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

How Andrea Savage brought an edgy woman who's not a terrible mom to TV

"I'm Sorry" creator and star Andrea Savage offers a refreshing and honest look at modern-day motherhood with a mom whose sense of humor borders on inappropriate.

Sexual mistreatment allegations against R. Kelly go back to the 1990s

New accusations against R. Kelly for alleged sexual abuse are the latest in a long history. One music reporter shares what he's learned investigating the singer for nearly two decades.

'Leonard Bernstein at 100' looks at the life and work of a legendary musician and activist

The Skirball Museum's new exhibit "Leonard Bernstein at 100" archives artifacts and documents from all parts of the famous composer's life and career.

‘Barbie’ doc director: ‘Women get lambasted for almost anything they do'

The Hulu documentary "Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie" tells the story of how Barbie was created and why, after years of criticism, this unnaturally curvy doll got a radical makeover.

What 'A Quiet Place' can teach Hollywood about original stories

Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form discuss the film's unexpected success and the difficulty of finding original horror screenplays.

Alia Shawkat talks 'Duck Butter,' lesbian films and Jeffrey Tambor

The actress wrote and co-stars in "Duck Butter," a lesbian experiment in trust, intimacy and getting to know yourself.

Rachel Weisz is finding new roles for herself. First up, a lesbian. Next, a man

The actress is on the lookout for roles she hasn't played before. In her new film, "Disobedience," she has an affair with a childhood friend.

'Come Sunday' puts 'This American Life' story of Bishop Carlton Pearson on screen

The Netflix film dramatizes the story of a popular Pentecostal preacher that was first told in an episode of the popular public radio program.

Author Joy Press tracks the unseen fight to get real women's stories on TV

Her new book, "Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television," reveals the battles that women have fought for a place at the table.

'First Match': A coming-of-age movie where a girl wrestles with boys – literally

Filmmaker Olivia Newman and lead actor Elvire Emanuelle strive for authenticity in "First Match"– a film inspired by real girls who join boys wrestling teams.

‘Wild Wild Country’: The true story of a cult, mass poisonings and assassination attempts

The Netflix docu-series tells the story from the early '80s of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his efforts to build a community in Oregon.

What's gotten in the way of the music industry's Me Too moment?

After talking with more than two dozen women in the music industry, Noisey's Andrea Domanick finds sexual harassment and abuse is rampant.

Can a movie review site powered by female critics help change Hollywood?

CherryPicks will aggregate reviews from only female critics, for an alternative to the often male-dominated world of film criticism.

HBO's 'High Maintenance' co-creator and the show's 'message of acceptance'

Katja Blichfeld co-created the series with her husband, Ben Sinclair. They recently divorced after she came out as gay, and she says it’s helped the show be even more expansive.

‘Atlanta’s’ Hiro Murai wouldn't be directing TV without Donald Glover

Murai had only directed music videos when Glover hired him. Maybe that's one reason the series is being called one of TV's most original shows.