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

Patty Jenkins never expected women's 'Wonder Woman' reactions

The director hoped "Wonder Woman" would do well, but she says she's overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and emotion.

'Beatriz at Dinner' invites an examination of racism in polite society

Writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta class and race issues in their film that invites comparisons to Jordan Peele's "Get Out."

'The Hero' director Brett Haley on why we lionize some actors, trash others

Actors look like they have an easy job, but filmmaker Brett Haley says it's more complicated than that. He drew inspiration for his new film, "The Hero," from his friendship with actor Sam Elliott.

Sheila Nevins' long road to the top of HBO's documentary division

The longtime executive revisits her path in the book of essays, “You Don’t Look Your Age ... and Other Fairy Tales.”

Grateful Dead doc director says 'Long Strange Trip' isn't just for Deadheads

The documentary examines how The Grateful Dead found its sound and community, and made the charismatic Jerry Garcia a reluctant leader.

‘Black Mirror’ creator: 'It’s a giddy time to be alive'

Charlie Brooker and his co-executive producer, Annabel Jones, talk about their dark sci-fi series that's been likened to a modern-day "Twilight Zone."

TV networks bet on reboots, spin-offs & military shows

While the on-going saga in D.C. played out on CNN this week, the broadcast networks were in New York City wooing advertisers and press with new Fall shows.

'Downward Dog' puts an angsty talking dog inside a millennial rom-com

Don't be mistaken, "Downward Dog" is not the "Mr Ed" of 2017. Instead, the ABC comedy gives a fresh take on the talking animal genre and in the process illuminates something about modern day relationships.

'Harold and Lillian': The 'secret storytellers' behind iconic Hollywood movies

The documentary, "Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story," profiles a storyboard artist and researcher who worked with Mike Nichols, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and others.

'Risk' confronts contradictions about Julian Assange

In 'Risk' Laura Poitras set out to document how Julian Assange and Wikileaks are changing journalism, what she found is a lot more complicated.

Think there's a lack of women on HBO's 'Silicon Valley'? It's just reflecting real life

How does the sexism is HBO's "Silicon Valley" compare to the real tech world? How about Hollywood? Recode's Kara Swisher and actress Suzanne Cryer discuss.

Why Vera Farmiga & 'Bates Motel' co-creator Kerry Ehrin love Norma Bates

As the A&E series "Bates Motel" comes to an end, co-creator Kerry Ehrin and star Vera Farmiga look back at how they created and fell in love with the character of Norma Bates.

Lauren Greenfield's photos might have predicted the rise of Donald Trump

After a quarter-century of examining wealth in its many permutations, the photographer and filmmaker says she finds overlapping themes in the new president's rise.

How the George Zimmerman verdict catalyzed the Fox series, 'Shots Fired'

For Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, being the parents of two black teenage boys helped fuel their desire to create "Shots Fired."

There's lots of sex in 'Harlots' but it's really a show about economics

"Harlots" co-creator Moira Buffini on how London was the sex capital of the world in the 1760s and why her show imagines that world from the POV of the women who worked it.