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

Lamps Plus Names President

Lamps Plus Inc. has named Clark Linstone as the new president at the retailer of lamps, lighting fixtures and home furnishings.

Simi Valley-Built Helicopter Hovers Over Mars

Space helicopter Ingenuity became the first aircraft in history to make a controlled flight on another planet as the craft successfully hovered above the surface of Mars early Monday morning.

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FloQast Hires Chief Marketing Officer

Accounting software developer FloQast has named Edward Brice as its chief marketing officer, effective immediately.

Semtech, Vision Metering Grow Utility Market in U.S., Latin America

Semtech Corp. announced this week that Vision Metering LLC has increased its deployment of long-range, low-power wide area network protocol technology in markets in the U.S. and Latin America.

Galpin Opens Renovated Land Rover Dealership

Galpin Motors opened its doors recently to its newly renovated Land Rover dealership in Van Nuys.

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ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Close Permanently

ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will not reopen their locations, according to a note on the website for both theater chains.

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FlixBus Opens Route to Palmdale

Intercity transportation provider FlixBus has expanded its California service to Palmdale in the Antelope Valley.

Eta Compute Releases Tiny Hardware

Circuitboard aids in artificial intelligence development.

Eta Compute announced in March its new integrated vision board that helps developers accelerate time to market for products.

Fending Off Hacker Attacks

Valley IT firms protect clients from an economic threat ‘exponentially larger than the damage inflicted from natural disasters.’

How Valley area firms protect clients from cybercrimes.

Mortgage Lender in Quiet $1 Billion Acquisition

FINANCE: Phoenix bank pays for the parent of AmeriHome in Thousand Oaks.

Parent of AmeriHome Mortgage Co. acquired by bank in $1 billion deal.

Seat Shields to Make Audience ‘Comfortable’

Sun Valley firm’s partitions aim at reopening economy.

Sun Valley firm LAProPoint’s seat shields aim to make theater audiences comfortable.

GeoLinks Buys Verizon Spectrum

Internet provider sees deal as step to close the digital divide.

Telecommunications company GeoLinks will acquire 208 local multipoint distribution band spectrum licenses from Verizon Communications Inc.

Rene Veluzat, Movie Ranch Pioneer, Dies

Hollywood mourns actor who created Santa Clarita film sites.

Rene Veluzat, a former actor and stuntman who created a pair of movie ranches in Santa Clarita Valley, died March 21 from cancer.

Opportunities Portend Strong Year for NetSol

FINANCE: Auto software company’s subsidiary moves into carsharing market.

New opportunities power strong year for NetSol Technologies Inc.

Flexjet Opens Facility at Van Nuys Airport

Fractional jet ownership and leasing firm Flexjet LLC has opened a new terminal at Van Nuys Airport.

Startup Airline to Begin Flights From Hollywood Burbank Airport

Avelo Airlines will begin service this month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to 11 cities in seven western states.

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Cast & Crew Buys German Software Firm

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services in Burbank has acquired LeBog Software GmbH, the developer of a purchase order product.

Disneyland, California Adventure Tickets Go on Sale April 15

Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that tickets for its Southern California theme parks will go on sale to the public on April 15, according to media reports.

Capstone Sells Turbine to Russian Data Center

Capstone Turbine Corp. received an order for one of its microturbines for use at a data center in Russia.

Teledyne Secures Approval for Flir Deal in Canada, Germany

Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received antitrust clearance from regulatory agencies in Canada and Germany for its acquisition of Flir Systems Inc.

Movie Ranch Owner Rene Veluzat Dies

Rene Veluzat, an actor and stuntman who used his Hollywood connections to start two movie ranches in the Santa Clarita Valley, died on March 21 from cancer. He was 80 years old.

Universal Studios Theme Park to Reopen

Universal Studios Hollywood will reopen on April 16, after having been closed for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to media reports.

ServiceTitan Secures $500 Million Investment

ServiceTitan, the software developer for home and commercial services companies, has raised $500 million in a funding round that values the company at $8.3 billion.

Xytech Pays $6 Million in Acquisition

Combined firms to improve media planning software.

Xytech Systems Corp., a software developer for the broadcast and media industries, has acquired the ScheduALL business from Swedish software company Net Insight AB.

FDA Approval Sends Up Shares of Second Sight

LIST: Market likes technology, but private placement news dampens the enthusiasm.

Shares of Second Sight Medical Products Inc. shot up early this month following the approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the Sylmar company’s Argus IIs retinal prosthesis system.

Aerospace Training Program’s Big Digs

Antelope Valley College moves into expanded facility at Fox Field.

Antelope Valley College opened last month its new aerospace teaching facility at Fox Field, the L.A. County-owned airport in Lancaster.

JetHawks’ Last Out

SPORTS: Team leaves empty stadium and entertainment void in the Antelope Valley.

The JetHawks have flown from their longtime home in Lancaster.

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Palmdale Plant Cranks Out First B-21 Bomber

Northrop Grumman uses VR to hone production line.

Northrop Grumman Corp. is building two test versions of the U.S. Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, at its Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Palmdale.

Sensors for Air Quality Aboard Jets

Teledyne Controls gains FAA approval on new product.

Teledyne Controls received this month approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to install its new aircraft cabin environment sensor on the Boeing 737 aircraft.

Semtech Looks to Future With LoRa Technology

WIRELESS: Metrics indicate wide adoption, positioning company for growth.

Semtech Corp. is looking to its long-range, low-power technology to give the company a financial boost coming out of the pandemic.

Preview: JetHawks’ Last Out

Team leaves empty stadium and entertainment void in Antelope Valley.

Disney Plans Expansion of Anaheim Theme Park

Walt Disney Co. announced plans Thursday to expand its Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, according to media reports.

GeoLinks Buys Airwaves From Verizon

Telecommunications company GeoLinks will acquire 208 local multipoint distribution band spectrum licenses from Verizon Communications Inc.

Second Sight’s Stock Plunges After Announcement

Shares in Second Sight Medical Products Inc. dropped by more than 25 percent on Wednesday before slightly recovering by the close of trading after the company announced a private placement of its stock.

US Nuclear to Make Instruments for Chinese Power Plants

US Nuclear Corp. announced a strategic manufacturing agreement with Dalian Zhonghe Scientific and Technological Development Co., a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corp., a major investor in all nuclear plants in China.

Warner Bros. Drops Plan for Hollywood Sign Tram

Warner Bros. Entertainment has backed off from its proposal to build a $100 million aerial tram to take visitors to the Hollywood sign.

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Rockets Made in Valley Tested for Space Flight

Aerojet Rocketdyne on Thursday test-fired four Valley-made rocket engines on the Space Launch System, the new heavy-lift rocket NASA has under development to power future manned missions to the moon and possibly to Mars.

Disneyland, California Adventure, to Reopen in April

Disneyland Park, closed for the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen on April 30.

Semtech Earnings Better Than Expectations

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter.

Velocity Financial Handily Beats Expectations

Velocity Financial Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter.

Tutor Perini Likely Contractor for LAX Project

Tutor Perini Corp. was the low bidder for the Los Angeles International Airport Metro Connector project, the company announced Monday.

The Valley’s Streaming War

Three local movie studios plus Netflix battle for subscribers in entertainment’s online frontier.

It is a war without a battlefield or weapons – but a war nonetheless.

Sun Air Takes More Space at Van Nuys Airport

Firm offers flexible services and leases to plane owners.

Sun Air Jets has expanded its presence at Van Nuys Airport by securing two new hangar and terminal facilities at the general aviation airfield.

Federal Spending Bodes Well for Tutor Perini

CONSTRUCTION: Bill opens opportunities to bid on new infrastructure projects.

The Biden Administration may be good for Tutor Perini Corp.

CloudNine to Make Hangars Arise in Camarillo

Location to serve Valley, Malibu and Santa Barbara.

After several months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, RKR Inc. finally broke ground on its CloudNine hangar development at Camarillo Airport.

Preview: The Valley's Streaming War

Three local movie studios plus Netflix battle for subscribers in entertainment's online frontier.

Shares Soar as AeroVironment Wins Drone Contract

AeroVironment Inc. has received a contract for $6 million to provide its Puma 3 unmanned aircraft to a European allied country on a day the company's shares jumped more than 12 percent.

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100 Million Subscribers Already for Disney+

Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that its new streaming service Disney+ reached 100 million global subscribers in the 16 months since it launched.

AeroVironment Turns Profit in Fiscal Third Quarter

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

Valencia's Fraylock Holdings Buys Materials Firm

Fralock Holdings, a Valencia manufacturer for the aerospace, defense and medical industries, has acquired Oasis Materials Co.