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

California Expands Film Tax Credits

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this week an expansion of the state’s film and television production tax credit program.

NetSol Joins Consumer Bankers Association

NetSol Technologies Inc. has joined the Consumer Bankers Association as an associate member, the Calabasas company announced Wednesday.

FloQast Raises $110 Million in Financing Round

FloQast has raised $110 million in a Series D funding round, led by Meritech Capital, a Palo Alto venture investment firm.

BlackLine Partnership to Facilitate Bank Connectivity

BlackLine Inc. has partnered with a San Diego cloud-based finance and IT provider to streamline the digitalization of financial operations at client companies.

Cavitation Technologies Raises $1.5 Million for Permian Basin Project

Cavitation Technologies Inc. has raised $1.5 million through the sale of 23 million units of common shares of its stock as well as warrants for future sales of more shares.

Capstone Sells First Hydrogen Turbines in Europe

Capstone Green Energy Corp. has sold two microturbines to an Austrian company that are the first in Europe to use hydrogen.

UV Resources’ Bright Year Leads to Acquisition

TECHNOLOGY: Demand for air purification by ultraviolet light grows during pandemic.

Ultraviolent light equipment maker UV Resources in Valencia is acquired by Illinois firm.

How to Compensate for Comic-Con?

Taped panels, merchandise cheer fans at virtual event.

What Valley area companies are doing for the second virtual San Diego Comic-Con.

Disney to Move 2,000 Jobs to Florida, Per Reports

Walt Disney Co. plans to move about 2,000 positions from Southern California to central Florida in a bid to consolidate operations and promote collaboration among staff, according to media reports.

Avery Dennison Growing Greener

Avery Dennison Corp. on Wednesday announced the launch of Sustainable ADvantage, a products portfolio that emphasizes sustainability.

Los Angeles Sues FAA Over Burbank Airport’s New Terminal

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer plans to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over deficiencies in the environmental review process for the proposed replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Tutor Perini Subsidiary to Build Missouri River Bridge

A subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp. has secured a contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation to design and construct the new interstate 70 Missouri River bridge.

Semtech Collaborates on Peel-and-Stick Sensors

Semtech Corp. is collaborating with a Japanese company on a new line of peel-and-stick sensors.

Canadian Air Carrier to Fly to Hollywood Burbank Airport

Low-cost Canadian air carrier Flair Airlines has added Hollywood Burbank Airport to its list of six new U.S. destinations.

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Battery Energy Storage Facility Opens in Ventura County

Renewable energy company Arevon Asset Management has opened one of the largest battery energy storage sites in the country near Oxnard in Ventura County.

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Communications Firm Wants Hybrid Workers

Ruth Drizen-Dohs surrounds herself with the best people, at home or in office.

Ruth Drizen-Dohs describes her business as a full-service corporate communications company that is vertically integrated to control all aspects of the services it offers clients as well as to keep costs under control.

She Calls Recruiting a ‘Woman-Run Industry’

Vivian Rutherford honors her Japanese heritage through focus on customer service.

At Ronin Staffing, founder and Chief Executive Vivian Rutherford looks after the commercial side of the staffing industry.

LTC Properties to Diversify as Pandemic Recedes

HEALTH CARE: Revenue fell as tenants couldn’t pay rent; analyst calls it ‘transitory.’

As pandemic recedes, LTC Properties Inc. plans to diversify its investments.

Solar Panels Travel to the Space Station

Spectrolab arrays to provide more power for experiments.

Spectrolab, the Boeing Co. subsidiary in Sylmar, provided solar cells for a pair of arrays installed last month on the International Space Station.

Software Connects Humans and Robots

InVia partners with Rufus Labs for warehouse work.

Maker of robots for warehouses pairs up with company that makes wearable technology.

SkyRail Express, Metro to Explore Development of Sepulveda Pass Monorail

Los Angeles SkyRail Express consortium has signed an agreement with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pre-develop a mass transit project connecting the San Fernando Valley with the west side of Los Angeles.

Capstone Sells Turbines to Australian Oil, Gas Operators

Capstone Green Energy Corp. has received an order for three of its microturbines for use at oil and gas projects in Australia.

Semtech Applies LoRa Technology to Fire Prevention

Semtech Corp. will provide its long-range, low-power technology for a fire prevention system from a South Korean company.

Teledyne Subsidiary Joins Effort to Map World's Seafloor

Teledyne Caris has entered a partnership with the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the U.K. Hydrographic Office to advance efforts to map the seafloor by 2030.

Nonprofit Regarding Her Awards Grants to Valley Restaurants

Regarding Her, a Los Angeles nonprofit that helps women restaurateurs, announced Tuesday the inaugural recipients of its grant program, including two in the San Fernando Valley.

Loop Media to Create Channel for Wiggles Children’s Band

Short-form video distributor Loop Media Inc. has inked a deal with the Wiggles to create a new streaming and broadcast channel from the children’s musical group.

Warner Bros.’ Refurbished Studio Tour

Backlot attraction adds story lines and memorabilia.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will welcome back visitors starting June 26.

Future of Drones

PROFILE: AeroVironment’s Wahid Nawabi talks about the Mars helicopter and the industrial uses for unmanned aircraft.

An interview with Wahid Nawabi of AeroVironment Inc. about the Mars helicopter and future of the drone market.

Film Restoration Comes to the Fore

As media proliferate, firm seeks to recover titles.

Visual Data Media has expanded its media supply chain capabilities

Avenida Combines Big and Small

Former studio executive to help indie movie projects.

Former Warner Bros. executive joins advisor board of diversity-minded production company.

Galpin Ford Prepares to Sell Lightning Pickup

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealer sees high demand, less supply for EVs.

Galpin Ford to sell the F-150 Lightning electric pickup.

Artist’s Business Fluid in Setbacks

T-shirts and website set stage to re-create paintings lost in fire.

How small business owner and artist Forrest Jade adapted to the coronavirus pandemic.

Preview: Galpin Ford Prepares to Sell Lightning Pickup

Galpin Motors, which owns one of the top Ford dealerships in the world, will add the first Ford electric pickup truck to its lineup next year.

Teledyne Flir to Develop Wearable Chemical Detector for Troops

Teledyne Flir, a subsidiary of Thousand Oaks-based manufacturer Teledyne Technologies Inc., has received a contract to develop the first mass-wearable chemical detector for U.S. troops.

Capstone Shares Drop After Appointment of M&A Officer

Shares of Capstone Green Energy Corp. dropped nearly 10 percent after the company announced the appointment of Jeff Foster as senior vice president of corporate development.

Loop Media Acquires Eon Media Group in Singapore

Loop Media Inc. has acquired Eon Media Group from Ithaca Holdings, a media company with interests in music, tech, film and television.

FloQast Opens Office in London

FloQast, the accounting software developer, said Wednesday it has opened a new office in London to better serve customers in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

US Nuclear Takes Stake in Space Mining Company

US Nuclear Corp. said Wednesday that it has taken a 5 percent stake in a Polish company that will engage in mining of space resources.

Lithia Motors Buys BMW, Acura Dealerships in Valley

Lithia Motors & Driveway Inc. has purchased two more San Fernando Valley car dealerships.

Xytech to Facilitate NBC’s Broadcast of Tokyo Olympics

he division of NBC Sports Group that handles broadcasts of the Olympic Games has selected Xytech to provide software to orchestrate the logistics of people, equipment, locations and transmission feeds.

Rules Guide: Masks, Distancing Still Issues

On June 15, the state will fully reopen after having been closed for much of the past year.

Teledyne Debuts Machine Cameras

New product line targets industrial applications.

Teledyne Dalsa announced last month the launch of the Linea Lite family of scan cameras

Executives Do Well Despite the Year of COVID

LIST: A few corporations reduced top pay, but most CEOs saw gains in 2020.

Executives do well with pay despite the year of the COVID pandemic.

Pickup Tailgates Turn to Ad Medium

For $99, companiess can make trucks into promotional vehicles.

Westlake Village company Biggie Billboards unveils portable banners for pickup trucks.

NASA Grants Fund Space R&D

Valley firms explore moon manufacturing, wireless.

NASA grants fund space research and development by Valley firms.

MannKind Collaborations Offer Revenue Streams

BIOTECH: Deals with other pharma firms bring in $9.3 million during last quarter.

MannKind Corp.’s deals with other pharma firms boosts revenue.

Interlink Has Big Plans for Research Site

Camarillo facility to work on human-device interface.

Interlink Electronics Inc. has opened its new materials science research and development lab in Camarillo.

Fox Business Host Trish Regan Joins Salem Media's Podcast Network

Salem Media Group Inc. announced that Trish Regan will join the lineup of the Salem Podcast Network starting June 15.

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Semtech Shares Gain on Strong First Quarter Results

Shares of Semtech Corp. gained more than 5 percent the day after the company reported its fiscal first quarter earnings.

As Reopening Nears, Universal to Hire 2,000

Universal Studios Hollywood is looking to hire more than 2,000 employees as it ramps up for full capacity operations.