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 Lego Movie' directors partner with Will Forte to make the apocalypse fun

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have parlayed their feature film success into an offbeat TV comedy for Fox, with the former SNL cast member as "The Last Man on Earth."

'Hamilton' is the talk of New York theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, respectively the show's creator and director, talk about the creative partnership that's led to the hottest musical of the year.

Composers get a Sundance education at Skywalker Ranch

The Sundance Institute holds a much-coveted bi-annual workshop for film composers at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Northern California.

Oscars 2015: How 'Paranormal Activity' got Jason Blum to the Academy Awards

The producer's company is synonymous with low-budget genre movies, but now he's co-produced Best Picture nominee "Boyhood" — and he's attending the Academy Awards.

Documentary shows the intensity a veterans' crisis center

The short documentary, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," produced by Dana Perry and directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent, goes inside the only crisis hotline center for veterans in the United States.

Oscars 2015: Sandra Adair has edited nearly 20 films for Linklater

From "Dazed and Confused" to "Boyhood," Adair has been Richard Linklater's most trusted editor. Five years into the 12-year production, she saw "Boyhood" coming together.

Juliano Salgado: I made 'The Salt of the Earth' to 'find out who my father was'

The Oscar-nominated documentary was really an attempt to overcome a stunted relationship between a world-renowned photographer and his son.

With similar journeys, two American photographers document Europe

Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro both work in black and white and both picked up cameras at an early age. But their focus is very different.

'The Jinx' director is flattered by comparison to 'Serial'

Andrew Jarecki says his HBO documentary series about alleged killer Robert Durst will be less ambiguous than the popular public radio podcast.

Oscars 2015: Foreign film nominee 'Wild Tales' is six movies in one

In this anthology of short films, Argentine writer/director Damián Szifrón says his characters "react to injustice or abuse of power in a way that we all wish we could, but never do."

A composer is inspired by Gehry's architecture for 'Frank's House'

Andrew Norman interprets the architect's process in creating his Santa Monica residence in a musical composition to be performed by the L.A. Chamber Orchestra.

Matthew Heineman enters no-man's land in 'Cartel Land'

The documentary opens with armed drug gangs mixing meth. It looks like an outtake from “Breaking Bad,” but this is the real thing.

Cheating death and finding love: Making the film 'Meru'

Adventure photographer Jimmy Chin is a subject, cinematographer, and co-director of the Sundance award-winning documentary "Meru." He and his wife/co-director Chai Vasarhelyi tell The Frame about the

Sundance documentaries show how people escape through movies

"Escaping into a movie" is a phrase that can be thrown around a little too casually. But in the case of two new documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, it's real.

'Doc McStuffins' counts Michelle Obama among its fans

Over more than two seasons on the air, the show has become a cultural reference point for discussing race on television.