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

That's 'Life': Producers Curtis, Lynn go big for a change

The longtime partners made their reputation on small-budget, character-driven films, but they jumped at the chance for a $60 million sci-fi movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

'Beauty and the Beast' lyricist Howard Ashman never saw the final film

Howard Ashman didn't live to see the immense cultural impact his work at Disney would ultimately have. He died of AIDS in 1991 before "Beauty and the Beast" was completed.

Deborah Borda on leaving the LA Phil and why the NEA will survive

When CEO Deborah Borda came to Los Angeles in 2000, the Philharmonic was in a state of disarray. Seventeen years later, it's among the world's most prosperous symphony orchestras.

'The Last Laugh': Nazi jokes? Sure! Holocaust jokes? Not so much

A new documentary explores the ways that comedians and pop culture have used Nazis, the Holocaust and anti-semitism in comedy and satire.

Reza Aslan explores fringe religions with 'Believer'

The religious scholar's new CNN docu-series seeks to understand fringe religions around the world.

SxSW tries to reassure artists over 'deportation' clause in contracts

The festival says next year it will remove language that allows organizers to notify immigration authorities if a foreign band violates the contract.

'Big Little Lies' producer determined to tell stories about women

Bruna Papandrea’s goals are to make movies and TV shows that feature multiple complex women characters and to fix the gender imbalance in Hollywood.

‘Salesman’ filmmaker sees similarities between Americans and Iranians

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Fahardi won his second Academy Award with "The Salesman," a film which he says resonates with American and Iranian audiences in similar ways.

Dustin Lance Black wants 'When We Rise' to unify a divided America and inspire activism

The mini-series tells the origin of the LGBT rights movement as it emerged from San Francisco in the early 1970’s where it intersected with the civil rights, women's, and peace movements.

How to make the Oscars must-see TV again

The Oscars might be Hollywood's biggest night, but the show's seen its ratings drop precipitously over the past few years. What can the Academy do to make you watch?

Dramatizing the already dramatic story that inspired 'Lion'

Screenwriter Luke Davies and Saroo Brierley talk about adapting Brierley's amazing experience of finding his birth mother after an accidental 25-year-long separation.

With 'Baskets,' Zach Galifianakis wants to get a rise out of you

The actor and comedian talks about his unusual and poignant TV series and gives some very practical advice to aspiring comedians.

How embracing the uncanny led to the unique look and feel of 'Legion'

In many ways, the new FX series "Legion" feels more like a psychedelic immersion into the main character's mental landscape and less like a comic book show.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'Chase what inspires you and finish it'

The multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda — “Hamilton” creator, “Moana” songwriter — discusses whether the election has changed what he wants to do with his art.

Barry Jenkins: from relative unknown to 8 Oscar nominations for 'Moonlight'

Before making "Moonlight" filmmaker Barry Jenkins only had one other feature-length film under his belt. Now, he's going through the hectic experience of awards season.