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

Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, America Ferrera and Gabrielle Union Join The Respect Challenge

Some of our favorite actresses have joined The Respect Challenge, a campaign created by the non-profit Futures Without Violence. The campaign is designed to celebrate everyday heroes--someone who has taught you the lesson of respect.
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  • September 28, 2012 1:00 PM
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Men Directed 85% of TV Shows Last Season

Here's a sucky statistic brought to you by the Director's Guild of America: men directed 85% of all TV episodes last season.  These stats include all network and cable scripted TV shows - about 3,100 episodes. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 28, 2012 12:31 PM
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26 of 84 Films in the Hamptons International Film Festival Are Directed by Women

Last week the 20th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival announced their line-up. The festival will run from October 4 – 8. With a slate of 84 films announced thus far, 26 are directed by women (this doesn’t include shorts). And in their Golden Starfish Award Competition (Narrative, Documentary and Short film) out of 15 films and shorts-- 3 women-directed films (1 feature, 1 documentary and 1 short) are in competition.
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  • September 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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TV Pilot News: Malin Akerman to be 'Trophy Wife'; Ilene Chaiken to CBS

Malin Akerman will be starring in Trophy Wife written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. As Deadline had reported, Trophy Wife received a cast-contingent pilot order earlier this month. With Akerman officially signed on, the pilot will go into production.
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  • September 28, 2012 10:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Identity Thief - Starring Melissa McCarthy

Diana (the hilarious and amazing Melissa McCarthy) steals the identity of Sandy (Jason Bateman) and uses his money to live the good life in Miami. A week before his life (and credit) falls apart, Sandy decides to go find Diana.
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  • September 28, 2012 9:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Midnight's Children - Directed by Deepa Mehta

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  • September 27, 2012 12:03 PM
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Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Court Controversy With Won't Back Down

When was the last time there was a movie that focused on two women (or more) both over 30 that opened on 2,500 screens?  I count three in the last two years.  Earlier this year there was Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (which wasn't a big success.)  And last year there were the megahits Bridesmaids and The Help.
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  • September 27, 2012 11:40 AM
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Dame Helen Mirren to Receive European Achievement in World Cinema 2012

The European Film Academy is awarding Dame Helen Mirren with their prestigious Achievement in World Cinema 2012 award.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2012 9:44 AM
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Tina Fey Covers EW and Signs a Four Year Deal with Universal TV

As the sun sets on her series 30 Rock starting next week with a slew of special guests including Amy Sedaris and Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey takes a look back at the show and her movie career in an interview to be published tomorrow by EW.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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Talking to Penny Marshall

A new memoir by actress and director Penny Marshall hit bookstore last week.  Marshall was a big star in the 70s and 80s appearing on multiple TV shows and hanging out with the rest of Hollywood TV royalty.  Her stories about Hollywood are hysterical and tragic (she was friends with John Belushi).  She is also the first woman to gross $100 million as a director and her life as a director (she was asked if she wanted to direct) seems from another universe than the experiences that people have today. 
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  • September 25, 2012 11:30 AM
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