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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Pixar to Release Its Second Movie With a Female Protagonist Next Year

Slated for a summer 2015 release, "Inside Out" will focus on an 11-year-old girl's painful move from the Midwest to San Francisco and the emotions -- voiced by Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, among others -- provoked by the life change.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 29, 2014 12:04 PM
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Louis CK's "So Did the Fat Lady" Is Not The Last - Or The First - Word On Fat Women On TV

Larger women have been demonstrating on TV, on their own terms, what their experiences are long before the current King of Comedy tackled the subject.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 14, 2014 10:08 AM
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Guest Post: "No One Would Ever Say That to Larry David": Female Showrunners and the Hypocritical Critical Edge

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with critique. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham have said as much. But let’s call a spade a spade. As fair as some or parts of the criticisms Kaling and Dunham face are, it highlights the double standard that exists.
  • By Emily U. Hashimoto
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  • May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Talk Feminism, Role Models, and Being the Boss

The two showrunner-stars were eager to discuss a variety of female-centric topics, including the the difficulty of confronting sexism in the media, the temptation to judge other women for hampering feminist progress, and their shared love for their mothers and Nora Ephron.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter Announced the Top 50 Showrunners

The Hollywood Reporter has announced their 50 power showrunners of 2013 for comedy and drama. 12 women out of 50 were on the list. And four women of 10 were on the 2014 Showrunners to Watch list.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2013 1:00 PM
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Jess and Mindy -- A Look at the Progression of Female Comedy Characters

Much of the conversation about Fox's Tuesday night comedy lineup focused on two shows by and starring men, the execrable sitcom Dads, which appears to have imported its jokes from Archie Bunker's subconscious while forgetting that Archie himself was meant to be the butt of the joke, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine...
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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TV News Roundup for September 13th: Lauren Iungerich's New Comedy, Katherine Heigl as CIA Officer and Tina Gordon Chism to HBO

Here's some of the most notable TV news from the past week including Katherine Heigl's return to television, Tina Gordon Chism developing a comedy series at HBO, Awkward's Lauren Iungerich receiving a put pilot deal for her new comedy at ABC and the second season premiere of Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project is available to watch on Hulu.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 13, 2013 2:45 PM
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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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Guest Post: The Evolution of Women in Comedy: From Mary Tyler Moore to Amy and Mindy

Treva Silverman had spent most of her 30 years wanting to be funny and female -- and allowed to do so in public, maybe even collect a buck or two for her trouble. Growing up in the 1950s in Cedarhurst, Long Island, she'd looked up to Carole Lombard and Jean Arthur, those grand dames of '30s screwball comedies, then she'd discovered, via Dorothy Parker, the idea of writing comedy for a living.
  • By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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  • July 17, 2013 12:30 PM
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Guest Post: A Response to "This Woman is Too Fat for Hollywood?"

Recently Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood wrote a blog entitled "This Woman is Too Fat For Hollywood?" Consider this a response to the aforementioned article.
  • By Liz Manashil
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  • January 8, 2013 10:50 AM
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