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

Zooey Deschanel to Launch Production Company and Women Centric TV News Round Up

In television news, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel alongside Hello Giggles co-founder Sophia Rossi have launched their own production company. The pair have signed a two year first look deal with 20th Century Fox TV and will develop new television projects.
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  • February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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Academy Names 176 New Members

In an attempt to diversify its membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 176 people to become members. There are just under 6,000 members of the full Academy. Keep in mind that a person is only allowed to be a member of one branch. So for example, Barbra Streisand. She might have been invited for her acting, so if she did not change her branch when she became a director, she does not vote for the best director nominee.
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  • July 2, 2012 11:00 AM
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Lynne Ramsay Scores BAFTA Directing Nomination

In a year when we will probably not see a female director nominated for any major awards here in the US, the Brits have been smart enough to recognize the Lynne Ramsay did do one of the best directing jobs of the year and nominated her for best director and We Need to Talk About Kevin for Best British Film.
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  • January 17, 2012 11:07 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

"The Artist" was selected for best film and best director.
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  • January 11, 2012 9:42 AM
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Melissa McCarthy News

A couple of things to talk about on the Melissa McCarthy front.
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  • January 10, 2012 11:29 AM
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Diablo Cody, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig Get Nominated for WGA Awards

It seems that women's orginal work is being recognized this year by the WGA with two out of the five slots for original screenplay taken by women.  Diablo Cody was nominated for Young Adult and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo got a nod for Bridesmaids.
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  • January 6, 2012 11:16 AM
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Lame Idea of the Day - Making a Bridesmaids Sequel Without the Lead Bridesmaid

The Hollywood Reporter released a story yesterday saying that Universal was planning on moving ahead with a Bridemaids sequel but that star/co-writer Kristen Wiig as well as co-writer Annie Mumolo are not interested in being a part of it.
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  • January 5, 2012 12:30 PM
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AFI Picks Top TV Shows and Films of the Year

This list reminds me that even though they have been upteen articles about how women are making great strides, there is still such a long way to go, because as I look at the lists I notice that there are very few female directors and creators.
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  • December 12, 2011 10:29 AM
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Bridesmaids Box Office Stays Strong

Just a little bit of news on the box office for Bridesmaids. Variety has reported that it beat Thor at the box office on Monday and Tuesday. As of yesterday, the gross was over $32 million which means it has made back its production cost in the first week.
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  • May 19, 2011 2:20 AM
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Bridesmaids is a Big Fat Hit!

Women took up the mantle and went to see the film. The gross was about $24.5 (UPDATE - $26.2) million about $10 million more than predicted. I don't know who does the predicting on these types of films but they missed the boat on this one big time. I know they wanted to keep expectations down because the mantra was (and seems always is with a film about women) that this is unprecedented and there is nothing to compare it to. I'd like to now retire these delusional thoughts. Women have starred in successful franchises, action movies and comedies. Maybe we just need to start keeping our own statistics to help people out. (Who wants to work with me on this project?)
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  • May 16, 2011 3:17 AM
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