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

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.

Meet the Miles Davis heirs who keep his work alive and made 'Miles Ahead'

Davis' son, Erin, and nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr., open up about preserving the trumpeter's legacy and fielding years of movie pitches before teaming up with Don Cheadle.

5 pieces to look for at the LACMA Mapplethorpe exhibition

LACMA's new exhibition, 'Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium,' spans five full rooms. To help you navigate, we've selected five pieces to look out for.

Robert Mapplethorpe finally gets his LA moment

Robert Mapplethorpe was an era-defining portraitist, documentarian, and still-life photographer. But he's never received a major Los Angeles show — until now.

'Vinyl' is set in the '70s but co-creator Terence Winter says issues resonate today

The HBO series revolves around a troubled record executive during an era when the music industry and society-at-large were going through tumultuous change.

Sarah Paulson: 'Marcia Clark is a thinking, feeling person'

Sarah Paulson, who plays Marcia Clark in the new FX series "The People v. O.J. Simpson," describes herself as "enraged" on behalf of the prosecutor.

Why 'Fresh Off The Boat' is written by fish out of water

To tell the story of a Taiwanese-American family in a mostly white suburb, showrunner Nahnatchka Khan staffed the writers room with fellow outsiders.

Obama speechwriter leaves White House for Funny Or Die

As part of his duties, David Litt wrote President Obama's jokes for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Now he's moved to Funny or Die's new outpost in Washington D.C.

'Full Frontal' showrunner: 'It’s us doing the fantasy show in our heads'

Jo Miller was a staff writer on "The Daily Show" until Samantha Bee was offered a show by TBS. Then Bee tapped Miller to run that show, "Full Frontal."