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

Lancaster Homeless Project Breaks Ground

A groundbreaking on Thursday officially started construction in Lancaster for Kensington Campus, a facility to provide shelter and services for the homeless.

NetSol Expands Board

Shareholders of NetSol Technologies Inc. elected two new members to the board of directors at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Cinedigm Joins Russell Microcap Index

Cinedigm Corp. will be part of the Russell U.S. Indexes this month, a move that gives the company greater visibility in the investment community.

C-Level Executive Compensation Turns Slippery

LIST: Yearly pay changes range from 500 percent gain to 66 percent decline.

Executive compensation fluctuates.

Valley Vendors Flock to E3

Technology: Video game studios and hardware makers to debut products at convention.

Valley gaming companies prepare for E3.

Long-Haul Innovator

Moore Industries builds parts for automation.

Large-Cabin Jet Charter Firm Slows Airspeed

VAN NUYS: Jet Edge International consolidates operations in new HQ.

Jet Edge International consolidates.

Mixed Quarter for Capstone

Capstone Turbine Corp. fell short of Wall Street estimates on revenue in fiscal 2018 but beat on earnings.

TechX Addresses Energy, Infrastructure

More than 30 people turned out Thursday morning for TechX, a talk-centric event about new technologies and products sponsored by the Valley Economic Alliance.

Local Firm Solidifies Deal

US Nuclear Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to be the exclusive manufacturer of medical isotope generators for a nuclear medicine company.

Penthouse Media Bought Out of Bankruptcy

The assets of Penthouse Global Media have been sold for $11.2 million to the owner of, according to media reports.

Disneyland to Blackout Pass Holders for Stars Wars Launch

Walt Disney Co. is adding blackout dates for some pass holders to its Disneyland theme park to help keep down crowds after the opening of new Star Wars attractions next summer, according to media reports.

Wesco Renews Rockwell Collins Chemical Contract

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. has renewed a multi-year agreement to provide chemical management services to aerospace and defense contractor Rockwell Collins Inc.

Pot Bank Bill Moves to Assembly

A bill that will allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank moves to the California Assembly following its passage this week in the Senate.

L.A. City Attorney Targets Illegal Pot Operations

Nine commercial businesses in the San Fernando Valley were among the 32 named in criminal cases filed by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer targeting unlicensed cannabis activity.

FAA Clears Airborne Wireless Test Flights

Airborne Wireless Network has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct test flights with Cessna 172 aircraft.

Semtech Beats Q1 Expectations

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street expectation on adjusted earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter.

Conejo Valley IT Firm Gains Scale With Acquisition

Technology company ISSquared has acquired Starnet Data Design in a move that allows the Conejo Valley company to expand its product and service offerings.

Boeing Acquisition: No Turbulence for Wesco

Parts supplier’s chief executive sees it as a market positive.

Chief executive says Wesco Aircraft won’t be affected by Boeing acquisition of competitor.

So Which Price Is Right?

Consulting firm helps companies define customers who will pay the most.

Consulting firm helps companies find maximum prices for products and services.

Meet the Brew Crew

Anheuser-Busch plant opens doors to visitors with a summer weekend tour program.

Budweiser brewery in Van Nuys sells out tickets for summer tours.

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Teledyne Enters New Phase of Planetary Search Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has won the second phase of a $47 million contract from the European Space Agency to provide sensors used aboard a spacecraft that will search for Earth-like planets in the solar system.

Preview: Meet the Brew Crew

Anheuser-Busch plant in Man Nuys opens doors to visitors with summer weekend tour program.

Valley Students Win Warner Bros. Scholarships

Warner Bros. Entertainment has named the five high school seniors receiving scholarships and internships through its Reach program, including two students from the Valley.

BYD Exec to Head Antelope Valley Transit Authority

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority announced that BYD Motors Inc. executive Macy Neshati has been named the new executive director and chief executive of the organization.

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Pizza Shop Owner Sentenced for Tax Evasion

The owner of a Northridge pizza restaurant was sentenced to more than two years in state prison for sales tax evasion.

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Valley Transit Projects to Receive Gas Tax Money

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive more $75 million from the state’s gas tax to help fund improvements to the Orange Line busway, officials said May 18.

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US Nuclear to Sell Chemical Sniffers

US Nuclear Corp. has signed an agreement with a Newbury Park company to receive the non-exclusive rights to sell its chemical sniffers.

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Comcast, Semtech Partner on Smart City Program

Semtech Corp. has partnered with Comcast Corp.’s Internet of Things network service to co-sponsor a program for city government agencies to develop and deploy smart city products and services.

Business Group Discusses Repeal of State Gas Tax

Business leaders should work to repeal an increase to the state’s gas tax, members of a local group heard Friday morning.

Earnings: Tix, ImmunoCellular

Losses grow at Tix Corp. while ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. narrows its losses.

Earnings: NetSol, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals

NetSol reports profitable quarter while Sienna Biopharmaceuticals has a loss.

Factory Workers Learn Basics of 401(k) Finance

LABOR: More companies decide to set up retirement plans for employees.

Factory workers learn basics of retirement.

Customer Conscious

Patrick Nygren runs the operations of Wells Fargo Bank in the San Fernando Valley region.

Talk with Wells Fargo’s Patrick Nygren.

Network for E-sports

With video game competitions on the upswing, a Studio City startup has launched 13 channels for the fan base.

Network will cover emerging e-sports industry.

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Earnings: Interlink Electronics, Second Sight

Interlink Electronics Inc. reports lower revenue and earnings, while Second Sight has a widening loss.

Charter-Only Boeing Jet at VNY

Aircraft charter operator Silver Air now has a Boeing Business Jet available for charter service out of Van Nuys Airport, which is a first of sorts.

VICA: Solar Mandate Will Burn

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association has come out against a mandate from the California Energy Commission requiring solar panels on all new residential buildings starting in 2020.

Disney Revenue Rises on Strong Box Office

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street estimates in earnings and revenue for the fiscal second quarter, helped by the strong box office performance of “Black Panther.”

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New Metrolink Station Prompts Burbank Bus Route

Burbank’s city-operated bus line will start a new route on May 14 that will serve a new Metrolink station near the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Earnings: Teledyne, BlackLine, Wesco

Teledyne, BlackLine and Wesco all beat Wall Street expectations in the first quarter.

FloQast Hires Engineering VP

FloQast Inc. has named Amit Nayar as its new vice president of engineering.

Samsung Shows LED Film Screen in Chatsworth

TECHNOLOGY: Surface with 9 million pixels could save theater owners money.

Samsung brings LED screen to Chatsworth.

Mojave Hosts Classes for Astronauts

Private prep school for space lasts a week, costs $26,000.

Mojave offers training for space travelers.

Metro Ruling a Wild Card

TRANSportation: Businesses await agency’s decision on railyard site for Van Nuys line.

Metro to decide location of Van Nuys railyard.

47-Acre Fix-Up

DEVELOPMENT: New owner for former Rocketdyne site.

Canadian company is buying former Rocketdyne property in Warner Center

Capstone Adds Seat to Boardroom

Capstone Turbine Corp. has appointed Robert Flexon, a veteran energy industry executive, to its board of directors.

Samsung Debuts LED Movie Screen in Chatsworth

Samsung introduced over the weekend the first LED movie screen in the United States at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth.

Hiring Plan for Xavient Digital

Xavient Digital plans to hire 250 employees in California and the Northeast U.S., the company announced Monday.

Pot Banking Bill Passes Committee Vote

A State Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank in California.

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