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

ServiceTitan to Occupy Former Nestle Space in Glendale

ServiceTitan Inc. is relocating its headquarters to space in a Glendale office building once occupied by Nestle USA.

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Semtech Creates Circuit for Radio-Enabled Hearing Aid

Semtech Corp. has partnered with Swiss hearing aid manufacturer Sonova Holding AG on a new device that uses the company’s long-range, low-power technology.

Disney Closes $71 Billion Fox Acquisition

Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday closed on its $71.3 billion acquisition of the media assets of 21st Century Fox.

Former Amazon, Microsoft Exec Joins BlackLine Board

A former Inc. and Microsoft Corp. executive will join the board of BlackLine Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Steps Down

Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down as chief executive of Warner Bros. Entertainment, according to media reports.

Chair Man of Virtual Reality’s Hardware Shop

Special Report: Entertainment

Jeffrey Travis, of virtual reality hardware firm Positron.

Cinedigm Regains Nasdaq Compliance Twice

MEDIA: Market rebound raises distributor’s share price and capitalization.

So far this month, Cinedigm Corp. has managed to regain compliance with two rules to keep its shares on the Nasdaq.

New Route to Las Vegas From Burbank Airport

CARRIER: Spirit Airlines will begin three-times-a-day flights starting June 20.

Spirit Airlines starts service from Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Alternate Futures

Special Report: Entertainment

Despite costly headsets and motion sickness, Valley companies involved in virtual reality see a market opportunity ahead for enhanced entertainment.

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Cinedigm Buys Video Network

Cinedigm Corp. has added to its streaming footprint with the acquisition of a Northern California video-on-demand channel network.

Fashion e-Commerce Site Signs Up With Westlake Village Robotics Firm

InVia Robotics has sold its automated robot and management system to a warehouse of e-commerce fulfillment business in Reno, Nev.

Preview: Alternate Futures

Marketers, gamers and doubters get their heads around virtual reality.

Spirit Airlines to Fly to Hollywood Burbank Airport

Spirit Airlines will begin service in June between Hollywood Burbank Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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Northridge Facility to Produce Defense Missile System

Northrop Grumman has received a $322 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce a new rocket motor for a variant of its advanced anti-radiation guided missile system.

Weak Quarter Sends Qualstar Shares Lower

Qualstar Corp. had weak results in the fourth quarter but showed improvement for the full year.

BlackLine Selects Chief Accounting Officer

BlackLine Inc. has promoted Patrick Villanova to chief accounting officer, the company announced Thursday.

Disney Shareholders Elect Board

Walt Disney Co. shareholders elected or re-elected nine members to the board at the annual meeting Thursday in St. Louis.

VICA Hears Update on Hangar Events at Van Nuys Airport

The Aviation Committee of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association received an update Wednesday on efforts to allow public events in aircraft hangars at Van Nuys Airport.

Cinedigm Regains Compliance With Nasdaq Rule

Cinedigm Corp. has regained compliance with a Nasdaq rule requiring its shares to have a minimum market capitalization of $15 million.

Tix Returns to Selling Cirque du Soleil Tickets

Tix Corp. has returned to selling discounted tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows at MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas.

AeroVironment Beats Wall St. Expectations

AeroVironment Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and matched on revenue in the fiscal third quarter.

Cannabis Growers Buy Capstone Turbines

Capstone Turbine Corp. has received orders for its micoturbines from two California cannabis growing operations.

New Sunrise in NoHo

AUTOMOTIVE: Upgraded showroom offers advantage in competitive Ford market.

Sunrise Ford completes $24 million makeover.

Startup to Insure Driverless Cars

FINANCE: Avinew attracts $5 million in seed money from venture capitalists.

InsureTech startup Avinew targets driverless cars.

Architecture Firm for the Average Homeowner

CONSTRUCTION: Vans bring design to the middle class.

EZPlans delivers mobile architecture.

Beer’s Name Honors Local Chamber CEO

Craft brewer says cheers for helping during startup phase.

Beer named after chamber chief executive.

VICA Opposes School Tax Measure

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association has come out against a June ballot measure for a parcel tax to raise money for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Semtech’s LoRa on Display at Innovation World Cup

Semtech Corp. provided the long-range, low-power technology used by three companies recognized at the Innovation World Cup at MWC Barcelona this week.

Palmdale Plant Produces 500th Fuselage for F-35 Fighter Jet

Northrop Grumman Corp. produced its 500th center fuselage for the F-35 Lighting II jet fighter this week at its Palmdale manufacturing facility, the company announced Monday.

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Antelope Valley Housing Supply to Meet Demand, Speaker Says

There is likely no bubble in the Antelope Valley residential housing market, a real estate broker told a crowd of about 250 people Friday morning at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade outlook conference.

BlackLine Hires Chief Technology Officer

Peter Hirsch has joined BlackLine Inc. as chief technology officer.

Semtech Co-Sponsors Digital Lab in London

Semtech Corp. has joined as a sponsor of the Future Networks Innovation Lab in London that will promote the use of the Internet of Things.

Deckers to Close in Camarillo With 99 Jobs Lost

Deckers Outdoor Corp. will close its Camarillo distribution center this summer, resulting in layoffs for 99 employees.

Virtual Reality Helps Universal Sell Movie Tickets

Technology: ‘Jurassic’ campaigns show promise, but not for every film.

Universal Studios executives discuss virtual reality campaigns.


Special Report: Accounting

Accountants see change in their industry.

Ranch Hands A-Plenty

Labor availability attracts tenants to newly built warehouses in Tejon.

Kern County becoming distribution center.

Decision to Delist

Interlink Electronics Chief Executive Steven Bronson talks about removing the company’s stock from the Nasdaq.

Steve Bronson of Interlink Electronics Inc.

When Pentagon Needs Paperclips

DEFENSE: Moorpark contractor orders and ships sundry items.

‘Amazon for the Pentagon’ in Moorpark.

Preview: Tejon Ranch Build-Out

Joint venture plans 580,000-square-foot spec warehouse.

Bank of America to Lay Off 120 at Simi Valley Loan Center

Bank of America is laying off more than 120 employees from its home loan department in Simi Valley effective later this year.

BlackLine Beats Wall Street Expectations

BlackLine Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter.

Production for Hourlong TV Series Increases

California is having one of its best seasons ever when it comes to production of one-hour television series, according to a new report from FilmL.A.

Earnings Roundup: ASGN, NetSol, Cinedigm Report

ASGN gains, NetSol improves and Cinedigm meets Wall Street expectations.

Virgin Galactic Donates Rocket Engine to Smithsonian

Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Co. have donated a hybrid rocket motor to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Capstone Falls After Quarterly Report

Shares of Capstone Turbine Inc. fell more than 13 percent Friday, the day after the company reported a wider net loss and a decrease in revenue for the fiscal third quarter.

Open Letter Asks for Change at Tix Corp.

The share price of Tix Corp. dropped by 12 percent Wednesday after an open letter from an investor advocated for new leadership on the Studio City company’s board of directors.

Disney Beats Estimates as Start to 'Transformative Year'

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter.

Teledyne Closes Roper Acquisition

Teledyne Technologies Inc. closed on Tuesday its acquisition of the scientific imaging businesses of Roper Technologies Inc.

Buddhist Builder

Bart Mendel divides his time between managing construction projects and teaching meditation.

Bart Mendel blends business and Buddhism.

Xytech’s Innovation System Works for 30 Years

MANAGEMENT: To evolve with Hollywood, firm thinks 36 months ahead.

Xytech systemizes innovation.