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

Earnings Reports: BlackLine, Dine Brands, CRC

BlackLine Inc., Dine Brands Global Inc. and California Resources Corp. report second-quarter financial results.

Location Filming Rebounds From Pandemic

On-location filming returned to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter, according to figures from FilmL.A.

Chinese Drug Agency Licenses Simulations Plus Software

Simulations Plus Inc. received an order from China’s drug evaluation agency to license its GastroPlus product.

Avelo Airlines Connects Four More Cities to Burbank Hub

Startup air carrier Avelo Airlines will begin in the fall service to four new destinations from its hub at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

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Northrop Test Fires Missile Off Ventura County Coast

Northrop Grumman Corp. completed the first live fire of its advanced anti-radiation guided missile system, the company announced.

Rank Gives BlackLine a Right to Brag

Software list details company’s management and products.

BlackLine Inc. was named a top 100 software company for 2021 by the Software Report, a source for market research and executive news in the software industry.

Teledyne’s Underwater Glider Deal

Navy contract worth up to $39 million over six years.

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. was awarded a $27.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Littoral Battlespace Sensing – Glider program.

Client Count Uptick Powers SRAX Enthusiasm

FINANCE: Investor platform posts revenue gain of 1,450 percent in recent quarter.

Client count uptick powers investor enthusiasm for SRAX Inc.

Chambers Weigh Disney Decision to Relocate Staff

ENTERTAINMENT: Impact and response depends on the post-pandemic economy.

Chambers weigh Walt Disney Co.’s decision to move staff to Florida.

App Helps to Connect Real Estate Agents

UnlockdBox facilitates networking, task-sharing and learning for home brokers in a busy market.

Former real estate agent develops app to help professionals in the industry connect with one another.

Supersonic ‘Clap’

AVIATION: If Lockheed Martin’s X-59 can lessen sonic booms, the technology could revolutionize commercial air travel.

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works in Palmdale is developing a quiet plane to go faster than sound.

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Preview: Supersonic 'Clap'

Sound reduction technology could cut airlines' flight times in half.

Teledyne Beats Expectations By Wide Margin

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

Robotics Firm Gets More Funding

InVia Robotics secured a $30 million Series C funding round that includes an investment from Microsoft’s venture fund.

Supervisors Want Aliso Gas Expansion Stopped

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to urge the California Public Utilities Commission to stop Southern California Gas Co. from expanding its natural gas storage capacity at its Aliso Canyon facility.

Teledyne Sensors Approved for Airbus 320 Planes

Teledyne Controls, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc., obtained Federal Aviation Administration approval for installation of its aircraft cabin environment sensor on the Airbus A320 aircraft.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Film Restoration Comes to the Fore

As media proliferate, firm seeks to recover titles.

Visual Data Media has expanded its media supply chain capabilities

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.

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.

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.