Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Distribution Pioneer Nikki Rocco to Retire

Universal's Nikki Rocco is the first and only female distribution chief at a major studio.
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  • April 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette to Star as BFFs in Catherine Hardwicke's Miss You Already

One friend becomes pregnant; the other falls ill.
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  • April 23, 2014 1:00 PM
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's The Nest Gets 2015 Release Date

They'll face off against "Star Wars" in December 2015.
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  • April 23, 2014 12:00 PM
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Crosspost: The Time of Her Life

In her 30-year career, Lee Shallat Chemel has worked on some of TV's best women-driven comedies, like "Murphy Brown," "The Nanny," and "The Middle." In between gigs, she has become her own one-woman mentorship program. (Bonus: Chemel shares a hilarious/horrific story involving Michael J. Fox and a kangaroo.)
  • By Margy Rochlin
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  • April 23, 2014 11:00 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Eva von Schweinitz (A Film Is a Film Is a Film)

"What does it mean that we're constantly moving away from the analog into the digital? My intention is to show why the loss of this beautiful material is worth caring about."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 23, 2014 10:00 AM
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Cannes Roundup: Few Women Directors at Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week

Among the 19 features selected for Directors' Fortnight, a parallel program to the official selection, only two are from female filmmakers.
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  • April 22, 2014 2:32 PM
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Meryl Streep Receives Monte Cristo Award from Eugene O'Neill Center

Streep picked up the one acting award in the world she hadn't yet received on Monday evening.
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  • April 22, 2014 1:00 PM
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TV: Keke Palmer to Become Youngest-Ever Talk Show Host

The 20-year-old star of "Akeelah and The Bee" and "True Jackson, VP" will headline a daytime show on BET.
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  • April 22, 2014 11:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Diane Kurys' For a Woman + Exclusive Artwork

The post-war love-triangle drama is the Oscar-nominated Kurys' latest semi-autobiographical film.
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  • April 22, 2014 10:45 AM
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Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them)

"The film is centered around a very non-traditional female character who is bucking societal norms and completely unapologetic about it. I think I underestimated how challenged audiences might feel by a character like Ellie."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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