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

NetSol Hires Investor Relations Firm

NetSol Technologies has hired RedChip Cos. to handle its investor relations efforts, the company announced Tuesday.

Trio-Tech Creates Joint Venture in China

Trio-Tech International announced it has entered into a joint venture with a Chinese company to provide testing and burn-in services for semiconductors.

Dispute Involving Semtech Settled

Semtech Corp. has settled a lawsuit with a Texas company over allegations that it engaged in business disparagement and interference with business relations of the other company.

Saalex Team Helps NASA Launches

As commercial space grows, so must service contractors.

The Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 team at Saalex Solutions Inc. in Camarillo has been busy supporting space launches.

Vntana Looks to Open 3D Tech for Marketers

Van Nuys company’s finance round garners investment from Mark Cuban and venture capital firms.

Vntana, a 3D content management software company, announced recently that it had received an undisclosed amount of money in its latest funding round.

American Homes Sees Huge Market for Rentals

REAL ESTATE: Migration, housing shortage push up rates for single-family units.

Huge rental market a big plus for American Homes 4 Rent Inc.

Government’s Big Data Set For Growth

Chatsworth firm invests to meet federal demand.

DataDirect Networks Inc., also known as DDN, has expanded its DDN Federal division by doubling the size of the payroll since the beginning of the year.

Avery Grows by Absorbing Similar Businesses

Glendale label manufacturer buys Vestcom for $1.45 billion.

Big deals from throughout the greater Valley region.

Teledyne Flir Quickly Adds to Revenue Stream

New subsidiary turns around and signs two contracts with Pentagon.

Big deals from throughout the greater Valley region.

Maker of High-Tech Coffee Mugs Gets $23 Million

Ember Technologies Inc. has received $23.5 million in a series E round of financing.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Buys Capstone Turbine

Capstone Green Energy Corp. received a follow-on order for one of its microturbine systems at a sewage treatment plant in Busan, South Korea.

Warner Bros. Ranch

Worthe Real Estate and Stockbridge Capital will spend $500 million to build 16 stages in Burbank.

Although four years away from completion, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s makeover of its Burbank properties is full swing.

Hot Summer for Mortgages Picks Up Velocity

FINANCE: Westlake Village company funds record $340 million in third quarter.

Hot summer for mortgages picks up Velocity Financial Inc.

Asian Theme Parks to Open From Legacy

Santa Clarita design firm moves into retail destinations that combine dining, shopping and attractions.

Design firm Legacy Entertainment is ending the year on a high note.

IATSE Pact Passes With Narrow Vote

Union membership nearly split on contract ratification.

Union members approve two contracts with producers, studios.

Agency Hires Bring Game, TV Expertise

Legion Creative recruits to build social-first campaigns.

Legion Creative announced last month the appointment of three new creative executives to expand the marketing agency’s offerings and broaden it into streaming, television and video games.

Cast & Crew Expands With Team Acquisition

Entertainment accounting firm Cast & Crew Entertainment Services Inc. has announced an agreement to acquire Team Cos., a production payroll and management company for the advertising, music and concert tours and live events industries.

Manufacturing Technology Lab Completes $14 Million Series A Funding

Machina Labs announced on Wednesday that it had closed a Series A financing round worth $14 million.

CBS Studio Complex to Sell for $1.8 Billion

ViacomCBS is selling its Radford studio campus in Studio City to a venture of two real estate firms for $1.8 billion.

BlackLine Expands Collaboration With Microsoft

BlackLine Inc. is expanding its relationship with Microsoft by bringing enhanced automation and financial operations management to Microsoft Dynamics 365 customers.

US Nuclear Cuts Quarterly Losses

US Nuclear Corp. showed improved financial results for the third quarter as it narrowed its net loss.

Galpin Auto Sports Puts Out New Web Series

Galpin Auto Sports has released the first episode of a new weekly webseries, “What’s on the Rack” airing on the customization shop’s YouTube channel.

California Resources Far Exceeds Quarterly Expectations

California Resources Corp. handily beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue for the third quarter.

Disney Misses on Earnings, Despite Revenue Gains

Walt Disney Co. missed Wall Street expectations on earnings but beat on revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter.

ServiceTitan Hires Chief Technology Officer

A veteran software engineering and artificial intelligence professional has joined ServiceTitan as its chief technology officer.

Disney to Stream IMAX Enhanced Versions of Marvel Movies

Walt Disney Co. and IMAX Corp. announced on Monday that to mark the second anniversary of streaming service Disney+ they will make available 13 Marvel Cinematic Universe films in IMAX’s expanded aspect ratio at home with IMAX Enhanced.

Saalex Unit Valeo Lands Debt Deals

Subsidiary to pursue small and mid-sized acquisitions.

Valeo Networks, a managed security service provider, announced last month it had received a significant private debt investment from Clear Vision Impact Fund.

Material Glitches, Inflation Slow Avery Dennison

MANUFACTURING: The constraints are expected to continue into early 2022.

Label maker Avery Dennison Corp. finding inflation, pandemic closures affecting operations.

Semtech Gets Personal With a Sensor Line

Device detects radio waves absorbed by human body.

Semtech Corp. announced last month a new line of sensors for the personal connected consumer device market.

Kong Fights Godzilla in Free Game

‘Go Big’ recreates movie matchup with mobile app.

Legendary Entertainment joins with Vancouver gaming studio on Godzilla vs. Kong mobile game.

Preview: Local Pull on Supply Chain

LOGISTICS: Burbank firm's strategy bypasses logjams.

BlackLine Sees Looming 'Investment Cycle' for Accounting Software in Quarterly Report

BlackLine Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings and on revenue for the third quarter.

Tutor Misses on Earnings but Stock Increases

Tutor Perini Corp. missed Wall Street expectations on earnings and on revenue for the third quarter.

Energy Vault Signs Contract With Fuel Maker

Energy Vault Inc. has signed an agreement to provide its proprietary energy storage technology to DG Fuels, a manufacturer of renewable aviation fuel and diesel fuel.

Teledyne Revenue Grows 75 Percent in Third Quarter

Teledyne Technologies Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and matched on revenue for the third quarter.

Flair Airlines Opens Flights to Vancouver From Hollywood Burbank Airport

Low-cost Canadian air carrier Flair Airlines will begin service next month between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

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Avantus Aerospace Sells Three Subsidiaries

Avantus Aerospace has sold two of its structural composite companies to an Arizona private equity firm.

Universal City Event Debuts the Solo

Three-wheel EV can handle freeway driving for only $18,500.

Climbing into the Solo, a single-occupant vehicle from Canadian electric car manufacturer ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., feels exactly like getting into any type of car, said Kevin Pavlov, the chief executive.

New Rule Puts Risk in Recycle

REGULATION: Metal shredders ask for federal oversight.

State agency wants to make a change that recyclers say will drive them out of business.

Anti-Piracy Executive to Be Honored

Associaton gives lifetime award to Darcy Antonellis.

The Hollywood Professional Association will recognize a former Warner Bros. Entertainment executive with its lifetime achievement award.

Ghost VFX’s New Leaders Seek Change

Burbank firm’s president talks about global expansion.

Ghost VFX, a visual effects house with a location in Burbank, announced this month that Patrick Davenport has been appointed as president as part of a strategic expansion.

Deal Puts BYD in Driver’s Seat for Fleet Sales

Joint venture lines up to buy 5,000 vehicles over five years.

Early this month, BYD Motors Inc. announced a collaboration with a new San Diego-based joint venture, Levo Mobility, to integrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology into 5,000 vehicles over the next five years.

Chatsworth Garage Learns to Go Electric

Fast-changing EV technology means no estimates for clients.

A look at three electric vehicle companies in the greater Valley area.

Magic Mountain to Build Wonder Woman Roller Coaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain announced this week plans to build its 20th roller coaster called Wonder Woman Flight of Courage.

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Capstone Sells Turbines to Utility in Colombia

Capstone Green Energy Corp. announced this week it received an order for a three-bay microturbine system from a natural gas utility company in Colombia.

Filming Way Up in County

On-location filming was up in the third quarter, netting the third-highest total for any quarter on record, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmLA.

Disney to Delay Release of Superhero Movies

Walt Disney Co. is delaying the release of five upcoming Marvel superhero films and the next installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise.

Report: Disney May Spin Off ESPN

Walt Disney Co. is looking to spin off its lucrative ESPN sports network, according to a media report.

Teledyne Flir Launches Military Drone

Teledyne Flir announced the launch of its ION M640X tactical quadcopter drone.

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Event Producer Highlights Valley’s Stories

Oscar Urrutia loves the Valley so much, he made it a business.

Oscar Urrutia spent 15 years working at hotels in the Los Angeles market before starting My Valley Pass, the tourism and visitor’s bureau for the San Fernando Valley.