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

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.

Students Rethink Artificial Intelligence at AI Jam

INNOVATION: At month-long event, speaker tells ‘where the future is going.’

Students compete to address applications of artificial intelligence.

Golfers’ Talk Fills Slot on Radio Dial

Woodland Hills-based network airs show on sports, travel, lifestyle.

Three Valley golfers host a syndicated show.

LED Dimmer’s Bright Future

Northridge company intends to reconfigure fluorescent lighting with dimmers.

Bad Quarter, Bumpy Drop for AeroVironment

AVIATION: Tax liability pushes defense manufacturer to a loss.

Analyst updates on Aerovironment.

New Dean at CSUN Business School

Chandra Subramaniam is the new dean of the Nazarian College of Business & Economics at California State University – Northridge.

Semtech's Quarter Sends Up Share Price

The share price of Semtech Corp. leapt Thursday, a day after the company reported beating Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings and revenue.

Teledyne Extends NASA Space Station Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received an extension of a contract with NASA to provide support services for the International Space Station.

Disney Restructures Consumer Products Operations

Walt Disney Co. has restructured its business units, including folding consumer products into its theme park business.

Bobrick Settles Bathroom Partition Lawsuit

Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. has settled a lawsuit with a competing bathroom manufacturer in a case over code compliant partitions.

BlackLine Falls After Stock Sale

The share price of BlackLine Inc. fell after the company announced the sale of more than 8 million shares of common stock at a price of $41.50.

Disney Shareholders Reject Executive Compensation Plan

Walt Disney Co. shareholders rejected the compensation plan for Chief Executive Robert Iger and other executives at its annual meeting in Houston on Thursday.

CSUN Parts Ways With Athletics Director, Basketball Coach

California State University – Northridge Athletics Director Brandon Martin was let go from his position on Wednesday, according to the school.

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Disney Partners With Accenture on Entertainment Tech Lab

Walt Disney Co. has partnered with Accenture on a project to create new entertainment technology.

AeroVironment Narrows Losses, Secures $44.5 Million Contract

AeroVironment Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on revenue in the fiscal third quarter but fell short on earnings.

Capstone Makes Big Sale

Capstone Turbine Corp. of Chatsworth received an order for 13 of its microturbines for use in an industrial park in western Russia.

Solar Farm Growing Near Runway in Van Nuys

ENERGY: Aerolease install the first of many for the airport tenant.

First solar project underway at Van Nuys Airport.

Riding Herd on Movies

Film ranches cater to directors’ evolving appetite for fresh locations in proximity to Hollywood.

Movie ranches in Valley region see an increase in film production.

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Visual Detective

From columned mansions to wind-swept meadows, Rob Gibson finds the right setting to bring filmmakers’ dreams to life.

Q+A with location manager Rob Gibson.

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Healthy Pizza in the Freezer?

FOOD: Real Good brand on the shelves at 5,000 stores.

Real Good Foods Co. in Glendale serves up low-carb, high-protein frozen pizzas.

Preview: Healthy Pizza in the Freezer?

Real Good Foods' pies are on the shelves at 5,000 stores.

Preview: Riding Herd on Movies

Film ranches fill demand for scenery as productions return to California.

AeroVironment Wins IP Lawsuit Against Former Employees

A Ventura County Superior Court jury awarded AeroVironment Inc. more than $2 million after finding three former employees engaged in fraud and breached patent and confidentiality agreements.

BYD Signs Union Contract for Lancaster Plant Workers

The first collective bargaining agreement in the U.S. electric bus industry was signed Thursday between BYD Coach & Bus and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union Local 105.

Semtech to Sponsor Internet of Things Competition

Semtech Corp. will host a competition for engineers and technologists to use its long-range wireless technology in new design ideas, the company announced Tuesday.

Antelope Valley Lawmakers Sponsor Water Rate Reform

Two Antelope Valley lawmakers have sponsored legislation to bring changes to how the California Public Utilities Commission sets rates for investor-owned water companies.

Cash in Search of a Bank

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg wants to bring banking services to cannabis businesses.

Produce Powerhouse

Combination of Dole Food and European investor will deliver ‘synergies for both players.’

Dole Food Co. backs down from IPO, decides to sell stake in business to an Irish firm.

Reseda Opts For Rehab

DEVELOPMENT: Apartment groundbreaking is first step in a neighborhood turnaround.

Gelt Inc. teams with Chinese investor to build mixed-use project to help revitalize Reseda.

Ares Management Joint Venture Cuts CRC Debt

ENERGY: Power plant deal provides oil producer with $750 million in cash.

California Resources Corp. forms joint venture on natural gas power plant.

Technology Debuts Inside Camera at Panavision

EQUIPMENT: Feedback from cinematographers shaped product development.

Panavision Inc. introduced a new camera early this month at a trade expo in London.

Missile Defense Contract Adds $46 Million to Teledyne Revenues

Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. has received a $45.7 million contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command to provide missile defense modeling and simulation software.

Report: Gas Moratorium Pulled From CPUC Agenda

The president of the California Public Utilities Commission has withdrawn from consideration a temporary moratorium on new natural gas hookups in Los Angeles County, according to media reports.

BlackLine Exceeds Expectations in Q4

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

Harbor Freight Owner Donates $50 Million for Heart Research

The owner of Harbor Freight Tools has donated $50 million to Cedars-Sinai to create an institute for research and innovative practices in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

Teledyne Unveils Air Particulate Meter

Air quality instrumentation manufacturer Teledyne API has released a new product that can measure fine particulate matter that creates reduced visibility and haze in urban areas.

Federal Budget Law a Plus for Capstone

Capstone Turbine Corp. announced that its personnel worked the federal Investment Tax Credit for microturbines and combined heat and power projects that was extended for two in the new tax legislation.

Metro Plans Warner Center Bus Route

The San Fernando Valley Service Council of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recommended a new circulator bus route connecting the Orange Line with Warner Center.

Wesco Beats Estimates for Earnings, Revenue

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on adjusted earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter.

Utilities Commission Again Postpones Gas Moratorium Vote

The California Public Utilities Commission has postponed for a second time voting on a proposed temporary moratorium on new natural gas hookups in Los Angeles County.

Canadian Telecom Buys Xavient in Simi Valley

Telus Communications Inc., a major wireless communications provider in Canada, has acquired Xavient Information Systems Inc. in Simi Valley. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Theme Parks, Films Push Disney Profits Higher in Quarter

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street forecasts on earnings but just fell short on revenue in the fiscal first quarter.

Report: Comcast May Bid Against Disney for Fox Assets

Comcast Corp. is interested in making a bid for media assets of 21st Century Fox, according to a media report.

Race for the Electric Truck

AUTOMOTIVE: Thor plans to get a jump on the giants of the alternative vehicle industry.

North Hollywood startup building an electric truck.

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Cannabis Landlords

Bob and Lisa Selan’s developments would provide turnkey opportunities for marijuana growers.

Married attorneys developing space for cannabis growers.

A Sporting Chance for Promenade 2035 Project

Westfield Group talking with sports teams for Promenade 2035 project.

Semtech Shows Off Wireless Charging at CES

TECHNOLOGY: Consumers can access convenience with plug-free device.

Representatives from Semtech Corp. attended last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off the company’s wireless charging technology.

Teledyne Reports Record Year

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, leading the company to a record year.

Monster Digital Completes Reverse Merger

Monster Digital Inc. completed on Tuesday its reverse merger with a North Carolina drug maker.