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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 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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Julie Taymor Wraps Up Shooting of A Midsummer Night's Dream

"It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film," Taymor said.
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  • June 23, 2014 1:58 PM
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Julie Taymor Receives Sackler Center First Award

Julie Taymor received the Sackler Center First Award, which recognizes women who are "first" in their field. The Center honored Taymor's varied career including being the first woman to win the Tony award for Best Direction of a Musical for The Lion King.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 19, 2013 12:30 PM
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Julie Taymor Settles Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Lawsuit

As we had recently reported, a trial date had been set for May between Taymor and Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, producers of the musical Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. This had been after months of being unable to agree to a settlement. However, this morning we have learned that Taymor and the producers have reached a settlement.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Taymor vs. Spider-Man Sets Trial Date

As we previously reported, Julie Taymor's lawsuit against the producers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark was revived back in January. However, the expected settlement between the parties didn't work out and a trial date has been set.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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Taymor vs. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark Lawsuit Back On

The complicated saga of Julie Taymor’s infamous Spider-Man:Turn off the Dark continues, with the revival of her lawsuit against the producers of the musical.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 15, 2013 12:08 PM
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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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Julie Taymor Talks About Why She Took on The Lion King

Here she is talking to former Disney chief Michael Eisner at the Aspen Ideas Festival
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 3, 2012 11:01 AM
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Sexism Watch: Another Movie List Leaves Off Women

So tired of reading these lists that don't include any women.  This time it is AMC's film site which offers up a list of the 50 top directors of all time.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 28, 2012 11:00 AM
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Julie Taymor Speaks Out

Julie Taymor has not been able to speak out since she was removed as director of Spiderman over a year ago.  The legal documents have been speaking for her.  But it looks like she is finally trying to reclaim her voice and gave an interview to Newsweek about all the trauma that has gone on since her scapegoating and firing. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 21, 2012 11:30 AM
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Julie Taymor Responds to Lawsuit Fighting for Her Reputation and Future Jobs

There is nothing like reading legal papers on a Monday morning to get your blood boiling.  Late last week Julie Taymor's lawyers responded to the part of the Spiderman lawsuit that has not been settled and in those papers there is a lot of information about how her collaborators conspired against her to make changes in the show without telling her and then decided to fire her because by doing that they could have a fall guy and then raise more money to make the show successful.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 5, 2012 12:30 PM
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