Darby Maloney

Arts & Entertainment Editor, The Frame

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Darby C. Maloney is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Southern California Public Radio. She works on KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Prior to joining KPCC, Darby covered the entertainment industry as producer of KCRW’s "The Business" and the "Hollywood Breakdown." While at KCRW, she launched "The Spin-off," a monthly podcast about television, contributed to other culture shows such as "Unfictional," and her work on "The Business" earned numerous awards including two Gracies, a Golden Mike, and a National Entertainment Journalism Award.

In 2006-2007 she was a contributing producer to the "This American Life" television series on Showtime. In the episode "Growth Spurt," she produced the story "Lights, Camera, Traction" about a group of people at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony who made a short film and in the process discovered what it means to be young. From 2008-2010 she helped launch and produce the web-series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" with NOVA and WGBH. The series was nominated for a Webby and won a Streamy in that time.

Prior to her career in producing, Darby was a psychotherapist who was trained in psychoanalysis. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

Stories by Darby Maloney

'Come Sunday' puts 'This American Life' story of Bishop Carlton Pearson on screen

The Netflix film dramatizes the story of a popular Pentecostal preacher that was first told in an episode of the popular public radio program.

Author Joy Press tracks the unseen fight to get real women's stories on TV

Her new book, "Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television," reveals the battles that women have fought for a place at the table.

'First Match': A coming-of-age movie where a girl wrestles with boys – literally

Filmmaker Olivia Newman and lead actor Elvire Emanuelle strive for authenticity in "First Match"– a film inspired by real girls who join boys wrestling teams.

‘Wild Wild Country’: The true story of a cult, mass poisonings and assassination attempts

The Netflix docu-series tells the story from the early '80s of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his efforts to build a community in Oregon.

What's gotten in the way of the music industry's Me Too moment?

After talking with more than two dozen women in the music industry, Noisey's Andrea Domanick finds sexual harassment and abuse is rampant.

Can a movie review site powered by female critics help change Hollywood?

CherryPicks will aggregate reviews from only female critics, for an alternative to the often male-dominated world of film criticism.

HBO's 'High Maintenance' co-creator and the show's 'message of acceptance'

Katja Blichfeld co-created the series with her husband, Ben Sinclair. They recently divorced after she came out as gay, and she says it’s helped the show be even more expansive.

‘Atlanta’s’ Hiro Murai wouldn't be directing TV without Donald Glover

Murai had only directed music videos when Glover hired him. Maybe that's one reason the series is being called one of TV's most original shows.

A documentary shows how 50 women filmmakers broke into Hollywood

Amy Adrion's "Half the Picture" examines the challenges that female filmmakers face: "This is not a film about the bad behavior of men. This is a film about the strength of women."

Time's Up leader: 'We don't have to put up with bullies anymore'

CAA agent and Time's Up co-founder Maha Dakhil: "This is as much a man's issue as it is a women's issue because we won't have peace until we're all equal."

Was 9/11 really inevitable?

Lawrence Wright question that assumption in "The Looming Tower," a Hulu miniseries that focuses on FBI and CIA infighting in the period leading up to the attacks.

How are the Indie Spirit Awards different from the Oscars?

It's not just that they're held in a tent at the beach, there's something else going on at the Independent Spirit Awards that has to do with the next generation of filmmakers.

'Icarus:' The documentary that brought down Russia's doping scheme

With two Russian athletes now accused of doping at the Olympics, it brings renewed attention to the Oscar-nominated film that blew the lid off Russia's doping program.

Meet the women behind the costumes and the look of 'Black Panther'

Three women were instrumental in creating the distinctive world of Wakanda: costume designer Ruth Carter; production designer Hannah Beachler; and cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

How Allison Janney channeled her inner critic for 'I, Tonya'

The Oscar-nominated actress worked hard to bring complexity to the role of Tonya Harding's abusive mother, LaVona.