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

TV: The Women-Created Network Shows in Contention for Fall 2014

About 40% of them (11 of 26) feature women creators, showrunners, and/or executive producers, and four boast series commitments or straight-to-series deals.
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  • January 7, 2014 2:27 PM
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Women-Centric TV Shows Dominate WGAs

If the so-called Golden Age of Television -- a cultural epoch that deconstructed masculinity while reveling in violence and guilt -- is now over, we appear to be living in a second Golden Age -- one for women on TV.
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  • December 10, 2013 11:19 AM
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Quote of the Day: Shonda Rhimes

Today in "duh tinged with schadenfreude," Shonda Rhimes reveals that gray-haired male ABC execs have no idea what women are like or what they want to watch.
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  • November 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Talk Feminism, Role Models, and Being the Boss

The two showrunner-stars were eager to discuss a variety of female-centric topics, including the the difficulty of confronting sexism in the media, the temptation to judge other women for hampering feminist progress, and their shared love for their mothers and Nora Ephron.
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  • November 12, 2013 2:00 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.
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  • August 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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What's Wrong With This Picture?

The Hollywood Reporter does it again by having an all male panel of showrunners featured in one of the Emmy previews.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Interview with Tassie Cameron - Creator and Executive Producer of Rookie Blue

The summer used to be a void of new TV shows. No more. Now summer has a bunch of series -- many that star women like Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs. Another one of those summer shows is Rookie Blue. Women and Hollywood got the chance to do an email interview with Tassie Cameron, the creator and executive producer of Rookie Blue.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 Women-Created TV Pilots

It’s prime pilot season for the networks. After all the news that’s been coming out in the last six months or so about women-created shows, we wanted to see how that’s holding up with official announcements. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing and extensive guide of all the pilots announced thus far, we have a rough idea. So far, The CW leads with 6 women-created shows on their roster. NBC has 4 and Fox, CBS and ABC are tied for last place with only 3 women-created shows. We will continue to update as more shows are announced.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 30, 2013 11:00 AM
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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

I had the opportunity to speak with the hugely successful and very interesting screenwriter and TV writer Melissa Rosenberg last week while she was on the set of her new show Red Widow. 
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  • November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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14 Women are in The Hollywood Reporter's Top 50 Showrunners of 2012

The Hollywood Reporter recently named their Top 50 Showrunners of 2012 for both comedy and drama. 14 of the 50 showrunners named were women. And women made up 4 of the 11 on the Showrunners to Watch list. Despite the recent and continuing frustrating news regarding women in television, I’m hoping that the recent influx of women-created television news continues to up these numbers.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2012 10:30 AM
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