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

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Play Sisters in New Film

Fey and Poehler return home for one last crazy weekend before their parents sell their house.
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  • April 9, 2014 11:00 AM
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5 Reasons to Watch Broad City

1. It's effing hilarious
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  • March 21, 2014 5:00 PM
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TV: Amy Poehler Signs Three-Year NBC Deal and Hires Natasha Lyonne for Comedy Pilot

Amy Poehler has signed a three-year deal with NBC. Her first project out of the gate will be a sitcom called "Old Soul" starring Natasha Lyonne, who plays a caregiver to "a group of opinionated elderly people." An NBC exec states, "This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the cliches we think about old people."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 21, 2014 10:40 AM
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Why Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Should Host the Golden Globes Forever

Poehler and Fey used their moment in the spotlight to remind us and their industry colleagues that even though there were a lot of women in the room, there are still monumental inequities in the way women are treated in Hollywood.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2014 11:27 AM
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Golden Globe Noms Reflect the Status Quo of Hollywood Sexism

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards have us excited about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's return to hosting duties and... that's about it. With no women directors of live-action films or female screenwriters among the film nominees, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inadvertently exposed the Grand Canyon-esque gender gaps in the movie industry.
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  • December 12, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Disrespecting of Parks and Recreation

A furor went through the ranks of tasteful television-lovers earlier this week with the announcement that NBC was moving three episodes of Parks and Recreation, bringing the show back for two weeks, and then making us wait again until 2014 to spend more time in Pawnee.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • October 23, 2013 2:00 PM
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Carol Burnett Receives Mark Twain Prize

On Sunday, the iconic Carol Burnett received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, one of the highest honors for a comedian.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 21, 2013 12:30 PM
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How Can We Still be Talking About Whether Women Are Funny?

Yesterday morning brought the great news that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015. They were so terrific as hosts last year that the Globe people were smart to lock them in for an extended run.
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  • October 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Pixar to Release Inside Out - Set Inside an Adolescent Girl's Brain

Over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Pixar discussed details, showed footage and introduced the cast of their new project Inside Out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 13, 2013 3:45 PM
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