Darby Maloney Arts & Entertainment Editor

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Darby C. Maloney is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Southern California Public Radio.

She has a background covering the entertainment industry as producer of KCRW’s "The Business" and the "Hollywood Breakdown." Darby is part of a team that will expand KPCC’s coverage of the arts, entertainment, and creativity with a new as-yet unnamed daily show.

While at KCRW Darby 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

Improv + Hip-Hop = 'Freestyle Love Supreme'

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail have turned their the improv hip-hop show into a TV series on Pivot.

Lynn Shelton directed 'Laggies' with some other films in mind

The filmmaker was drawn to the script because of an unusual friendship in the story, which she likens to the unconventional romantic relationship in "Harold and Maude."

'Dear White People' producer says the movie hits close to home

Effie Brown, who has credits on 17 films, says she's often been the only person of color on several of those projects.

Lena Dunham gives a boost to local singer-songwriter, Marissa Lauren

The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" chose the Redondo Beach musician to be the opening act at the Pasadena tour stop for her book.

Slate's Culture Gabfest comes to life in Los Angeles

The popular New York-based podcast takes the stage in L.A. with special guests from the film and TV industry.

'How To Get Away With Murder' sets a DVR ratings record

The new series started strong with 14 million viewers when it premiered. Over the following three days, six million more people watched it on their DVRs.

California reloads for battle over runaway production

At the CityLab conference in Los Angeles this week, one panel examined how the Golden State will benefit from increased tax credits for in-state productions.

Behind the scenes at 'The Simpsons' studio (plus Sunday's couch gag)

As the show launches its 26th season, we go inside the yellow halls and cluttered work stations of the people who bring Springfield to life, plus a look at Sunday's weird couch gag.

Soloway: Envy of 'Girls' and 'Louie' led to 'Transparent'

'Transparent' creator says, "I really had spent decades hiding unlikable, unattractive Jewish girls in likable, attractive, non-Jewish actors and characters."

Creating TV's fictional 'Madam Secretary' after Albright, Rice and Clinton

The show's creator, Barbara Hall, explains how the reality of being a woman in a man’s world has always found its way into her work.

Jazz master Clark Terry gets his due from Quincy Jones in 'Keep On Keepin' On'

The trumpeter has been mentoring young musicians for decades. His relationship with a recent protegé is chronicled in a new documentary.

TIFF14: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk,' audience fandom at Midnight Madness

Kevin Smith screens his horror film "Tusk" to Toronto Film Fest audience. "I can still show 'em something new after two decades doing the job."

Talking and singing about — and biking to — the Emmys

“Mad Men” producer Tom Smuts will arrive at the red carpet not in a limo, but on two wheels. Plus, Dan Bern sings his odes to Emmy nominees.

Taylor Kitsch, hungry for creative control, directs a new short film

After starring in two expensive box office bombs, Kitsch produced, funded and starred in "Pieces," which premieres in Palm Springs this weekend.