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

Shonda Rhimes "Honored" and "Pissed Off" at DGA Awards

Rhimes "felt honored" receiving the Diversity Award, but "I was also a little pissed off." "There shouldn't need to be an award. Its very shocking to us that there is much of this lack of diversity in Hollywood in 2014."
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  • January 27, 2014 12:30 PM
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Sarah Polley, Lucy Walker, Jehane Noujaim are DGA Doc Nominees

Jehane Noujaim's "The Square," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel" are three among the five nonfiction films to receive a Best Documentary nod from the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 4:30 PM
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TV: The Women-Created Network Shows in Contention for Fall 2014

About 40% of them (11 of 26) feature women creators, showrunners, and/or executive producers, and four boast series commitments or straight-to-series deals.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 2:27 PM
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Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers to Receive DGA Diversity Award

Rhimes and her producing partner Betsy Beers will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for "their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities, and for the example they set for the rest of the industry."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter Announced the Top 50 Showrunners

The Hollywood Reporter has announced their 50 power showrunners of 2013 for comedy and drama. 12 women out of 50 were on the list. And four women of 10 were on the 2014 Showrunners to Watch list.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2013 1:00 PM
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TV Pilot Roundup for August 22: New Shows from Rashida Jones, Lauren Graham and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland

Here's some of the most notable news from this week about TV pilot pickups.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 11:23 AM
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TV Pilot Roundup for August 16th: New Shows from Shonda Rhimes, Tina Fey and Nahnatchka Khan

Here's a roundup of some of the most notable pilot news from the last week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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