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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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The Resurrection of Don’t Trust the B----: Score One (More) For Difficult Women

These are high times for anti-heroines on TV.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • July 17, 2014 12:32 PM
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Guest Post: "No One Would Ever Say That to Larry David": Female Showrunners and the Hypocritical Critical Edge

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with critique. Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham have said as much. But let’s call a spade a spade. As fair as some or parts of the criticisms Kaling and Dunham face are, it highlights the double standard that exists.
  • By Emily U. Hashimoto
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  • May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 8 Comments

TV: Shonda Rhimes Books Third ABC Show Starring Viola Davis

Shonda Rhimes continues her domination of our lives and we love it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2014 1:10 PM
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  • 1 Comment

TV: Orange is the New Black Renewed for Season 3

Laura Prepon will re-join the cast for that season.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 6, 2014 1:15 PM
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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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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.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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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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