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

TV: Why You Should Watch Nashville

'Nashville' is a remarkably sophisticated exploration of how women are processed into the entertainment-industrial complex, and what happens to them when they try to carve out independent identities within it.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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Interview with Callie Khouri - Creator of Nashville

Women and Hollywood is a big fan of Nashville (we love Connie Britton) and Callie Khouri.  We were excited to get an opportunity to talk with Ms. Khouri as the show returns with a new episode tonight at 10pm on ABC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Must Watch: Nashville-Created by Callie Khouri

For me Connie Britton can do no wrong.  She was phenomenal as one of my all-time favorite TV characters, Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and on top of that she’s an outspoken advocate for women’s health.  Now she is paired with Oscar-winning writer of Thelma & Louise, Callie Khouri and the equally great Hayden Panettiere in my new favorite show of the fall, Nashville which premieres tonight on ABC.  We here at Women and Hollywood are thrilled that she is now front and center of this new show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 1:14 PM
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