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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

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.
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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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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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Kelly Marcel Writing Fifty Shades of Grey Screenplay

As we previously reported, 3 female screenwriters, Karen Croner, Veena Sud and Kelly Marcel were in talks to adapt Fifty Shades of Grey.  The golden ticket goes to Kelly Marcel for the coveted gig.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
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Three Female Screenwriters Considered for Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation

We previously reported that the producing duo from The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would be producing the film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and we hoped that this duo would do right by women this time around in both their writing and directing choices.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2012 10:16 AM
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Best Seller Gone Girl to be Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Gillian Flynn’s wildly popular novel, Gone Girl, which has topped the New York Times Bestseller List for the last two weeks, has been acquired by 20th Century Fox in a seven figure deal. The novel, about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary with all evidence pointing to her husband, will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's production company Pacific Standard with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing with Leslie Dixon.  Flynn will write the screenplay.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 16, 2012 12:38 PM
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The Social Network Team to Produce Fifty Shades of Grey

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have picked The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti to shepherd E.L. James’ huge bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to the big screen.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 11, 2012 4:11 PM
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