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

Aziz Ansari brings 'genuine' diversity to 'Master of None'

"Master of None" co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang aren't thrilled with Hollywood's tendency to cast straight, white male leading roles.

Director Susanne Bier: 'Night Manager' was 'one of the most satisfying things I've done'

The Academy Award-winning director explains why the adaptation of John le Carré's novel needed to be a miniseries instead of a feature film.

Hello, Spotify! Goodbye, songwriters?

Songwriters are singing the blues over the paltry sums paid them by streaming services. But veteran songwriters Michelle Lewis and Kay Hanley are leading a fight for more fair compensation.

'It was terrifying' —Lee Daniels, others give their take on upfronts

Amidst all the talk of ratings and demographics at upfronts, there are the actors and show creators who help sell their shows to advertisers. These are some of those people.

'The Lobster' is a darkly comedic look at a society that harshly penalizes single people

“The Lobster” is clearly a dystopian satire and a dark comedy, even if the characters in the film aren’t laughing about their predicaments.

Trump is more Schwarzenegger than Al Franken on campaign trail

Trump forged a celebrity character on "The Apprentice," and the way he's using it on the campaign trail is strikingly similar to what Schwarzenegger did with his "Terminator" character.

Chadwick Boseman: from Jackie Robinson to James Brown to Black Panther

The actor has quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. The next step: getting cast roles that aren't defined by race.

Louie Anderson channels his mom's humanity in 'Baskets'

The veteran comedian plays Christine Baskets, the mother of identical twins played by Zach Galifianakis, on the FX show, "Baskets."

Tracy Scott and the invisible art of script supervision

She worked on some of the most well-received movies of the past few years. Following her recent death, her celebrated colleagues explain why having a gifted script supervisor is invaluable.

Tony-nominated 'The Humans' gets real about family

Nominated for six Tony awards, "The Humans" is a funny but serious look into what binds a family together — and what tears it apart.

Film and TV workers in North Carolina worried by effects of HB2

The widely denounced law, known as "the bathroom bill," is having an impact on a state that has been friendly to Hollywood productions.

Why are Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba being cast in non-human roles?

Vulture's senior editor Kyle Buchanan notes two Hollywood casting trends: studios placing top black actors in non-human roles and casting white actors to play Asian roles.

W. Kamau Bell meets the KKK and lives to talk about it

The comedian uses his brand of sociopolitical humor and insight in a new CNN docu-series that sets out to engage Americans with divergent views.

Jason Jones on 'The Detour': 'When you get TV-MA rating ... everything's on the table'

The former "Daily Show" correspondent takes his comedic sensibility to a new TBS series that puts an edgy twist on the traditional family sitcom.

'Confirmation' screenwriter: only Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill 'know the truth'

Susannah Grant says she and her collaborators on the HBO film agreed early on that they would remain neutral about who was telling the truth.