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

Grow Lights Cuts Costs for Cannabis

Canoga Park company debuts MegaDrive LED system.

Lighting systems manufacturer California LightWorks introduced this month a new professional grow light system that reduces both upfront and long-term operating costs for cannabis and other indoor growers.

Avantus’ Buying Spree Fixes on Fastener Firms

Aviation company makes three strategic acquisitions.

Avantus Aerospace in Santa Clarita assembling a fastener division to compete against rivals.

Bankers Recall ‘Chaotic’ Rollout of PPP Lending

LIST: Rule changes, safety of employees and clients among top challenges.

“It was chaotic to say the least.” That was how Tamara Gurney, chief executive of Mission Valley Bank, summarized the process of giving out Payroll Protection Program loans to small businesses.

Video on Buildings

MARKETING: Projected images tell brand stories for clients of Paintscaping.

Woodland Hills firm PaintScaping goes from rocks to rockets with its 3D projection technology.

Sector Deals With COVID Ups, Downs

Banker sees busy time for plastics, food, beverages.

As a senior vice president at Bank of America for an area that includes the San Fernando Valley, Redonna Carpenter-Woods keeps a close eye on manufacturing companies.

Looming CEO Change Doesn’t Slow BlackLine

FINANCE: Analysts praise Tucker’s management style for the transition.

Looming leadership change doesn’t slow BlackLine Inc as share price flirts with $100.

Masten Space Systems Awarded Two NASA Research Projects

Masten Space Systems has been chosen by NASA to receive two Tipping Point awards as part of the space agency’s Artemis mission to return to the moon by 2024.

Beyond Limits Partners With Houston Consulting Firm

Artificial intelligence company Beyond Limits has signed on as a partner with a Houston consulting firm.

Zest of Burbank Gets Big Investment

Fintech company Zest AI received a $15 million investment from Insight Partners, a global software investor, the company announced on Tuesday.

Teledyne Beats on Earnings but Stock Drops

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings for the third quarter but missed on revenue. Its stock tumbled more than 3 percent.

Montrose Man Pleads Not Guilty in Adult Website Investment Plot

A Montrose man pleaded not guilty to a charge of wire fraud for allegedly defrauding investors out of more than $1 million through an adult entertainment website scam.

Teledyne Instruments to Land on Asteroid

Instruments from Teledyne Technologies Inc. are aboard a NASA spacecraft that is scheduled to land on an asteroid.

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Cinedigm to Acquire Film Detective

Cinedigm Corp. has agreed to acquire Film Detective, a competing content distributor and streaming channel company.

Tix Corp. Begins Strategic Review, Possible Sale

Tix Corp. plans to begin a review of its strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company

Peter Roth to Leave Warner Bros.

Peter Roth, the longtime Warner Bros. Television executive who oversaw a strategic transformation of the studio’s television operations, will step down from the position early next year.

AeroVironment Partners to Improve Encryption of Drone Communications

AeroVironment Inc. has partnered with communications company Viasat Inc. to provide one of its drones with a highly secure communications network.

Location Filming Declines by Half in Third Quarter

On-location filming dropped by more than 50 percent in the third quarter, with reality television showing the only bright spot.

Record Flight for Electric Airplane at Camarillo Airport

A hybrid-electric powered aircraft developed by Ampaire and launched from Camarillo Airport completed the longest flight to date for an airplane employing electric propulsion.

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Disney Restructures to Emphasize Streaming

The Walt Disney Co. on Monday announced a restructuring of its media and entertainment businesses to further accelerate its direct-to-consumer strategy.

Aerojet Ramps Up Rocket Production for NASA

MANUFACTURING: $60 million factory upgrade in Chatsworth.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. is on track to complete construction next year at its Chatsworth campus on new buildings and manufacturing lines for the rocket engines to power humans back to the moon – and potentially to Mars.

Exceptional Minds Makes Video for Mitsubishi

Foundation and school combine to tell visual story.

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation didn’t want to do a self-promotional video as it had done in the past.

Cheesecake Optimistic as Dining Rooms Open

RESTAURANTS: Revenue drops by half, but trends show improvement.

Executives with Cheesecake Factory Inc. are confident that the Calabasas restaurant chain will emerge in a strong position once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Westlake Village Firm Launches Venture Fund for Blockchain, Fintech Startups

Draper Goren Holm announced that it launched its first venture fund of $25 million to invest in fintech and blockchain startups.

AeroVironment Reports Successful High-Altitude Test Flight

AeroVironment Inc. announced that its Sunglider solar-powered drone achieved testing milestones including reaching an altitude of more than 60,000 feet and successfully demonstrating mobile broadband communications.

Avantus Buys Another Fastener Company

Avantus Aerospace has acquired California Screw Products, a Paramount high-strength fasteners manufacturer for commercial and military aerospace applications.

Trucking School Owner Sentenced for Veterans Scheme

The owner of a San Fernando Valley truck driving school was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs out of $4.1 million.

AeroVironment Introduces Bigger Model of Switchblade Missile

AeroVironment Inc. has introduced the Switchblade 600, a larger version of its drone-like missile system.

L.A. County Approves Brewery Reopenings

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the re-opening of brewery and winery tasting rooms that partner with a third-party food vendor.

Avantus Adds to Aerospace Fastener Portfolio

Avantus Aerospace has acquired Fastener Innovation Technology Inc., a Rancho Dominguez specialty fastener manufacturer for military and commercial aircraft.

NetSol Reports Lower Revenue, Earnings

NetSol Technologies Inc. missed Wall Street estimates on revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter.

No Fans in Stands Make for Ticketless Season

ENTERTAINMENT: Calabasas firm manages sports spending for companies.

Live sports and other events were among the earliest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic as venues and teams shut down their operations.

Beer Taste Test

BEVERAGE: L.A. County health rules for tasting rooms make breweries unsustainable, owners say.

At a typical small brewery, the money is made in the tasting room.

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Semtech on the Amazon Sidewalk

LoRa system to extend home wireless networks.

Semtech Corp. has partnered with Inc. on its new wireless network, Amazon Sidewalk, launching later this year.

$133 Million Investment in AI Software

Beyond Limits offers NASA know-how to industry.

Artificial intelligence technology company Beyond Limits has raised $113 million in a Series C funding round, with another $20 million committed.

Acquirer to Adopt SaniSure Name

Private equity firm cites strong brand reputation.

While the coronavirus pandemic surged, Richard Shor was busy selling his company.

Pandemic Accounted for in AeroVironment Plan

MANUFACTURING: Analysts look to Switchblade drone system for growth.

AeroVironment Inc. is on track to meet fiscal 2021 projections on its finances, company executives said in a conference call with analysts.

Preview: No Fans in Stands Make for Ticketless Season

ENTERTAINMENT: Calabasas firm manages sports spending for companies.

Preview: Beer Taste Test

Under Los Angeles County Public Health Department regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, breweries cannot have their tasting rooms open unless they have an on-site kitchen to serve food.

Tutor Perini Wins $47 Million Navy Contract

Tutor Perini Corp. announced this week that it had received a $47 million task order to design and build a facility for the U.S. Navy on the island of Guam.

Clay Lacy to Build FBO in Orange County

Clay Lacy Aviation was awarded by the Orange County Board of Supervisors a 35-year lease at John Wayne Airport to build and operate a fixed base operation at the airfield.

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Beyond Limits Raises $113 Million in Fresh Capital

Artificial intelligence technology company Beyond Limits raised $113 million in a Series C funding round, with another $20 million committed.

Amazon Sidewalk to Feature Semtech Platform

Semtech Corp. has partnered with Inc. on its new wireless network, Amazon Sidewalk, launching later this year.

Glove Maker Signs DuPont Deal

Mechanix Wear LLC has become a licensee of DuPont Personal Protection, an arrangement that will allow the glove manufacturer to incorporate DuPont’s materials into its products.

Former Wesco Aircraft Moves to Texas

Incora, the aerospace parts company formerly known as Wesco Aircraft Holdings, is moving its corporate headquarters from Valencia to Fort Worth, Texas.

Loop Media Inks Distribution Deal for Music Videos

Loop Media Inc. has signed a deal to distribute 19 music video channels through DistroTV, an independent free streaming television service.

L.A. Officials Ask for Extension of Comment Period for Hollywood Burbank Airport Project

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and City Attorney Mike Feuer have requested an extension of the public comment period of the draft environmental impact report for the proposed replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Cinedigm to Distribute Progressive Political Channel

Cinedigm Corp. has partnered with Party Crashers Media to distribute a progressive political, news and lifestyle network.

Traffic Rebound at Van Nuys Airport

‘Touch and Go’ training picks up slack as business aviation lags.

After seeing an almost 50 percent drop in aircraft operations in April with the coronavirus outbreak, Van Nuys Airport has bounced back in activity.

PennyMac Rides Rising Mortgage Momentum

FINANCE: Firm originated $37.6 billion in home loans during last quarter.

PennyMac rides rising momentum in mortgage industry.

Awards for Talent at Method Fest

‘Beautiful Dreamer’ takes home three top honors.

Method Fest returned to the San Fernando Valley in late August for the first time in 10 years