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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

Answer of the Day: Shonda Rhimes on Why She Has Many Gay Characters on Her Shows

Shonda Rhimes got asked this question from a clearly idiotic viewer and being Shonda Rhimes she took the opportunity to use the question to answer a much larger societal question.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 11, 2012 1:30 PM
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  • 30 Comments

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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Cross- Post: After Audra McDonald's Historic Tony Award Win, Will Hollywood Finally Fully Embrace Her Talent?

  • By Tambay Obenson
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  • June 12, 2012 11:31 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Panel -- Four White Guys and Two Women of Color

It's great to see Shonda Rhimes and Veena Sud here. Honestly, I don't know how they could have done a panel with drama showrunners without including Rhimes since she has three shows on the air. Is there anyone else with three shows on the air?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sneak Preview: Shonda Rhimes' Scandal

Thanks to Shonda Rhimes next week will be a milestone week. It will be the first time in 30 years that a single African American woman will be the lead on a network TV show. (Jada Pinkett Smith was the lead on Hawthorne on cable) The show -- Scandal -- is based on the life of Washington "fixer" Judy Smith who in the past also worked for President George H.W. Bush.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
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The Top 50 TV Showrunners: The Women

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of the top 50 showrunners in comedy and drama.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Shonda Rhimes Is Still at the Top of Her Game

I know that at times Grey's Anatomy seems like a tortured soap opera. But I also know that I would take that soap opera any day over some of the other crap on TV, and that is because Shonda Rhimes and her team continue to push the envelope in so many ways.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 26, 2011 2:18 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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  • 1 Comment

Private Practice Takes on Abortion Again

This past week, Private Practice created by Shonda Rhimes stood up again for a woman's right to choose. This episode was written by Jennifer Cecil and Barbie Kligman.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2011 2:52 AM
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  • 1 Comment

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