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

Avantus Aerospace Sells Three Subsidiaries

Avantus Aerospace has sold two of its structural composite companies to an Arizona private equity firm.

Ghost VFX’s New Leaders Seek Change

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.

Chatsworth Garage Learns to Go Electric

Fast-changing EV technology means no estimates for clients.

A look at three electric vehicle companies in the greater Valley area.

Universal City Event Debuts the Solo

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.

New Rule Puts Risk in Recycle

REGULATION: Metal shredders ask for federal oversight.

State agency wants to make a change that recyclers say will drive them out of business.

Deal Puts BYD in Driver’s Seat for Fleet Sales

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.

Anti-Piracy Executive to Be Honored

Associaton gives lifetime award to Darcy Antonellis.

The Hollywood Professional Association will recognize a former Warner Bros. Entertainment executive with its lifetime achievement award.

Magic Mountain to Build Wonder Woman Roller Coaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain announced this week plans to build its 20th roller coaster called Wonder Woman Flight of Courage.

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Capstone Sells Turbines to Utility in Colombia

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.

Filming Way Up in County

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.

Disney to Delay Release of Superhero Movies

Walt Disney Co. is delaying the release of five upcoming Marvel superhero films and the next installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise.

Report: Disney May Spin Off ESPN

Walt Disney Co. is looking to spin off its lucrative ESPN sports network, according to a media report.

Teledyne Flir Launches Military Drone

Teledyne Flir announced the launch of its ION M640X tactical quadcopter drone.

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Sensors Save Water at Multifamily

Feedback on leaks can save 5,000 gallons a day.

Sensors from Camarillo company save water at Los Angeles senior complex.

Aerojet Secures Orion Contract

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.

Camarillo Tomato Farm Sells for $93 Million

AGRIBUSINESS: Facility switches to massive cannabis farm.

Glass House Brands Inc. buys Camarillo area farm to grow marijuana.

Event Producer Highlights Valley’s Stories

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.

Machinist Makes Worker-Owner Transition

Marco Manriquez decided to stop working for other people.

Six Hispanic businesspeople from the greater Valley area tell their stories.

Post Traumatic Pain Leads to CBD Store

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.

California Resources Sells Ventura Basin Wells

ENERGY: Oil producer will ‘recycle capital’ to core fields.

Valencia oil and gas company sells off its Ventura basin wells.

Bomber Fleet Grows In Palmdale

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.

Todd Stevens Redux As Oil Firm CEO

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 Taps Former Pentagon Official for Hypersonic Project

Stratolaunch, the aerospace company that built the world’s largest airplane, has added a former Pentagon official to its technical advisory group.

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Cosmetic Packaging Company Acquired

Cosmetic Specialties International has been acquired by Airlite Plastics, a Nebraska packaging manufacturer.

Disney Settles ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

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 Theme Park to Require Vaccine or Test

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 Shares Jump on Strong Quarterly Results

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 Acquires Glendale Game Studio

Netflix Inc. has acquired Night School Studio, an independent video game developer.

US Nuclear Updates Investors on Drone Subsidiary

US Nuclear Corp. has provided an investor update on the operations of its new startup subsidiary, Cali From Above.

SoCalGas Resolves Aliso Canyon Lawsuits

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.

Dome Fest Goes Beyond Star Shows

Founder thinks medium has Hollywood potential.

Burbank businessowner Ryan Moore starts festival for immersive films.

Loop Media Debuts Trailer Channel

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.

Accidental Entrepreneur Loves Hair Salon

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.

Can VGrid’s Solid Carbon Mitigate Drought?

TECHNOLOGY: Product retains water in soil for plants while limting greenhouse gas.

Camarillo company VGrid Energy Systems Inc. makes power and solid carbon.

Simulations Plus Sees Uneven Income Streams

BIOTECH: Software sales go up in the same quarter that service revenue declines.

Uneven income streams for drug modeling company Simulations Plus Inc.

Electricity Towers

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.

PR Agencies Share Skills

NoHo’s Ignite collaborates with L.A.’s Origin Point.

Ignite Strategic Communications has formed a creative collaboration with Origin Point.

Disney Sues Marvel Comics Artists’ Estates

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.

New Hospital to Be Built by Tutor Subsidiary

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.

New Stealth Bomber Being Built in Palmdale

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.

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ServiceTitan Brings Technology Experts to Board

ServiceTitan has appointed two technology experts to its board of directors – Diya Jolly and Sameer Dholakia.

Cavitation Technologies Ramps Up Permian Basin Market

Cavitation Technologies Inc. is ramping up its activity in the Permian Basin, according to an update to investors.

Capstone Sells Three Turbines to Caribbean Resort

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.

Cannabis Company Pays $93 Million for Camarillo Production Facility

Glass House Brands has purchased the former Houweling’s Tomatoes property near Camarillo for $93 million in cash and stock considerations.

Loop Media Launches Latin Content Initiative

Loop Media Inc. launched a month-long programming initiative to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Metro Expands Ride-Hailing Service to Northwest Valley

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has added the northwest San Fernando Valley to its ride-hailing service Metro Micro.

Jet Edge Receives $40 Million Follow-On Investment

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.

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Cal Lutheran Ranked Among Best Regional Universities

California Lutheran University was ranked eighth among the 130 regional universities in the 15 western states, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Multiple Growth Strategies for Chip Maker

TECHNOLOGY: Semtech in Camarillo expects ‘stronger second half’ in 2021.

Multiple markets fuel growth for chip maker Semtech Corp.

$17 Million Hangars for Aeroplex

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.

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