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

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.

Movies Under The Stars Wow Crowds

Couple fills summer niche with inflatable screens, food trucks.

Eat See Hear dinner and movie events pop up around the Valley.

Nonprofit Offers Startups Lab Space at Discount

BIOTECH: Toolbox project hunts for tenants at new location in Chatsworth.

Entrepreneurs with medical device startups will have a new place to go this summer when Lab Launch opens a location in Chatsworth.

Car Guy Moves Beyond L.A.

AUTOMOTIVE: Mike Sullivan buys High Desert dealerships.

What does LACarGuy see in the High Desert?

Executive Paychecks Reflect Company’s Fortunes

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

Top-paid executives.

Airport Turns To Education

AVIATION: College’s aerospace manufacturing program takes over terminal in Lancaster.

Antelope Valley College makes space for manufacturing at local airport terminal.

Preview: Car Guy Moves Beyond L.A.

When “L.A. Car Guy” Mike Sullivan first heard the idea of buying two car dealerships in Lancaster, the decision was an easy one – even though it represented a new strategy for his company.

Galpin Opens 12th Auto Dealership

Galpin Motors has become the exclusive dealer of Kia cars and sport utility vehicles in the San Fernando Valley.

BioSolar Gets Partner

BioSolar Inc. has signed a joint development agreement with a South Korean battery maker for future collaboration.

Capstone Signs Lower-Cost Lender

Capstone Turbine Corp. has entered new agreements with a San Jose lender to receive up to $12 million in revolving credit.

Orbital ATK Delivers 500th Missile

Orbital ATK Inc. delivered its 500th advanced anti-radiation guided missile to the U.S. Navy, the company announced Tuesday.

Cal State Business School Receives Accreditation

The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at California State University – Channel Islands in Camarillo has received national accreditation from an independent organization.

Move to Create One Water Agency for Santa Clarita Passes Senate

A bill to consolidate water agencies in the Santa Clarita Valley moved to the California Assembly after passing this week in the state Senate.

Iger Resigns from President's Council

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger resigned on Thursday from the Trump Administration’s Business Advisory Council after it was announced the country would withdraw from an international climate change agreement.

World’s Biggest Plane Rolls into Daylight

Stratolaunch Systems said it has moved its massive Roc aircraft out of its hangar for the first time on Wednesday in preparation for fueling tests, and eventually ground and flight testing.

Bendable Bus Debuts in the High Desert

Antelope Valley Transit taps BYD to build electronic fleet.

BYD Motors is out to prove its biggest electric bus yet with new delivery in Antelope Valley.

From Farm Warehouse to Soundstages in AV

production: Former fruit facility now available for filming in Littlerock.

On the outskirts of the Antelope Valley in Littlerock sits a former fruit packing plant that has become something else – the only soundstages found in the valley.

Unconventional CEO Builds BlackLine Success

TECHNOLOGY: Product switches, key hires mark flexible style.

How Therese Tucker created the Valley’s newest public company, BlackLine.

Matthew Sprague

Star Accountant Matthew Sprague

Military Sees Market for Mini Drones

AeroVironment makes first sale of infantry recon device.

AeroVironment’s tiny 5-ounce Snipe drones fly into active duty.

Tina Lazaroff

Star Accountant Tina Lazaroff

Disney Accelerator Firm Creates ‘Car’ Toy

A Colorado company that had been in the Walt Disney Co. accelerator program has brought out a new robotic toy based on a character from the Pixar film, “Cars.”

Preview: Unconventional CEO Builds BlackLine Success

Therese Tucker sees no reason why her company BlackLine Inc. should be a success. When she formed it in 2001, she had no financial backers and no customers – in short, the 55-year-old said, she had no clue what she was doing.

Santa Monica Closure Could Benefit Valley Airports

The closure of the Santa Monica Airport will likely benefit airfields in the San Fernando Valley, an economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. told the aviation committee of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association on Wednesday.

Aerojet Wins Spaceplane Project

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been chosen to supply the main propulsion system for an experimental spaceplane being developed by Boeing Co. and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Report: California Tops for Film Production Spending

California was the primary location of 12 out of the top 100 feature films released domestically last year, making it fourth on a list in a report released Tuesday by FilmL.A.

Monster Digital Looks at Strategic Options

Monster Digital Inc. announced Friday it had hired Benchmark Co., a New York investment bank, to consider strategic alternatives for the company.

GameWorks Acquired by Oomba

The assets of GameWorks Entertainment LLC are being acquired by social media and software development company Oomba Inc.

Anheuser-Busch to Invest in Van Nuys Brewery

Anheuser-Busch is investing $10 million at its Van Nuys brewery to improve water efficiency in the filtering, brewing and packaging operations.

Dole Ripe for Public Offer?

FOOD: Billionaire David Murdock proposes to sell fruit giant’s shares to investors.

Didn’t buy those Dole Food Co. shares the other times it was public? You may get another chance.

Valley’s High Flier

Frank Miller takes the top job at Hollywood Burbank Airport just in time to manage construction of new 14-gate terminal.

Q&A: Frank Miller gets ready to oversee new terminal project as new executive director of Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Tease photo

Would-Be Composers Can Crib From Music App

SOFTWARE: Students, faculty at Cal Arts collaborate to create Auraglyph.

Unsatisfied with the music-related apps on his new iPad, Spencer Salazar decided that he would make his own.

Firm Delivers Bed in a Box

MANUFACTURING: Mattresses beat stiff online competition.

The bed-in-a-box concept has made Relief-Mart in Calabasas an Amazon favorite.

One Drop Puts MannKind Above $1 Threshold

PHARMA: Amazon-based marketing deal boosts company’s share price.

MannKind sees stock soar with marketing deal on Amazon Prime.

Investment Firm Acquires TestEquity

Test equipment supplier TestEquity has been sold by its private owner First Atlantic Capital Ltd. to LKCM Headwater Investments.

Preview: Dole Ripe for Public Offer?

At age 94, billionaire David Murdock wants to sell the food giant's shares to investors.

Entertainment Partners Acquires Affiliates

Entertainment Partners has acquired its Canadian affiliates to unite their entertainment payroll and tax incentive services, the company announced.

MannKind Stock Soars, then Earnings Disappoint

Shares in MannKind Inc. zoomed up 43 percent Wednesday, but after the market closed the company reported that it seriously missed Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue in the first quarter.

First BYD 60-Foot Electric Bus Rolls in Antelope Valley

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority took delivery this month of its first 60-foot articulated battery-powered bus made by BYD Motors Inc. at its Lancaster plant.

Wesco Misses Financial Targets

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

Disney Ahead on Earnings

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings but fell short on revenue in the fiscal second quarter.

City Files Charges Against Sun Valley Recycler

The owners of a Sun Valley scrap metal recycler have been charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney for allegedly failing to properly store and dispose of hazardous waste.

Palmdale Mayor Investigation May Involve Contractor

The mayor of Palmdale is the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney office in connection with his work for a consulting firm, according to media reports.

BlackLine Narrows Losses

BlackLine Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the first quarter, even though the company lost money.

Imaging, Aerospace Help Teledyne Beats Estimates

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and adjusted earnings in the first quarter.