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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Los Angeles Times story on Friday confirmed what has long been rumored: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Westfield Group wanted to bring a minor league baseball team to the San Fernando Valley only to have that notion quashed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Human resources technology company CareerArc has expanded its leadership team with several new hires.
Walt Disney Co. has started layoffs at its studio operations and those of 20th Century Fox, according to media reports.
Sinclair Printing will eliminate 114 positions as it closes its Palmdale facility to consolidate its operations in California.
A coalition of tech companies and venture capital firms is starting an internship program this summer to address the lack of minorities in the tech industry.
AEROSPACE: Analyst sees year of heavy investment followed by benefits.
Wesco Aircraft plan leads to higher revenues.
TECHNOLOGY: Warehouses integrate humans, automation.
Ecommerce gravitates to robot maker.
MANUFACTURING: As chains upgrade, furniture maker caters to travelers’ contemporary tastes.
Carson Norcross builds luxury hotel furniture.
NoHo firm splits business knowing ‘carve-outs can be challenging.’
Virgin Galactic will move its spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave Air & Space Port to New Mexico starting this month.
The owners of AMS Fulfillment have sold a majority stake in the ecommerce warehousing and fulfillment business to private equity firm Fort Point Capital.
BlackLine Inc. will open an office next month in Pleasanton to tap into the resources of the tech scene in Silicon Valley.
DataDirect Networks will acquire Nexenta, a software-defined data storage company serving 5G and Internet of Things markets.
Both Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. and BlackLine Inc. beat Wall Street estimates for the second quarter.
AeroVironment Inc. plans to create a New England Innovation Center near Boston, the first such engineering center by the company outside of California.
Information technology firm ISSquared Inc. has acquired a similar company to extend its reach in the western United States.
Walt Disney Co. broke box office records over the weekend with its latest Marvel film, “Avengers: Endgame.”
HOUSING: Analyst predicts 5 percent increase in funds from operations this year.
Economics help American Homes 4 Rent.
The Valley still hosts adult entertainment, but productions are faster, simpler and designed for online distribution.
Adult content production remains in Valley.
DISTRIBUTION: Firm handled all Grammy-nominated laugh tracks last year.
Comedy Dynamics believes in standup.
Harbor Freight Tools is shutting down its Camarillo distribution center, resulting in the loss of 51 jobs.
Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. are in discussions over the future of streaming site Hulu, according to media reports.
Avery Dennison Corp. reported mixed results for the first quarter, while Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue.
US Nuclear Corp. has acquired a stake in a company to manufacture its thermonuclear fusion power generator, a development that sent its shares higher.
With its technology in demand and VC firms eager to invest, ServiceTitan must manage growth on multiple fronts.
ServiceTitan leaders manage on the run.
Thor Trucks Inc. has rebranded itself as Xos and will expand its product offering beyond just trucks, the company announced.
On-location filming of feature movies, television series and commercials was down in the first quarter.
San Fernando Valley resident and public relations veteran Marty Cooper is the new chairman of the board at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Stratolaunch Systems Corp. flew for the first time on Saturday the world’s largest all-composite aircraft.
Macy Neshati, a former executive at electric bus maker BYD Motors, now heads green-oriented Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
AeroVironment hopes work on a NASA helicopter bound for the red planet will impress potential customers and employees.
AeroVironment makes parts headed for Mars.
AEROSPACE: Stratasys plans to push the boundaries of metal printing technology.
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has expanded its additive metals offering with the purchase of a Velo3D Inc. Sapphire 3D printing system.
TRANSPORTATION: Last-mile option works with public transit.
Scooters make first appearance in the Valley.
RESTAURANTS: CEO credits menu, marketing for 14 percent annual gain.
Delivery sales take off for Cheesecake Factory.
Shares in Walt Disney Co. surged Friday a day after the company announced the start date of its new streaming service and its future streaming plans.
Semtech Corp. is supplying its long-range, low-power technology to sensors for a French aerospace company to track its parts.
Saalex Corp. announced that it is hiring more than 50 new employees in engineering and analyst positions.
Really Great Employee Benefits has acquired the assets, employees and clients of JorgensenHR.
Semtech Corp. and PS Business Parks have been added to the S&P MidCap 400 index.
Software-as-a-service firm Vroozi Inc. has named tech industry veteran Joseph Fox as its new chief executive.
Alex Guerrero has been named the new president of small business lender Valley Economic Development Center.
American Airlines has renewed daily service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting this week.
Walt Disney Co. will help fund a program to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
US Nuclear Corp. is now offering chemical detectors and bacterial or viral collection filters on flying drones, news which the company’s stock up more than 38 percent Monday.
FILM: NoHo production company plans summer shoot for ‘Happy’ script.
North Hollywood producers option YA novels.
Disney’s purchase of Fox’s movie and television assets supports the Burbank company’s goal of competing online.
Disney grows bigger with close of Fox deal.
MEDIA: Broadcaster willing to shed non-core assets for the right price.
Salem Media sells assets to reduce debt.
A helicopter bound for Mars completed test flights in a vacuum chamber at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada-Flintridge.