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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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TV: Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody to Partner for HBO Comedy

Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody team up for HBO project
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  • November 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Oprah Will Receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

Oprah will be the 2013 recipient of The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which is given to a woman who is a leader and pioneer in her industry.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Big O: Assessing the Actress Races Coming Out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

Telluride and Venice are fini. Toronto wraps this weekend. Time for some serious girl talk about how the lead and supporting actress categories have somewhat shifted now that the festival Oscar pundits and critics have chimed in.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • September 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Oprah Tops Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities List

Oprah is number one on Forbes' 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list. Some may be surprised with the rough go of late that her network OWN has had..but it's Oprah! She always bounces back.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 27, 2013 1:15 PM
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Oprah's Next Chapter Looks at African American Women in Hollywood

Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN consists of the iconic Oprah Winfrey sitting down with famous figures and having an intimate conversation.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women Created and Centric TV News Roundup - November 1

With every roundup we do, we get more excited and hopeful for the upcoming crop of future TV shows by and about women. With projects from Jennifer Garner, Shonda Rhimes and Oprah—there is bound to be some interesting and nuanced portrayals of women headed to your TV screen. (We hope)
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 1, 2012 1:20 PM
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The 40 Women Who Changed Journalism

And the world over the last forty years.  From the good folks at the Columbia Journalism Review.  We owe our thanks to these trialblazers.  Are there others you would have on this list?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 17, 2012 9:17 AM
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