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

Wanda Sykes brings same-sex parenting to Disney's ‘Doc McStuffins’

Comedian Wanda Sykes and Chris Nee, the creator of “Doc McStuffins,” discuss an episode of the Disney Jr. show that features same-sex parents.

With 'Lemon,' Brett Gelman & Janicza Bravo make art out of anxiety

The husband-and-wife duo Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman funneled anxiety, dread and discomfort into their feature film "Lemon."

'Descendants' director's dream gig: A teen coming-out story

Kenny Ortega choreographed and directed the Disney Channel's "High School Musical" and "Descendants" films. He says he'd love to someday make a coming-out story for young people.

Actor Algee Smith on truth and empathy in 'Detroit'

The actor talks about working with director Kathryn Bigelow in the film based on the Algiers Motel incident during the chaotic summer of 1967 in Detroit.

'Whose Streets?': The story of the Ferguson uprising told by the people who lived it

Directors Sabah Folayan and Damon Davis discuss how they got the Ferguson community to tell their story after the shooting death of Michael Brown.

'Brigsby Bear' filmmakers went from YouTube to SNL to quirky feature

Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary always dreamed of making a movie. Now their quirky "Brigsby Bear" is a reality — and they hope people show up to see it.

'Step': Baltimore teens learn the power of school, sisterhood, stepping

Director Amanda Lipitz says, "I believe Freddie Gray's death gave the young women and their families the courage to really be honest and truthful about their lives."

900-film USC study shows diversity lacking on- and off-camera

The study's authors stressed that they weren't simply looking at the number of people being hired by Hollywood, but how they're being portrayed on screen.

'Menashe' director wants to 'make the world smaller through films'

Joshua Weinstein set his film in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn and based it on the real life story of Menashe Lustig, who had never even seen a movie.

How 'Atomic Blonde's' director worked with its star to craft an unapologetic badass

Former stuntman and stunt coordinator David Leitch discusses how his background informed his direction of the new action movie.

In ‘City of Ghosts,’ citizen journalists risk their lives to expose the atrocities of ISIS

Matthew Heineman's documentary follows a group of Syrians who have been documenting the battle for the city of Raqqa.

Errol Morris & Elsa Dorfman: Kindred spirits behind the camera

Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris explores the life and art of his friend photographer Elsa Dorfman in the documentary, "The B-Side."

'Constellations' explores the infinite possibilities of finding and losing love

Actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech star in a play that is inspired by physics and string theory and alternates between multiple realities.

Paul Dano says working with Netflix was the best way to make 'Okja'

The actor discusses his role in "Okja" and how the streaming service was the only place for director Bong Joon-Ho to create the film he had in mind.

The women of Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' are not hysterical — they're human

Fresh off her Best Director win at Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola shares why she chose to direct a new version of "The Beguiled," this time through the women's perspective.