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

Cal Lutheran Economic Center Joins Wall Street Journal Survey

The Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University has joined as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting Survey.

Ridesharing Takes Metro A ‘Last Mile’

Pilot program will operate from the NoHo station.

Metro starts rideshare pilot program in North Hollywood.

Secrets Stolen From Semtech?

TECHNOLOGY: Dispute clouds future for wireless initiative.

Semtech gets in legal challenge over wireless charging.

Craft Brew Growth

BEVERAGES: Acquisition means Lucky Luke will open a second pub at former Kinetic location.

Lucky Luke Brewing expands into Lancaster.

Post-Production Houses to Share Editing Bays

FILM: Complementary markets drives partnership formation in Burbank.

Post-production companies form partnership.

Van Nuys Airport Launches Alternative Jet Fuels

Aviation professionals gathered Thursday at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys to hear about the benefits of alternative jet fuel.

Film Activity Up a Bit in 2018

Double-digit growth in on-location film, television dramas and pilots contributed to a modest overall increase in filming production last year, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Greig Smith Returns to L.A. City Council

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith has returned to represent the West San Fernando Valley as of Tuesday.

HR Tech Firm CareerArc Raises $30 Million

Human resources technology company CareerArc has raised $30 million in a financing round led by an East Coast private equity firm.

Cinedigm Sells Digital Movie Projectors

Cinedigm Corp. has sold off 125 digital projection systems, bringing to more than 200 the total number of systems it has unloaded.

New Director at CSUCI’s Entrepreneurship Institute

The Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute at California State University – Channel Islands has named Cynthia Sherman as its new director.

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Conejo’s Newsman

From wildfires to cancer battles, Lance Orozco broadcasts the latest from KCLU’s studios.

Radio journalist

Small Sensors Spell Opportunity for H2Scan

MANUFACTURING: New technology allows lower-cost hydrogen detectors.

There are about 14 ways that a power transformer can fail and the common factor in all of them is that the amount of hydrogen increases.

CEOs Stage PAGA Protest

REGULATION: Business group targets firm filing suits under controversial law.

Group targets lawyers filing anti-business lawsuits.

City Flap Over Hangar Events

AVIATION: Airport tenants oppose new rule enforcement.

Airport firms fight ban on events in hangars.

NetSol Appoints President of Chinese Operations

Netsol Technologies Inc. has named Hui Liang to the position of president of its Chinese operations.

Thousand Oaks Biopharmaceuticals Raises $45 Million for Chinese Project

Thousand Oaks Biopharmaceuticals Inc. has closed a $45 million Series A financing round led by a Chinese investment group.

Universal Studios Wins Award for 'Dragon' Float

Universal Studios scored a winner with its first-ever float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.

Disney, Verizon Reach Deal Before New Year's Kickoff

Walt Disney Co. and Verizon Communications Inc. have reached a deal on the distribution of ESPN and other Disney-owned television channels on the East Coast, according to media reports.

Hyundai Sells First Fuel Cell SUV in Van Nuys

Keyes Hyundai has sold the first Nexo hydrogen-powered vehicle to a Ventura resident.

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Hawaiian Heritage on Display in Dole’s Rose Parade Float

A division of Dole Food Co. will pay homage to the company’s Hawaiian heritage with its ninth annual float in the Tournament of Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

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Interview Service to Close Lancaster Facility

Interview Service of America LLC is closing its Lancaster call center and transferring the operations to Las Vegas.

L.A. Kings and Partner Buy Burbank Ice Rink

The Los Angeles Kings hockey team and American Sports Entertainment Co. have acquired the Pickwick Ice facility in Burbank.

Teledyne Buys Scientific, Industrial Camera Maker

Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired the scientific imaging business of Roper Technologies Inc. in a deal valued at $225 million.

$23 Million to Fund East Valley Transit Projects

The city of Los Angeles has received $23 million in state cap-and-trade funding for environmental and zero-emission transportation projects in the Pacoima-Sun Valley area of the San Fernando Valley.

Deluxe to Lay Off 68 in Burbank

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. will lay off 68 employees early next year from two facilities in Burbank.

Crypto Television

Online news channel will mix technology and human interest stories about digital currency.

The recent drop in value in Bitcoin hasn’t done anything to dissuade Steve Slome and Lee Zuckerman from their next big project in cryptocurrency economics.

HemaCare Opens New Northridge Headquarters

Investors see burgeoning market for blood product provider.

HemaCare Corp. has moved into a new headquarters to give it space to expand its technical capabilities in providing blood products to the cell therapy, biomedical research and drug discovery industries.

Disney Outbids Rival for Fox

The deal between Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox to sell the latter’s media assets won’t close for another couple of months but already the deal is making waves in the entertainment industry.

A Wireless Fire Warning System

GeoLinks and partners envision state network.

The Camp Fire in Northern California last month resulted in 88 civilian deaths and the destruction of nearly 19,000 structures, making it the worst wildfire in the state’s history.

Saban to Take Panavision Public

The Valley could have a new high-profile public company with Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s purchase of camera company Panavision Inc. in Woodland Hills and Sim Video International Inc. in Toronto.

Movie Distributor Moves into Digital Comics

Acquisition could add $5 million in revenue to Cinedigm’s top line.

Cinedigm Corp. has been on a roll lately as it adds to its ever-growing streaming services.

VICA Decries City’s Ban on Events in Van Nuys Hangars

The executive committee of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association passed a resolution Friday in opposition to a city of Los Angeles administrative ruling that prohibits public events in hangars at Van Nuys Airport and warehouses across the city.

Van Nuys Airport to Increase Fuel Delivery Fee

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved on Thursday an increase to the fuel delivery charge at Van Nuys Airport.

Jet Skids Off Runway in Burbank

A Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the runway at Hollywood Burbank Airport Thursday morning amid heavy rains.

Valley Bakery Sold to Private Equity Firm

A commercial bakery of pita chips, croissants and bagels has been purchased by a Dallas private equity firm for more than $15 million.

LTC Properties Reports Problem with Renter

A nursing home operator in Texas that leases buildings from LTC Properties Inc. has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, according to LTC. The operator’s rent payments amount to nearly 10 percent of LTC’s revenue.

Scripps Buys Local Media Service Firm

The E.W. Scripps Co. has bought Triton Digital Inc., a local company, for $150 million from private equity firm Vector Capital.

Liberman Broadcasting Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Spanish-language broadcaster LBI Media Inc. has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it goes through a restructuring.

Report: AeroVironment Moves Headquarters to Simi Valley

AeroVironment Inc. has moved its headquarters to Simi Valley from Monrovia, according to media reports.

Reagan Library Caterer Lays Off Staff After Losing Contract

A catering company is shutting down its satellite office at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and laying off 26 employees after losing a contract at the facility.

Glendale Entertainment Rental Firm to Lay Off 79 Employees

Seventy-nine employees with an entertainment industry rental company in Glendale will lose their jobs as its new owners restructure the business.

Remodel Results in Asbestos Charges Against Tarzana Commercial Landlord

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against the owner of a Tarzana commercial property and a tenant for violating asbestos removal regulations.

Bel Air Internet Expands in South Bay, Orange County

Boutique internet provider Bel Air Internet has expanded its network farther in Orange County and the South Bay.

Scanner Startup

TECHNOLOGY: Acqubit moves into commercialization after graduating early from incubator program.

Santa Clarita startup develops a 3D scanner.

Wesco Wobbles After Underwhelming Quarter

AEROSPACE: Parts supplier slows during management transition plan.

Wesco Aircraft share price drops.

Capstone Exec Faces Lawsuit

MANUFACTURING: Dispute over distribution deal gone sour.

Manufacturing: Second Suit Looks at Stock Deals

Developer Feels Good About Flying on Cloud 9

CONSTRUCTION: Camarillo project features hangars, amenities for owners.

Boeing Business Jet

Gallagher Brings Acquisition to Glendale

Insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. has acquired JP Tech Insurance Services Inc. and will move the staff to the San Fernando Valley.

Skunk Works in Palmdale Starts Work on Quiet Supersonic Jet

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works facility has started producing the first parts for the X-59 quiet supersonic technology aircraft.

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