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

Nanotech on Spec

Boeing invests in Gamma Alloys and its mixture of aluminum and ceramic with an eye toward using the material in aerospace manufacturing.

Gamma Alloys in Santa Clarita received funding from Boeing Co. for developing composite material using nanoparticles.

Entrepreneur Plays the Odds With Traffic Tickets

LAW: Offender pays Tikd, which then settles with the local court.

A Florida startup is making it easier for residents of Los Angeles County to pay and manage traffic tickets.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Studio Rises in Sun Valley

DEVELOPMENT: Demand spurs plan for massive film complex.

Equipment rental company Line 204 plans large soundstage project to meet film demands.

Preview: Nanotech on Spec

Gamma Alloys was notified last month that Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the venture investment arm of Boeing Co., would make an investment in the company and its composite material that Chief Executive Mark Sommer believes could one day replace regular structural aluminum in aircraft.

Disney Expands Board to 14

Walt Disney Co. has added the head of a biotech firm and a computer technology executive to its board of directors.

Reports: Disney Closes in on Fox Deal

Walt Disney Co. is closing in on a deal to buy the media assets of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., according to media reports Tuesday.

AeroVironment Climbs on Profitable Quarter

AeroVironment Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue for the fiscal second quarter.

Westlake Village IT Firm Acquired

Information technology company Independent Technology Group has been acquired by InterVision Systems, the companies have announced.

Bethany Mayer Resigns as Ixia President

Bethany Mayer resigned as president of the Ixia Solutions Group of Keysight Technologies Inc. effective Friday.

Bankrupt Zetta Jet Closes After Judge Nixes Financing

A U.S. bankruptcy court has rejected new financing for Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd. and the company will cease operations Thursday, according to media reports.

Jet Edge Plans Move to New Headquarters

Aircraft charter and management firm Jet Edge International will relocate to a new headquarters building at Van Nuys Airport.

FilmL.A. Issues First Report on Soundstage, Backlot Production

Television series accounted for a majority of filming on soundstages and studio backlots in 2016, according to a new study released Thursday by FilmL.A. The study marks the first time FilmL.A. has analyzed production activity on soundstages and backlots.

New Hotel Part of Downtown Lancaster Upgrade

The city of Lancaster and InSite Development are moving on to the next phase of the resurgence of the downtown area with a new hotel and remodeling of existing businesses.

Goddard Group CEO Takes Leave Amid Sex Allegations

Gary Goddard has taken an immediate leave of absence from his eponymous entertainment design firm under a cloud of suspicion after being accused of sexual abuse by actor Anthony Edwards.

Wesco Misses Wall St. Estimates

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. missed Wall Street estimates on adjusted earnings and revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter.

Fed Committee OKs Cinedigm Investment

A federal government committee will take no action on a deal involving a Hong Kong investment firm’s majority interest in entertainment content distributor Cinedigm Corp. in Sherman Oaks.

Scorpion’s HQ

TECHNOLOGY: Digital execs see building as people pleaser.

Digital marketing firm Scorpion moves into new headquarters in Santa Clarita.

Urgent Care Fills Retail Vacancies

Urgent care chains have moved into shopping centers, filling space stores leave empty.

Chatsworth Warehouse Finds Work as Film Stage

production: Flexible studio space reports bookings from repeat customers.

Crimson Production Studios in Chatsworth has been up and running since the middle of October and already has proved as popular as its owners hoped.

Valley’s Storyteller

Historian and PR pro Marty Cooper has worked for perfectionists Walt Disney, Hugh Hefner — and himself.

Valley public relations professional Martin Cooper.

Will Sunkist Plan Bear Fruit?

Food: Combo of cooperatives expected to boost services.

Sunkist Growers Inc. shares management – and building – with logistics partner.

Coinstar Kiosks to Display Provision Holographs

Provision Interactive Technologies Inc. will incorporate its 3D holographic displays into kiosks operated by Coinstar LLC.

Airport Commission Clears Van Nuys Construction Project

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has accepted a report finding that construction of a new fixed-based operation at Van Nuys Airport will not harm the environment.

Dreamworks' Glendale Campus Sold

The campus of DreamWorks Animation in Glendale has been sold for $290 million to a partnership that includes South Korean investors.

Jamaica Hotel Buys Capstone Turbines

Capstone Turbine Corp. received an order for two of its microturbines for use at a hotel in Jamaica, the company announced Monday.

Zetta Jet Finds Financier in Bankruptcy

Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd. has received $8.5 million from a company it owes money to, allowing the private aviation company to continue operations while working through bankruptcy.

Economist Says Valley Growing Faster Than L.A. County

The San Fernando Valley is the bright spot in the Los Angeles County economy, an economist told attendees Thursday morning at the first San Fernando Valley Economic Forecast sponsored by the Business Journal and California Lutheran University.

Semtech Helps Launch Internet of Things Academy

Semtech Corp. has joined with other technology companies and organizations to create a college curriculum based on its long-range radio frequency technology.

BlackLine, KPMG Form Partnership

BlackLine Inc. has formed an alliance with accounting powerhouse KPMG to sell their technology products to help improve accounting efficiencies.

Throttle Bottle Offers Solution for Runaway Cars

AUTOMOTIVE: Invention could avoid costly accidents and manufacturer recalls.

A Porter Ranch resident has what he believes is a solution to the problem of unintended acceleration in vehicles – when a car zooms out of control and the brakes cannot overcome the power of the engine.

50 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2017: USA Link System

Ad Campaigns Power Agency to List’s Top Spot

Largest Company and Star Performer winners.

50 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2017: Keyes Automotive

Keyes Automotive Finds Traction Post-Recession

SPECIAL AWARD – Largest Company winner

Safety First For FedEx Contractor

Burbank delivery firm receives award from package giant.

FedEx contractor awarded for innovative safety record.

State Funds Chamber’s Job Training

Vulnerable employers could benefit from $187,000 grant.

Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce secures state grant to train companies facing international competition.

Respawn Entertainment Acquired for $455 Million

Respawn Entertainment, the video game company behind the “Titanfall” franchise, has been acquired by Electronic Arts Inc. in a deal valued at up to $455 million.

Xcor Aerospace Files for Bankruptcy

Xcor Aerospace has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will liquidate its assets after failing to line up new investors.

Disney Falls Short on Revenue, Earnings

Walt Disney Co. missed Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter.

Disney Reverses Film Critic Ban

Walt Disney Co. has reversed a ban of Los Angeles Times critics from screenings of its films after it created a backlash from other media outlets and organizations.

Reports: Disney, Fox Talk Merger

Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox have had discussions to merge, according to media reports.

Van Nuys Airport Tenants Seek Trash Waiver

A group representing master tenants at Van Nuys Airport is seeking changes to how the city collects waste and recyclables at the San Fernando Valley airfield.

U.S. Nuclear Signs Cross-Selling Agreement

U.S. Nuclear Corp. has signed a cooperation and marketing agreement with a Tennessee company to promote their complimentary nuclear safety products.

Teledyne Shares Surge on Strong Quarter

Shares of Teledyne Technologies Inc. gained nearly 5 percent after the company beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the third quarter.

Hurricanes Hit Cheesecake's Quarterly Performance

Cheesecake Factory Inc. missed Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the third quarter with results suffering the effects of three hurricanes, the company announced Wednesday.

Marijuana Firm Secures $2.9 Million Investment

Marijuana industry services firm PayQwick has received $2.9 million in funding, the company announced.

BAK Closure to Leave 261 Unemployed

BAK Industries is closing its two San Fernando Valley locations resulting in the elimination of 261 employees.

Cinedigm's Dove Channel Streaming on Roku Canada

Cinedigm Inc. has expanded its Dove Channel streaming network to include the Roku platform in Canada, the Sherman Oaks entertainment company announced.

Black Box for Driverless Cars

Aerospace company pivots to technology for self-driving cars.

Hoops Lure Top Teams to Conejo Venue

Sports Academy books basketball tournaments as revenue stream.

Basketball tournaments become revenue stream for Thousand Oaks sports facility.

Aerojet Rocket Engines Ready for Long Flights

MANUFACTURING: Heavy-lift launch systems could take astronauts to Mars.

Four rocket engines for the Space Shuttle are ready to be attached to the core stage of the Space Launch System, NASA’s next generation heavy-lift rocket that will take astronauts on missions into deep space, potentially even to Mars.