Mark Madler

Staff Reporter (Technology, Entertainment)

Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment, banking & finance and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006.

Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

He can be reached at (818) 316-3126, or by email: mmadler@sfvbj.com.

Email: mmadler@sfvbj.com
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Recent Stories

Disney’s Layoffs Grow to 32,000

Walt Disney Co. plans to lay off about 32,000 employees in the coming months – 4,000 more than previously announced – due to government ordered lockdowns, according to a filing late Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Saalex Supports Fully Operational Space X Mission

Saalex Solutions supported the first fully operational mission for Space X and its Crew Dragon spacecraft that docked this month at the International Space Station.

PS Business Parks Finds Tenants ‘Doing Fine’

REAL ESTATE: Big lease improves industrial REIT’s third quarter.

PS Business Parks recruits a major tenant to improve third quarter earnings.

Furniture for R&D

BIOTECH: Hanson Lab Solutions makes cabinetry and counters for life science research facilities.

A boom in life sciences means a lot of new work for Camarillo builder.

Market Scan, GM to Better Car Buying

Camarillo firm to work on ‘Shop. Click. Drive’ platform.

Market Scan Information Systems Inc. announced this month it would integrate its software with General Motors Co.’s “Shop. Click. Drive” digital retailing platform.

Is Prop 22 the Demise of AB 5?

LAW: Valley business groups talk of rewrite, maybe repeal.

Will passage of ballot measure Prop 22 spell the demise for state law that says who is – and isn’t – an employee?

GeoLinks to Grow by Private Equity Capital

Internet provider to scale up network geographically.

GeoLinks secured a minority investment from a group led by Rock Mountain Capital, a private equity firm in New York specializing in the consumer goods, leisure and entertainment, and technology, media and telecom companies.

Car Lots Sold

AUTOMOTIVE: Keyes trades nine dealerships, sign of larger consolidation in the industry.

Keyes Motors in Van Nuys sells off nine dealerships to Oregon’s Lithia Motors.

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Keyes sells nine auto dealerships and its name.

LA North Studios to Open Soundstage Hub in Santa Clarita

LA North Studios has signed a five-year lease to take more than 113,000 square feet at The Center at Needham Ranch in Santa Clarita.

Collaborative Seeks to Assists Ventura County Manufacturers

The Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County has partnered with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting to provide services to manufacturers.

Warner Center Designated Transportation Innovation Zone

Warner Center has been designed as the first Transportation Technology Innovation Zone in Los Angeles.

Quarterly Revenue Eludes Netsol, Tix Corp.

Netsol Technologies Inc. fell short of revenue projections, while Tix Corp. reported zero revenue for the quarter.

Teledyne Wins $85 Million Contract for NASA’s Moon Missions

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has been awarded an $85 million contract to supply two launch vehicle stage adapters for NASA’s Artemis moon missions.

Disney Beats Expectations With $710 Million Loss

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Warner Begins Another Big Round of Layoffs

WarnerMedia began a second round of layoffs on Tuesday, as outlined in a memo sent to employees by the chief executive.

Nine Keyes Auto Dealerships Sold

Keyes Automotive Group has sold off nine of its dealerships to Lithia Motors Inc., a Medford, Ore.-based publicly traded auto dealer.

Valley Companies Benefit From Vaccine Rally on Wall Street

The stock market hit record highs Monday due to pharmaceutical companies reporting a breakthrough in a coronavirus vaccine.

How to Sell Drones to Hollywood

How to Sell Drones to Hollywood

Unmanned photography firm teams with lens rental service.

ISSquared

ISSquared

Information technology firm ISSquared is a on roll this year when it comes to growth.

Valley Festival Takes Viewers to the Drive-In

Three-weekend event will debut comedy ‘Take Me to Tarzana’ and 21 other projects filmed in the region.

The Valley Film Festival wants to take you for a drive.

Freight Right Global Logistics Inc.

Freight Right Global Logistics Inc.

Freight Right Global Logistics Inc.’s business model brings technology to the commercial transportation sector.

Salem Outperforms During Down Year for Radio

MEDIA: Block time sales provide revenue stability in midst of industry slump. By MARK R. MADLER Staff Reporter Salem Media Group Inc. outperformed its industry in terms of broadcast revenue in the se

Salem Media Group Inc. outperformed its industry in terms of broadcast revenue in the second quarter, according to executives with the Camarillo Christian and politically conservative radio broadcaster, publisher and online content provider.

New Spanish News Stream From Estrella

Television and radio network launches service on Tubi.

Estrella Media has expanded its news content beyond its established television and radio platforms and has launched its news channel on all major streaming and online services.

Top Growers

For companies focused on expansion, it’s time to re-examine the business model.

This year’s Fastest Growing Private Companies list reveals the diversity of the San Fernando Valley region’s economy.

Disqo

Disqo

Disqo provides companies with market research from its website Survey Junkie. So far Disqo has analyzed more than 40 million surveys.

Disney to Cut 300 Jobs at ESPN, Other Divisions

Disney is cutting about 500 jobs from its sports network ESPN as cost pressures from the coronavirus outbreak accelerate the company’s move into streaming.

Tutor Reports Big Quarter but Stock Hammered

Tutor Perini Corp. handily beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue for the third quarter, but the Sylmar construction firm saw its share price drop.

ServiceTitan Partner to Finance Home Improvement Projects

Software developer ServiceTitan has partnered with Service Finance Co. to provide financing solutions to home improvement contractors.

Fourth-Generation Family Member to Lead Bobrick Washroom Equipment

Matthew Louchheim has been named president of Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., the fourth generation to lead the family-owned company.

Marvell Technology to Buy Inphi in $10 Billion Deal

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. is acquiring Inphi Corp., the San Jose semiconductor manufacturer that got its start in the Conejo Valley

Gulfstream to Relocate Employees to Van Nuys Airport

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will move jobs to Van Nuys Airport from Long Beach as part of a streamlining and modernizing of its customer service.

Bankers Recall ‘Chaotic’ Rollout of PPP Lending

LIST: Rule changes, safety of employees and clients among top challenges.

“It was chaotic to say the least.” That was how Tamara Gurney, chief executive of Mission Valley Bank, summarized the process of giving out Payroll Protection Program loans to small businesses.

Sector Deals With COVID Ups, Downs

Banker sees busy time for plastics, food, beverages.

As a senior vice president at Bank of America for an area that includes the San Fernando Valley, Redonna Carpenter-Woods keeps a close eye on manufacturing companies.

Grow Lights Cuts Costs for Cannabis

Canoga Park company debuts MegaDrive LED system.

Lighting systems manufacturer California LightWorks introduced this month a new professional grow light system that reduces both upfront and long-term operating costs for cannabis and other indoor growers.

Video on Buildings

MARKETING: Projected images tell brand stories for clients of Paintscaping.

Woodland Hills firm PaintScaping goes from rocks to rockets with its 3D projection technology.

Avantus’ Buying Spree Fixes on Fastener Firms

Aviation company makes three strategic acquisitions.

Avantus Aerospace in Santa Clarita assembling a fastener division to compete against rivals.

Looming CEO Change Doesn’t Slow BlackLine

FINANCE: Analysts praise Tucker’s management style for the transition.

Looming leadership change doesn’t slow BlackLine Inc as share price flirts with $100.

Masten Space Systems Awarded Two NASA Research Projects

Masten Space Systems has been chosen by NASA to receive two Tipping Point awards as part of the space agency’s Artemis mission to return to the moon by 2024.

Beyond Limits Partners With Houston Consulting Firm

Artificial intelligence company Beyond Limits has signed on as a partner with a Houston consulting firm.

Zest of Burbank Gets Big Investment

Fintech company Zest AI received a $15 million investment from Insight Partners, a global software investor, the company announced on Tuesday.

Teledyne Beats on Earnings but Stock Drops

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings for the third quarter but missed on revenue. Its stock tumbled more than 3 percent.

Montrose Man Pleads Not Guilty in Adult Website Investment Plot

A Montrose man pleaded not guilty to a charge of wire fraud for allegedly defrauding investors out of more than $1 million through an adult entertainment website scam.

Teledyne Instruments to Land on Asteroid

Instruments from Teledyne Technologies Inc. are aboard a NASA spacecraft that is scheduled to land on an asteroid.

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Cinedigm to Acquire Film Detective

Cinedigm Corp. has agreed to acquire Film Detective, a competing content distributor and streaming channel company.

Tix Corp. Begins Strategic Review, Possible Sale

Tix Corp. plans to begin a review of its strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company

Peter Roth to Leave Warner Bros.

Peter Roth, the longtime Warner Bros. Television executive who oversaw a strategic transformation of the studio’s television operations, will step down from the position early next year.

AeroVironment Partners to Improve Encryption of Drone Communications

AeroVironment Inc. has partnered with communications company Viasat Inc. to provide one of its drones with a highly secure communications network.

Location Filming Declines by Half in Third Quarter

On-location filming dropped by more than 50 percent in the third quarter, with reality television showing the only bright spot.

Record Flight for Electric Airplane at Camarillo Airport

A hybrid-electric powered aircraft developed by Ampaire and launched from Camarillo Airport completed the longest flight to date for an airplane employing electric propulsion.

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