No. 3 scheduling executive, to No. 2.

DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider at the premiere of "Cowboys and Aliens."
DreamWorks Studios, led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, will no longer release its movies overseas through Walt Disney Studios. (Alex Berliner)

Walt Disney Studios will no longer release movies from its partner DreamWorks Studios everywhere around the world.

The two companies have renegotiated their longstanding agreement. Going forward, Disney will release movies produced by DreamWorks, the independent studio led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider that made "War Horse" and "The Help," in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, and most of Asia.

DreamWorks has signed a deal with Mister Smith Entertainment, a new company headed by Summitt Entertainment co-founder David Garrett, to handle sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Mister Smith (whose name was inspired by the Frank Capra classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") will pre-sell foreign distribution rights to upcoming DreamWorks productions such as "Need for Speed," based on the car racing video game, and an untitled comedy from French-Canadian filmmaker and comedian Ken Scott, to local distributors in each foreign country.

That arrangement, which is commonly used by other independent studios such as Lionsgate and Relativity Media, will give DreamWorks more money for production, as the foreign partners will pay a guaranteed amount of money up front for the rights to release films.

Previously, DreamWorks fully financed its movies and then received all of the foreign box office receipts, minus a fee paid to Disney.

After several high-profile flops last year, such as "Cowboys & Aliens" and "I Am Number Four," and a new financing deal with backer Reliance Entertainment in April, DreamWorks' financial resources have been significantly decreased. The new international arrangement is thus a critical component of the studio's ability to continue making movies.

Mister Smith will not be involved in the release of upcoming DreamWorks movies "Lincoln" and "Robopocalypse," both directed by Spielberg. 20th Century Fox co-financed those films and will release them overseas.

Garrett, a former president of Summit's international unit, launched Mister Smith at the Cannes Film Festival in May together with backer Constantin Film.

Christopher J. Dodd
MPAA Chairman Christopher J. Dodd

Rare praise for Republicans from Democrat Christopher J. Dodd. Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut and now Hollywood's point person in Washington, had some rare kind words for Republicans.

Dodd, chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying group, praised the GOP's statements on intellectual property and Internet freedom during its convention in Tampa, Fla.

"The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart balance: it emphasizes the importance of us doing more as a nation to protect our intellectual property from online theft while underscoring the critical importance of protecting Internet freedom,'' Dodd said in a statement. "I agree wholeheartedly with my friends in the Republican Party that we must protect the free flow of information on the internet while also protecting American innovators. It is imperative to our national economy and our national identity that we protect an Internet that works for everyone."

Fighting piracy has been a top priority in Hollywood, where filmmakers often complain about the blatant theft of movies and TV shows from Internet sites, many of them registered overseas.

But the MPAA's efforts to enact tougher anti-piracy laws aimed at foreign websites badly misfired in January after Internet giants, including Google and Wikipedia, led a fierce online campaign to defeat the proposed Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), viewing them as an excessive intrusion on Internet freedom.

In a concession to movie studios, music labels and television companies, Google announced earlier this month that it would tweak its search engine to penalize websites suspected of hosting pirated music, videos, games and other copyrighted content.

And then there was one. Private equity firm Guggenheim Partners is looking like the leading candidate to acquire Dick Clark Productions. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim is now in exclusive negotiations with Red Zone Capital, the private equity firm headed by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder that is the majority owner of Dick Clark Productions. Others that were circling the company included CBS, Core Media Group and Ryan Seacrest.

Earley to rise. Fox Broadcasting has promoted its longtime marketing and public relations chief Joe Earley to chief operating officer, which is a new position for the network. In essence, Earley will be the No. 2to Fox's entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. Earley has been with Fox for almost 20 years, starting as publicist on "The Simpsons."  More on Earley from Variety.

Howard Stern
Howard Stern's radio programs are among the crown jewels of SiriusXM's lineup. (Mark Seliger / NBC)

Liberty Media has raised its stake in SiriusXM Radio to 48.8%, bringing the Englewood, Colo., media company closer to majority control of the New York satellite radio company.

The increase in ownership, from 48.1%, was reported in a regulatory filing late Tuesday by SiriusXM.

Liberty's steady march toward full control of SiriusXM is not surprising. The company has publicly stated its intent to acquire a majority share of SiriusXM and is now attempting to follow through with its promise.

When Liberty crosses the 50% threshold, it will need to apply for a transfer of operating licenses from the Federal Communications Commission to fully take control of SiriusXM.

Liberty had tried, and failed, to obtain those licenses in March, when it had 40% of SiriusXM's stock. The FCC responded that Liberty needed to have at least a majority share.

A media and entertainment conglomerate, Liberty owns Starz, a digital pay-TV company, and the Atlanta Braves baseball team, and it holds shares in Barnes & Noble, Time Warner, Viacom and Live Nation Entertainment, among other companies. SiriusXM was formed in 2008 with the merger of two struggling satellite radio companies -- Sirius and XM Radio.

Once on the verge of bankruptcy, SiriusXM has become a cash machine in recent years. It posted a $427-million profit last year, up tenfold from 2010. Revenue of $3 billion was up 7% from 2010, thanks to a steadily growing number of subscribers. SiriusXM currently has 23 million customers who pay anywhere from $8 to $18 a month for access to its 140 specialty radio channels.

Liberty's executives have said they plan to combine SiriusXM with another property, likely its Starz pay-TV business, and spin the combined entity off as a separate company in order to avoid paying taxes for acquiring SiriusXM.
'Sleepwalk With Me'
Host and exectutive producer of "This American Life," Ira Glass, left, produced comedian Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk With Me." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / August 30, 2012)
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Radio host Ira Glass ("This American Life") learns that producing a movie is no walk in the park.

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