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


A strong and growing U.S. economy has created opportunities for small business lending.

Audio Mixer Makes Sound Investment in Studio

technology: Six theaters at Burbank facility support digital screening.

Pixelogic upgrades Burbank sound studio.

Stable Oil, Less Debt Lift California Resources

ENERGY: Production firm’s stock gains 101 percent year to date.

California Resources posts 101 percent gain since the start of the year.

NBCUniversal Puts Three Execs on Hulu Board

NBCUniversal has added three members to the board of directors of online streaming service Hulu, according to media reports.

Capstone Plans Investor Open House

Capstone Turbine Corp. is opening the doors of its San Fernando Valley headquarters and manufacturing facility to investors and analysts next month.

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Second Sight Selects Manufacturing-Savvy COO

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has named Pat Ryan as its chief operating officer effective immediately.

Family Businesses Answer Succession Questions

LIST: Expectations about office and home impacts relationships, results.

Growing up with father who had started his own landscaping company in the early 1970s, Chris Angelo said it was never directly implied that he would join the family business.

Partners to Sell Pot Sensors

TECHNOLOGY: Companies hope to crack growing market.

Two companies partner to sell pot sensors.

Tariffs Raise Input Prices for Valley Manufacturers

TRADE: Chief executive urges letter-writing to lawmakers for relief.

When it comes to the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, Richard Brent is not shy about expressing his opinion.

Space Glut Could Hurt Public Storage Shares

RENTALS: Analyst cites ‘elevated supply’ that will limit rate increases.

Public Storage shares hurt by oversupply.

County Planning Commission Approves Tejon Ranch Project

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors the approval of a massive residential and commercial project at Tejon Ranch.

DataDirect Buys Cloud Provider

DataDirect Networks is expected to close in the next few days its acquisition of Tintri Inc., a deal that will boost the company’s product portfolio.

Semtech Exceeds Expectations in Q2

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on revenue and adjusted earnings for the fiscal second quarter.

GeoLinks Lands Big Grant From FCC

GeoLinks has been awarded $87.8 million from the Federal Communications Commission to bring broadband service to rural areas in California and Nevada.

AeroVironment Donates Drones to West Point

AeroVironment Inc. has donated two Quantix drones to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Deluxe to Lay Off 46 Workers in Burbank

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is laying off a total of 46 employees from two of its locations in Burbank.

Home Improvement Platform Serviz Acquired

Serviz, an on-demand provider of home repair services, has been acquired by competitor Porch, the companies announced.

Valley Testing Service Moves to Orange County

Engineering and testing company National Technical Systems Inc. is relocating all its corporate functions to a new facility in Anaheim, vacating its office in the west San Fernando Valley.

Stratolaunch Announces New Spaceship Line

Stratolaunch Systems announced Monday a new line of launch vehicles that includes a space plane.

Former Wells Fargo Exec Joins Union Bank

Patrick Nygren, the former top executive at Wells Fargo in the San Fernando Valley, has joined Union Bank as regional president for Los Angeles and the Central Coast, the financial institution announced Tuesday.

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Higher-End Showroom

AUTOMOTIVE: Mercedes-Benz selects Thousand Oaks to host gallery for its AMG brand.

Thousand Oaks car dealer sells top-of-the-line Mercedes.

Study: State Missing Out on Big Action Movies

FILM: California hosted 10 top-grossing titles last year, behind Georgia’s 15.

FilmL.A. report on lack of big budget films made in area.

Skill Scarcity

From large aerospace contractors to small machine shops, Valley-region manufacturers have a challenge finding workers.

Finding employees presents a challenge for area companies.

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Wells Fargo’s Top Valley Exec Leaves Bank

Patrick Nygren, the former regional president in the San Fernando Valley for Wells Fargo Bank, has left the company.

Calabasas Software Firm Acquired

Private equity firm Providence Strategic Growth has acquired a majority stake of ExakTime Inc., an employee attendance tracking software maker for the construction industry.

Delivery Service Axing Jobs

Golden State Overnight Delivery Service Inc. is laying off its entire staff of drivers from its Santa Clarita location this fall.

Former Deloitte Advisory CEO Joins BlackLine Board

BlackLine Inc. has named Owen Ryan to its board of directors effective this month to contribute his expertise on the company’s next phase of growth.

Burbank Backlot Sold for $85 Million

A 12-building industrial park with aerospace and entertainment tenants in Burbank has sold, fetching nearly $85 million for its seller.

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Study: California Not Getting Its Share of Big Action Films

California was the location for 10 of the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, according to a study released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Expenses Eat into Disney Earnings

Walt Disney Co. missed Wall Street estimates on adjusted earnings and fell short on revenue for the fiscal third quarter.

VEDC’s CEO Leaves Amid Other Changes

The Valley Economic Development Center on Monday said its chief executive has left, the third person to vacate that post in less than two years.

Campus & Commerce

New CSUN Athletic Director Michael Izzi plans to extend ‘paths that create revenue streams.’

New CSUN athletic director wants community connections.

MGM Buyout Could Fix Tix

ACQUISITION: Discount ticket vendor in talks with hotelier.

Discount ticket seller in buyout talks.

Long-Time Switch Maker Expands into Sensors

AVIONICS: Hydra-Electric celebrates 70 years while moving into new markets.

Burbank switch maker celebrates 70 years.

Car Sales as Barometer

LIST: Data indicate strong but slower year for dealers in step with the economy.

With the economy humming along, new car sales in California have a quick start out of the gate this year.

Preview: MGM Buyout Could Fix Tix

Discount ticket vendor in talks with hotelier.

InVia Robotics Secures $20 Million in Expansion Capital

InVia Robotics announced on Thursday it received $20 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to about $29 million.

Earnings: Teledyne, BlackLine, Wesco

Teledyne Technologies, BlackLine and Wesco Aircraft all beat analyst expectations for the second quarter.

Aerospace Vet Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne

The former president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been appointed senior vice president of the space business unit of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

iPayment to Lay Off 30 in Westlake Village

Credit card payment services provider iPayment Holdings Inc. will lay off 30 employees from its Westlake Village headquarters in September, according to the company and the state Employment Development Department.

Metro Board Approves Orange Line Upgrades

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has approved improvements to the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley.

Disney, Fox Shareholders OK Acquisition

Shareholders of Walt Disney Co. voted to approve Friday morning the acquisition of the media assets of 21st Century Fox.

Interlink Logs Medical Customer Order

Interlink Electronics Inc. received an order valued at $880,000 from an existing medical customer.

Sun Air Jets Renews Lease in Van Nuys

Sun Air Jets will continue occupying two hangars at Van Nuys Airport through 2030 in an agreement with Aeroplex/Aerolease Group.

Former Bank Exec Takes Marketing Role at Universal Studios

A former executive at Wells Fargo & Co. has been named the new chief marketing officer at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Report: Intuit Shrinks Presence in Woodland Hills

Financial software developer Intuit Inc. is cutting back on its leased space in Woodland Hills as it relocates this fall.

Tix Corp. Refutes 'Poison Pill' Tactic

Tix Corp. has rejected a claim by a major shareholder that he has triggered a “poison pill” provision in shareholders rights plan, the company announced Monday.

Car Detailers Descend on Air Museum

Valley pros join crew to polish aluminum on vintage planes.

Valley auto detailers clean historical aircraft.

Euro TV Producer Takes Interest in Shushybye

ANIMATION: Children’s show targets expanding market of toddlers, preschoolers.

European company to produce children’s program.

NASA Grant Pushes Frontier into Deep Space

AEROSPACE: R&D firm will seek low-cost propellants.

Simi Valley company gets NASA grant to develop deep space oxidizer.