San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Mark Madler covers accounting, aviation & aerospace, banking & finance, manufacturing, media & entertainment, the cities of Burbank and Simi Valley, 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.

Recent Stories

NBCU Forms Lifestyle TV Group

NBCU Cable Entertainment has formed a new lifestyle network group combining four of its cable TV channels under the direction an 18-year company veteran.

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Statewide

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags throughout the state by grocery stories, pharmacies, and liquor and convenient stores.

Update: DreamWorks' Suitor Eyes Legendary

Talks were reportedly cooling between DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and SoftBank Corp. But the Japanese telecom and Internet company may invest in another Valley film and television production company, according to media reports on Tuesday.

DreamWorks Shares Rise Amid Buyout Skepticism

Shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. rose 26 percent on Monday following the announcement of its possible acquisition by a Japanese telecommunications and Internet company in a deal valued at $3.4 billion.

Japan's SoftBank Bids for DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. is in discussions to be acquired by a Japanese telecommunications and Internet company in a deal valued at $3.4 billion, according to weekend media reports.

Marvel Settles Superheroes Battle

The family of comic book artist Jack Kirby and Marvel Entertainment said Friday they have settled a lawsuit over ownership rights to some of the Hollywood’s most popular superheroes, including the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.

Changes at Burbank's Hub Network

Discovery Communications Inc. is increasing its stake in Burbank cable channel Hub Network, which will be renamed to reflect broader family programming.

FAA Approves Hollywood Drone Use

Two San Fernando Valley aerial photography companies were among six that received approval on Thursday from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for film and television production.

Cinedigm Sells Woodland Hills Unit

A Woodland Hills division of entertainment content distributor Cinedigm Corp. has been sold to a group of private investors, the company announced on Wednesday.

Disney Toy Deal Excludes Mattel

Walt Disney Co. announced on Wednesday that it reached a deal to have Hasbro Inc. manufacture its Disney Princess and “Frozen” lines of dolls, a blow to current manufacturer and L.A. toy maker Mattel Inc.

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