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

Dole Prevails in Directors and Officers Liability Lawsuit

In an appeals case involving liability insurance for directors and officers, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dole Food Co.

Salem Ends Year With Profitable Quarter

Salem Media Group Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and earnings in the fourth quarter.

Memes and Viral Videos Join Loop Media Networks

Loop Media Inc., the Glendale distributor of short form video, has signed a partnership with Doing Things Media to bring that company’s content to Loop business customers.

Valley Studios Win Tax Credits for Feature Films

A number of San Fernando Valley studios and production companies will receive financing for feature film projects from the latest round of tax credits under the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program.

A Second Sight Buyout Strategy

MEDICAL DEVICES: Companies join tech for visual prosthetics.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. plans to combine with Pixium Vision SA, a French company, to pursue their common quest to develop bionic vision systems.

Avery Positioned to Grow as Economy Ramps Up

MANUFACTURING: Analyst cites ‘strong competitive advantage’ in many markets.

Avery Dennison Corp. has made progress toward its five key goals as reflected in the company’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings released last month.

SPAC Deal Puts Electric Truck Maker on Nasdaq

Xos will use capital infusion to expand fleet.

Xos, the electric-powered truck manufacturer with offices in North Hollywood, is to become a publicly traded company following its merger with Special Purpose Acquisition Company NextGen Acquisition Corp., it was announced on Feb. 22.

Attraction Maker Busy in Pandemic

Work switches from theme parks to football arenas and theaters.

With no crowds at theme parks, LA ProPoint should be out of work. But the attraction design and manufacturing firm in Sun Valley has found work in related industries and kept busy with three lengthy projects.

No-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Can’t Crack Market

SunDial solves chemical issue, sales prove elusive.

Shivie Dhillon has developed a stable version of hypochlorous acid for use in a hand sanitizer to combat the coronavirus.

American Homes 4 Rent Reports Higher Revenue, Earnings

American Homes 4 Rent beat Wall Street estimates on earnings for the fourth quarter while matching on revenue.

Preview: A Second Sight Buyout Strategy

Companies combine technology for visual prosthetics.

Airline Hiring at Hollywood Burbank Airport

Charter flight operator Avelo Airlines is hiring about 150 employees for operations at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

AeroVironment Buys AI Firm

AeroVironment Inc. announced Wednesday that it had acquired the intelligent systems group of Progeny Systems Corp. for $30 million. AeroVironment’s stock surged on Wednesday.

Toyota’s Hydrogen Car Debuts in Lancaster

Lancaster became one of the first cities in the country to debut the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen-powered car.

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Capstone Receives $5 Million in Arbitration Settlement

Capstone Turbine Corp. will receive $5 million in a settlement with a former parts supplier that took a dispute to arbitration.

AeroVironment Completes Acquisition of Drone-Maker

AeroVironment Inc. completed its acquisition of Arcturus UAV Inc. making it a wholly owned subsidiary under the AeroVironment brand.

Earnings: Marcus & Millichap Beats Estimates, LTC Properties’ Revenue Declines

Marcus & Millichap beats Wall Street expectations, while LTC Properties reports a slight decline in revenue.

Perseverance Carries Valley Components to Mars

The landing of the newest Mars rover on the Red Planet is of interest locally because of the many components created by Valley-region companies.

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Report: Raytheon Contests Aerojet Rocketdyne Acquisition

Raytheon Technologies Corp. will contest the acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. by Lockheed Martin Corp., according to media reports.

COVID Economy Yields Quarterly Loss for NetSol Technologies

NetSol Technologies Inc. reported lower earnings and revenue for the fiscal second quarter.

Ember Technologies Selects Head of Consumer Business

Ember Technologies Inc. has named Jim Rowan as chief executive of its consumer business.

Two Tech Firms Offer Data Storage

Dynamic Rentals,Codex to rent disc space to producers.

Dynamic Rentals, a Burbank technology company for the entertainment industry, has joined with Codex in Los Angeles to provide its workflow products and MediaVault storage to production companies and rental houses on an on-demand basis.

Calavo Reconfigures Board in Market Slowdown

FOOD: Avocado grower has revenue decline of 20 percent last quarter to $234 million.

Calavo Growers Inc. has reconfigured its board in the past six months as one new member was added while three members resigned.

Stickers Deflect Radiation From Wireless Earbuds

TECHNOLOGY: WaveBlock finds eager health-conscious market on social media.

TECHNOLOGY: WaveBlock finds eager health-conscious market on social media.

CPA Firms Continue Consolidation in Pandemic

LIST: This year, work-at-home accountants are prepared for upcoming tax season.

Steve Landsman is a partner in the Encino office of Baker Tilly US LLP.

Loop’s Many Partners on Growth Path

Distributor seeks ‘to entertain every household’ worldwide.

Loop Media Inc. has announced three new partnerships in the past month.

Burroughs’ Hollywood Exposé Still Resonates

Novel by Tarzana founder contrasts the seamy glitz of the movie business and family life in the Valley.

Best known as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs also wrote other books, including a seedy tale about Hollywood.

Disney, BlackLine Beat Wall Street Estimates

Walt Disney Co. in Burbank and BlackLine Inc. in Woodland Hills exceeded expectations with their quarterly financial performance.

Clay Lacy Installs Solar at Van Nuys Headquarters

Clay Lacy Aviation completed the installation of a 500-kilowatt solar array covering 30,000 square feet of roof space at its headquarters at Van Nuys Airport.

CEO Provides Capital Infusion for Tix

Tix Corp. has entered into a binding letter of agreement with Chief Executive Mitch Francis after concluding a strategic review process.

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Ventura County Voters to Decide Oil Drilling Regulations

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors certified signatures this week to put before voters a ballot initiative on new oil and gas regulations.

PennyMac Exceeds Expectations in Fourth Quarter

PennyMac Financial Services Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and matched on revenue for the fourth quarter.

Jet Edge in Van Nuys Signs Partnership With Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii

Jet Edge International has signed a partnership with Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii to provide large-cabin aircraft flights to the islands for guests at Four Seasons’ properties.

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ServiceTitan Acquisition Targets Pest Control, Yard Care Industries

Trade industry software company ServiceTitan has acquired a similar company that provides software for pest control, lawn care and arbor companies.

All Things Comedy Moves to Triton Digital Platform

Triton Digital, the podcast and digital audio software provider, has signed on All Things Comedy as its newest customer.

Big Cal Lutheran Donation Switches Direction

PHILANTHROPY: $4.8 million will go to scholarships, not Management School building.

Two years after becoming the founding investor in a new building for the School of Management at California Lutheran University, Steve Dorfman has changed his mind on how he wants his donation spent.

AmaWaterways Readies New Ships

Cruise line sees demand in the post-pandemic tourist season.

AmaWaterways took delivery of one new ship late last year and is scheduled to receive another this spring – even though none of its cruisers are sailing in Europe.

Burbank Accelerator for Post-COVID Economy

Wanted: Ventures focused on the future of work.

The city of Burbank is upping its game in getting the word out about what it has to offer to startups and entrepreneurs.

Marcus & Millichap Keeps Up Acquisition Talks

REAL ESTATE: Brokerage focuses on bulking up its finance operations.

Since starting its acquisition initiative in mid-2018, Marcus & Millichap Inc. has completed seven deals with particular emphasis on growing its lending business.

US Nuclear Recounts Year, Expects Bounce-Back

Shareholder letter posits acquisitions during 2021.

In a letter to its shareholders, US Nuclear Corp. laid out its plans for the coming year and took stock of what it had been through in 2020.

Black Entrepreneurs Month: Sheridan March

The economic lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus have killed many businesses. But in a way, the lingering quarantines created Selfish LLC.

Black Entrepreneurs Month: Felicia Hudson & Walter Elliott

At Walter’s Cookies in West Hills, it may be Walter Elliott’s name on the product but it’s his wife Felicia who runs things.

Mission Valley Bank Reports Higher Income for Fourth Quarter

Mission Valley Bancorp increased its net income in the fourth quarter and its total assets for the full year.

Calavo's Former Chairman, CEO Retires From Board

Calavo Growers Inc. announced Thursday that Lecil Cole, former chief executive and chairman, will step down from the board of directors effective March 1.

Another Big Drop in Filming Activity

On-location filming dropped by more than 25 percent in the fourth quarter, with reality television showing the only increase, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A. The full year, however, saw the lowest on-location activity in Film L.A.’s 25-year existence.

Teledyne Beats Estimates

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

Loop Media Offers App on Amazon Fire TV

Loop Media Inc. has made its music video app available through Amazon Fire TV.

California Resources Consolidates Leadership Team to Save $8 Million Annually

California Resources Corp. has reduced the size of its leadership team by eliminating positions in public affairs, exploration and development, investor relations and finance.

Tutor Perini to Renovate Federal Properties for $66.9 Million

A subsidiary of Sylmar construction firm Tutor Perini Corp. has received two fixed-price federal contracts worth $66.9 million.

Cal Lutheran Donor Redirects $4.8 Million From Management School

A Thousand Oaks resident who donated $4.8 million for a building at the California Lutheran University School of Management has decided to redirect the money to help support students and entrepreneurship.