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

The Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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Four Women Producers Included in List for PGA's Top Honor - Kathleen Kennedy Nominated for Two Awards

The Producer's Guild of America announced their nominees for top awards yesterday and four women are included on the list for the top honor which is the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award In Theatrical Motion Pictures.
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  • January 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Moneyball Producer Rachael Horovitz: A Lesson in Perseverance

In 2009, after years of work and days before production was scheduled to begin, the plug was pulled on Moneyball which at that time was supposed to be directed by Steven Soderbergh and to star Brad Pitt. Sony ate the $10 million already spent which included a script by A list writer Steve Zaillian because it didn't think the $57 million budget was worth the gamble.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 23, 2011 3:12 AM
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