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

Guest Post: Younger: From Novel to TV Show in 527 Easy Steps

I imagined "Younger" as a TV show or movie almost before I thought of it as a book. It's the kind of high-concept idea that's a natural for the screen: a 40-something mom pretends to be younger to get a job and ends up with a secret 20-something life.
  • By Pamela Redmond Satran
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  • April 18, 2014 12:00 PM
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Cross-Post The Winning Weirdness of 'Bunheads': The Case for Amy Sherman-Palladino's Charming Dramedy

When the news came down the transom a few days ago that "Bunheads," the new show from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, had received a back-order pickup for more episodes on ABC Family, fans like yours truly breathed a sigh of relief and wonderment. While positioned as a cute fish-out-of-water story about a Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (played by Broadway star Sutton Foster) who unexpectedly ends up in a small town teaching ballet, "Bunheads" never took the easy or expected path, even when that might have made it an easier fit at the network (its focus skews more toward the adults in the story than the four teen ballerinas Michelle comes to mentor).
  • By Alison Willmore
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  • August 24, 2012 11:40 AM
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Amy Sherman Palladino Returns to TV Tonight with Bunheads

Tonight is an occasion to rejoice because Amy Sherman Palladino (The Gilmore Girls) has a new show premiering on TV this evening. It's called Bunheads and stars Broadway vet Sutton Foster as a former show dancer who winds up drunk and married living in a small town tutoring all these young dancers who want to be Bunheads.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2012 11:15 AM
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