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.
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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The Hollywood Decision Makers

The studio final decisionmakers
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  • November 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Women Attain Their Highest Level of Leadership at the Academy

Each year the Academy votes in members of the governors board. The board members represent each of the Academy's 16 branches which includes the newly created costume designers branch. As of this year there are three board members for each branch. Members must be re-elected when their terms are up, and can serve three consecutive terms and then they are termed out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 16, 2013 11:14 AM
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Two is Just Too Many Women for Spiderman to Deal With

I noticed on twitter some chatter earlier today about the fact that Shailene Woodley who is about to cover EW with her new film Divergent (which looks like it could be a real successor to The Hunger Games) will no longer be a part of the second Amazing Spiderman movie playing MJ Watson.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2013 3:01 PM
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Forbes Names World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Forbes has just named the World's 100 Most Poweful Women of 2013. And it's a very impressive list. It includes women in politics like Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany who was number one, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, women in technology like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg and many other areas like philanthropy, business and fashion.
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  • May 23, 2013 12:41 PM
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Sony Head Amy Pascal on Women Directors: The Whole System is Geared for Them To Fail

Holy crap. In a revealing interview with Forbes' Dorothy Pomerantz on the occasion of the publication of the most powerful women in the world list, Sony studio chief Amy Pascal, the only female head of a major studio, actually answered some questions about the status of women in Hollywood, especially related to women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 23, 2013 9:03 AM
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Amy Pascal Asks Hollywood to Eliminate Gay Stereotypes from Films

Amy Pascal is truly a force. She championed Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty all the way. And at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center gala last week, Pascal asked the industry to take a long, hard look at how LGBT characters are depicted in film. Deadline provided an excerpt from her speech.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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Sexism Pushes Its Way Into the Oscar Campaign

In the last week the screws have really been tightening in this bizarre world of Oscar campaigning, and Kathryn Bigelow and her film Zero Dark Thirty are the recipients of what is referred to a "whispering campaign."  To me there is nothing quiet about it.  It is loud and clear and smells like shit.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 21, 2012 6:47 PM
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What Do the New Changes at Sony Mean for Amy Pascal?

Yesterday, the news broke that Michael Lynton who is now co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment along with Amy Pascal will be promoted to running all of Sony's entertainment operations in the US.  These new changes are being made as Howard Stringer retires and hands over the reigns of the company to Kazuo Hirai who will focus more on the electronics side of the business.  Nicole Seligman who is now the general counsel will also add responsibilities to her role.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2012 10:38 AM
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