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

My Eye Media Acquired

Digital content quality control firm My Eye Media has been acquired by a Belgian company to gain a foothold in the U.S. market.

B. Riley Subsidiary Involved in Sears Canada Liquidation

Great American Group is part of a joint venture that started liquidation sales on Thursday for the inventory of Sears stores in Canada.

Valley Group’s Ad Warns Amazon About California

The California Business and Industrial Alliance in Sunland has placed a full-page ad in the northwest edition of USA Today to warn Inc. away from locating its second headquarters in the state.

Location Filming Falls on Lower TV Production

On-location film, television and commercial production fell by 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago because of a drop in television shoots, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Governor's Signature Creates Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a measure that will consolidate three water agencies in the Santa Clarita Valley into a single water district.

U.S. Nuclear Ships Radiation Monitors to Air Force

U.S. Nuclear Corp. has started delivery this month of its portable tritium air monitors to the U.S. Air Force.

Product Placement Agency Relocates to Valley

MARKETING: Firm, owned by Bill Gates, moves from Seattle to Sherman Oaks.

Branded Entertainment Network Chief Executive Gary Shenk is not shy to talk about the milestones the company has achieved this year.

BYD’s Bigger Footprint

MANUFACTURING: Opening ceremony reveals vehicle maker’s larger plant for electric buses.

BYD Motors completes expansion with honored guests.

Retirement Funds Feature Bitcoin

FINANCE: Metal seller Goldco turns to virtual currencies.

Woodland Hills’ precious metals dealer expands into digital currency with new retirement accounts.

Trampolines at Shopping Mall

RETAIL: TV star manager hopes to bring bounce in foot traffic.

“American Ninja Warrior” jumps into new challenge: opening a trampoline center in Thousand Oaks.

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Preview: Retirement Funds Feature Bitcoin

Metal seller Goldco turns to virtual currencies.

Disney Starts Laying Off 100 to 200 TV Staffers

Walt Disney Co. has started laying off workers at its broadcast television and cable networks, according to media reports.

Point.360 Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Post-production house Point.360 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to reduce costs and optimize operations.

Disney, Northrop Grumman Nix Partnership

Criticism over partnering with Northrop Grumman Corp. led Marvel Entertainment over the weekend to cancel a deal to produce a comic book with the aerospace and defense contractor, according to media reports.

NASA Orders Engines for Antelope Valley Experimental Aircraft

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center has awarded a $16 million contract to purchase up to three engines from General Electric Co. for use on the space agency’s experimental airplane now in development.

Disney's Iger to Step Down in 2019

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger will step down in two years, according to media reports.

Metro Considers Orange Line Time-Saving Measures

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering adding gates and building a mile-long bridge to speed up travel on the Orange Line busway.

Sierra Bancorp Buys Ojai Bank

Sierra Bancorp has completed its acquisition of OCB Bancorp, parent of Ojai Community Bank, in a deal valued at $36 million.

Aboard in Fillmore

Owner of Fillmore & Western Railway has new marketing plans to bring tourists to the heartland of Ventura County.

Fillmore railroad company settles lawsuit. Now what?

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E-Sports App Bets on Rise In Popularity

Ad-based model focuses on wagering, not gambling.

eSports FTW website leverages the rising popularity of electronic games.

Can Netflix Sell STEAM?

MARKETING: MGA show features girl inventors whose experiments are available in toy stores.

MGA Entertainment’s STEAM show spawns product line for girls.

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New Airline at Hollywood Burbank Airport

Mokulele Airlines will begin daily flights from Hollywood Burbank Airport to the Central Coast beginning Oct. 3.

Northridge Defense Contractor Wins Big Job

Orbital ATK received a contract valued at up to $350 million from the U.S. Navy to continue production on the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile system.

Source Photonics Opens China Factory

Source Photonics has opened a new facility in Jintan, China for manufacturing Indium Phosphide lasers and related components.

Engines for World's Biggest Plane Pass Test

Stratolaunch Systems has completed the first phase of engine testing on its Roc aircraft at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the Antelope Valley, according to the company.

Zetta Jet Files for Bankruptcy After Funds Misappropriation

Private aviation firm Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its debt after discovering a former executive had allegedly misappropriated funds.

Online Rights Firm Haawk Receives $2.5 Million

Rights management startup Haawk has raised $2.5 million in a seed financing round from four private equity firms.

New Lease Facilitates Improvements at Van Nuys Airport

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners recommended on Wednesday amending a lease agreement with Signature Flight Support to allow the aviation company to do required improvements to property at Van Nuys Airport.

Spielberg Takes CEO Role at Amblin Partners

Steven Spielberg has taken over the role of chief executive at his production company Amblin Partners following the resignation of Michael Wright.

Northrop Acquisition Expands Valley Footprint

Northrop Grumman Corp. will acquire Orbital ATK Inc. in a deal valued at $9.2 billion. With the transaction the Falls Church, Va. aerospace and defense contractor will add an additional San Fernando Valley region location to its portfolio.

VICA Reports 74 Percent Legislative Success Rate

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association had a success rate of 74 percent on the bills it advocated for and against during the state legislature’s 2017 session, which ended last week.

Wesco Hires New CFO

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. has named Kerry Shiba as its new chief financial officer effective Monday, the company announced.

Win at Small Ball

Tamara Gurney discusses what lies ahead and behind for her industry.

Universal TV Target Demo: Young Kids

Studio thinks channel will provide portal to older audiences.

NBCUniversal rebrands its children’s cable channel to appeal to kids as they age.

Soft-Touch Banking

In an age of global finance, community banks find ways to serve a niche in the neighborhood.

What makes them relevant for small business borrowers.

Can Stooges Stage Crowdfunded Comeback?

FILM: License holder for comedy trio thinks project could revive slapstick style.

C3 Entertainment Inc. is calling all knuckleheads with a nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Disney to Close Florida Theme Parks for Hurricane Irma

Walt Disney Co.’s Florida resort will close for two days as Hurricane Irma makes it ways toward that state.

Disney Drops on Iger Comments

Shares of Walt Disney Co. dropped more than 4 percent Thursday after Chief Executive Robert Iger said the company’s fiscal 2017 earnings would be similar to the previous year’s.

Blizzard Opens E-Sports Complex in Burbank

Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has opened a new venue to host live e-sports gaming competitions in Burbank.

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Investor Takes Majority Stake in Cinedigm

Cinedigm Corp. shareholders have approved the sale of 20 million shares to Bison Entertainment Investment Ltd. in a deal valued at $30 million.

AFEX Enables Money Transfers to India

AFEX has partnered with Oxigen USA to provide money transfers to U.S. businesses operating in India, the companies announced.

The Number

>$4 Billion - Estimated Hollywood summer box office

Summer movies fizzle in box office sales.

PAGA Provokes Group Response

POLITICS: Firms organize to oppose troublesome labor law.

Business group forms in Sun Valley to oppose PAGA lawsuits.

Capstone Relocates in Reach for Profitability

MANUFACTURING: Turbine maker tells investors move to Van Nuys will cut costs.

Capstone Turbine relocates to Van Nuys.

Flex Power on Future Grid

ENERGY: $700 million natural gas plant will complement alternative sources of electricity.

Palmdale natural gas plant gets OK to operate.

Google Tries to Organize Gaggle of Entrepreneurs

NETWORKING: Startup Grind program kicks off in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Anew group has formed in Santa Clarita in the ongoing effort to bring together a community of tech startups.

Cast & Crew Names President

Film payroll and accounting services provider Cast & Crew has named John Berkley as its new president.

Preview: PAGA Provokes Group Response

The president of a Pacoima manufacturing company has formed an organization to change a state law that allows employees to file lawsuits against companies for labor code violations, even if the employees weren’t affected by the violations.

Ember Technologies Raises $13 Million in Latest Funding Round

Temperature control technology developer Ember Technologies has received $13 million in a Series C funding round, the company announced. The Westlake Village startup said it will use the money for research, development and sales and marketing programs for new products to come out in the next six to nine months.

Internet of Things Helps Semtech

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