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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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Tina Fey Nabs Second TV Deal in One Week

Tina Fey gets a second series picked up.
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  • August 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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TV Pilot Roundup for August 16th: New Shows from Shonda Rhimes, Tina Fey and Nahnatchka Khan

Here's a roundup of some of the most notable pilot news from the last week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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Season Preview: ABC's Lineup

Scandal - written by Shonda Rhimes (midseason)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 18, 2011 1:35 AM
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Season Preview: NBC's Lineup

Smash - written by Theresa Rebeck (midseason)
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  • May 17, 2011 12:11 PM
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More Pilot Pickups Created by Women

NBCUntitled Parham/St. Clair - Jessica St. Clair and Lennon ParhamAre You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea - Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
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More: Pilots

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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Women Can Create Shows - The 2011-2012 Pilot Season

As pilot season winds down and the shows get series pickups in the next couple of weeks, Neely Swanson took a look at the female writers creating pilots this year for Deadline and found that there was a big positive change from one season ago. Women actually have lots of shows in contention for pick up this season.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 11, 2011 3:30 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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Meet the New Wonder Woman - Adrianne Palicki

I don't know why I am so excited about this, but I am. I loved Adrianne on Friday Night Lights. I'm just gonna hope the show doesn't suck. Scoop: TV's New Wonder Woman Is Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki (TV Line)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 17, 2011 3:04 AM
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More: Pilots

Wonder Woman is Revived and Other Women Getting Pilot Gigs

Bob Greenblatt, the new chief at NBC, is aggressively stepping up his pilot pickups for next season and he's hired several women writer/creators. He has also revived that recently deceased David E. Kelley version of Wonder Woman.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 25, 2011 3:45 AM
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