San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Nonprofit SBA Lender Hires President

Miguel Angel Juárez has been named president and executive director of Golden State Certified Development Corp., the nonprofit announced Friday.

Disney Board Extends Iger Contract

Walt Disney Co.’s board of directors on Thursday extended for an additional year the contract with Chief Executive Robert Iger.

Teledyne’s Jupiter Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $10 million contract from a French space agency to provide detectors and other electronics for a mission to Jupiter launching in 2022.

Machinima Names GM

Video game and comics fan website Machinima has named Russell Arons as general manager to replace the outgoing chief executive.

Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region manufacturers join apprentice program to train employees for skilled positions.

Apprenticeships return through a coalition of Goodwill, community colleges, government and businesses.

Music Makes Ditty Deals for App Firm

TMZ, RealNetworks sign up to use Zya’s singing software.

Cell phone ringbacks return with Zya’s new app.

Legendary, Warner Bros. Join for One Last ‘Kong’

FILM: Monkey movie enjoys huge opening weekend with $146 million at box office.

Warner Bros. Studio is back in business with Legendary Entertainment, and while it’s just for a single movie, it’s a big one.

N.Y.-Burbank Route Raises New Airline

All-you-can-fly deals start at $25,000 for annual membership.

Flying Burbank to New York? Jet Club offers a charter for that.

Answer Financial Signs Lending Tree Deal

Insurance brokerage Answer Financial has formed a partnership with online loan company LendingTree to provide its insurance comparison platform.

Revenue Decline Pulls Qualstar Lower

Pricing pressure for its data storage equipment contributed to Qualstar Corp.’s declining revenue in the fourth quarter, which drop its share price more than 12 percent Friday.

Preview: Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region companies have signed up for a manufacturing apprentice program.

Jetpack Maker Lands Partner

A Van Nuys company developing a vertical take-off and landing jetpack has signed an agreement with Georgia Tech to design and build the device for military use.

Real Industry Reports $80 Million Loss

Real Industry Inc. significantly widened its net loss in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago.

French Firm Buys Stake in H2Scan

French engineering services company Altran Technologies SA has taken a minority stake in H2Scan, a developer of hydrogen sensors.

California Recycling Secures Torrance Contract

California Recycling Inc. has signed a multi-year contract to provide data shredding and destruction and recycling for the city of Torrance.

Earnings: B. Riley, ImmunoCellular, Second Sight, MRV

Roundup of quarterly reports from Valley companies.

Disney Shareholders Back Board

Walt Disney Co. shareholders on Wednesday re-elected all the company’s directors who were up to be returned to the board.

Semtech Beats Analyst Expectations

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter.

Reports: Top Wells Fargo Execs Leave Bank

The two Wells Fargo regional presidents serving the greater San Fernando Valley area have left the bank, according to media reports.


Mike Lipe, Lipe Guitars USA


Mike Pinter, Pinter Instruments

SPECIAL REPORT: Working on Six Strings

Whether they ply their craft in an old warehouse, garage or workshop, custom guitar manufacturers love to call the Valley region home.

Spotlight on the Valley’s custom guitar manufacturers.

SPECIAL REPORT: Michael Ciravolo

Michael Ciravolo, Schecter Guitar Research.

New Terminal Underway for Burbank Airport

CONSTRUCTION: Do travelers want stairs for boarding flights or modern jetway?

Hollywood Burbank Airport has started soil testing at the site of a proposed new terminal building.

Preview: Working on Six Strings

Before musicians take to the stage, they need an instrument to play. That’s where Tish Ciravolo and entrepreneurs like her come in.

Report: Iger Considers Run for White House

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger is considering a run for the presidency, according to media reports.

Clay Lacy Secures Short-Term Airport Lease

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday approved a short-term lease for Clay Lacy Aviation Inc. to occupy a building at Van Nuys Airport while a new tenant is sought to redevelop the site.

Semtech Debuts Multiple Device Charger

Semtech Corp. unveiled an advanced version of its wireless charging product that can charge multiple mobile devices at the same time with just a single transmitter.

Glendale Credit Union Completes Merger

California Credit Union will merge effective Wednesday with North Island Credit Union to serve Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Calabasas Firm Contributes to Singing App

Music technology developer Zya Inc. has partnered with the company that invented the ringback tone to power a new mobile app.

AwesomenessTV CEO Steps Down

Brian Robbins is stepping down as chief executive of AwesomenessTV, the multi-channel media company that is part of Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation, according to media reports.

Crednology Company Signs E-Waste Contract

A subsidiary of Crednology Holding Corp. entered into an agreement with a Conejo Valley school district to provide e-waste collection services.

Wilk Sponsors Bill to Combine Water Agencies

State Senator Scott Wilk has introduced legislation to consolidate the two water agencies serving the Santa Clarita Valley.

Confluence in Santa Clarita

UTILITIES: With backing from business groups, water districts plan merger to reduce costs.

Reducing redundancies is one reason business groups support merging two Santa Clarita water districts.

Oasis Software Provides Answer to Ransomware

SECURITY: Titan program stops hacker encryption to foil extortion schemes.

Oasis Technology has added a new feature to its Titan security software to prevent ransomware attacks.

Blow a Tune on That Gold Bar

MUSIC: Phil Sardo has passion for high-end harmonicas.

Making the music of harmonicas in Sherman Oaks.

Site Seeking Donors for Debt Relief

Students can harness social media to pay down school loans.

Crowdfunding students pay down debt with new website.

Latino Showman

Lenard Liberman says Hispanic television must evolve with the audience, a strategy he implements in his Burbank studio.

Lenard Liberman offers an inside view of Hispanic TV.

BYD to Install Streetlights in Lancaster

The Lancaster City Council voted on Tuesday to give a $2.9 million contract to BYD Energy to transition its streetlights to LEDs by the end of the year.

Entertainment Accounting Firms Merge

Bernstein Business Management Group will join Armanino LLP, an independent accounting and business consultancy effective March 1.

Universal Buys into Spielberg’s Amblin

Universal Filmed Entertainment has taken a minority stake in the film and television production company headed up by Steven Spielberg.

Canoga Park Firm Branches into China

US Nuclear Corp. has opened an office in Beijing to better pursue opportunities to sell its air and water monitoring products in that country.

Valley Studios Win Film Tax Credits

The California Film Commission selected 22 feature films to receive tax credits from the state’s expanded production incentive program.

Disney Beats Estimates on Earnings, Misses on Revenue

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings for the fiscal first quarter but fell short in revenue projections.

Wesco Falls Short in Quarter

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. missed analyst expectations on earnings and revenue for the fiscal first quarter.

Report: Iger May Stay Longer at Disney

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger may extend his stay as head of the company, according to media reports.

BYD Workers Choose Union Representation

Employees at BYD Motors Inc. in Lancaster voted to recognize the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers as their representative in negotiations with the company.

Taitron Declares First Dividend

Taitron Components Inc. will begin issuing this month its first ever dividend for shareholders, the company announced.

Keysight Technologies to Pay $1.6 Billion for Ixia

ACQUISITION: Analyst calls combo of telecom firms ‘a predictable outcome.’

Ixia’s telecom network testing products attracts buyer in Keysight Technologies.

Mall Enthralls Television Series’ Location Scouts

PRODUCTION: Van Nuys firm sells showrunners on filming in retail settings.

Location service Real to Reel Inc. has discovered a star venue where eager producers want to film.


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