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: email@example.com.
Phone: 818-316-3126 Extension: 117
On-location filming dropped last year compared to the prior year, despite increases in television comedies and web-based content.
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against Tejon Ranch Co. and Kern County over the County Board of Supervisors’ re-approval of Grapevine at Tejon Ranch, a master planned residential community.
A New York electronics distributor has acquired Whitmor/Wirenetics, a provider of high-performance wire, cable and tubing in Valencia.
Platinum Equity has closed its acquisition of Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $1.9 billion.
A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired software and hardware developer OakGate Technologies Inc.
A New Jersey alternate lender has acquired the merchant portfolio of Infinity Capital Funding, a San Fernando Valley firm providing loans and cash advances to small businesses.
Loomly reports triple-digit growth with remote workers.
Marketing collaboration software developer Loomly finished up last year with triple-digit growth and revenue surpassing $2 million.
INVESTMENTS: Election year, volatility pose challenges that technology can’t address.
In 2020, Christopher Lamia expects volatility in capital markets, which will directly impact his business as a financial advisor.
Most CFOs live in fear of investigators’ findings.
FloQast, the Van Nuys accounting software developer, released the results of a survey last month that showed audits are becoming more costly and burdensome for companies of all sizes.
LIST: My Gym stores come in three models, based on investment and location.
In the early 1990s, when he was considering starting to franchise locations of his children’s fitness center My Gym, Corey Bertisch was surprised at the number of people who wanted to get involved.
MyProtectionHero has insurance, management articles.
A team of entrepreneurs has created a new website to provide information to employees about worker benefits.
MANUFACTURING: Burbank site renovated to augment research.
PPG Industries Inc. last month completed upgrades at its aerospace research and technology center in Burbank.
A Newport Beach investment holding company plans to acquire two securities broker dealer firms in the San Fernando Valley.
Capstone Turbine Corp. received a follow-on order for one of its microturbines from the National Science Foundation for use at its McMurdo research station in Antarctica.
The receiver for automotive dealership Sage Group has filed a lawsuit alleging that Japanese automaker Nissan concealed a corrupt relationship between it and an auto group that bought dealerships from Sage in Universal City and Glendale.
Tix Corp. announced Friday the resignation of David Saxe as a member of the board of directors, effective Dec. 16.
Cinedigm Corp. announced Thursday its intention to buy a 29 percent stake in a Chinese film and video production company.
Graham Younger has been named chief commercial officer at entertainment accounting firm Cast & Crew.
LIST: Revenue growth comes from geographic expansion, new products.
The San Fernando Valley has a diverse group of large private companies, ranging from a tool retailer to a trade journal publisher, from car dealerships to transportation logistics.
SPORTS: Major League Baseball plans to cut affiliation with 42 farm teams, including the Lancaster JetHawks.
Lancaster JetHawks among 42 minor league teams on chopping block.
Completion of the Conejo Spectrum industrial park last year marked the first new state-of-the-art industrial project of significant size in Ventura County or the San Fernando Valley in 15 years.
Asgn Inc. made two major acquisitions this year that expanded the company’s capabilities to serve federal government agencies and in digital innovation to enterprise clients.
Founder passes away, leaving son to run the business.
Family-owned companies often consider succession planning critical to the success of the business.
Burbank associ ation honors post-production firm FuseFX.
FuseFX came away a winner at the Hollywood Professional Association’s annual awards show last month.
Rebranding campaign includes mission statement.
More than 500 employees of Warner Bros. Studios gathered last month to see the unveiling of the new logo on the water tower at the studio lot.
GOVERNANCE: Most companies in Valley have a woman at the table.
Valley doing OK as deadline nears for diversity on public boards.
Capstone Turbine Corp. announced Friday that Frederick Hencken III has been appointed as chief financial officer.
A helicopter operated for KABC-TV Channel 7 in Glendale was possibly hit by a drone Wednesday night and made a precautionary landing.
ServiceTitan has acquired WaterSoftWare, a business management services firm for the water treatment industry.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez was elected Tuesday as the new president of the City Council.
Edwards Federal Credit Union broke ground this month on its new flagship branch and administration building in Palmdale.
Capstone Turbine Corp. has appointed Denise Wilson to its board of directors.
Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. missed on Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings and revenue in what may be its final quarter as a public company.
A Camarillo promotional products company is shutting down its operation in Ventura County, resulting in the loss of 145 jobs.
Digital real estate brokerage Rex has raised $40 million in a Series C funding.
AeroVironment Inc. will pay a $500,000 penalty after reaching a two-year settlement agreement with the U.S. State Department over alleged export violations of defense equipment, including technical data.
TRANSPORTATION: The Rhaegal could land a 1,000 pound cargo payload in your backyard.
Sabrewing to test air cargo drone with 1,000-pound capacity in Antelope Valley.
Beyond Limits to benefit from expertise during scale-up phase.
In the venture capital business, it is not unusual for someone from an investment firm to go work at one of the companies in its portfolio.
InVia program update to increase efficiency of logistics operations.
InVia in Westlake Village updates software for warehouse picker machines.
Faye Business Systems to target mid-size firms with CRM product.
Faye Business Systems Group has merged with Intelestream, a Chicago technology product development and consulting firm.
Galpin Auto Sports was among the exhibitors taking part in Automobility LA this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the conference of transportation professionals and news media that precedes the Los Angeles Auto Show.
NetSol Technologies Inc. has appointed Chris Mobley as the new head of its NFS Ascent Wholesale operation in Europe.
A division of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received a contract to supply seismic source controllers to PGS ASA, a Norwegian marine geophysical company.
AeroVironment Inc. has received a $12 million contract from a Middle Eastern country to supply spare parts, repair services and logistics support for an existing fleet of Puma and Raven unmanned aircraft.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has ordered 130 electric buses from BYD Motors Ltd., the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer.
Qualstar Corp. announced Thursday it has developed a prototype enterprise class library product with Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
AeroVironment Inc. received a U.S. Army contact valued at up to $55 million to modify radio frequency communications for one of its unmanned aircraft systems.
NetSol Technologies Inc. missed Wall Street expectations, while Interlink Electronics Inc. saw an increase in revenue and earnings in the third quarter.