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

New Twitter account exposes how female characters are described in scripts

As a producer, Ross Putman sees a lot of scripts. Now he's shedding a light on how many writers craft their female characters — and it says a lot about Hollywood.

Big Freedia: Uniting people through 'the power of the ass'

Big Freedia helped put New Orleans bounce music on the map and it led to a TV series and a guest appearance on Beyoncé's new song.

HBO's 'Jim' tells the backstory of murdered journalist James Foley

Brian Oakes makes his directorial debut with "Jim: The James Foley Story," a documentary that explores the intersection of terrorism and conflict journalism through the life of his childhood friend.

James Schamus goes from studio chief to director with 'Indignation'

James Schamus opens up about getting "humble" when screening his directorial debut "Indignation" at the Sundance Film Festival.

How DreamWorks is working to make 'Kung Fu Panda 3' a true international success

DreamWorks is going to great lengths to make sure that the newest 'Kung Fu Panda' movie succeeds in what's becoming the largest movie market in the world

Sundance 2016: 'The Birth of a Nation' breaks festival record with $17.5 million sale

Fox Searchlight, which also distributed "12 Years a Slave," picked up the historical drama, which tells the story of Nat Turner's slave uprising of 1831.

#OSCARS2016: Where are the women?

It's #OscarsSoWhite all over again this year, with the acting nominations having no people of color. And in a year where the issue of women directors was top of mind, there are no women directors nominated. So where are the women? The Frame combed through the nominations to find them.

When David Bowie did a voice for 'SpongeBob SquarePants'

"SpongeBob SquarePants" producer and director Paul Tibbitt remembers going into the studio with David Bowie to voice a character on the show.

'Mad Max' dir. George Miller hints at two sequels 'If the planets align'

Miller, who's been nominated for a Directors Guild Award, says you really don’t know what you have until fans start weighing in.

ABC president Paul Lee: 'Least-objectionable television is dead'

The network chief says being British allowed him to enter the American TV business from the outside and "question everything."

How 'Joy' filmmaker David O. Russell went from mid-life crisis to reinvention

After the lowpoint of "I Heart Huckabees," the writer and director turned things around with "The Wrestler," which launched a string of big successes.

HBO's Michael Lombardo takes blame for Pizzolatto's True Detective 2: 'I set him up'

President of Programming at HBO, Michael Lombardo takes the "blame" for "True Detective" season two, discusses barriers to greater racial and gender diversity in executive suites, and why there's not more male nudity on TV.

'The Danish Girl' director Tom Hooper: 'Love is a transformative space'

The acclaimed director talks about working with Eddie Redmayne to portray one trans woman's journey to find her true self.

Why it took 10 years to get 'Making A Murderer' to audiences

The new docu-series from Netflix, 'Making a Murderer,' releases to an audience whose appetite for true crime stories has been stirred by shows like 'Serial.'

Did you know 'Star Wars' was once an NPR radio drama?

George Lucas sold the rights to "Star Wars" in 1981 to KUSC for the grand total of $1. The station went on to produce one of the most popular NPR broadcasts ever.