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

Norman Lear and the power of TV to start conversations

TV writer-producer Norman Lear reflects on his brand of shows about real people dealing with some of the most important issues of the day and how he thinks TV can start necessary conversations.

A short history of Alice Bag, iconic LA punk singer

The singer and activist opens up about finding her community and her voice in L.A.'s punk scene and keeping that spirit alive.

How Rebecca Hall brought Christine Chubbuck back to life

Actress Rebecca Hall brings empathy and humanity to a troubled TV news reporter who took her life on live television in 1974.

Can 'Desierto' change the conversation about immigration?

Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón's action-thriller "Desierto" which has an American vigilante hunting migrants on the US-Mexico border evokes the tension of Stephen Spielberg's 1971 movie "Duel."

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The documentary "Newtown" chronicles the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of keeping the topic of gun violence in the public conversation.

'Westworld' creators answer critics who find their show too hard to watch

Series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy address issues people may have with the sexual violence in the series, while highlighting the big ideas they hope to address on an epic scale.

'The Birth of a Nation': To see or not to see?

The film has been overshadowed by an old rape case against writer, director and star Nate Parker. With the movie opening this week, we talk about why audiences should, or should not, buy a ticket.

Cops on TV: 'OJ: Made in America' and the LAPD's troubled race relations

As part of The Frame's conversations about portrayals of cops on television, John Horn talks with filmmaker Ezra Edelman whose documentary "O.J.: Made in America" explores in vivid archival footage the history of the LAPD's contentious race relations.

W. Kamau Bell: Socio-political comedian, 'Semi-Prominent Negro'

The comedian's voice can be heard on podcasts, TV shows and in comedy clubs. On his new comedy album, he turns his socio-political lens onto society and his mixed race family.

The story behind 'The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano'

When Phil Toledano's father died, the photographer imagined the next stages of his life in a project that was documented by his filmmaker friend, Joshua Seftel.

'The Lovers and The Despot': A filmmaker, an actress and Kim Jong-il

A new documentary tells the unbelievable true story of how the North Korean dictator had a South Korean filmmaker and his actress wife kidnapped so he could start a film industry in the communist country.

Why the Emmys are more important than ever—cutting through the TV clutter

In the era of "peak TV," getting an Emmy nomination and exposure on the telecast can catapult a show. Check out The Frame Bingo Card to make the most out of your Emmy viewing party.

How hidden biases hurt women (and lots of other people) in Hollywood

How does one person get hired over another for a Hollywood job? Certainly you’d factor in talent, personality, recommendations, but what about the unconscious biases of the person doing the hiring?

'Kicks' filmmakers hope kids see the movie and 'feel a little less lonely'

The "Kicks" filmmakers made their coming-of-age tale for the younger versions of themselves — and for young boys growing up under oppressive images of masculinity.

Telluride: How Amy Adams went from dinner theater to Hollywood star

Amy Adams reflects on her career as an actress starting as a dinner theater dancer in Colorado and then rising to the level of A-list actor.