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

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.

Skill Scarcity

From large aerospace contractors to small machine shops, Valley-region manufacturers have a challenge finding workers.

Finding employees presents a challenge for area companies.

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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.

Wells Fargo’s Top Valley Exec Leaves Bank

Patrick Nygren, the former regional president in the San Fernando Valley for Wells Fargo Bank, has left the company.

Calabasas Software Firm Acquired

Private equity firm Providence Strategic Growth has acquired a majority stake of ExakTime Inc., an employee attendance tracking software maker for the construction industry.

Delivery Service Axing Jobs

Golden State Overnight Delivery Service Inc. is laying off its entire staff of drivers from its Santa Clarita location this fall.

Former Deloitte Advisory CEO Joins BlackLine Board

BlackLine Inc. has named Owen Ryan to its board of directors effective this month to contribute his expertise on the company’s next phase of growth.

Burbank Backlot Sold for $85 Million

A 12-building industrial park with aerospace and entertainment tenants in Burbank has sold, fetching nearly $85 million for its seller.

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Study: California Not Getting Its Share of Big Action Films

California was the location for 10 of the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, according to a study released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Expenses Eat into Disney Earnings

Walt Disney Co. missed Wall Street estimates on adjusted earnings and fell short on revenue for the fiscal third quarter.

VEDC’s CEO Leaves Amid Other Changes

The Valley Economic Development Center on Monday said its chief executive has left, the third person to vacate that post in less than two years.

Campus & Commerce

New CSUN Athletic Director Michael Izzi plans to extend ‘paths that create revenue streams.’

New CSUN athletic director wants community connections.

MGM Buyout Could Fix Tix

ACQUISITION: Discount ticket vendor in talks with hotelier.

Discount ticket seller in buyout talks.

Long-Time Switch Maker Expands into Sensors

AVIONICS: Hydra-Electric celebrates 70 years while moving into new markets.

Burbank switch maker celebrates 70 years.

Car Sales as Barometer

LIST: Data indicate strong but slower year for dealers in step with the economy.

With the economy humming along, new car sales in California have a quick start out of the gate this year.

Preview: MGM Buyout Could Fix Tix

Discount ticket vendor in talks with hotelier.

InVia Robotics Secures $20 Million in Expansion Capital

InVia Robotics announced on Thursday it received $20 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to about $29 million.

Earnings: Teledyne, BlackLine, Wesco

Teledyne Technologies, BlackLine and Wesco Aircraft all beat analyst expectations for the second quarter.

Aerospace Vet Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne

The former president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been appointed senior vice president of the space business unit of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

iPayment to Lay Off 30 in Westlake Village

Credit card payment services provider iPayment Holdings Inc. will lay off 30 employees from its Westlake Village headquarters in September, according to the company and the state Employment Development Department.

Metro Board Approves Orange Line Upgrades

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has approved improvements to the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley.

Disney, Fox Shareholders OK Acquisition

Shareholders of Walt Disney Co. voted to approve Friday morning the acquisition of the media assets of 21st Century Fox.

Interlink Logs Medical Customer Order

Interlink Electronics Inc. received an order valued at $880,000 from an existing medical customer.

Sun Air Jets Renews Lease in Van Nuys

Sun Air Jets will continue occupying two hangars at Van Nuys Airport through 2030 in an agreement with Aeroplex/Aerolease Group.

Former Bank Exec Takes Marketing Role at Universal Studios

A former executive at Wells Fargo & Co. has been named the new chief marketing officer at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Report: Intuit Shrinks Presence in Woodland Hills

Financial software developer Intuit Inc. is cutting back on its leased space in Woodland Hills as it relocates this fall.

Tix Corp. Refutes 'Poison Pill' Tactic

Tix Corp. has rejected a claim by a major shareholder that he has triggered a “poison pill” provision in shareholders rights plan, the company announced Monday.

Car Detailers Descend on Air Museum

Valley pros join crew to polish aluminum on vintage planes.

Valley auto detailers clean historical aircraft.

Euro TV Producer Takes Interest in Shushybye

ANIMATION: Children’s show targets expanding market of toddlers, preschoolers.

European company to produce children’s program.

NASA Grant Pushes Frontier into Deep Space

AEROSPACE: R&D firm will seek low-cost propellants.

Simi Valley company gets NASA grant to develop deep space oxidizer.

Vibrant Economy, Trade Worries Tug on Stocks

LIST: In contrast to last year, market rewards small cap companies.

Market volatility affects Valley companies.

Tix Shares Pop on Talk of MGM Buyout

Tix Corp. is in talks with MGM Resorts International to sell off its outstanding shares to the global hospitality company.

Disney Wins Bidding Battle for Fox Assets

Shares of Walt Disney Co. closed up more than 1 percent Thursday after Comcast Corp. pulled out of a bidding war for the media assets of 21st Century Fox.

Valley Region Airports Receive $25 Million in FAA Grants

Airports in the San Fernando and Antelope valleys are receiving grants from the Federal Aviation Administration totaling about $25 million for repair and reconstruction projects.

On-Location Filming in L.A. Drops in Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production decreased by more than 5 percent in the second quarter compared to a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Santa Clarita Reports Annual Film Growth

The city of Santa Clarita recorded for a fifth year in a row more than 500 film permits for on-location filming within its borders.

Glendale Mayor to Chair Airport Authority

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority elected Zareh Sinanyan as its new president for the coming year.

Waste Management, Agromin to Refurbish Turf at Lancaster Soccer Center

Waste Management of Antelope Valley and Agromin are partnering to fix the turf at Lancaster’s Gilly National Soccer Center.

Disney to Broadcast eSports Competitions

Walt Disney Co. will air video game competitions on ESPN and Disney XD starting this month after signing a multi-year agreement with Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Proposes Sky Tram to Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. Entertainment is proposing a $100 million aerial tram to take visitors to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park.

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NetSol Signs Asian Auto Finance Client

NetSol Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to provide its software to a leading Asian auto captive finance company.

Women Entrepreneurs: #34 Carrie Nebens

President, Equis Staffing Calabasas

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Railyard Spot A Hot Button

TRANSPORTATION: Metro decision grieves firms forced to move.

Metro approves light rail project for Van Nuys, potentially displacing businesses.

Women Entrepreneurs: #18 Kim Frankel

Chief Executive, Abacorp CNC Machined Parts Chatsworth

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Women Entrepreneurs: #27 Michelle McCue

Chief Executive, McCue Communications Burbank

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Internet in the Sky

Airborne Wireless Network thinks commerical planes with antennae could provide broadband to isolated users.

Simi Valley company creating broadband network with airplanes.

Hackers Work Together to Help Israeli Tourism

EDUCATION: Students seek to teach airline travelers about nation’s culture.

Hackathon focuses on Israeli tourism.

Virgin Galactic to Provide Italian Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic and affiliated manufacturing firm Spaceship Co. announced Friday signing an agreement with two Italian companies to bring spaceflights to the European country.

Preview: Internet in the Sky

Airborne Wireless Network thinks commercial planes with antennae could provide broadband to isolated users.

AeroVironment in Development on NASA Mars Drone

AeroVironment Inc. is developing a helicopter drone that will fly on Mars.

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