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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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Hillary Clinton Biopic in Talks to Shoot Next Year

Lionsgate, the studio behind "The Hunger Games," is in talks to start shooting "Rodham" next year. No actress is attached to the role.
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  • December 5, 2013 9:14 AM
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Why is Everyone Pointing at Me?

Film composer Laura Karpman shares her thoughts on what it's like to be the only woman in the room and have people point fingers at her -- and why that's a good thing.
  • By Laura Karpman
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  • December 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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CNN and NBC Cancel Hillary Clinton Projects

After both CNN and NBC announced that they were both developing projects about Hillary Clinton--a documentary and a miniseries respectively--it caused a panic to say the least.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 1:15 PM
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Cross Post: The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?

Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women, with leading women at the forefront, one of which is crowned the early frontrunner to win. Imagine an Oscar race where it didn't matter anymore. Maybe it's the same year Kathryn Bigelow, Angelina Jolie and Jane Campion all have Oscar frontrunners.
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • September 30, 2013 12:00 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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How Pop Culture Can Enhance Our View of Hillary Clinton

It's no real surprise that the moment NBC announced that it had ordered a fictionalized mini-series about Hillary Clinton and CNN followed suit with plans for a documentary look at the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady, that critics came out of the woodwork.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • August 15, 2013 2:15 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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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.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 23, 2013 12:41 PM
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A Feminist Analysis of Rodham - the Feature Film About Young Hillary Clinton

The script Rodham by Young Il Kim has been one of the scripts on the recent Blacklist -- it came in 4th -- that has made significant buzz before it even starts production. While we hoped when the buzz began that there would be some women on the team, we were none too pleased to read that James Ponsoldt director of Smashed and the upcoming Spectacular Now got the gig.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 20, 2013 11:09 AM
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A Dude to Direct Hillary Clinton Biopic

As we previously reported, a biopic about everyone's favorite lady and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the works. The Black List scripted penned by Young II Kim focuses on the early adulthood of Hillary Rodham who has just been appointed the youngest lawyer on the House Judiciary Committee which was then working on the impeachment of President Nixon. The film focuses on how this young, bright star is caught between her potential political future and her former boyfriend, Bill Clinton, who is teaching in Arkansas.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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