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

Limoneira Picks Lennar, KB Home for Santa Paula Housing Project

Limoneira Co. will partner with two homebuilders to construct the first homes at the company’s Harvest at Limoneira project.

Feature Film Location Production Increases in Third Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production increased by 3 percent in the third quarter, led by feature film production, according to figures released Tuesday by FilmL.A.

Automotive PR Pioneer Exits by Selling Firm

MARKETING: Joe Molina built JMPR on luxury brands.

Joseph Molina sells Woodland Hills PR firm.

City Organizers Shout About Burbank Tech Talks

TECHNOLOGY: Program seeks to grow employment base through entrepreneurship.

Burbank Tech Talks plans more events this year.

State Farm Closing Westlake Village Operations

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is closing its office in Westlake Village at the end of next month, resulting in the loss of 69 jobs.

Lancaster City Manager Bozigian to Retire

Lancaster City Manager Mark Bozigian will retire from the job effective at the end of the year.

Entertainment Firm Rebrands

GRB Entertainment has rebranded itself and has promoted several executives as part of the reorganization.

BlackLine Enters Japan Via Joint Venture

Accounting software developer BlackLine Inc. has created a joint venture to sells its accounting and financial software in Japan.

Disney to Reorganize Executive Ranks After Fox Deal

Walt Disney Co. has announced a new organizational structure for its broadcast and cable businesses assuming its deal to acquire 21st Century Fox closes.

Ski Alert: Seasonal Flights From Burbank to Mammoth

Semi-private air carrier JetSuiteX will begin ski season service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Mammoth Lakes starting in December.

Teledyne Gliders to Survey Antarctic Marine Life

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received a $7 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide equipment used in the study of the krill population in Antarctica.

Camarillo Firm Wins $5.7 Million Navy Contract

Saalex Solutions Inc. has received a $5.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to support the Navy Munitions Command Pacific CONUS West Division.

Northridge Missile Facility Secures $171 Million Contract

Northrop Grumman has received a $171 million contract from the U.S. Navy to continue production on its advanced anti-radiation guided missile system.

Workers, City Settle With Canoga Park Home Care Provider

City Attorney Mike Feuer has reached a settlement with a San Fernando Valley home care provider that allegedly failed to pay its employees minimum wage and overtime.

Dallas Flights to Hollywood Burbank Airport

American Airlines is bringing back daily service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting in the spring.

Capstone Gets Orders, Stock Up

Capstone Turbine Corp. received orders for five microturbines for multiple industrial facilities in Mexico. The company’s stock jumped on Monday.

Captain Speaking

He started flying Learjets out of college. Now Brian Kirkdoffer is chief executive at Clay Lacy Aviation.

When Brian Kirkdoffer had dinner with aviation entrepreneur Clay Lacy, he didn’t know it would change his career.

One-Person Car Dealer

AUTOMOTIVE: Canadian manufacturer opens first Solo showroom in Studio City.

Dealership for Solo electric cars in Studio City.

Panavision Purchase Puts Focus on Production

ACQUISITION: Saban plans to capitalize on filming uptick.

ACQUISITION: Saban plans to capitalize on filming uptick.

Helicopter Operator Flies Into the Drone Market

MANAGEMENT: Airborne photography accounts for highest revenue growth.

Helicopter firm adds drones to air fleet.

Preview: One-Person Car Dealer

Jerry Kroll has a simple if daunting mission for his Canadian electric vehicle company – to close the last gas station.

Preview: Panavision Purchase Puts Focus on Production

Saban plans to capitalize on filming uptick.

Job Losses Result From Call Center Closure

United Language Group Inc. is closing its call center in Burbank, resulting in the loss of more than 70 jobs.

BYD Opens Expansion Warehouse in Lancaster

BYD Motors Inc. has completed construction of a $5 million warehouse for its Lancaster manufacturing plant.

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Burbank's BluFocus Acquires Quality Control Firm

Entertainment industry electronic file quality control firm BluFocus has acquired Master QC Group LLC as a move to upgrade its service infrastructure.

Regulators Cite Idling Buses in Studio City

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has cited seven coach bus companies for idling at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

High-Speed Rail Authority Proposes Palmdale-Burbank Tunnel

The California High Speed Rail Authority staff has recommended a route between Palmdale and Burbank that would follow the Antelope Valley Freeway and tunnel beneath the San Gabriel Mountains.

Van Nuys, Lancaster Airfields Receive Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $23.1 million in infrastructure grants for work at Van Nuys Airport and at Fox Airfield in Lancaster.


A strong and growing U.S. economy has created opportunities for small business lending.

Audio Mixer Makes Sound Investment in Studio

technology: Six theaters at Burbank facility support digital screening.

Pixelogic upgrades Burbank sound studio.

Stable Oil, Less Debt Lift California Resources

ENERGY: Production firm’s stock gains 101 percent year to date.

California Resources posts 101 percent gain since the start of the year.

NBCUniversal Puts Three Execs on Hulu Board

NBCUniversal has added three members to the board of directors of online streaming service Hulu, according to media reports.

Capstone Plans Investor Open House

Capstone Turbine Corp. is opening the doors of its San Fernando Valley headquarters and manufacturing facility to investors and analysts next month.

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Second Sight Selects Manufacturing-Savvy COO

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has named Pat Ryan as its chief operating officer effective immediately.

Tariffs Raise Input Prices for Valley Manufacturers

TRADE: Chief executive urges letter-writing to lawmakers for relief.

When it comes to the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, Richard Brent is not shy about expressing his opinion.

Partners to Sell Pot Sensors

TECHNOLOGY: Companies hope to crack growing market.

Two companies partner to sell pot sensors.

Space Glut Could Hurt Public Storage Shares

RENTALS: Analyst cites ‘elevated supply’ that will limit rate increases.

Public Storage shares hurt by oversupply.

Family Businesses Answer Succession Questions

LIST: Expectations about office and home impacts relationships, results.

Growing up with father who had started his own landscaping company in the early 1970s, Chris Angelo said it was never directly implied that he would join the family business.

County Planning Commission Approves Tejon Ranch Project

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors the approval of a massive residential and commercial project at Tejon Ranch.

DataDirect Buys Cloud Provider

DataDirect Networks is expected to close in the next few days its acquisition of Tintri Inc., a deal that will boost the company’s product portfolio.

Semtech Exceeds Expectations in Q2

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and adjusted earnings for the fiscal second quarter.

GeoLinks Lands Big Grant From FCC

GeoLinks has been awarded $87.8 million from the Federal Communications Commission to bring broadband service to rural areas in California and Nevada.

AeroVironment Donates Drones to West Point

AeroVironment Inc. has donated two Quantix drones to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Deluxe to Lay Off 46 Workers in Burbank

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is laying off a total of 46 employees from two of its locations in Burbank.

Home Improvement Platform Serviz Acquired

Serviz, an on-demand provider of home repair services, has been acquired by competitor Porch, the companies announced.

Valley Testing Service Moves to Orange County

Engineering and testing company National Technical Systems Inc. is relocating all its corporate functions to a new facility in Anaheim, vacating its office in the west San Fernando Valley.

Stratolaunch Announces New Spaceship Line

Stratolaunch Systems announced Monday a new line of launch vehicles that includes a space plane.

Former Wells Fargo Exec Joins Union Bank

Patrick Nygren, the former top executive at Wells Fargo in the San Fernando Valley, has joined Union Bank as regional president for Los Angeles and the Central Coast, the financial institution announced Tuesday.

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Higher-End Showroom

AUTOMOTIVE: Mercedes-Benz selects Thousand Oaks to host gallery for its AMG brand.

Thousand Oaks car dealer sells top-of-the-line Mercedes.

Study: State Missing Out on Big Action Movies

FILM: California hosted 10 top-grossing titles last year, behind Georgia’s 15.

FilmL.A. report on lack of big budget films made in area.