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

Santa Clarita Reports Annual Film Growth

The city of Santa Clarita recorded for a fifth year in a row more than 500 film permits for on-location filming within its borders.

Glendale Mayor to Chair Airport Authority

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority elected Zareh Sinanyan as its new president for the coming year.

Waste Management, Agromin to Refurbish Turf at Lancaster Soccer Center

Waste Management of Antelope Valley and Agromin are partnering to fix the turf at Lancaster’s Gilly National Soccer Center.

Disney to Broadcast eSports Competitions

Walt Disney Co. will air video game competitions on ESPN and Disney XD starting this month after signing a multi-year agreement with Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Proposes Sky Tram to Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. Entertainment is proposing a $100 million aerial tram to take visitors to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park.

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NetSol Signs Asian Auto Finance Client

NetSol Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to provide its software to a leading Asian auto captive finance company.

Women Entrepreneurs: #34 Carrie Nebens

President, Equis Staffing Calabasas

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Women Entrepreneurs: #18 Kim Frankel

Chief Executive, Abacorp CNC Machined Parts Chatsworth

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Women Entrepreneurs: #27 Michelle McCue

Chief Executive, McCue Communications Burbank

The List: Women-Owned Businesses profiles

Internet in the Sky

Airborne Wireless Network thinks commerical planes with antennae could provide broadband to isolated users.

Simi Valley company creating broadband network with airplanes.

Hackers Work Together to Help Israeli Tourism

EDUCATION: Students seek to teach airline travelers about nation’s culture.

Hackathon focuses on Israeli tourism.

Railyard Spot A Hot Button

TRANSPORTATION: Metro decision grieves firms forced to move.

Metro approves light rail project for Van Nuys, potentially displacing businesses.

Virgin Galactic to Provide Italian Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic and affiliated manufacturing firm Spaceship Co. announced Friday signing an agreement with two Italian companies to bring spaceflights to the European country.

Preview: Internet in the Sky

Airborne Wireless Network thinks commercial planes with antennae could provide broadband to isolated users.

AeroVironment in Development on NASA Mars Drone

AeroVironment Inc. is developing a helicopter drone that will fly on Mars.

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Valley Studios Bring TV Shows Back to California

Two television series from San Fernando Valley production companies will relocate to Los Angeles after receiving more than $15 million in California tax credits.

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Governor Extends Film Tax Credit

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Wednesday a law that extends the state’s film tax credit program to 2025.

Ball Beverage Plant in Chatsworth to Close

The Ball Corp. beverage packing plant in Chatsworth is expected to close this summer, resulting in the loss of more than 100 jobs.

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AeroVironment Beat Expectations on Revenue, Income

AeroVironment Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter.

Chatsworth Company Buys Lustre System from Intel

DataDirect Networks Inc. has acquired the Lustre File System business and related assets from Intel Corp., the companies announced.

The IHOB Strategy

Name change yields social media attention, stock gains for chain

Name change to IHOB puts emphasis on burgers.

Disney, Comcast Lock Horns in Battle for Fox

ACQUISITION: Domino effect follows federal ruling on AT&T-WarnerMedia deal.

Disney, Comcast in bidding war for 21st Century Fox assets.

Shortages on Horizon for Valley Aviation Firms

LIST: Lack of hangar space and skilled pilots could slow industry growth.

Firms face pilot, hangar shortages.

Preview: The IHOB Strategy

Name change yields social media attention, stock gains for restaurant chain.

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New Bus Route to Serve Warner Center

Representatives of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, politicians, business leaders and Valley residents turned out Thursday to introduce a new shuttle bus to serve the Warner Center area.

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Metro Committee Recommends East Valley Light Rail

The planning and programming committee of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro, on Wednesday recommended that the Metro board approve a proposal to build a light rail system along Van Nuys Boulevard.

Surf Air in Tiff with Operator

Members-only airline Surf Air Inc. has been sued in federal court over allegations of defaulting on agreements it has with the company that has operated its flights in California.

Battery Pact Sends BioSolar Shares Up

BioSolar Inc. has signed a joint development agreement with a Spanish subsidiary of Ferroglobe PLC to develop and market silicon anode materials for use in lithium ion batteries.

Teledyne Lands $80 Million Missile Defense Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $79.6 million contract to design and build target missiles used for testing and evaluation.

Lancaster Homeless Project Breaks Ground

A groundbreaking on Thursday officially started construction in Lancaster for Kensington Campus, a facility to provide shelter and services for the homeless.

NetSol Expands Board

Shareholders of NetSol Technologies Inc. elected two new members to the board of directors at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Cinedigm Joins Russell Microcap Index

Cinedigm Corp. will be part of the Russell U.S. Indexes this month, a move that gives the company greater visibility in the investment community.

Valley Vendors Flock to E3

Technology: Video game studios and hardware makers to debut products at convention.

Valley gaming companies prepare for E3.

C-Level Executive Compensation Turns Slippery

LIST: Yearly pay changes range from 500 percent gain to 66 percent decline.

Executive compensation fluctuates.

Large-Cabin Jet Charter Firm Slows Airspeed

VAN NUYS: Jet Edge International consolidates operations in new HQ.

Jet Edge International consolidates.

Long-Haul Innovator

Moore Industries builds parts for automation.

Mixed Quarter for Capstone

Capstone Turbine Corp. fell short of Wall Street estimates on revenue in fiscal 2018 but beat on earnings.

TechX Addresses Energy, Infrastructure

More than 30 people turned out Thursday morning for TechX, a talk-centric event about new technologies and products sponsored by the Valley Economic Alliance.

Local Firm Solidifies Deal

US Nuclear Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to be the exclusive manufacturer of medical isotope generators for a nuclear medicine company.

Penthouse Media Bought Out of Bankruptcy

The assets of Penthouse Global Media have been sold for $11.2 million to the owner of, according to media reports.

Disneyland to Blackout Pass Holders for Stars Wars Launch

Walt Disney Co. is adding blackout dates for some pass holders to its Disneyland theme park to help keep down crowds after the opening of new Star Wars attractions next summer, according to media reports.

Wesco Renews Rockwell Collins Chemical Contract

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. has renewed a multi-year agreement to provide chemical management services to aerospace and defense contractor Rockwell Collins Inc.

Pot Bank Bill Moves to Assembly

A bill that will allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank moves to the California Assembly following its passage this week in the Senate.

L.A. City Attorney Targets Illegal Pot Operations

Nine commercial businesses in the San Fernando Valley were among the 32 named in criminal cases filed by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer targeting unlicensed cannabis activity.

FAA Clears Airborne Wireless Test Flights

Airborne Wireless Network has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct test flights with Cessna 172 aircraft.

Semtech Beats Q1 Expectations

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street expectation on adjusted earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter.

Conejo Valley IT Firm Gains Scale With Acquisition

Technology company ISSquared has acquired Starnet Data Design in a move that allows the Conejo Valley company to expand its product and service offerings.

Boeing Acquisition: No Turbulence for Wesco

Parts supplier’s chief executive sees it as a market positive.

Chief executive says Wesco Aircraft won’t be affected by Boeing acquisition of competitor.

Meet the Brew Crew

Anheuser-Busch plant opens doors to visitors with a summer weekend tour program.

Budweiser brewery in Van Nuys sells out tickets for summer tours.

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So Which Price Is Right?

Consulting firm helps companies define customers who will pay the most.

Consulting firm helps companies find maximum prices for products and services.