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

Glove Maker Signs DuPont Deal

Mechanix Wear LLC has become a licensee of DuPont Personal Protection, an arrangement that will allow the glove manufacturer to incorporate DuPont’s materials into its products.

Former Wesco Aircraft Moves to Texas

Incora, the aerospace parts company formerly known as Wesco Aircraft Holdings, is moving its corporate headquarters from Valencia to Fort Worth, Texas.

Loop Media Inks Distribution Deal for Music Videos

Loop Media Inc. has signed a deal to distribute 19 music video channels through DistroTV, an independent free streaming television service.

L.A. Officials Ask for Extension of Comment Period for Hollywood Burbank Airport Project

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and City Attorney Mike Feuer have requested an extension of the public comment period of the draft environmental impact report for the proposed replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Cinedigm to Distribute Progressive Political Channel

Cinedigm Corp. has partnered with Party Crashers Media to distribute a progressive political, news and lifestyle network.

PennyMac Rides Rising Mortgage Momentum

FINANCE: Firm originated $37.6 billion in home loans during last quarter.

PennyMac rides rising momentum in mortgage industry.

Honda Engines On Fast Track

AUTOMOTIVE: Winning season for subsidiary in Santa Clarita.

Honda Performance Development finds victory at this year’s Indy 500.

Calabasas Festival’s Surprise Drive-in

Organizers promote one out-of-home movie event.

Calabasas Film Festival will feature one night only drive-in event.

Awards for Talent at Method Fest

‘Beautiful Dreamer’ takes home three top honors.

Method Fest returned to the San Fernando Valley in late August for the first time in 10 years

Traffic Rebound at Van Nuys Airport

‘Touch and Go’ training picks up slack as business aviation lags.

After seeing an almost 50 percent drop in aircraft operations in April with the coronavirus outbreak, Van Nuys Airport has bounced back in activity.

‘Tenet’ in Theaters for Warner Bros.

Studio tries traditional distribution in pandemic.

With movie theaters having opened recently in cities across the country, the entertainment industry waited to see how well “Tenet,” the new Christopher Nolan film would do on its opening weekend.

Northrop's $13.3 Billion Contract for ICBMs Brings Work to Valley

Northrop Grumman received this week a Pentagon contract to engineer and manufacture an updated intercontinental ballistic missile system.

Disney, Warner Bros. Settle VidAngel Copyright Lawsuit

Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros Entertainment have settled a copyright lawsuit with a company that has a technology for editing out undesired content from movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Santa Clarita Trio Charged in Diversity Recruiting Scam

Three Santa Clarita Valley residents have been charged in federal court on allegations of embezzling $1.7 million from a company in a scheme involving diversity recruitment and hiring.

BYD Deal Adds Transit Agencies to State Contract

BYD Motors Inc. announced this week its participation in a statewide contract to allow U.S. transit agencies to leverage California’s purchasing contract to buy its battery-electric motor coaches.

Cinedigm Finds Business Audience for Bob Ross Channel

Cinedigm Corp. has signed an agreement with Atmosphere, a streaming service for businesses, to distribute the Bob Ross Channel.

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Australian Avocado Farms Adopt Semtech Monitoring System

Semtech has supplied its long-range, low-power technology to two Australian companies to deploy in avocado plantations.

Location Filming Dipped in August, But FilmL.A. Sees Uptick in Fall

During August, FilmL.A. processed about 44 percent of the number of on-location filming applications it would expect under normal summer conditions.

Northrop Tests Aircraft Navigation System

Northrop Grumman Corp. completed the critical design review of an upgraded navigation system for U.S. military aircraft.

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Capstone Sells Two Turbines in Slovenia

Capstone Turbine Corp. received an order for two of its natural gas-fueled C200 microturbines from a textiles and home furnishings manufacturer in Slovenia.

Woodland Hills Investment Firm Buys Apartments in NoHo Opportunity Zone

Alliant Strategic Investments in Woodland Hills has acquired the Farmdale Apartments, a North Hollywood property located in a state-designated opportunity zone.

Santa Clarita Engines Take Checkered Flag

Honda Performance Development wins this year’s Indianapolis 500 auto race.

An engine developed by Honda Performance Development in Valencia powered Takuma Sato to victory at the Indianapolis 500

Hurt by Pandemic? CSUN Students May Help

EDUCATION: Businesses get aid, students get experience in newly funded program.

Students at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University – Northridge are forming teams to assist small businesses dealing with the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

App Settles Geo-Tracking Legal Battle

IBM sued over consumer disclosures about data.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Aug. 19 he had settled a lawsuit with TWC Product and Technology and its parent company IBM Corp.

City’s Loans Support Tech, Production

But restaurants receive bulk of money, tracker shows.

The City of Los Angeles has distributed nearly $6 million in small business microloans during the coronavirus outbreak.

Semtech Beats Expectations, Cites Milestones in Quarter

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

Apple Buys DreamWorks’ VR Spinoff

Virtual reality startup Spaces has been acquired by Apple Inc., according to a media report.

Print Shop Executive Sentenced for $2.8 Million Embezzlement

The former controller at a Burbank printing shop was sentenced Monday to 87 months in federal prison for embezzling $2.8 million from his employer.

Palmdale Evaluated for Space Command HQ

The city of Palmdale is under formal evaluation by the U.S. Air Force to be the permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command, according to city officials.

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Exec Pay Restored at Disney

Walt Disney Co. is restoring executive pay levels to where they were prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to media reports.

Bronson Moves a Second Company Out of Camarillo

Qualstar Corp. has moved its corporate headquarters to Irvine from Camarillo, the second such move by the company’s chief executive in as many months.

After Acquisition, Defense Contractor Changes Name to AllClear

Aero Precision/Kellstrom Defense announced this week it has changed its name to AllClear Holdings LP to better represent its mission-ready mindset and precision focus for the aviation aftermarket industry.

Interlink Relocates to Orange County

Interlink Electronics Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters out of Camarillo and relocated to Irvine.

NBC Exec Departs After Affair

NBCUniversal has parted ways with longtime executive Ron Meyer over allegations he was being extorted over an affair.

Musicians Fret Over Future of Guitar Shop

Norman’s Rare Guitars, a San Fernando Valley shop long favored by some famous musicians, may be on its last legs due to the coronavirus, according to media reports.

Solid Quarter For Builder Tutor Perini

Sylmar construction firm beat Wall Street revenue estimates.

Tutor Perini Corp. missed on Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings but beat on revenue for the second quarter, the company announced Aug. 5.

Pandemic problems

Valley-area manufacturers cope with decreased business and increased regulations as they work through coronavirus era.

Manufacturers become more vigilant when it comes to employee safety during pandemic.

Dine Brands’ Appetite for Growth Still Strong

RESTAURANTS: Analysts upbeat despite $135 million quarterly loss.

Analysts, executives upbeat about future prospects of Dine Brands Global Inc.

Preview: Pandemic Problems

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on one of the Valley area’s most vital sectors: manufacturing.

WarnerMedia Dismisses 600, Including Execs

WarnerMedia started layoffs this week with a heavy focus at Warner Bros. Entertainment, according to media reports.

Cinedigm Adds Painter Bob Ross

Cinedigm Corp. announced Monday it would make “The Bob Ross Channel” available on the XUMO streaming television service.

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Earnings: Salem, MannKind Improve Results but Stocks Drop

Both Salem Media Group and MannKind Corp. saw their stocks drop big on Thursday even though they did not disappoint Wall Street.

New CEO for BlackLine

Directors of BlackLine Inc. have named President Marc Huffman as its new chief executive officer effective Jan. 1.

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ServiceTitan Allies With Carrier

ServiceTitan has partnered with Carrier Global Corp. to provide its service contract software for the Carrier and Bryant air conditioner brands in the United States.

Slow Summer for Location Filming Since Reopening

FilmL.A. has processed about 34 percent of its usual application load since film and television production resumed in mid-June after being shut down due to coronavirus outbreak.

Dismal Disney Earnings Still Better Than Feared

Walt Disney Co. had mixed results on earnings and revenue in the pandemic-whacked fiscal third quarter.

Name Change for SaalexIT

SaalexIT, the information technology division of Saalex Corp. in Camarillo, has changed its name to Valeo Networks after a company it acquired in April.

Acquisition Grows NoHo Paint Factory

Rent hike during pandemic prompts store owner to call it quits.

North Hollywood paint factory adds a 10th location in Los Angeles.

Rocket Laden With Valley Components Lifts Off

The Atlas V rocket with the newest Mars rover on board successfully took off Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is of interest locally because of the many components created by Valley area companies.

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Tutor Perini Constructs Solid Quarter Despite Pandemic

Tutor Perini Corp. missed on Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings but beat on revenue for the second quarter, the company announced on Wednesday. The stock went up more than 3 percent.