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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

Nina Jacobson Signs First-Look Agreement with Fox 2000

Jacobson signed Fox 2000's second-ever first-look deal. The division recently released "The Fault in Our Stars."
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  • July 16, 2014 12:30 PM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson to Adapt Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch made The New York Times Book Review's top ten books of 2013.
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  • March 10, 2014 1:12 PM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson on Creating a Female-Centric Blockbuster

This weekend, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' became the highest-grossing November release ever with a box-office take of $161 million. Though star Jennifer Lawrence has been the face of 'Catching Fire', the blockbuster feminist franchise is the brainchild of an even more powerful woman working behind the scenes: producer Nina Jacobson.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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Latest Forbes Piece: A Female Revolution at the Box Office

Now, just in time for Thanksgiving there are multiple films with female leads that people all across the country will be able to enjoy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 24, 2013 3:50 PM
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Where'd You Go Bernadette Gets Writers and Producers

One of the best books I read over the holidays and last year is Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette? It is an original, funny, touching, moving story of a 50 year old woman, Bernadette, who winds up in Seattle and becomes something of a hermit after a series of professional and personal setbacks. The thing about the book is that is all about creativity and how when people who are uniquely talented need to create or they lose touch with themselves and as one character says "become a menace to themselves and society."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Another Missed Opportunity - Francis Lawrence Hired to Direct Catching Fire

There are not many times where people have enough juice to make change in a lumbering system that is so resistant to it.  But the gig of directing Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy was one of those golden opportunities and now it is gone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 4, 2012 11:59 AM
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Hey Nina Jacobson - How About Picking a Woman for Catching Fire!

According to reports in EW, the Playlist and the Hollywood Reporter, the search for a director for Catching Fire is down to two dudes -- Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.  Now I think that Miller is a great director.  I loved Moneyball and Capote.  But to pick him to direct Catching Fire when he has NO experience with something of this magnitude is ridiculous.  And Lawrence who has experience with CGI and action films is a name not on the tip of anyone's tongue and also doesn't seem right having directed I am Legend and Like Water for Elephants. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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Interview with Nina Jacobson: Producer of the Hunger Games

Nina Jacobson is poised to have a really great weekend.  She's about to open The Hunger Games which if tracking and advance sales hold will be one of the best opening weekends ever.  She answered some questions by phone as the film gets ready to roll out
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  • March 22, 2012 11:37 AM
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Producer Watch: Nina Jacobson at the Premiere of The Hunger Games

Nina Jacobson has been around Hollywood for a while. She's one of a handful of women to run a studio having run Buena Vista Studios at Disney until 2006.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 14, 2012 10:30 AM
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How Big Will The Hunger Games Open?

The news is that this week when The Hunger Games came onto the pre release tracking (which is what the studios use to gauge awareness and desire to see a film) it was huge - so huge that experts are saying it could open between $70 and $100 million.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 2, 2012 12:03 PM
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