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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new permit and fee system for making adult films.
Privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system was a main topic of discussion among representatives of aviation trade organizations at a conference Monday in Van Nuys.
DISTRIBUTION: Media giant’s BAMTech acquisition puts focus on sports audience.
With its announcement that it would start its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, Walt Disney Co. will end its distribution agreement with Netflix Inc. for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 movie slate.
Northern L.A. County is a bright spot for factories.
MAIN: The cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster have made manufacturing a mainstay of their economies.
Executives on what attracted them to north L.A. County.
The cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster have made manufacturing a mainstay of their economies
A private equity firm has acquired a Burbank aerospace parts supplier.
Entertainment industry technology company FilmTrack has received $5.5 million in series C funding from Insight Venture Partners.
The acquisition of MRV Communications Inc. was finalized Monday by a German telecommunications supplier.
The California Energy Commission has approved certification for a Seattle alternative energy company to build and operate a proposed natural gas power plant in Palmdale.
Shares of Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. dropped more than 24 percent the day after the company reported adjusted earnings and revenue that missed Wall Street estimates in the fiscal third quarter.
Walt Disney Co. missed analyst expectations on revenue for the fiscal third quarter but beat them on adjusted earnings.
TELECOM: Companies will combine strengths, but price yields a small premium.
MRV Communications is acquired at low premium.
SOFTWARE: Funding round of $25 million will finance international expansion.
Accounting software developer FloQast Inc. received $25 million in a second funding round.
AEROSPACE: When her father died, she had to run the business. But preparation paid off.
Founder’s daughter hopes to propel Caps Aviation to new heights.
Dr. Frederick Beddingfield III closed the Nasdaq on July 27, the first trading day for Sienna Biopharmaceuticals.
Q&A: Dr. Frederick Beddingfield III, chief executive of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc., just took the company public.
TECHNOLOGY: Firm positions products on e-commerce sites.
Feedonomics sees growth developing software for online retailers.
Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and earnings in the second quarter, sending up its share price.
Crednology Holding Co. announced Tuesday it plans to acquire a company that provides cloud computing based services.
Kenneth Worthen, a San Fernando Valley resident who was involved with local chambers of commerce and charities, passed away Sunday.
Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. debuted on the Nasdaq Thursday with its shares gaining nearly 30 percent on its first day of trading.
The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded a contract Thursday to BYD Motors Inc. to build 60 all-electric buses at its factory in Lancaster.
AeroVironment Inc. formally signed contracts on Tuesday to deliver its Wasp drone to the Australian military starting next year.
Bert Boeckmann first to receive ‘Top Volume Dealer’ honor.
Galpin Ford wins top recognition from Ford Motor Co.
CONVENTION: Annual trek yields merchandise sales, celebrity appearances.
The annual Comic-Con International took place this month at the San Diego Convention Center and featured a number of San Fernando Valley area companies in the exhibit hall.
King of Beers puts on seasonal state-centric packaging, marketing.
Annheuser-Busch channels California in its beers.
BYD Motors Inc. announced Monday signing a community benefits agreement with Jobs to Move America to create job opportunities for underserved people at the company’s Lancaster manufacturing plant.
Downtown Lancaster has been designated as a state cultural district by the California Arts Council.
A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired a Pennsylvania manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies, it was announced Thursday.
Santa Clarita issued 545 on-location film permits in its recently completed 2016-17 fiscal year, the fourth year in a row the city has recorded more than 500 permits.
On-location film, television and commercial production fell by 4.7 percent in the second quarter compared to a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.
Penthouse Global Media has acquired Omni magazine and plans to publish a print issue of the groundbreaking science publication in October.
Former ski bum turned public relations consultant John Lockhart loves to tell the stories of client companies and their products.
John Lockhart, president of People Media Worldwide Inc., on gathering audiences to hear his clients’ stories.
ENTERTAINMENT: Partners see demand for Crimson Studios.
Crimson Production Studios is taking advantage of the booming local entertainment industry with new soundstages.
Two Valley employees given awards because they help businesses.
Chamber of Commerce honors public servants who helped local businesses in the line of duty.
AEROSPACE: Company signs license deals with legacy motor manufacturers.
Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. has made a deal with Pratt & Whitney Canada for the manufacturing rights to components for a business jet engine.
Provision Interactive Technologies announced an agreement to install its 3-D kiosks in a chain of discount drugstores in Ohio.
Lancaster has paired up with a German company to provide electric vehicle charging stations at the base of five streetlights in the downtown area.
TECHNOLOGY: Officials reject proposals for citywide wireless.
L.A. wants omnipresent internet. What’s getting in the way?
PennyMac Financial Services Inc. late Wednesday announced it was starting a $50 million stock repurchase program, and the stock of the company bounced up on Thursday.
Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford was charged Wednesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with conspiracy, conflict of interest and perjury for allegedly receiving more than $60,000 from local consultants and not disclosing the money on financial statements.
The former Ikea property and building in downtown Burbank sold this month for nearly $5.5 million, according to CoStar Group Inc.
Accounting software developer FloQast Inc. raised $25 million in a second round of funding and will use the money for expansion to foreign markets and product innovation.
Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram broke ground Thursday on its Ram of the West Truck Center at the Lancaster Auto Mall.
Monster Digital Inc. has received an extension from Nasdaq to gain compliance with the exchange’s minimum stockholder equity requirement.
LIST: Overall, a positive year for compensation among Valley bosses.