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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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Women and Hollywood

Donna Langley Becomes Second Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

A New York Times profile of Langley coincided with the announcement that her contract at NBCUniversal has been renewed until 2017.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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Dakota Johnson to Star in Fifty Shades of Grey

The highly anticipated casting news of who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was announced yesterday.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 15 Female Directors Who Made Their First Feature After Turning 40

Two weeks ago, this column profiled ten female directors aged 40 or younger . My reasons for imposing an age limit were clearly stated, but it had the unfortunate side effect of excluding an entire demographic from the conversation - one that has a sorry history of receiving such treatment in Hollywood.
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • August 12, 2013 11:15 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Women Directors and Why Language Matters

A couple of weeks ago I read that the two male directors -- Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg -- of Kon-Tiki which was nominated for best foreign language film got the gig of directing the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 24, 2013 10:38 AM
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  • 11 Comments

Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Direct Fifty Shades of Grey

We've reported a lot about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation--we were a little wary about the producing team, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, from The Social Network working on the film but then we were excited that they picked screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, to adapt the book for the screen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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