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

Meet the women behind the costumes and the look of 'Black Panther'

Three women were instrumental in creating the distinctive world of Wakanda: costume designer Ruth Carter; production designer Hannah Beachler; and cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

How Allison Janney channeled her inner critic for 'I, Tonya'

The Oscar-nominated actress worked hard to bring complexity to the role of Tonya Harding's abusive mother, LaVona.

How Mary J. Blige channeled her personal struggles into 'Mudbound'

Best known as a singer, she drew on her family's Southern roots and her own life to deliver an Academy Award-nominated performance.

Accents, acne and the compassionate filmmaking behind ‘Lady Bird'

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan first came to wide attention in “The Grand Budapest Hotel." Now she’s got an Academy Award nomination for Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

A year in the life of Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and 'The Big Sick'

The married couple used their love story as a jumping-off point to write "The Big Sick," and now they've got an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

'Call Me By Your Name' screenwriter wanted to tell a gay love story with parental acceptance

James Ivory talks with John Horn about this gay love story and why he wanted to portray the parents of the teenager as embracing of their son's sexuality.

'The Trade' examines the heroin epidemic from the inside out

After "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman returns with a series that provides an intimate look at both the micro and macro devastation of the heroin epidemic.

The cinematographer behind 'Black Panther' and 'Mudbound'

One of the few female cinematographers in the business shot both the acclaimed period film and the upcoming, big budget superhero movie.

Ed Moses says he doesn't make 'art' — he makes 'magic' (UPDATED)

Ed Moses hates the words "make" and "create" and "art." As far as he's concerned he's a "shaman" who engages in "magic."

Laurie Metcalf talks 'Lady Bird' and the empowering effect of strong women roles

The acclaimed actress discusses her role in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film, and her Tony Award-winning performance in “A Doll’s House, Part 2."

Psych-folk icon Linda Perhacs reflects on her unconventional music journey

Through her music and her work as a dental hygienist, Linda Perhacs sees herself as a healer. Now, over 40 years after an unlikely break into the music business, she's back.

Ava DuVernay: It's time for the 'righting of a wrong' in Hollywood

The filmmaker says progress towards equality and inclusion has been slow — but now is the time for "taking."

Questlove's song for 'Detroit' slowly rises to a 'justifiable anger'

With "It Ain't Fair", Questlove's song for "Detroit", he was determined to bring the emotion of the 1967 tragedy into 2017.

'Wormwood': Errol Morris' new documentary takes a new approach

The filmmaker uses reenactments, home movies and elements of a narrative film that explores the mysterious 1953 death of a U.S. government biochemist.

This new documentary shows how 50 women filmmakers broke into Hollywood

Amy Adrion's "Half the Picture," which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the history of systemic discrimination against women filmmakers.