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

The story behind 'The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano'

When Phil Toledano's father died, the photographer imagined the next stages of his life in a project that was documented by his filmmaker friend, Joshua Seftel.

'The Lovers and The Despot': A filmmaker, an actress and Kim Jong-il

A new documentary tells the unbelievable true story of how the North Korean dictator had a South Korean filmmaker and his actress wife kidnapped so he could start a film industry in the communist country.

Why the Emmys are more important than ever—cutting through the TV clutter

In the era of "peak TV," getting an Emmy nomination and exposure on the telecast can catapult a show. Check out The Frame Bingo Card to make the most out of your Emmy viewing party.

How hidden biases hurt women (and lots of other people) in Hollywood

How does one person get hired over another for a Hollywood job? Certainly you’d factor in talent, personality, recommendations, but what about the unconscious biases of the person doing the hiring?

'Kicks' filmmakers hope kids see the movie and 'feel a little less lonely'

The "Kicks" filmmakers made their coming-of-age tale for the younger versions of themselves — and for young boys growing up under oppressive images of masculinity.

Telluride: How Amy Adams went from dinner theater to Hollywood star

Amy Adams reflects on her career as an actress starting as a dinner theater dancer in Colorado and then rising to the level of A-list actor.

'Morris From America' star got his big break because of his Big Brother

An activity with his Big Brother unexpectedly led Markees Christmas to land the lead role in the feature film about a kid who moves to Germany with his dad.

'Mr. Robot' creator Sam Esmail: How Arab Spring influenced his hit show

The son of Egyptian immigrants says a visit to his parents' homeland showed him that anger could be a positive force.

How 'Southside with You' recreates the Obamas' first date

In the new movie "Southside with You," a young Barack woos a young Michelle over the course of a day. Filmmaker Richard Tanne walks through the casting, researching and writing process behind his indie film.

Natalie Portman and the importance of having women as directors

The actress directs her first feature film, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and talks about how directing has made an impact on her as a woman.

'Suicide Squad' and 'Ghostbusters': a tale of two would-be blockbusters

Two of the summer's biggest films may end up underperforming at the box office for different reasons, but the bottom line is troubling for the studios.

'Southland' writer on depicting the human fallability of the LAPD

While writing 'Southland," Cheo Hodari Coker learned he couldn't "paint cops with one brush."

How 'Law & Order: SVU' producers wrestled with the 'hero cop' trope

Writer, producer and M.D., Neal Baer ran "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" from 2000-2011. He reflects on how relied on consultants for accuracy and why TV creators have a responsibility to the public.

How 'The Little Prince' director pitched investors with his 'magic suitcase'

Mark Osborne traveled the globe with a vintage suitcase that helped him translate his vision for adapting the classic children's book.

Ira Sachs' 'Little Men' is his nod to 'The Red Balloon' and other films about childhood

The acclaimed indie filmmaker has a proven track record of personal films that debut at Sundance and then find an audience. "Little Men" is his latest.