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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Jenji Kohan Talks Equal Pay and Being Told Men Are Funnier

Kohan has now achieved goddess status -- and has the best hair in the business to boot.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 7, 2014 2:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Clear Your Thursday Nights for Shonda Rhimes

Those who grew up on ABC's TGIF lineup now have Shonda Rhimes' Thank God It's Thursday (#TGIT) to look forward to.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • August 1, 2014 12:00 PM
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Showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh's Journey from Connecticut "Black Nerd" to 50 Cent Collaborator

Agboh is the Emmy-nominated showrunner of the Starz series "Power."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 1:15 PM
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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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