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

L.A. County Approves Adult Film Permit System

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new permit and fee system for making adult films.

Van Nuys Conference Addresses Air Traffic Privatization

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.

Manufacturing Profiles: Chuck Alexander

Executives on what attracted them to north L.A. County.

Disney Splits With Netflix for Content Streaming

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.

Manufacturing 661

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.

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Manufacturing Profiles: Geoff Folkes and Chris Henson

Executives on what attracted them to north L.A. County.

Manufacturing Profiles: Dale Ray

Executives on what attracted them to north L.A. County.

Manufacturing Profiles: Joseph Avila

Executives on what attracted them to north L.A. County.

Preview: Manufacturing 661

The cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster have made manufacturing a mainstay of their economies

Burbank Aerospce Manufacturer Acquired by Private Equity Firm

A private equity firm has acquired a Burbank aerospace parts supplier.

FilmTrack Secures $5.5 Million in Venture Capital

Entertainment industry technology company FilmTrack has received $5.5 million in series C funding from Insight Venture Partners.

Buyout Takes MRV Private

The acquisition of MRV Communications Inc. was finalized Monday by a German telecommunications supplier.

Regulators Approve Palmdale Power Plant

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.

Wesco Dives After Disappointing Quarter

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.

Disney Reports Lower Profits, New Streaming Strategy

Walt Disney Co. missed analyst expectations on revenue for the fiscal third quarter but beat them on adjusted earnings.

Does MRV Buyout Benefit Its Shareholders?

TELECOM: Companies will combine strengths, but price yields a small premium.

MRV Communications is acquired at low premium.

Satisfied Customers Inspire FloQast Investors

SOFTWARE: Funding round of $25 million will finance international expansion.

Accounting software developer FloQast Inc. received $25 million in a second funding round.

A Success at Succession

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.

Ringing the Bell

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.

Feed an E-tailer

TECHNOLOGY: Firm positions products on e-commerce sites.

Feedonomics sees growth developing software for online retailers.

Teledyne Shares Up on Strong Quarter

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and earnings in the second quarter, sending up its share price.

Crednology to Buy Cloud Company

Crednology Holding Co. announced Tuesday it plans to acquire a company that provides cloud computing based services.

Valley Volunteer Ken Worthen Dies

Kenneth Worthen, a San Fernando Valley resident who was involved with local chambers of commerce and charities, passed away Sunday.

Sienna Shares Rise on IPO Day

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. debuted on the Nasdaq Thursday with its shares gaining nearly 30 percent on its first day of trading.

BYD Lands $48 Million Metro Contract

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 Sells Drones to Aussie Military

AeroVironment Inc. formally signed contracts on Tuesday to deliver its Wasp drone to the Australian military starting next year.

Galpin CEO Enters Ford’s Hall of Fame

Bert Boeckmann first to receive ‘Top Volume Dealer’ honor.

Galpin Ford wins top recognition from Ford Motor Co.

Valley Creatives Gather at San Diego Comic-Con

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.

This Bud’s for Summertime in California

King of Beers puts on seasonal state-centric packaging, marketing.

Annheuser-Busch channels California in its beers.

Big Valley Players Just Keep Getting Bigger

LIST STORY: Who’s on top.

BYD Signs Jobs Agreement at Lancaster Plant

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 Named a Cultural District

Downtown Lancaster has been designated as a state cultural district by the California Arts Council.

Teledyne Acquires Pump Manufacturer

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired a Pennsylvania manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies, it was announced Thursday.

Filming Up in Santa Clarita

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.

Location Filming Drops in Q2

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 Acquires Omni Magazine

Penthouse Global Media has acquired Omni magazine and plans to publish a print issue of the groundbreaking science publication in October.

Brand Manager

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.

Cameras Ready to Roll in Converted Warehouse

ENTERTAINMENT: Partners see demand for Crimson Studios.

Crimson Production Studios is taking advantage of the booming local entertainment industry with new soundstages.

Chamber Lauds Those Who Serve

Two Valley employees given awards because they help businesses.

Chamber of Commerce honors public servants who helped local businesses in the line of duty.

When Aging Jet Engine Needs Parts, Call Ontic

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 Signs Ohio Drugstore Deal

Provision Interactive Technologies announced an agreement to install its 3-D kiosks in a chain of discount drugstores in Ohio.

Lancaster Gets Charging Stations

Lancaster has paired up with a German company to provide electric vehicle charging stations at the base of five streetlights in the downtown area.

L.A. Fails at First Wi-Fi Try

TECHNOLOGY: Officials reject proposals for citywide wireless.

L.A. wants omnipresent internet. What’s getting in the way?

PennyMac Financial Announces Buyback; Stock Increases

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.

Conspiracy Charge Hits Palmdale Mayor

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.

Old Ikea Property Changes Hands

The former Ikea property and building in downtown Burbank sold this month for nearly $5.5 million, according to CoStar Group Inc.

FloQast Gets Financial Backing

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.

Ram Truck Center Breaks Ground

Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram broke ground Thursday on its Ram of the West Truck Center at the Lancaster Auto Mall.

Monster Digital Unveils Nasdaq Compliance Plan

Monster Digital Inc. has received an extension from Nasdaq to gain compliance with the exchange’s minimum stockholder equity requirement.

Executive Paychecks Reflect Company’s Fortunes

LIST: Overall, a positive year for compensation among Valley bosses.

Top-paid executives.

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