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

Which TV Show Do You Want to Watch?

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 16, 2011 2:08 AM
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Season Preview: NBC's Lineup

Smash - written by Theresa Rebeck (midseason)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2011 12:11 PM
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Pilot Pickups: Fox and NBC

Here are the women created and written shows that got pick ups in the last two days. Note that all four of the shows picked up by NBC are written by women and all will star women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 12, 2011 2:30 AM
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Christine Lahti and Maria Bello Book Pilots

Not only are Hollywood directors booking pilot gigs, but TV has become the place for female actresses over 40 whose names are not Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren to get substantive gigs.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 18, 2011 4:20 AM
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