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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

Hollywood is So Racist That Even George Lucas Can't Get a Movie Made

George Lucas is rolling out his new film Red Tails about the Tuskegee Airmen and he went on The Daily Show to talk about how hard it was to get the film made. He didn't mince words when talking about why he couldn't get a distributor for the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 11, 2012 11:20 AM
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  • 12 Comments

New Interesting Poster for The Iron Lady

I like this one.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 11, 2012 10:10 AM
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The Failed Experiment - The Departure of Disney Marketing Chief MT Carney

Disney tried to shake up it's marketing a year and a half ago when they brought in NY marketer MT (Marie Therese) Carney, a woman with absolutely no experience marketing films. They wanted to think out of the box.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 9, 2012 10:47 AM
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Sony's Woman Problem

I for one am psyched to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which I will be seeing later today.) But not all women are excited according to a piece last week in Vulture.  Sony seems to be nervous that the film is not tracking well among women, which is one of the reasons why they are opening it up a day early because they need to build word of mouth.  And remember that this is an R rated movies so the young teenage boys are not the target
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 19, 2011 12:30 PM
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  • 8 Comments

Meryl on the Narrowing of the Film Audience

There are not many people who can get away with saying that the film business has basically thrown away everyone except for teenage boys, but that's exactly what Meryl Streep did last night on 60 Minutes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 19, 2011 10:19 AM
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