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

Zoe Lister-Jones and the female power behind 'Band Aid'

The writer, producer, director and co-star of the film insisted on hiring an all-woman crew for her movie about a couple with marriage problems.

What can Hollywood do to change perceptions of Muslims?

Author, scholar and producer Reza Aslan says the "timing has never been better" for Hollywood to develop stories about Muslims and Middle Easterners for film and TV.

'Cries From Syria' filmmaker says refugees are 'not terrorists'

The HBO documentary "Cries From Syria" attempts to give the history of the Syrian crises while generating understanding for refugees.

At Sundance, freedom of speech is 'vital'

Sundance Film Festival director of programming Trevor Groth shares the ethos that drives their curatorial vision.

Rep. John Lewis' spat with Trump reminds the nation of his civil rights legacy

One result of the dispute was that sales of Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy skyrocketed, shooting all the way up to the very top spot on Amazon’s best sellers list.

The Lucas Museum's long 'tortured' road to Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne discusses the Lucas Museum's many false starts and what its arrival in Los Angeles means for the city.

#OscarsSoWhite is definitely not canceled

Writer and activist April Reign is the creator of #OscarsSoWhite. Despite what you may have read, she says, the hashtag is just as relevant in 2017.

10 moments women slayed TV in 2016

From Beyoncé to Samantha Bee, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Issa Rae, here are 10 women who slayed TV in 2016.

How the creators of 'The OA' made a 'long format mind-bender'

Actress Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij pitched their complicated eight-hour story in a novel way and managed to keep it a secret until now.

'20th Century Women' reflects how filmmaker Mike Mills was raised in a matriarchy

The writer-director tapped a lifetime of experience with strong, inspirational women, from his mother and sisters to his wife, Miranda July.

Gael García Bernal: Poetry, politics, movies, migration

The actor talks about the power of poetry and film, and the prospect of the U.S.-Mexico relationship going through another transition.

Fortuitous timing for web series, 'The Secret Life of Muslims'

After the presidential campaign in which Donald Trump made controversial comments about Islam and Muslims, a documentary series attempts to set the record straight.

Life goes on after a crisis in Mia Hansen-Løve's film 'Things To Come'

Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve and Isabelle Huppert team up for a personal film called Things to Come. It's a French film about a woman in mid-life made by a woman in her early 30s.

Meet the filmmaker who made that Disney short in front of 'Moana'

The filmmaker of the short film "Inner Workings" looked to the internal cultural struggle between his Brazilian side and his Japanese side for inspiration.

Natalie Portman: Hollywood still needs more women

Natalie Portman is getting Oscar buzz for "Jackie" but she says the best part of awards season is getting to spend time with other actresses, something she rarely gets to do while working because most films lack more than one role for women.