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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Angelina Jolie to Direct, Co-Write, and Star in "Intimate" Film with Brad Pitt

"By the Sea" will be Jolie and Pitt's first on-screen collaboration since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 1:00 PM
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Universal Chief Donna Langley: There is No "Magic Bullet" to Improve Number of Women Directors Working on Studio Films

"I would say it is the exception, not the rule, that there is a woman in the group of directors that we are interviewing."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2014 1:39 PM
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  • 5 Comments

Aaron Sorkin Mansplains Hollywood

One of the privileged few illuminates the problems for the rest of us.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 24, 2014 12:30 PM
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  • 13 Comments

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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

The Hollywood Decision Makers

The studio final decisionmakers
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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