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

Location Filming Posts Decline in 2019

On-location filming dropped last year compared to the prior year, despite increases in television comedies and web-based content.

Tejon Ranch Calls New Environmental Lawsuit ‘Unconscionable’

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against Tejon Ranch Co. and Kern County over the County Board of Supervisors’ re-approval of Grapevine at Tejon Ranch, a master planned residential community.

Cable Maker in Valencia Acquired

A New York electronics distributor has acquired Whitmor/Wirenetics, a provider of high-performance wire, cable and tubing in Valencia.

Wesco Goes Private as Platinum Acquisition Closes

Platinum Equity has closed its acquisition of Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $1.9 billion.

Teledyne Buys OakGate Technologies

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired software and hardware developer OakGate Technologies Inc.

Infinity Capital in Woodland Hills Acquired

A New Jersey alternate lender has acquired the merchant portfolio of Infinity Capital Funding, a San Fernando Valley firm providing loans and cash advances to small businesses.

Software Helps Teams Collaborate

Loomly reports triple-digit growth with remote workers.

Marketing collaboration software developer Loomly finished up last year with triple-digit growth and revenue surpassing $2 million.

Wealth Managers See Question Marks in 2020

INVESTMENTS: Election year, volatility pose challenges that technology can’t address.

In 2020, Christopher Lamia expects volatility in capital markets, which will directly impact his business as a financial advisor.

Audits Grow More ‘Ugly,’ Expensive

Most CFOs live in fear of investigators’ findings.

FloQast, the Van Nuys accounting software developer, released the results of a survey last month that showed audits are becoming more costly and burdensome for companies of all sizes.

Flexibility for Franchisers in the New Economy

LIST: My Gym stores come in three models, based on investment and location.

In the early 1990s, when he was considering starting to franchise locations of his children’s fitness center My Gym, Corey Bertisch was surprised at the number of people who wanted to get involved.

Employee Benefits Site Utilizes a B2B Model

MyProtectionHero has insurance, management articles.

A team of entrepreneurs has created a new website to provide information to employees about worker benefits.

PPG Paint Shop For Aerospace

MANUFACTURING: Burbank site renovated to augment research.

PPG Industries Inc. last month completed upgrades at its aerospace research and technology center in Burbank.

Orange County Company to Buy Valley Securities Firms, Pending FINRA Approval

A Newport Beach investment holding company plans to acquire two securities broker dealer firms in the San Fernando Valley.

Research Station in Antarctica to Run on Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine Corp. received a follow-on order for one of its microturbines from the National Science Foundation for use at its McMurdo research station in Antarctica.

Receiver Alleges Corruption in Sale of Universal City Nissan Dealership

The receiver for automotive dealership Sage Group has filed a lawsuit alleging that Japanese automaker Nissan concealed a corrupt relationship between it and an auto group that bought dealerships from Sage in Universal City and Glendale.

Tix Board Member Resigns, Replaced by Vegas Developer

Tix Corp. announced Friday the resignation of David Saxe as a member of the board of directors, effective Dec. 16.

Cinedigm Buys Stake in Chinese Entertainment Company

Cinedigm Corp. announced Thursday its intention to buy a 29 percent stake in a Chinese film and video production company.

Cast & Crew Recruits First Chief Commercial Officer

Graham Younger has been named chief commercial officer at entertainment accounting firm Cast & Crew.

Economy Fills the Sails for Private Companies

LIST: Revenue growth comes from geographic expansion, new products.

The San Fernando Valley has a diverse group of large private companies, ranging from a tool retailer to a trade journal publisher, from car dealerships to transportation logistics.

Out of Innings

SPORTS: Major League Baseball plans to cut affiliation with 42 farm teams, including the Lancaster JetHawks.

Lancaster JetHawks among 42 minor league teams on chopping block.

Rexford Takes Conejo Spectrum

Completion of the Conejo Spectrum industrial park last year marked the first new state-of-the-art industrial project of significant size in Ventura County or the San Fernando Valley in 15 years.

ASGN Buyouts a Path to Future

Asgn Inc. made two major acquisitions this year that expanded the company’s capabilities to serve federal government agencies and in digital innovation to enterprise clients.

Succession Comes Fast For Matthews Studio

Founder passes away, leaving son to run the business.

Family-owned companies often consider succession planning critical to the success of the business.

‘The Orville’ Takes Home Hardware

Burbank associ ation honors post-production firm FuseFX.

FuseFX came away a winner at the Hollywood Professional Association’s annual awards show last month.

Warner Bros. Unveils a New Logo

Rebranding campaign includes mission statement.

More than 500 employees of Warner Bros. Studios gathered last month to see the unveiling of the new logo on the water tower at the studio lot.

Deadline Nears for Diversity on Public Boards

GOVERNANCE: Most companies in Valley have a woman at the table.

Valley doing OK as deadline nears for diversity on public boards.

Capstone Names CFO

Capstone Turbine Corp. announced Friday that Frederick Hencken III has been appointed as chief financial officer.

Preview: Major League Baseball to Jettison the Jethawks?

Pushback on plan to cancel farm teams.

Van Nuys-Based Helicopter Possibly Struck by Drone

A helicopter operated for KABC-TV Channel 7 in Glendale was possibly hit by a drone Wednesday night and made a precautionary landing.

ServiceTitan Acquires Water Treatment Software Firm

ServiceTitan has acquired WaterSoftWare, a business management services firm for the water treatment industry.

Valley’s Nury Martinez Becomes President of L.A. City Council

Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez was elected Tuesday as the new president of the City Council.

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Credit Union Branch Slated for Palmdale

Edwards Federal Credit Union broke ground this month on its new flagship branch and administration building in Palmdale.

Clean Energy Executive Joins Capstone Board

Capstone Turbine Corp. has appointed Denise Wilson to its board of directors.

Wesco's Quarter Disappoints Analysts

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. missed on Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings and revenue in what may be its final quarter as a public company.

Camarillo Promotional Products Company to Close

A Camarillo promotional products company is shutting down its operation in Ventura County, resulting in the loss of 145 jobs.

Real Estate Brokerage Rex Raises $40 Million

Digital real estate brokerage Rex has raised $40 million in a Series C funding.

AeroVironment Settles With State Department on Export Violations

AeroVironment Inc. will pay a $500,000 penalty after reaching a two-year settlement agreement with the U.S. State Department over alleged export violations of defense equipment, including technical data.

Anywhere Drone

TRANSPORTATION: The Rhaegal could land a 1,000 pound cargo payload in your backyard.

Sabrewing to test air cargo drone with 1,000-pound capacity in Antelope Valley.

Venture Capitalist Joins AI Firm in Portfolio

Beyond Limits to benefit from expertise during scale-up phase.

In the venture capital business, it is not unusual for someone from an investment firm to go work at one of the companies in its portfolio.

Warehouse Robots Get New Software

InVia program update to increase efficiency of logistics operations.

InVia in Westlake Village updates software for warehouse picker machines.

A Merger of Technology Consultants

Faye Business Systems to target mid-size firms with CRM product.

Faye Business Systems Group has merged with Intelestream, a Chicago technology product development and consulting firm.

Preview: Vertical-Landing Cargo Drones in Development

Test flights to begin in Antelope Valley.

Galpin Displays at Auto Show

Galpin Auto Sports was among the exhibitors taking part in Automobility LA this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the conference of transportation professionals and news media that precedes the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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New NetSol Executive to Focus on Europe

NetSol Technologies Inc. has appointed Chris Mobley as the new head of its NFS Ascent Wholesale operation in Europe.

Teledyne Sells Seismic Instruments to Norwegian Marine Company

A division of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received a contract to supply seismic source controllers to PGS ASA, a Norwegian marine geophysical company.

AeroVironment Secures $12 Million Contract with Middle Eastern Country

AeroVironment Inc. has received a $12 million contract from a Middle Eastern country to supply spare parts, repair services and logistics support for an existing fleet of Puma and Raven unmanned aircraft.

LADOT Buys 130 Electric Buses From BYD

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has ordered 130 electric buses from BYD Motors Ltd., the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer.

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Qualstar Develops Data Storage Product With Sony

Qualstar Corp. announced Thursday it has developed a prototype enterprise class library product with Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.

AeroVironment to Upgrade Drone Radio System

AeroVironment Inc. received a U.S. Army contact valued at up to $55 million to modify radio frequency communications for one of its unmanned aircraft systems.

Earnings: NetSol Technologies, Interlink Electronics

NetSol Technologies Inc. missed Wall Street expectations, while Interlink Electronics Inc. saw an increase in revenue and earnings in the third quarter.