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

5 Reasons to Watch Broad City

1. It's effing hilarious
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  • March 21, 2014 5:00 PM
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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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TV: 5 Reasons to Watch HBO's Just Renewed Getting On

The characters get to be people first and women second.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy in Tammy Teaser

It's actually a perfect short film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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Gary Sanchez Producer Jessica Elbaum Launches New Label for Women's Comedies

Gloria Sanchez Productions will invest in female-driven films and TV shows.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 12:00 PM
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Sundance Women Directors: Meet Gillian Robespierre

"We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women's experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren't sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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Black Comedienne Sasheer Zamata Joins SNL

Sasheer Zamata became the most famous performer on "Saturday Night Live" yesterday when the show announced her addition to the cast.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:12 PM
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TV: New Black Comedienne to Join SNL (Finally)

Public protests from castmembers, widespread media scrutiny, and the existence of many talented black comediennes have finally convinced longtime SNL producer Lorne Michaels to add an African-American funnywoman to the cast.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 13, 2013 2:30 PM
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Bette Midler to Play Mae West in HBO Film

HBO bucked the general biopic trend of focusing on a subject's early struggles this year with Behind the Candelabra, which explored the last years of Liberace's life. Now the studio will do the same with a Mae West film, with Bette Midler playing the 1930s star.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 10, 2013 12:40 PM
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'Variety' Columnist: Female Comics Shouldn't Tell Dirty Jokes

Sarah Silverman is arguably the most famous female comic working today. But she still gets no respect, at least not from Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry, who wrote an embarrassing "review" of Silverman's latest HBO special, 'We Are Miracles.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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