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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

TV Roundup: Patricia Cornwell, Zooey Deschanel, and Nahnatchka Khan Sell Shows to Networks

Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, and Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan are among several women who recently announced development deals with the networks.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 3:32 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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Zooey Deschanel Directs New She & Him Music Video

Last week, Rashida Jones made her directorial debut with a music video for Sara Bareilles' "Brave." This week, Zooey Deschanel, announced her own directorial debut with the She & Him music video for "I Could've Been Your Girl."
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 23, 2013 11:30 AM
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Zooey Deschanel to Launch Production Company and Women Centric TV News Round Up

In television news, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel alongside Hello Giggles co-founder Sophia Rossi have launched their own production company. The pair have signed a two year first look deal with 20th Century Fox TV and will develop new television projects.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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