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
Avantus Aerospace has sold two of its structural composite companies to an Arizona private equity firm.
Burbank firm’s president talks about global expansion.
Ghost VFX, a visual effects house with a location in Burbank, announced this month that Patrick Davenport has been appointed as president as part of a strategic expansion.
Fast-changing EV technology means no estimates for clients.
A look at three electric vehicle companies in the greater Valley area.
Three-wheel EV can handle freeway driving for only $18,500.
Climbing into the Solo, a single-occupant vehicle from Canadian electric car manufacturer ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., feels exactly like getting into any type of car, said Kevin Pavlov, the chief executive.
REGULATION: Metal shredders ask for federal oversight.
State agency wants to make a change that recyclers say will drive them out of business.
Joint venture lines up to buy 5,000 vehicles over five years.
Early this month, BYD Motors Inc. announced a collaboration with a new San Diego-based joint venture, Levo Mobility, to integrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology into 5,000 vehicles over the next five years.
Associaton gives lifetime award to Darcy Antonellis.
The Hollywood Professional Association will recognize a former Warner Bros. Entertainment executive with its lifetime achievement award.
Six Flags Magic Mountain announced this week plans to build its 20th roller coaster called Wonder Woman Flight of Courage.
Capstone Green Energy Corp. announced this week it received an order for a three-bay microturbine system from a natural gas utility company in Colombia.
On-location filming was up in the third quarter, netting the third-highest total for any quarter on record, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmLA.
Walt Disney Co. is delaying the release of five upcoming Marvel superhero films and the next installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise.
Walt Disney Co. is looking to spin off its lucrative ESPN sports network, according to a media report.
Teledyne Flir announced the launch of its ION M640X tactical quadcopter drone.
Feedback on leaks can save 5,000 gallons a day.
Sensors from Camarillo company save water at Los Angeles senior complex.
Rocket engines will ‘return astronauts to the Moon.’
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. received a contract to build the main engine for the Orion spacecraft that will explore deep space.
AGRIBUSINESS: Facility switches to massive cannabis farm.
Glass House Brands Inc. buys Camarillo area farm to grow marijuana.
Oscar Urrutia loves the Valley so much, he made it a business.
Oscar Urrutia spent 15 years working at hotels in the Los Angeles market before starting My Valley Pass, the tourism and visitor’s bureau for the San Fernando Valley.
Marco Manriquez decided to stop working for other people.
Six Hispanic businesspeople from the greater Valley area tell their stories.
While seeking relief from mass shooting trauma, Claudia Chaverra found business opportunity.
Claudia Chaverra, owner of Your CBD Store in Northridge, was inspired to open her business after CBD products helped relieve her symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
ENERGY: Oil producer will ‘recycle capital’ to core fields.
Valencia oil and gas company sells off its Ventura basin wells.
Five B-21 stealth planes prepare for flight testing.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is building five next-generation stealth bombers at its plant in Palmdale, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said on Sept. 20.
Former head of CRC gets $500 million from Kayne Anderson.
Former California Resources Corp. chief executive creates a startup to develop oil, gas assets.
Stratolaunch, the aerospace company that built the world’s largest airplane, has added a former Pentagon official to its technical advisory group.
Cosmetic Specialties International has been acquired by Airlite Plastics, a Nebraska packaging manufacturer.
Walt Disney Co. and actress Scarlett Johansson have agreed to settle her lawsuit filed against the company over claims of breach of contract connected with her performance in the film “Black Widow,” according to media reports.
Universal Studios Hollywood will begin on Oct. 7 asking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all guests ages 12 and up.
NetSol Technologies Inc. emerged from its recently completed 2021 fiscal year stronger than before, according to its chief executive, sparking a double-digit gain in share price.
Netflix Inc. has acquired Night School Studio, an independent video game developer.
US Nuclear Corp. has provided an investor update on the operations of its new startup subsidiary, Cali From Above.
The Southern California Gas Co. on Monday announced that several agreements have been reached that are expected to resolve substantially all civil litigation against SoCalGas from the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility leak.
Founder thinks medium has Hollywood potential.
Burbank businessowner Ryan Moore starts festival for immersive films.
Goal to help viewers find movies, TV shows, games.
Loop Media announced this month the launch of its Movie Trailers+ channel, its latest addition to the company’s curated content offerings for out-of-home business clients.
Out of a job, Lidia Ortiz found a neraby business for sale.
Lidia Ortiz, owner of the Headline Salon in Woodland Hills, didn’t set out to become an entrepreneur.
TECHNOLOGY: Product retains water in soil for plants while limting greenhouse gas.
Camarillo company VGrid Energy Systems Inc. makes power and solid carbon.
BIOTECH: Software sales go up in the same quarter that service revenue declines.
Uneven income streams for drug modeling company Simulations Plus Inc.
TECHNOLOGY: With $400 million plus in capital and plans to go public, Energy Vault has big ambitions for its power system.
Energy Vault Inc. has a new old way to hold excess electricity.
NoHo’s Ignite collaborates with L.A.’s Origin Point.
Ignite Strategic Communications has formed a creative collaboration with Origin Point.
Walt Disney Co. is suing the estates of former Marvel Comics superheroes artists to determine who owns the rights to the characters, including Iron Man and Spider-Man, according to media reports.
Rudolph and Sletten, a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp. in Sylmar, has been awarded a contract to construct a replacement hospital building for Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is building five next-generation stealth bombers at its plant in Palmdale, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said on Monday.
ServiceTitan has appointed two technology experts to its board of directors – Diya Jolly and Sameer Dholakia.
Cavitation Technologies Inc. is ramping up its activity in the Permian Basin, according to an update to investors.
Capstone Green Energy Corp. will supply three of its microturbines to a resort redevelopment project in the Caribbean following an order received through its distributor for the region.
Glass House Brands has purchased the former Houweling’s Tomatoes property near Camarillo for $93 million in cash and stock considerations.
Loop Media Inc. launched a month-long programming initiative to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has added the northwest San Fernando Valley to its ride-hailing service Metro Micro.
KKR, a New York investment firm, plans to put another $40 million in Jet Edge International, an aircraft charter and management business at Van Nuys Airport.
California Lutheran University was ranked eighth among the 130 regional universities in the 15 western states, according to U.S. News and World Report.
TECHNOLOGY: Semtech in Camarillo expects ‘stronger second half’ in 2021.
Multiple markets fuel growth for chip maker Semtech Corp.
Sun Air Jets will use new Van Nuys facility.
Aeroplex Group Partners said last month that it has completed a $16.8 million development project at Van Nuys Airport.