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

Skunk Works in Palmdale Starts Work on Quiet Supersonic Jet

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works facility has started producing the first parts for the X-59 quiet supersonic technology aircraft.

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'Space Jam 2' Among Films Qualifying for Tax Credit

“Space Jam 2” from Warner Bros. Pictures was one of 15 film projects picked to receive state tax credits, the California Film Commission announced Monday.

Lancaster Names New City Manager

The Lancaster City Council has named Jason Caudle as the new city manager to replace Mark Bozigian when he retires next month.

Chatsworth Vaping Websites Agree to Customer Age Checks

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Thursday that two electronic cigarette companies in the San Fernando Valley have agreed to keep minors from buying products at their websites.

'Positive Aerospace Market' Grows Revenue at Wesco

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. fell short of Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings but topped on revenue in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Industrial Metal Supply Names President

Industrial Metal Supply Co. has promoted David Pace to be president of the Sun Valley metal distributor.

Marketing Agency Lays Off 82 in Burbank

Merkle Group Inc. is laying off 82 employees from the Burbank location of its digital marketing operations.

Local Leaders React to Amazon's HQ2 Decision

Area business leaders expressed disappointment and surprise about Inc. not picking Los Angeles as a site for its second headquarters.

Delta to Begin Nonstop Burbank-Atlanta Flights

Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning in July.

ZPower’s Tiny Batteries Deliver Big Growth Spurt

A small item has given ZPower Inc. a big boost in growth.

Semtech’s Big Internet Bet

Technology: Alibaba deal confirms chip maker’s strategy.

Semtech Corp. expands with Internet of Things chips.

Sada Systems Expands to Texas, New York

Cloud: Company takes WeWork space to better serve existing clients.

Sada Systems expanding into other states.

Smooth Transition as Teledyne CEO Steps Down

Manufacturing: New leader inherits acquisition pipeline from Mehrabian. leaves behind acquisition pipeline for new leader.

CEO change impacts Teledyne share price.

Wildfires Cause Hotel Evacuations, Freeway Closures

Two wildfires straddling Los Angeles and Ventura counties have caused mass evacuations of homes and businesses in areas from Calabasas to Malibu.

Thousand Oaks Shooting Claims 13 Lives

A gunman shot and killed 12 people before turning the gun on himself at a bar hosting a college night in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday.

Disney Beats Analyst Expectations on Revenue, Earnings

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street projections on earnings and revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Mixed Results for Capstone's Quarter

Capstone Turbine missed Wall Street estimates on earnings but beat them on revenue in its fiscal second quarter.

GeoLinks CEO Joins FCC Broadband Committee

GeoLinks Chief Executive Skyler Ditchfield has been appointed to a working group of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Study: Film Tax Credit Yields $6 Billion in Spending

California’s expanded film and television production tax credit program has brought in nearly $6 billion in direct spending to the state in its first three years, a new study on the program by the California Film Commission found.

Kobe Bryant, Goldman Sachs Invest in Sherman Oaks Startup

Sales engagement analytics provider RingDNA has received $30 million in a funding round led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity.

MannKind, BlackLine Report Quarterly Results

MannKind Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings but missed on revenue, while BlackLine beat expectation on revenue in the third quarter.

L.A. City Seeks Injunctions Against Chatsworth Vaping Vendors

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office is seeking injunctions against two electronic cigarette companies in the San Fernando Valley for illegal sale of vaping products online without proper age verification.

LegalZoom Investor Adds Member to Board

Online legal services company Inc. has added a new member to its board as part of an investment from a Silicon Valley firm.

Urban Fulfillment to Close Westlake Village Office, Lay Off 85

Urban Fulfillment Services LLC is closing its Westlake Village operations, resulting in the elimination of 85 jobs.

Growth Mode at Credit Unions

LIST: Membership up at region’s largest institutions.

Logix moves headquarters to Valencia.

Valley Film Festival Moves into Distribution Deals

CINEMA: Organizers to debut one-day movie market early next year.

Valley Film Festival moves into distribution.

Old World Craftsman

Irishman John Parker settled in the Valley for the business opportunity – and he has no regrets.

Canoga Park contractor talks immigrant experience.

Garcetti Talks Homelessness, Economic Development at Business Event

Calling the San Fernando Valley a place of “doers, dreamers and innovators,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti laid out to area business leaders Friday afternoon how his administration is creating opportunity.

Blue Microphones Wins Emmy

Blue Microphones won an Emmy award for its Mix-Fi studio headphones, the first time any set of headphones has received that honor.

Area Stocks Plunge With Markets; Few Gainers

Many Valley-area companies got caught up in the plummeting stock markets on Wednesday.

Van Nuys Airport Going Solar

Representatives from seven businesses at Van Nuys Airport on Wednesday unveiled commitments to solar energy at the San Fernando Valley airfield.

Teledyne Swaps Out CEOs

Teledyne Technologies Inc. announced late Tuesday that its longtime leader, Robert Mehrabian, will step down as chief executive and take on the position of executive chairman effective Jan. 1.

Plane Crash Closes 101 Freeway

A World War II-style airplane crashed Tuesday afternoon on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills.

Cast & Crew Acquires Live Theater Payroll Accounting Firm

Cast & Crew has acquired Checks & Balances Payroll Inc., a payroll services firm to the live theater industry.

California Resources Enters Gas-Drilling Joint Venture

California Resources Corp. has formed a joint venture with a San Diego energy company for development of the largest dry gas field in the state.

Four New Hangars Coming to Camarillo Airport

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has given initial approval for a developer to build four new hangars at Camarillo Airport.

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Disney Studios Adds Fox Executives

Walt Disney Co. announced that several executives of 21st Century Fox will join its studio entertainment management team assuming the Burbank company’s deal to acquire 21st Century Fox closes.

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Limoneira Picks Lennar, KB Home for Santa Paula Housing Project

Limoneira Co. will partner with two homebuilders to construct the first homes at the company’s Harvest at Limoneira project.

Feature Film Location Production Increases in Third Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production increased by 3 percent in the third quarter, led by feature film production, according to figures released Tuesday by FilmL.A.

Automotive PR Pioneer Exits by Selling Firm

MARKETING: Joe Molina built JMPR on luxury brands.

Joseph Molina sells Woodland Hills PR firm.

City Organizers Shout About Burbank Tech Talks

TECHNOLOGY: Program seeks to grow employment base through entrepreneurship.

Burbank Tech Talks plans more events this year.

State Farm Closing Westlake Village Operations

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is closing its office in Westlake Village at the end of next month, resulting in the loss of 69 jobs.

Lancaster City Manager Bozigian to Retire

Lancaster City Manager Mark Bozigian will retire from the job effective at the end of the year.

Entertainment Firm Rebrands

GRB Entertainment has rebranded itself and has promoted several executives as part of the reorganization.

BlackLine Enters Japan Via Joint Venture

Accounting software developer BlackLine Inc. has created a joint venture to sells its accounting and financial software in Japan.

Disney to Reorganize Executive Ranks After Fox Deal

Walt Disney Co. has announced a new organizational structure for its broadcast and cable businesses assuming its deal to acquire 21st Century Fox closes.

Ski Alert: Seasonal Flights From Burbank to Mammoth

Semi-private air carrier JetSuiteX will begin ski season service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Mammoth Lakes starting in December.

Teledyne Gliders to Survey Antarctic Marine Life

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received a $7 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide equipment used in the study of the krill population in Antarctica.

Camarillo Firm Wins $5.7 Million Navy Contract

Saalex Solutions Inc. has received a $5.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to support the Navy Munitions Command Pacific CONUS West Division.

Northridge Missile Facility Secures $171 Million Contract

Northrop Grumman has received a $171 million contract from the U.S. Navy to continue production on its advanced anti-radiation guided missile system.