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:

Phone: 818-316-3126 Extension: 117

Recent Stories

Money Meets Tech

Long considered a personal touch business, financial management firms discover that information technology has become vital to sustainable growth.

BYD to Install Solar at Antelope Valley Plant

BYD Motors Ltd. has partnered with Apparent Inc. on a two-megawatt solar and energy storage project at its Lancaster manufacturing plant.

Jet Edge Creates Aircraft Brokerage Division

Jet Edge International has created a new division focused on aircraft sales and appointed Kevin White, a veteran aviation professional, as its president.

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Report: Dodgers Wanted Minor League Team in Valley

A Los Angeles Times story on Friday confirmed what has long been rumored: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Westfield Group wanted to bring a minor league baseball team to the San Fernando Valley only to have that notion quashed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

CareerArc Hires Execs

Human resources technology company CareerArc has expanded its leadership team with several new hires.

Report: Disney Starts Layoffs

Walt Disney Co. has started layoffs at its studio operations and those of 20th Century Fox, according to media reports.

Print Shop to Close; 114 Lose Jobs

Sinclair Printing will eliminate 114 positions as it closes its Palmdale facility to consolidate its operations in California.

Program Seeks to Boost Minorities in Tech

A coalition of tech companies and venture capital firms is starting an internship program this summer to address the lack of minorities in the tech industry.

Aerospace Firm Learns Spanish

Structural Integrity brings FAA certification expertise.

Online Sellers Buying Robots

TECHNOLOGY: Warehouses integrate humans, automation.

Ecommerce gravitates to robot maker.

Hotel Room Luxury

MANUFACTURING: As chains upgrade, furniture maker caters to travelers’ contemporary tastes.

Carson Norcross builds luxury hotel furniture.

Mixed Feelings as Sada Sells Off Microsoft Unit

NoHo firm splits business knowing ‘carve-outs can be challenging.’

Wesco 2020 Plan En Route to Higher Revenues

AEROSPACE: Analyst sees year of heavy investment followed by benefits.

Wesco Aircraft plan leads to higher revenues.

Firm Stays Put Post-Acquisition

New owners to keep Platinum Tools in Newbury Park.

Virgin Galactic Leaves Mojave for New Mexico

Virgin Galactic will move its spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave Air & Space Port to New Mexico starting this month.

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New Owners at AMS Fulfillment

The owners of AMS Fulfillment have sold a majority stake in the ecommerce warehousing and fulfillment business to private equity firm Fort Point Capital.

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BlackLine to Open Northern California R&D Office

BlackLine Inc. will open an office next month in Pleasanton to tap into the resources of the tech scene in Silicon Valley.

DataDirect Buys Storage Firm Nexenta

DataDirect Networks will acquire Nexenta, a software-defined data storage company serving 5G and Internet of Things markets.

Wesco, BlackLine Beat Wall Street Expectations

Both Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. and BlackLine Inc. beat Wall Street estimates for the second quarter.

AeroVironment to Open New England Innovation Center

AeroVironment Inc. plans to create a New England Innovation Center near Boston, the first such engineering center by the company outside of California.

ISSquared Expands by Acquisition

Information technology firm ISSquared Inc. has acquired a similar company to extend its reach in the western United States.

Disney's 'Endgame' Breaks Box Office Record

Walt Disney Co. broke box office records over the weekend with its latest Marvel film, “Avengers: Endgame.”

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Digital Age Porn

The Valley still hosts adult entertainment, but productions are faster, simpler and designed for online distribution.

Adult content production remains in Valley.

Economy Pushes Up American Homes 4 Rent

HOUSING: Analyst predicts 5 percent increase in funds from operations this year.

Economics help American Homes 4 Rent.

Standup a Profitable Center at Comedy Dynamics

DISTRIBUTION: Firm handled all Grammy-nominated laugh tracks last year.

Comedy Dynamics believes in standup.

Harbor Freight Closing Distribution Center

Harbor Freight Tools is shutting down its Camarillo distribution center, resulting in the loss of 51 jobs.

Disney to Buy More of Hulu?

Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. are in discussions over the future of streaming site Hulu, according to media reports.

Avery Misses, Teledyne Beats Q1 Estimates

Avery Dennison Corp. reported mixed results for the first quarter, while Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue.

Fusion Generator Deal Sends US Nuclear Shares Higher

US Nuclear Corp. has acquired a stake in a company to manufacture its thermonuclear fusion power generator, a development that sent its shares higher.

Scale Up in a Hurry

With its technology in demand and VC firms eager to invest, ServiceTitan must manage growth on multiple fronts.

ServiceTitan leaders manage on the run.

Thor Trucks Changes Name to Xos

Thor Trucks Inc. has rebranded itself as Xos and will expand its product offering beyond just trucks, the company announced.

Location Filming Declines During Quarter

On-location filming of feature movies, television series and commercials was down in the first quarter.

Martin Cooper to Serve as UCLA Film Archive Chairman

San Fernando Valley resident and public relations veteran Marty Cooper is the new chairman of the board at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Stratolaunch's Giant Aircraft Takes Flight in Mojave

Stratolaunch Systems Corp. flew for the first time on Saturday the world’s largest all-composite aircraft.

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Transit Master

Macy Neshati, a former executive at electric bus maker BYD Motors, now heads green-oriented Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

Transit advocate

Chopper on Mars

AeroVironment hopes work on a NASA helicopter bound for the red planet will impress potential customers and employees.

AeroVironment makes parts headed for Mars.

3D Printer Makes Complex Parts in Valencia

AEROSPACE: Stratasys plans to push the boundaries of metal printing technology.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has expanded its additive metals offering with the purchase of a Velo3D Inc. Sapphire 3D printing system.

Valley’s Streets Host Scooters

TRANSPORTATION: Last-mile option works with public transit.

Scooters make first appearance in the Valley.

Take-Out Orders Turn Up Sales at Cheesecake

RESTAURANTS: CEO credits menu, marketing for 14 percent annual gain.

Delivery sales take off for Cheesecake Factory.

Disney Shares Surge on Streaming Announcement

Shares in Walt Disney Co. surged Friday a day after the company announced the start date of its new streaming service and its future streaming plans.

French Aerospace Firm Buys Semtech Sensor Technology

Semtech Corp. is supplying its long-range, low-power technology to sensors for a French aerospace company to track its parts.

Saalex to Hire 50 for Navy Contracts

Saalex Corp. announced that it is hiring more than 50 new employees in engineering and analyst positions.

Employee Benefits Firm RGEB Buys Valencia Consultancy

Really Great Employee Benefits has acquired the assets, employees and clients of JorgensenHR.

Semtech, PS Business Parks Join S&P Index

Semtech Corp. and PS Business Parks have been added to the S&P MidCap 400 index.

Vroozi Names Tech Veteran as Chief Executive

Software-as-a-service firm Vroozi Inc. has named tech industry veteran Joseph Fox as its new chief executive.

VEDC Names Guerrero as President

Alex Guerrero has been named the new president of small business lender Valley Economic Development Center.

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American Airlines Restarts Daily Flights to Dallas from Hollywood Burbank Airport

American Airlines has renewed daily service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting this week.

Disney Supports Snap the Gap Program for STEM Education

Walt Disney Co. will help fund a program to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

US Nuclear’s Drone-Mounted Chemical Detectors Send Shares Up

US Nuclear Corp. is now offering chemical detectors and bacterial or viral collection filters on flying drones, news which the company’s stock up more than 38 percent Monday.

YA Romance Novels Jump From Page to Screen

FILM: NoHo production company plans summer shoot for ‘Happy’ script.

North Hollywood producers option YA novels.