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

Pizza Shop Owner Sentenced for Tax Evasion

The owner of a Northridge pizza restaurant was sentenced to more than two years in state prison for sales tax evasion.

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Valley Transit Projects to Receive Gas Tax Money

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive more $75 million from the state’s gas tax to help fund improvements to the Orange Line busway, officials said May 18.

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US Nuclear to Sell Chemical Sniffers

US Nuclear Corp. has signed an agreement with a Newbury Park company to receive the non-exclusive rights to sell its chemical sniffers.

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Comcast, Semtech Partner on Smart City Program

Semtech Corp. has partnered with Comcast Corp.’s Internet of Things network service to co-sponsor a program for city government agencies to develop and deploy smart city products and services.

Business Group Discusses Repeal of State Gas Tax

Business leaders should work to repeal an increase to the state’s gas tax, members of a local group heard Friday morning.

Earnings: Tix, ImmunoCellular

Losses grow at Tix Corp. while ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. narrows its losses.

Earnings: NetSol, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals

NetSol reports profitable quarter while Sienna Biopharmaceuticals has a loss.

Customer Conscious

Patrick Nygren runs the operations of Wells Fargo Bank in the San Fernando Valley region.

Talk with Wells Fargo’s Patrick Nygren.

Factory Workers Learn Basics of 401(k) Finance

LABOR: More companies decide to set up retirement plans for employees.

Factory workers learn basics of retirement.

Network for E-sports

With video game competitions on the upswing, a Studio City startup has launched 13 channels for the fan base.

Network will cover emerging e-sports industry.

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Earnings: Interlink Electronics, Second Sight

Interlink Electronics Inc. reports lower revenue and earnings, while Second Sight has a widening loss.

Charter-Only Boeing Jet at VNY

Aircraft charter operator Silver Air now has a Boeing Business Jet available for charter service out of Van Nuys Airport, which is a first of sorts.

VICA: Solar Mandate Will Burn

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association has come out against a mandate from the California Energy Commission requiring solar panels on all new residential buildings starting in 2020.

Disney Revenue Rises on Strong Box Office

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street estimates in earnings and revenue for the fiscal second quarter, helped by the strong box office performance of “Black Panther.”

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New Metrolink Station Prompts Burbank Bus Route

Burbank’s city-operated bus line will start a new route on May 14 that will serve a new Metrolink station near the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Earnings: Teledyne, BlackLine, Wesco

Teledyne, BlackLine and Wesco all beat Wall Street expectations in the first quarter.

FloQast Hires Engineering VP

FloQast Inc. has named Amit Nayar as its new vice president of engineering.

Metro Ruling a Wild Card

TRANSportation: Businesses await agency’s decision on railyard site for Van Nuys line.

Metro to decide location of Van Nuys railyard.

Samsung Shows LED Film Screen in Chatsworth

TECHNOLOGY: Surface with 9 million pixels could save theater owners money.

Samsung brings LED screen to Chatsworth.

Mojave Hosts Classes for Astronauts

Private prep school for space lasts a week, costs $26,000.

Mojave offers training for space travelers.

47-Acre Fix-Up

DEVELOPMENT: New owner for former Rocketdyne site.

Canadian company is buying former Rocketdyne property in Warner Center

Capstone Adds Seat to Boardroom

Capstone Turbine Corp. has appointed Robert Flexon, a veteran energy industry executive, to its board of directors.

Samsung Debuts LED Movie Screen in Chatsworth

Samsung introduced over the weekend the first LED movie screen in the United States at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth.

Hiring Plan for Xavient Digital

Xavient Digital plans to hire 250 employees in California and the Northeast U.S., the company announced Monday.

Pot Banking Bill Passes Committee Vote

A State Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank in California.

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Location Filming Increases During First Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production increased by more than 2 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Data Direct Opens Lab in Colorado

Data Direct Networks has opened a new facility in Colorado Springs that expands its lab and testing capabilities.

Burbank Airport to Study Environmental Impact of New Terminal

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority awarded a $2.8 million contract to a Los Angeles company to prepare an environmental impact statement for a replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Vegas Shooting, Client Loss Hurt Tix’s Year

ENTERTAINMENT: Ticket vendor launches online to counter revenue decline.

Tix Corp. reacts to reduction in revenue.

Subprime Comeback

Valley lenders specialize in nonprime mortgages, a growing segment of the home loan business.

Nonprime mortgage market poised to grow.

Truck Device Maker Gains Speed in Valley Move

ELECTRONICS: Zed Connect selects Calabasas as its headquarters location.

Zed Connect makes move to Calabasas.

Simi Weighs Pot Options

REGUlATION: City wants to balance tax income versus keeping price competitive.

Simi Valley turns to cannabis consultant.

Industrial Gadgetry

Harman’s ‘experience center’ in Northridge shows how its equipment work in office, retail and hospitality.

Harman opens audio-visual experience center.

Qualstar Revenue Bolstered by Gaming Client

A subsidiary of Qualstar Corp. has received a $1.1 million order from an existing gaming industry customer.

Capstone Rises on New Distributor Support System

Shares of Capstone Turbine Corp. rose more than 10 percent after the company debuted a new distributor support system to improve training, sales efficiency and product branding.

Simi Valley Call Center to Hang It Up

More than 120 workers will be laid off from the iQor Holdings US call center in Simi Valley, according to the company.

Qualstar to Make Sony Optical Disc System

Qualstar Corp. was chosen by Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. to manufacture an optical disc archive system for computer data, the company announced Monday.

Successful Test Flight for Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic successfully completed on Thursday a rocket-powered flight of its SpaceShipTwo space vehicle, VSS Unity.

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Former Warner Bros. Exec Opens Prodco

Former Warner Bros. Pictures executive Sue Kroll has opened her own production company, Kroll & Co. Entertainment, on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

Cloud Provider Key Information Systems Acquired

Agoura Hills-based Key Information Systems Inc. has been acquired by a Canadian technology firm, the companies announced.

Disney Announces Streaming Service Launch Date

Walt Disney Co. will launch its direct-to-consumer streaming service ESPN+ on April 12.

Peddling, Not Pedaling

TRANSPORTATION: Sellers of electric bikes hope they become mainstream.

Valley couple wants to bring electric bikes into the mainstream.

Recurring TV Shows Get State Film Tax Credits

PRODUCTION: Funding round includes shows that relocate to state.

State tax credit program attracts TV shows from other states.

Big Dealer

Large truck inventory is key to driving in customers from throughout the Southern California region.

Dealership in Lancaster building country’s largest Ram truck center.

Learning Strategist

New dean seeks to build CSUN’s business school on strong accounting and entrepreneurship programs.

Chandra Subramaniam takes over as the business school dean at CSUN.

Chip Maker’s Jobs Go Down as Minimum Wages Go Up

Partly because of the rise in the minimum wage, Johanson Dielectrics Inc. is opening a new plant in Tijuana, Mexico and transferring jobs to it from the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.

AeroVironment Improves Military Drone

AeroVironment Inc. announced Monday it was taking orders for the updated version of its Puma small unmanned aircraft system used by the military.

U.S. Nuclear Shares Jump on Tritium Monitor Sales

U.S. Nuclear Corp. has received orders totaling more than $400,000 for its new tritium monitors, the company announced Thursday.

Disney Unveils New Marvel-Themed Park Attractions

Walt Disney Co. will introduce new theme park lands based on Marvel Studios characters at its parks in California, Paris and Honk Kong.

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Teledyne Subsidiary Moves Into Semiconductor Lithography

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. is partnering with a Dutch company to produce a membrane used to fabricate semiconductors.