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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 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

Director Courtney Hunt Begins Shooting Follow-Up to Frozen River

The courtroom drama stars Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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  • July 11, 2014 3:03 PM
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Political Women on the Small Screen: Barbara Hall's Secretary of State TV Show and Hillary Clinton Miniseries Update

CBS is working with Barbara Hall, co-executive producer of Homeland, on a series about a female secretary of state. Entitled Madame Secretary, the series will follow a female secretary of state.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 19, 2013 1:46 PM
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The Hillary Clinton TV Panic - Part One

It's summer and everyone is sick of talking about Anthony Weiner and his sexting, so now there is another controversy to discuss -- the impending Hillary Clinton media TV projects on both CNN and NBC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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Diane Lane to Play Hillary Clinton in NBC Mini-Series

Over the weekend at the TCA's, NBC announced that they are developing a four part mini-series about Hillary Clinton starring Diane Lane. It will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt, who wrote and directed the Oscar nominated Frozen River.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 29, 2013 12:30 PM
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Sundance is Here and The World Discovers Women Can Direct

It feels like "Groundhog Day." The most visible film festival in the US and one that showcases independent films and SURPRISE there are women making great films around town. It's not news that there is a disparity between the movies released around the country on a weekly basis and the films that appear at film festivals, including Sundance. The local multiplexes are dominated by big action thrillers, sequels, romantic comedies, animated fare, 3-D extravaganzas - you get the drift. They try and target these to the widest audience to make the most bang for the buck before the next film comes along to take over.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 24, 2011 5:10 AM
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