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

Adult Moratorium in Effect

A moratorium on adult film production remained in effect on Friday after a testing center reported a possible positive HIV test for an adult performer

Disney Files Drone Patents

Walt Disney Co. has filed three patents to use unmanned aircraft in entertainment productions at its theme parks.

This Drone Perfect for The Storm

Palmdale’s Northrop plant makes seaworthy surveillance craft.

Innovation: Northrop Grumman refits a drone to find submarines.

Startups Go to Summer Camp – at Warner Bros.

Entertainment: Early stage tech-oriented media firms received studio mentoring.

The principals of six start-up tech companies came to Burbank this summer to attend camp but it wasn’t filled with canoeing, crafts time or roasting hot dogs around a bonfire.

Peanuts? Nah, I Want The Tri-Tip

Pilot invests in cable show on best vittles at community airports.

Aviation: A new cable TV show features restaurants at small airports across the country.

FX Startup Defies Reality

Entertainment: Industry veteran bucks closure trend.

Entertainment: Origin Digital Studios hopes to defy the trend of closures among FX firms.

Pawn Pioneer

Diane Taylor is a rarity in the pawn industry: a female shop owner – who also happens to head the state’s trade group.

Q&A: When banks are leery, pawnshop owner Diane Taylor becomes lender of last resort.

Valley Audio Book Producer Passes

Bob Deyan, who grew his San Fernando Valley business into one of the largest independent audiobooks producers, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica from complications of ALS. He was 56.

Burbank Airport Reports Slight Passenger Decline

The number of passengers using Burbank Bob Hope Airport decreased about 1 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago, the airport announced on Wednesday.

Intuit Lays Off 120 in Woodland Hills

Financial services provider Intuit Inc. will lay off employees at its Woodland Hills location as it moves to cloud-based services.

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