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

TV: Melonie Diaz to Star in HBO Drama About PTSD

Diaz would play a veteran who has trouble readjusting to normal life.
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  • March 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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TV: The "Golden Age of Television" is Really White and Really Male

We're really living in a Golden Age of Discrimination.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 7, 2014 3:18 PM
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TV: Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody to Partner for HBO Comedy

Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody team up for HBO project
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  • November 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Season 3: "I'm Someone Who Can't Keep My Mouth Shut"

"Everything that's been so terrible and so painful in the last few months is leading me to this point. It's amazing to realize I hold the keys to the prison that is my mind," says Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the trailer for the third season of HBO's '´╗┐Girls.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 25, 2013 11:21 AM
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HBO to Develop Comedy Series Starring Issa Rae

Issa Rae is teaming up with Larry Wilmore to co-write a comedy series for HBO. Rae is set to star.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women Directed Documentaries on HBO's Fall Line Up

HBO announced their Fall 2013 documentary line up and it's ruled by women directed features.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 29, 2013 11:32 AM
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Miss You Can Do It Premieres Tonight on HBO

Miss You Can Do It is a wonderful, uplifting film about a beauty pageant targeted at girls with disabilities. It shows the power these events can have to make girls who are sometimes marginalized in everyday life, special and beautiful.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 24, 2013 11:24 AM
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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Premieres Tonight on HBO

If one had any doubts about the vibrancy of international feminism today, one need only watch the new documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which premieres tonight on HBO to have those doubts fully allayed. The film tells the story of three young women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia) Maria Alyokhina (Masha), Yekaterina Samutsevich (Katia) who were arrested in the wake of the band's 30 second protest against the Russian government in Moscow's Christ the Savior church in 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 10, 2013 10:00 AM
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HBO Summer Documentary Series Very Women-Centric

Last week, HBO announced their summer documentary series and it is very women-centric from the content to the majority of women directors of these films. Some of the women-centric docs include Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer about the infamous Russian punk group who were arrested last year after performing a "punk prayer" in Russia's main cathedral. There's also Miss You Can Do It, which is about Abby Curran, the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA pageant who starts a pageant for girls with disabilities.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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Olive Kitteridge Gets HBO Miniseries Treatment with Lisa Cholodenko and Frances McDormand

Elizabeth Strout's Pulitizer winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, is set for a four-hour miniseries at HBO.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 6, 2013 11:30 AM
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